Diver Ulysses Vidal finds a 14th-century bronze bell of Templar origin buried under a reef off the Honduras coast. It turns out it's been lying there for more than one century, prior to Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. Driven by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he begins the search for the legendary treasure of the Order of The Temple. Together with a medieval history professor and a daring Mexican archeologist, he travels through Spain, the Mali desert, the Caribbean Sea, and the Mexican jungle.
If you like any of the Dan Brown novels such as the Davinci Code or novels such as National Treasure you will like this. It has many of the same themes such as the Templar knights, intrigue in the Vatican. and a vast buried treasure. Not wanting to spoil the book, I won't give away the ending. Instead of wandering around the cities of Europe, the action is diving in the Caribbean, travelling through Mali in Africa (I had to look that up because I had no idea where Mali was),and the Jungles of Central America. The book moves at a fast pace and is a quick guilty listen.
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Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story and his ship have been lost to time.
This is a fascinating read of as the title says, of pirate hunters. Although it is a nonfiction book, it reads like fiction, mostly like any of the Clive Cussler diving novels. Based on a true life hunt for a sunken pirate ship the characters are real life people with fascinating backgrounds. Besides being some of the best deep sea divers in the world, one grew up in New York City on the fringes of the Gambino Mafia family. That part, although nothing to do with pirates, was fascinating as well. Two of the men actually had a deep sea diving program on the history channel. I found some online and watched them. Quite interesting. This book is well worth the credit. The dive takes place in Samana in the Dominican Republic. I have been there. Although quite beautiful, quite sketchy. Just like the characters in the book, our driver kept a pistol in his belt at all times.
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A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than one percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but 25 years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than 1000 women. Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause.
According to the description there are only 1000 women left in the world. This book has some of the them living in a prison being treated like serial killers. Why? There are countless hours of a basic description of prison life including 30 minutes of a woman locked in solitary confinement. Although the initial premise started out well, after 5 hours I just gave up. Nothing made any sense whatsoever. If I had used a credit for book, I would have returned it. If you want something to your your insomnia this may be just the ticket.
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Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.
This book starts a little slow, but gets better as you listen. Superb narration by George Newbern and writing skills by Fredrik Backman. Although sometimes sad, it will make you smile.
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Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.
I enjoy most of these series. Although they are rather graphic and violent, and the subject matter is usually torture and rape, they have a fast pace and good characters. This book is about child abduction and rape, so it is even more disturbing.
The big issue with this book that about a third is spent explaining what happened in the earlier books in series. So if you have read them you may get pretty bored with hearing the same stories all over again. If you have not heard any of her books, choose another one to start with. This is one of the weakest in series.
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Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.
This is a very good listen with an unusual twist. The hero is going to die in the end and you know that from almost the first page. Forced into an act of heroism as he is contemplating his suicide, Nate Overbay is your typical ex marine who knows how to use a gun, but is reluctant to do so. Since he knows he is dying there is not much that can really scare him, and he actually prefers a sudden end over a long painful death from illness. When the bad guys threaten him, he could care less, and it is only when they threaten his family that he becomes violent. If you like Jack Reacher books, you will probably like this. As usual Scott Brick does a great job at narration.
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Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
This book starts out fairly good. Interesting characters, Well thought out plot most of the book. But the author does not know when to stop her descriptions of graphic violence. Out of 20 hours there must be over 5 hours of detailed narration of mutilations, murders, rapes, torture, etc. If this was made into a movie without serious editing it would easily win a triple XXX rating. By the end I was skipping entire chapters.
There are whole chapters narrated by the father of a girl who goes missing, and not to spoil plot she has been murdered (not big surprise.) I skipped these chapters as well. They are quite secondary to the plot. The author adds a last chapter narrated by father that is not needed.
One of key issues of book is depiction of the major female characters. They are shallow,stupid, and selfish. In the end they morph into homicidal maniacs, If you want a better book set in the south with inspiring women roles listen to the Help or To Kill a Mockingbird.. Silence of the Lambs looks like Sesame Street compared to this novel.
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The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.
I loved the book and movie twenty years ago. Now as a work of fiction it is rather "dated". No cellphones or Internet here, the major piece of technology is the teletype machine. The underlying story is good, but it is just difficult to get past the "cold war" mentality of the book. However, there is some good "biology" in the book that is still relevant today. The author (same as Jurassic Park) does go to some lengths to explain to the listener some of the science behind technology such as electron microscopes and X-ray crystallography .
I purchased this on sale and not sure I would pay more than the $9.95 that it cost me.
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The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.
There is a lot of science in this science fiction book, but also a decent story. It does get sort of weird near the end, bur you should expect that from any book in the genre, you always need some aliens. The more "other worldly, the better.
Better known for his Lucas Davenport (Prey Series), this a a new genre for John Sanford. You probably need to like science fiction to enjoy this, and if you are a woman who likes science fiction maybe even more so; many of the major characters are women. The book's major theme is a race between the US and China to explore an alien sighting in the rings of Saturn. This leads to some good tension-filled moments.
If you are really into the science part of Science Fiction make sure to listen to the addendum after the book.It has some really interesting discussions on different approaches to interplanetary rocket propulsion systems.
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A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."
Normally I don't like short stories, but this is the exception. It combines some great fiction,some of the best narrators on Audible and commentary by Stephen King. I have read most of his stories and some I love and others not so much, but on average he is an A category writer. His commentary on his stories is my favorite part of this collection. Although he is probably the best selling writer in the world, he is so down to earth with his stories of shopping at Walmart and riding his Harley across America.
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