The first victims are random. Ordinary citizens, fired upon at rush hour by unseen assassins. Caught in the crossfire of one of the attacks, rescue specialist Jonathan Grave spies a gunman getting away - with a mother and her young son as hostages. To free them, Grave and his team must enter the dark heart of a nationwide conspiracy. But their search goes beyond the frenzied schemes of a madman's deadly ambitions. This time, it reaches all the way to the highest levels of power.
©2011 John Gilstrap, Inc. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Jonathan Grave, my favorite freelance peacemaker, problem-solver, and tough-guy hero, is back-and in particularly fine form.” (Jeffery Deaver)
Best Book of 2011 (Suspense Magazine)
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I'm going to express some criticisms, but first I will note that Threat Warning, Book 3 in the 7 book Jonathan Grave series, is an excellent novel and may be the best of the series.
My major criticism of Threat Warning and John Gilstrap is a tendency that has become a too frequent occurrence in the espionage thriller world: major acts of terrorism are routinely portrayed as being caused by Christian fundamentalists. This is untrue and unrealistic. I wrote in another audiobook review that enjoying novels often requires the ability to suspend disbelief, but in the 21st century believing that Christians are the major perpetrators of terrorism is too counter to the facts. To make it worse in Threat Warning John Gilstrap has the Christian fundamentalists committing acts of terror in order to blame the acts on Islamic extremists.
My second criticism of Threat Warning applies to all of Gilstrap's Jonathan Grave novels. The author has Grave miss an opportunity to partially resolve an issue in order to build up suspense for later. Grave and his people had the opportunity to save the kidnapped teenager but decided to wait in order to set up the glorious rescue of the teenager and his mother. That would NEVER happen in the real world; neither would it happen in a true 5 star thriller.
My third criticism is true of all of Gilstrap novels. They read like TV or movie screenplays rather than novels.
My final criticism is of narrator Basil Sands. His narrating pace is uneven and inconsistent. Sands has the right voice for the material and his narration is very clear. Although he varies pace erratically his average pace is very slow. Using the Audible app compensating for slow narration is easy, but erratic pace detracts from the listening experience. I am aware that the issue could have been caused by editing rather than Sands, but books from Audible Studios are usually extremely well edited.
A little escapism is good for all of us on occasion, and listening to Jonathan Graves' exploits certainly fills the bill. Translated: I like the series. Not so much on this one, however.
The story seems to drift from scene to scene without the kind of detail that enriches. Characters we know well don't seem to know each other at times; and while I appreciate the differing moral perspectives of Jonathan and Gail and how these conflicts leverage their relationship, I do not believe the themes are well developed. We are only shown shadows of what should be a major sub-plot that enriches the entire series.
That and a poorly constructed and rushed finale bothered me. Basil Sands, however, managed to irritate me from beginning to end. His voice does not have the timber this assignment calls for, and his characterizations (especially that of Boxer) are laughable. They are simplistic, sometimes crude, and poorly done. This fact alone robs the story of appeal. Add the weak story development and I rate this one low. I debated a 3 but just couldn't do it.
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Jonathan Grave and his team are awesome! This is a great story with an excellent reader.
Jonathan Grave like to say he is on the side of the Angels - I agree. He does kill often, but only to save good people from bad ones.
In this story a crazy religious cult has kidnapped the family of a delta operative. The government asks Grave and his team for help. As always, Jonathan says yes and saves the day, twice!
If you like the Mitch Rapp stories by Vince Flynn you will like this too!
This was very good and kept my interest throughout! Sadly that has been rare lately. The characters were easy to follow and recognize which is helpful when the plot and action is intense.
Very well written and enjoyable from start to finish!
This is not a 'on the edge of your seat' book. It's a bit plodding and the characters didnt impress me all that much and they are not very exciting. The narrator does not help things at all. Sounds rather whiney. I thought it was a waste of my money.
Third straight Jonathan Grave read. The first two were narrated by the same guy (Jeremy Gage) and he was great. This one breaks from that and goes with Basil Sands...not a good move. Over the top and hard to get through. I am seeing the rest of the series is now the same performer. Questioning whether it's worth the download.
I am hooked on my books. I love to take my camper up north and spend the weekend sitting out doors with a drink , watching my dogs
Loved the book keep them coming. The last half was the best half that'll keep you up all night reading
I wouldn't recommend this audiobook to anyone but I would recommend this book as a hard copy.
The premise of the story was good. It was not the edge of your seat book I usually read from this author and it took a bit of patience to get through the beginning. The story picked up but by the end, I was glad it was over.
The storyteller's pace was too erratic. One minute the Main character is the focus, when in less than a breath, the secondary characters are introduced. What happened? Did I miss something relevant? This happened through out the audiobook.
Story isn't bad, but the writing is weak. Unrealistic dialog, chronic breaks in the flow of the story, cliche-ridden. This guys needs an editor in a BIG way. Narrator is not bad given the material with which he has to work. Purchase only if you're relatively desperate.
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