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The Promise Audiobook

The Promise

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Publisher's Summary

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the number one New York Times bestselling author.

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed.

When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected: The fugitive is dead, the building is filled with explosives, and Scott and Maggie are assaulted by a hidden man who escapes in the chaos, all as a bloodied Joe Pike watches from the shadows.

Soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted by that man, and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe's, joining forces to follow the trail of the missing woman as well. From inner-city drug traffickers to a shadowy group of Afghan war veterans with ties to a terrorist cell, the people they encounter on that trail add up to ever-increasing odds, and soon the four of them are fighting to find the woman not only before she is killed...but before the same fate happens to one of them.

©2015 Robert Crais (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Karen 11-10-15
    Karen 11-10-15

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    ""They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!""
    Where does The Promise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The amazon reviews were right on, THIS is a good listen. Fast pace with a lot going on from 3 different view points. If you have trouble following different points of view, then take some relaxing time to enjoy this book. Elvis is back, and is joined my by heroine Maggie. Her partner Scott is caring i.e. "next time I will have to bring OUR sunglasses"


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes as author took all his good elements from previous books and was able to incorporate these elements in a different path and make it work for his fans.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels and MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    I am pleased with these readers paired together, Great Job and smart of producers! Luke has evolved greatly into Elvis and MacLeod did a fab job with Maggie's starring role book that this was a natural. McLeod's AKA reads as Todd Haberkorn shows off his full great reading range.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a long time fan of author and have all the Elvis and Pike solo stories (a must own, The Watcher read by my fave James Daniels). All of the author's books read by James Daniels are great. Audible, you need to get them as they are the best.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Granite Falls, WA, United States 11-12-15
    Diana Granite Falls, WA, United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2012

    I am a long haul owner operator truck driver, listening to audio books has been a salvation for me.

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    "The Promise"

    Sequel to The Suspect, good story. funny in parts, good characters and of course the Marine Dog Maggie. I've been waiting for the sequel , it was worth the wait. I hope there are more to come. Both books won't disappoint .

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-10-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-10-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "All Robert Crais charaacters are in this novel!"

    It's an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel, but Jon Stone, LAPD detective Scott James, and K-9 Maggie are also key characters. Even the FBI plays a role. Cole and Pike are private detectives and the book is set in Los Angeles as usual. Maggie is the hero. The book involves terrorism, specifically terrorists trying to get 200 killograms of C4 explosive.

    Robert Crais is not, in my opinion, one of the best crime writers, but he does have interesting characters and his novels are worthwhile. His strength is in character development which adds to the interest. The Promise is among his best books.

    Narration is excellent.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    corddogs 11-14-15
    corddogs 11-14-15
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    "Excellent book and narration"

    Really enjoyed the book, could not stop listening. Narrators were great. Liked having everyone in the same book. It's been too long between Robert Crais novels.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 12-23-15
    Ruth Bain 12-23-15

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    "Robert Crais at his best !"

    I'm a long-time fan of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, and this book made me happy. Elvis and Joe, joined by Scott James and his dog Maggie, (from "Suspect") and Jon Stone, mercenary & associate of Joe Pike. What a great cast and a thrill-ride of a story. Excellent narration, especially by Macleod Andrews.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 11-19-15
    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 11-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great characters, good plot, but unbelievable"
    What did you like best about The Promise? What did you like least?

    The characters are engaging...who can not enjoy the Elvis-Joe Pike relationship. But not in a million years did I believe the plot device of not informing the authorities of the collection of bomb making equipment...not on Elvis' part and certainly not on the part of the canine officer who, for the sake of some bargain made, gives up his dog...no way. Very dumb. I had a hard time listening to the end because I thought the whole plot became very contrived and not in the least believable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship between the various law enforcement authorities was interesting and the information about the way that the dogs function.


    Any additional comments?

    Unbelievable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 12-02-15
    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Turned it on and Finished it in two days !"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Promise?

    The authors ability to put you inside the thoughts of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels and MacLeod Andrews ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have always enjoyed Luke Daniels and I snap his books up. I had not listened to Andrew's work before this listen


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love animals and have a black Chow Chow who generates a couple of dozen of positive comments on each walk. I have never had a writer put me inside the mind of a leading dog and illustrate how it thinks and reacts. For that reason when chapter 63 started I was all in worried about Maggie. It was just written so well.


    Any additional comments?

    It really is a five star book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 11-25-15
    Brenda 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    Great story, plot twists, characters and Star "Maggie ", can't wait for the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 11-20-15
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 11-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "More Scott and Maggie, please!"

    First, I love both these narrators, but there was no reason to use two. Elvis Cole's voice was all wrong. But that wasn't the worst. The worst was that both narrators read all the voices as the characters met. Thus you have one version of Cole's voice when it is his chapter/POV, and then you have the other version of Cole's voice when it is Scott's chapter/POV. That's just insane.

    I thought I was going along just fine until about 2 hours from the end, when Cole figures it all out. From that point on, I had no idea what was going on. I couldn't remember who was who, and what the point was. I mostly get it now that its' over, but it wasn't fun.

    Cole is supposed to be the great hero, but if it weren't for Pike and Stone, he wouldn't get far. And in this book, Oliver, I mean, John Stone smoothly sweet talks the lady of interest into solving the whole thing. Then he solves her original problem just as smoothly and leaves her a lovely note. Why are we bothering with Cole when this guy is around?

    Suspect, the book that introduced Maggie and Scott is so much better than any of the Elvis Cole books. The prologue had me in tears! That's what I would like more of.

    I know Elvis Cole has a huge following, but I think this is not so top-notch as some of the others. The story is still strong, just not as strong on the characters as some of the others.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann PORTLAND, OR, United States 11-18-15
    Ann PORTLAND, OR, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration spoiled it."

    I enjoy Robert Crais. At first I tried to ignore the weird voices created by the readers for various characters but ultimately couldn't. Returning this book. Will read in print.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • ChrisG
    9/2/16
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    "Crais delivers a page turner"

    A well worked punchy plot with twists and turns and the usual Elvis Cole panache - thoroughly enjoyed it !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. Adams
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    8/18/16
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    "Need more John Stone..😏"

    Another fantastic story with great vocals, character profiles & interwoven structure
    John Stone & Eddie..man, these two should team up!! Crais did good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First time mum
    8/11/16
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    "Great to listen to"

    I love Robert Crais and I thought the two voices did an excellent job of the narration.
    I like the inter-textuality of bringing in characters from his other books, especially Maggie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs M Carr
    Surrey, England
    6/18/16
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    "Rattling Good Read"

    Not as good as Taken but still recommended. A more laconic reader required for Elvis Cole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. R. Mabey
    Wales,UK
    1/8/16
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    "Another superb Robert Crais"
    What other book might you compare The Promise to, and why?

    This is the usual super high standard of Robert Crais and sits comfortably in the world of Elvis Cole & Joe Pike, if you like the previous novels you'll love this.


    Any additional comments?

    A 5 star review except for narration which comes in at 4 stars only because no one can match the usual Robert Crais narrator WIlliam Roberts. Although the 2 narrators do a good job they don't quite inhabit and add to the characters as William Roberts does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Hermit
    Scotland
    12/29/15
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    "kept this new one until xmas and was disappointed"

    Robert Crais is one of my favourite authors but this book was a big disappointment. He usually has a bit more action going on but in this book he switched from Elvis to Dave to Maggie to Scott to Pike and was like pass the parcel. I couldn't get involved in the story and the characters were not fleshed out well. I found myself drifting off at times. Also! and importantly! his books are now read by different narrators. Most of his books were narrated by William Roberts? I think. He was excellent and brought the characters to life. In this book Elvis had a whining nasal voice and Pike (my favourite character) sounded like he was about to drop dead of some bronchial disease. I hope this is just a one off poor read from RC as usually he is so good.Mind you, no matter how many stars you give a review all the book in Audible seem to be 4 star anyway

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
    Leeds West Yorkshire, UK
    12/22/15
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    "A really excellent book"
    If you could sum up The Promise in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, exciting engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is really very hard to choose but I suppose it is Joe Pike. He is complex but interesting character.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels and MacLeod Andrews ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No this was my first but will not be my last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversation between John Stones and Amy before the law enforcement types move in.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book, the plots and the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie White
    12/20/15
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    "Fantastic"

    I was hooked from the first word. Can't wait for the next book to come out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • k
    12/18/15
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    "Worth Listening To"

    Really enjoyed this book. Although not sure about Pike's voice. Got Elvis to a T though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    12/2/15
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    "I am a fan of Robert Crais"

    I am a great fan of the Elvis Cole books, but somehow this one didn't quite make the mark. I found it tricky believing the dog's thoughts and I am not overly impressed by the character Scott James, he doesn't add to the Cole and Pike mix, and as I say - the dog does have rather humanoid thoughts!
    Certainly not up to the standard of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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