Love Audible books, listening to 1 every week. However listening to this story is like watching grass grow. The English accent narrator is not suited..Show More » for an action/adventure story. "We're going to kill you," comes across as "Let's meet for tea and crumpets, shall we?" I am a fan of John Gilstrap but in audio form is painfully tedious.
Hostage Zero is a solid thriller. It may be the best novel in the Jonathan Grave series. Jeremy Gage's narration could have been lots better. All o..Show More »f the novels in the series after this one are with Basil Sands narrating. Sands is not a great narrator, but he is MUCH better than Gage.
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..Show More » 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.
The Jonathan Grave series by John Gilstrap is good "fill in listening" when I do not have a really good suspense thriller to listen to. I list..Show More »ened to this book three years ago and did not write a review. I'm currently listening to Book 2 in the series (Hostage Zero). High Treason is an excellent suspense thriller that could have been better. Grave and his team are charged with recovering the kidnapped wife of the president of the US.
Against All Enemies is the 7th and most recent novel in the Jonathan Grave series of espionage thrillers. The two prior novels in the series, High Tr..Show More »eason and End Game, were excellent but not outstanding. The storyline of Against All Enemies has real potential, but Gilstrap disappoints in developing the story.
Basil Sands is a decent narrator, but not one of the best. His narration is excellent.
After listening to most recent three full length novels in the Jonathan Graves series I was not a big John Gilstrap fan. Two of the books earned 4 sta..Show More »rs while the most recent earned only 2 stars. Soft Targets is a novella in the Graves series. It is superb! Both Gilstrap and narrator Basil Sands are outstanding. The story is about an FBI agent whose 12 and 14 year old daughters are kidnapped. The FBI agent, through her priest, seeks the help of US Special Forces soldier Jonathan Graves and his soldier friend in finding them quickly. Such help must be off the books since it is both illegal and unconstitutional for soldiers to operate on US soil.