I'll be honest with you - I'm no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There's even a line in one of our cadences: "Superman is the man of steel, he ain't no match for Navy SEAL." You've seen the movies - we're indestructible, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers…all I really wanted to do was get laid.
One harmless f*** with a Curaçao whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup - wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn't save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.
But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, "My name is Annie Hamilton. I'm an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You're my last hope. Please save me."
One desperate plea. This wasn't a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew that this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put the cape on and be her hero.
©2014 Alana Albertson (P)2014 Alana Albertson
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Wow! This book was awesome. Great Seal book... loved the beginning, and all the action that took place as Pat rescued Annie... Pat was such a great character, and very believable. I think Annie should have been a bit more damaged, but you know what... it totally worked for this story. I totally enjoyed the entire book!
Narration... ok... not big on dual narration... I like the male narrator more than the female narrator...but it was ok...
Great credit, buy or sale...
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
When I read the synopsis for this book my first thoughts were “Oh wow”. This book was going to be raw, intriguing, and quite possibly very emotional. It was all that - and more... From the first pages you are drawn into a world of Navy Seals. When you think about a Seal you think hero, strength, commitment, honor... The hero in this story doesn't start out as a hero... Patrick is out looking for a little pleasure and he’s willing to go to a brothel to get it. When he gets there he gets the surprise of a lifetime after he chooses “Star” out of a lineup. After business is finished she say's “My name is Annie Hamilton. I'm an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You're my last hope. Please save me.”
I loved this story, it fulfills all your need and the narration was great... Hope book 2 is out soon !! :)
Nothing about the characters really pulled me in. The hero was supposed to be an anti-hero, but for me he was just a jerk. Even the things that were supposed to be redeeming about him fell short for me.
The storyline was alright to me and would have been about a 3, maybe 3.5 star story until it hit around 60%. Then things just started to feel extremely rushed, which didn't allow me to connect with the characters and share in the emotion they were supposed to be feeling.
I LOATHED the SEAL credos being interjected in the middle of chapters. If that was how each chapter started, I still wouldn't have liked it, but I could have dealt with it. They completely pulled me out of the story, and while it might work in print since you can see it's in italics or bold or something, in audio it was disconcerting.
Perhaps. I don't think she's a terrible writer, and I'm sure her technique and story-telling will improve as she continues to release more work. I'd definitely be wary before buying though, maybe wait to catch it on a sale.
He was just alright to me, not horrible, but there are things that he could have improved. It seemed no matter what emotion the lead was feeling, his delivery was the same pace, same tone, same forcefulness. The female narrator was fine, she didn't get much chance to shine, so I don't feel I can give an accurate assessment of her performance.
I don't think I would have really cut anything (except the SEAL credos interspersed throughout the story), but I definitely would have ADDED. More background with the father, better build up to the emotional scenes would have led to a bigger payoff for me. When one minute everything is just coasting and two seconds later everything is perfect unicorns and gumdrops on a marshmallow cloud, it's frustrating to not see how the heck we got there.
I don't know what I was expecting when I read the synopsis of this book. The grit and raw emotion that is unraveled in this novel is unlike any I have read previously. I was amazed at the level of accuracy regarding Seal life, the sex trade, and the drug community. This author really left nothing out when it comes to this book. It really tugs at the heart strings with the surprises.
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