The truth can be a dangerous thing.
Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick's Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely "coincidences," he sets off a veritable avalanche of secrets, violence and treachery. Aided by an unlikely partner, Gregg Kaplan, the air traffic controller who was the last person in contact with the airplane that crashed, Jake sets out to untangle the webs of deceit and to find a vicious killer. Nothing is as it seems, nobody is who you thought them to be. Nothing is sacred. Nobody is safe.
©2010 Chuck Barrett (P)2013 Audible Inc.
It's not so much a bad story, as just badly told. Scott Brick does a fairly good job narrating it, but you can tell that even he has a really hard time figuring out where to build tension. The story reaches a sort of ending then stretches on into a different story. It's like the author had a few different story ideas and sort of munged them together. The level of coincidental path crossing is almost silly. I've never gotten this far through a book and abandoned it with just an hour or two left to go, but I found I just don't care about anyone or anything in it.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I found this author and this series looking through audiobooks narrated by Scott Brick. Also, I read this series two years ago and since I only began seriously writing reviews a few months ago after 7 years as a Audible member, I am now catching up with reviews of some of the best books in my Audible library (which is why I'm writing lots of reviews recently).
In The Savannah Project Jake Pendleton is an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board called to Savannah to investigate an airplane accident. He finds lots of criminal activity which involves both local and federal officials. With the help of Gregg Kaplan (who shows up as the hero in Barrett's 4th book BLOWN) and at great risk to himself Pendleton seeks to unravel the mysteries and bring the law breakers to justice.
The Pendleton series is three novels and although The Savannah Project is the weakest of the three, it is an excellent thriller. Scott Brick is the perfect narrator!
It's nowhere near the worst mystery to which I've listened. The plot line gets unnecessarily convoluted. It's much like "Mad Magazine's" Spy vs. Spy. Scott Brick made the listen tolerable.
I will say this again. The First six minutes of the book tells you about a part that is 2/3 of the way through the book. It was very distracting to me to know that part was coming up. I enjoy the book but it would of been better not knowing where it was all going.. I will skip the pro-log on book 2.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
You might not believe it but scores of folks in Savannah ire maniacal IRA killers. I know it's Savahanna because Chuck Barrett's read a tourist map of the place... One of those that lists a couple of sentences about every... And I mean EVERY... Historical marker within three blocks of River Street. And for no reason at all, insists upon reading them back at us during pointless chases.
Both he a nd Scott Brick have the magical ability to turn this explosively baaaaad eleven hour plot into a seemingly sixty hour experience even when you crank up your iPod to 2X. Oh, and just when it should end, Barrett sends his rag-tag cast off to Ireland. That's when I left to return this mess to Audible.
Savannah should sue.
The plot is interesting. The villains are ruthless and despicable. However. our heroes lack depth and dimension. The result is a good rather than great book.
A plane crash on approach to the Savannah airport starts this tale of intrigue. Enter Gregg Kaplan, air traffic control, Jake Peldleton, NTSB, and various and sundry characters with ties to the IRA. The many twists in this story keep it going at breakneck speed to an ending that we find isn’t an ending at all. So far as cliff hangers go, this one is mild, but it leaves you wanting to continue on to the next episode. Fantastic ride. 5 stars.
The story was all over the place. It was difficult to follow. I know fiction requires a suspension of disbelief...but this book was too wild to believe.
Well, it cost me a credit.
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