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  • Target Omega

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Kirsanow
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Buried deep in the US defense and special forces architecture is an elite, ultra-black unit created expressly to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists and rogue regimes. Their covert, surgical strikes eliminate grave threats so the rest of America can sleep without fear. Until now. After returning from a successful operation in Pakistan, the entire team is assassinated within 48 hours. Only their leader, Michael Garin, survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series...

  • By shelley on 06-11-18

Excellent Story and Charactets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The story deveopment is excellent and the cast of characters, both good and evil, is also well done. In addition, the geopolitical context of the story and emerging threat were both current and within the realm of possibility.

From a listener’s (rather than reader’s) perspective, I thought Paul Michael’s presentation of the characters’ voices was very good but his running narrative was occasionally a little too flat.

Finally, Target Omega ends with some unfinished business. However, I felt that Kirsanow reconciled enough to leave me satisfied while cleverly whetting my appetite more justice.

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

A Really Good First Thriller ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Jack Carr and his writing partner have collaborated to deliver a first rate storyline filled with a fun array of good people and very bad villains. Though some of the characters may have been a little over the top, I found them to add to the story rather than invalidate it. After all, what’s wrong with a little drama?

Ray Porter more than did his part, delivering appropriate and distinguishable voices across a variety of ages, genders, and nationalities.

My question to the author is what’s next ...

  • The Deceivers

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share - and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Topical political/espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-07-18

Great Characters and Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Berenson’s core characters, Johnny Wells, Ellis Shafer, and President Vinnie Duto continue their dysfunctional love hate relationship chasing down a Russian false flag operation - a timely subject matter. Adding in a couple of new players on the good guy side, Berenson has a strong cast for his next novel.

I hope the next novel is not too far off because there are some loose ends.

George Guidall’s performance was excellent!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Operator Down

  • A Pike Logan Thriller, Book 12
  • By: Brad Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Former Delta Force Officer and New York Times best-selling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller where Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa - and tests his loyalties to the Taskforce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait, I have to catch my breath...

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

Outstanding Characters & Fresh Plot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Surrounding Taylor’s Pike Logan is a solid group of regulars plus interesting new additions of villains worth hating.

In addition, I enjoyed the relief from Middle East-centric plots. Mix in a good performance by Orlow and Strozier and you’ll enjoy a wild Pike Logan ride.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Thriller Series

  • Data Jack
  • By: Christopher Greyson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Jack Stratton's back is up against the wall. He's broke, kicked off the force, and his new bounty hunting business has slowed to a trickle. With no money coming in, Jack's license to carry suspended, and no good job prospects on the horizon, Jack's got it tough. He thinks things are turning around when Alice (aka Replacement) gets a lucrative job setting up a home data network. That is, until he discovers it's for a handsome, jet-setting software tycoon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Stratton to the rescue!

  • By shelley on 08-05-17

Well written but not my cup of tea ...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Based on a series with many readers and high reviews, I purchased Data Jack in the WhisperSync format. Reading the commercial briefs about the flavor of the Detective Jack Stratton, series, I expected a more hardened protagonist - maybe like Mike Connelly’s Harry Bosch. Much to my surprise I found the characters to be rather naive. As a former military operative and police detective, Jack seemed to be overly innocent. In my opinion, Jack’s past deeds and the current context of the drama didn’t seem to match either Jack or Alice as characters.

I mostly listened to the entire novel as performed by Andrew Tell. Tell's an excellent performer with a range of voices. However, his voice characterizations of both Jack and Alice made them seem almost like high-schoolers cast in a serious crime drama. Because the characters seemed to be portrayed in such a young way, I took an intermission to check reviews to see if I missed something - thinking this series might be a PG or G crime series for younger readers. Anecdotally, one reviewer's comment stood out: “Jack’s romantic relationship with ‘ eplacement' is PG at worst and the language is mostly G rated. The fact that the author can write a good mystery novel without resorting to gratuitous sex and foul language illustrates his talent.” Not that I need bad language or gratuitous sex but I expected a little more hardened flavor to the book

I’m not going to rate this book poorly because it’s not my cup of tea. Data Jack was well-written and the story did have both mystery and action. Rather, the blame for not liking the book should be mostly mine. Accordingly, I’ll try my best to be fair in the “stars” portion of my review.

  • A Fragile Thing

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Max Emerson is rich and powerful: a patron of the arts and the owner of a multinational business. But Max's business is money laundering, and, for the first time in his fortunate life, he's in trouble. Hackers are targeting his company. The FBI is pressuring him to betray one of his crooked clients. And a dark secret from his own past looks in danger of resurfacing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please, More Max Emerson

  • By Robert on 08-20-17

Please, More Max Emerson

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This excellent story about the awakening of a complex, often pragmatic financial entrepreneur offers a tinge of mystery while settling old scores. Moreover, the supporting characters offer a lot of potential as does the main character, Max Emerson. Accordingly, I hope Kevin Wignall will let us see more of Max.

If you want hardcore action from a spy, hard-boiled detective or a Jack-Reacher type, this isn't the right character or story. However, if international settings and clever maneuvering by a poised, bright and sometimes tough guy peaks your interest, A Fragile Thing will deliver. Finally, Scott Merriman delivers an excellent performance as a narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rogue Agent

  • The Agent Series, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Judson
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Former covert ops agent Tom Sexton is living quietly in rural Vermont. Running a diner with his girlfriend, Stella, he thinks that the worst he's seen, done, and suffered is finally behind him. But when a long-hidden specter from his troubled past emerges, Tom is shaken out of his safe, furtive life. With no choice but to lock and load, Tom falls back into a world where valor and violence collide...and his isn't the only life in danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of action, action, action and more action!

  • By Wayne on 08-01-17

Great Character Possibilities - Can Author Deliver

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Daniel Judson has developed a variety of potentially good characters - more than just the 2 apparent leads (Tom and Charlie). Can he split them and occasionally bring them back together without taking the easy way out by simply killing one or the other?

Likewise, lightly used characters like Grune could prove interesting. I look forward to seeing where Judson goes with his story and character development. In my opinion, he's off to a very good start.

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 972

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dark

  • By Gina on 08-28-17

Creative but too complex

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-17

I have liked other Sakey novels more than this one.

Though the story theme is very creative, I thought the various elements of the story were a little drawn out and difficult to follow. In addition, I thought a few the subplots were a bit overdone. I had a hard time deciding if the general feel of the novel was sci-fi suspense or romance.

Finally, I think Ms. Williams is an excellent performer with a lot of age, gender and situational range. However, I thought casting a colonial English - accented performer to represent primarily 2 American FBI characters may not of been the best fit.

Nonetheless, I'm glad I listened to the book and will listen to Sakey and/or Finty Williams again.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • A Criminal Defense

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,398
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,114

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader ruins it!

  • By Matthew Jarka on 05-15-17

Difficult to Sympathize or Empathize

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-17

William Myers' novel is certainly filled with twists and turns as well as clever characters. For me, the reason I didn't rate the story aspect of my review more highly was my total distaste for every major character. In short, the lack of ethics and morality of the characters left me without anyone to cheer for while anticipating the conclusion.

  • The Tracker

  • Sam Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,548

Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

Interesting Character and Different Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

As an audio book, Zunker's tracker had an unusual plot with potentially good characters. I will be curious to see if the character can develop. From a listeners perspective, Berman did a good job with a range of characters.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful