A globe-spanning, heart-pounding epic thriller of good vs. evil, political intrigue, and what it means to be a patriot - from New York Times best-selling author Oliver North.
The year is 2032. The NRA has been outlawed; the U.S. military has been gutted; Conservative Christians, dubbed ANARKS, have been labeled a global conspiracy and have been largely driven underground. The Caliphate is now a superpower, residing in Israel. The White House is occupied by a repressive Progressive regime, obsessed with the upcoming presidential election. Then, the kidnapping of an MIT physicist who is privy to sensitive scientific information from a Houston energy conference by Islamic terrorists sets in motion a high-stakes international game of cat and mouse.
Peter Newman, security consultant and former decorated war hero, is determined to rescue the scientist. The president, fearful that her reelection will be endangered by the reemergence of terrorism, will stop at nothing to keep the kidnapping a secret. The White House condemns the kidnapping as the work of ANARKS, and has the authorities label Newman an ANARK. Newman is forced to evade the law while also preparing a daring rescue with the help of his war hero father, a patriotic U.S. senator, and a band of special forces operatives.
Fast-paced, gripping, and filled with authentic detail, North has crafted an edge-of-your-seat tale - and offers an ominous look into what can happen in an election year.
©2012 Oliver North (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
I've been an audiobook listener for many years. This book won't stand out in my memory for any long period of time. While the author wrote an interesting tale, it was torn to shreds in it's presentation by the narrator. The narrator of this story did such a bad job I honestly feel sorry for Mr. North. The narrator reminded me of a middle school kid struggling through a drama club play rehearsal while reading the lines right off the script. He stumbled through sentences, couldn't pronounce words, and gave the general impression that he didn't prepare. I feel if another narrator would have read the book, it would have been more interesting. I'm sorry, but there isn't much more to say than that.
Oliver North, yes. Peyton Tochterman, no.
The plot was very interesting and kept me going despite the agony of listening to the slow, stilted reading of the narrator. I mean, who talks like that??
His reading was very slow. He had no appropriate voices for the different characters. He had no style at all for the military dialogue. The way he said "Local" at the end of every time stamp for each chapter segment was just silly. The way he stilted through the pronunciations of the many military and government acronyms was just painful. It was a very interesting story that was just ruined by this reading.
I think a follow-up story would be very interesting, but I will read it myself rather than listen to Peyton Tochterman again. Get George Guidall to read it.
Narration is uneven. Half the time he sounds like an air traffic controller enunciating for airplanes in the area. To change characters, he just goes louder and softer. Might be a good story with a professional performance.
No. Too hard to listen to.
Oliver North - maybe; Peyton Tochterman - NEVER!
The story had potential (other than Oliver North's self-aggrandizing mention of himself several times), but the narrator was horrible. I just wanted the book to be over so I wouldn't have to listen to his stumbling mispronunciations. His occasional attempts at a Scottish (?) accent were so pathetic as to not even be laughable. This book's potential was totally ruined by the narrator, who sounded like he was sight reading at about a 3rd grade level. I kept checking to see how much longer the book was going to last. Should've just given up on it, returned it for a refund, and saved myself the frustration!
No. I wish that I had purchased it for Kindle instead of using my Audible credit.
There are a whole bunch of characters in the book and at least 3 plot lines. Probably my favorite protagonist is Admiral Cohen because for an old man he's tough and competent. The best villain has got to be the President who cares for nothing but her reelection and will make any deal or betray any trust to secure it.
Anybody! Tochterman was simply AWFUL!!!! Absolutely awful! It really pisses me off when a great story like this is butchered by somebody who can hardly speak. Were it not for the story itself this book would have been intolerable to listen to. His performance is stilted and wooden. He reads like a third grader giving a report on osmosis in front of a class. Whoever hired this guy to be a narrator needs to go back to working at Walmart. Stephan Rudnicki would have made the story. Peyton Tochterman destroyed it
There were several times when North describes the conditions in the U.S. under the progressive regime that unnerved me.
This book received a poor review prior to mine. Did that reviewer not understand that this book is going to be of a patriotic nature considering the author? He also doesn't seem to care for the subject matter because it does not fit his world view. Perhaps if he were an American Citizen he may have a different perspective. Also as an Irishman how can he develop an opinion on the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin? He also states that the book is anti European, Hispanic and Arab. I dont remember Europeans being portrayed in any light in the book. Hispanics were neutral since there were good and bad. Arabs, maybe but more radical Islam. What the book is really against is runaway political correctness and an unchecked left wing. Anther thing that invalidates his review is that the performance received 3 stars. Now I know why my family left Ireland in 1806
The moral chartacterizations of the main family and friends. A very family friendly story and with an excellent moral foundation.
The main character's dad because of his wisdom patience and moral character and teachings.
The same and the Mexican patriot who sacrifices his property and safety for the benefit of the main character.
The narrator was unfortunately slow and stilted at times, with a number of pronunciation errors, but the story easily covered these shortcommings.
Peyton Tochterman's reading of "Heroes Proved" made this book come alive. I could feel the drama and excitement but he wasn't too dramatic, as some readers are, making it corny. He was the perfect pick to read this exciting book.
Though "Heroes Proved" is fiction and takes place in the future, 2032, there was nothing unbelievable, i.e. the 2032 technology is probably in the works today and scenarios are, well, not far fetched at all. It was a look into a possible future through the crystal ball of North's experience.
Although the book and reading of it kept me engaged, I didn't have an extreme reaction to it until the story was finished and Oliver North read the credits and thanked the people who made the book possible. North seems to be a genuinely humble man.
I really tried to like this story. I listened to a full 6 hours and 28 minutes before I finally gave up. While the blurb describes this as set in a dystopian future, it is clear that it is really written as part of some type of weird Sarah Palin election literature. While I quite happily munch my way through books set in the future, most have the advantage of being written for adults. This book, although audio, is clearly aimed at people with a limited reading age that need everything spelled out. Many times. On top of that I found it both patronising and utterly jingoistic. To crown it all, the characters are completely one-dimensional and utterly lacking in any redeeming features that would make the reader identify with them.
This book contains every tea party scare story that keeps Rush Limbaugh in a job. It is anti-european, anti-arab, anti-hispanic. I didn't get far enough in to see if it also manages to target the asians. In one sense, I could have forgiven all that if it was written well. It isn't. If you value thirteen hours of your life, I am sure you could spend it more productively than listening to this.
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