On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.
when the author rants about the federal government stealing our freedoms in the start of the book, I'll go elsewhere.
When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.
I come to suspqIense novels with a set of expectations, and this book violeted them. I listened to a james patterson book one time where, about half way through, it develops that the main narrator is the murderer. This is sort of like that. It's like "didn't see that coming, and didn't want to." I quit the book. Bless you Audible, for your return policy.
And btw, too much detail on the perverse serial killing. I think Box likes that stuf too much.
This is the book you've been looking for: a deep, dark conspiracy that should delight those who loved the Jason Bourne movies, as well as fans of authors Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, and Stephen Hunter. You won't believe what happens when free speech slams into the messy realities of national security. Meet Nick Woods, a former Marine Scout Sniper, who used to be one of our country's greatest operatives. Meet Allen Green, a ballsy reporter in his fifties, who's desperate to break the biggest story since Watergate.
I'm a little inflexible when it comes to my action/thrillers. Simplest rule is there can be no inaccuracies about firearms--like once in a Spenser novel, I think, when the guy switched off the safety on a Glock (only safety on a Glock is in the trigger). This book has an obvious mistake like that on a .45. I leave it to you to find.
More importantly, the hero can't kill people gratuitously. Most important though, is that the fundamental set up must, at some level, make sense. If you had dedicated sniper teams who had successfully engaged and defeated Russian forces in the Near East, would you set them up for the Russians to kill to keep the operation secret?? Preposterous! I am returning the book.
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Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.
This book is beautifully written, very detailed slice of life in the spanish civil war kind of thing, but I kept wanting Mitch Rapp to kill somebody, and he never even showed up.
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It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.
As always, super exciting. Narrator great again. Mitch seems to miss the forest for the trees more than usual. My main complaint is an extremely detailed explanation of Rapp swapping the ammo in his Glock--subsonic for supersonic. If you know how a semi auto pistol functions, and you pay attention, you will realize that his actions will result in a jammed gun 100% of the time. Without the detail, it's no biggie; with the detail, it's like a big wart on the book. Who edits these things?
A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated - and sinister - than Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward, Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.
I've listened to them all. I think the authors are getting bored with the series. There always is some "supernatural or preternatural" overlay, and It's always explained away. Kind of like scubby-doo. There's always some disgusting stuff, feces and so on.
So, it's kind of hard to say this is too much, but it is too much. We find out that there are not one, but two stinking, disgusting viscera eating creep/monsters; Pendergast turns into a lech, however briefly. The other reviews seem to say the end is bad--a cliff hanger. I, for one, am not going to finish it.
The reader as always is great.
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Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation.
Every time I listen to a Stone Barrington novel, I say "never again". I think I even returned one of them. They are preposterous. (He gets invited to spend election night in the Lincoln Bedroom, for goodness' (well) sake. One of his girlfriends is the campaign director for the First Lady, who is running to succeed her husband. He is under the protection of the CIA, sleeping with three women, flying around in a Gulfstream, and opening a hotel in Paris. You could make this up yourself. Never again.
When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other Los Angeles police officers were gunned down in cold blood the night before Holman's release.
So an ex-con is one day out of prison before his lack of impulse control causes him to start skipping work, lying, and going off the rez. Don't care that his son--whom he didn't know, and his ex-wife who left him ten years ago are dead. Don't care how it turns out. Thanks for the return. First Crais book I just could not stand. Like a Nelson DeMille (sp?).
John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.
First, there are some glaring factual missteps: CID agents have classified ranks (so people can't pull rank on them), for example, and Puller introduces himself to all and sundry as CWO Puller.but more important is the fact that this is at most an 8 hour story in a 15 hour read. Long, tiresome dialogue and expositions. Endless explanations of acronyms and military structure.But the worst thing is probably the implausibility of the premise: The story is based on the proposition that Puller's mega genius intelligence officer-- computer savvy brother could credibly be convicted of espionage, and that his very close brother--the aforesaid CID agent would simply accept this for two years. I could point out more, but it would be to spoil the story, such as it is. Actually the first Baldacci books were wildly superior to this one.
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Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.
In this genre, you've got to suspend disbelief to some degree, but when the story gets downright silly-- zombies adversely possessing an estate in upper Manhattan by killing anyone who tries to evict them for over a hundred years? Slaughtering animals that kick up such a fuss that the neighbors hear and complain to no avail? C'mon, really. Even Rene's narration, usually terrific, is over the top when he makes zombie noises. You've really got to slug it out to finish this one.