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  • Rogue Mission

  • By: Jeffrey S. Stephens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

CIA agent Jordan Sandor's mission is more complex and has more at stake than any he has faced before. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing more help than ever, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Action with Explosive Ending!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-14-18

maybe I'm just getting old

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I used to love the Mitch Rapp type novels with superhero types kicking terrorist butt. this book is nowhere near the level of a Mitch Rapp novel, but the concept is the same. our hero pretty much single-handedly saved the world. for those of you who still enjoy this type of genre, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. for me however, I don't think I'll continue with this series. just too unrealistic and at times illogical. in fact for me the book was simply not well thought-out.

  • Vengeance

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Three years ago Lew Fonseca quit his job as a process server with the State Attorney's Office in Cook County, Illinois, and drove his rattling Toyota south to escape the memories of his beloved late wife. Headed for Key West, the Toyota broke down in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Sarasota, Florida. Buoyed by the friendship of a few trustworthy souls, Lew settled there, making ends meet by doing some investigative work for local attorneys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The melancholy server

  • By Donald on 04-09-06

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

this book was written in the 90s which I mentioned for no other reason that it's interesting to know. It does not affect the novel at all.

oddly this book or rather it's plot shouldn't work, but it really does. some very clever twists and turns make it an extremely enjoyable read.

Scott Brick does an excellent job, probably one of his best.

It's most assuredly worth a credit. has a wonderful ending.

  • A Death in Live Oak

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Townson's defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Courtroom Drama

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-22-18

Has Moments, Just Not Enough of Them

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

This is one of those books that has a plot that should be just so good but just never reaches its potential.

I am not a huge believer in conspiracy theories, But there are two or three conspiracies here running at the same time. It’s hard to discuss this further without screwing it up for somebody reading this review but you’ll soon get the point if you get the book. Basically however, this conspiracy idea it doesn’t seem to reach the brain of our protagonist. I felt frustrated and I really just wanted to reach out and smack the back of the authors head. Don’t you wish to pursue this thinks I? He didn’t.

I probably would’ve given this at least one more star if the author had decided to finish the book. He didn’t. He left at least six or seven threads and various characters in the lurch. I hate that. I want almost everything to be settled.

Sometimes an Author will do this with the intention of Setting up the reader for the next book. If that was what he intended to do, he just plain overdid it. Whole groups of people are just completely disregarded. Personal relationships which have changed are not discussed. I tried to find out if there was a follow up novelbut, as far as I could see there is not. I could be wrong. Either way I felt completely left out of the reading process. All I wanted to do is ask, well what happened to so-and-so? What happened to that group of people? This is sort of a silly way of reviewing this but unfortunately if I get more specific I made mess up your own opinions by spoiling.

Wrong or not, I will not be buying any more books in the series. I see from the reviews that other people loved it, so once again I feel the Contrarian. Use your credit if you feel you want to, but be prepared to be left dangling at the end of the last chapter. If after reading the book you agree with me, give me an agree. If you don’t give me a thumbs down.

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  • Nimble Be Jack

  • Cap's Place Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Tarrant
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Jack Nolan believes he has finally settled into a comfortable routine owning his South Florida bar, Cap's Place. He's put the end of his law career and his divorce behind him and is enjoying the relaxed pace around Cap's Place, when an organized crime boss decides to take over the bar. Jack suddenly finds his life in danger and his bar in jeopardy. Running from one threat to another Jack attempts to navigate his way out of this rapidly deteriorating crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jack attracts trouble without trying

  • By Wayne on 01-20-18

As expected... Better than the last one

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Better plot. I'll try #3., still too much self absorbed behavior and if I hear Landshark one more time...

  • Cap's Place: A Jack Nolan Novel

  • Cap's Place Series, Book 1
  • By: Robert Tarrant
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Jack Nolan had his life all mapped out as he pursued a promising career as an attorney in Michigan. Suddenly his world was knocked out of orbit and he found himself living with his Uncle Mickey above Mickey's bar in South Florida. Mickey's untimely death leads to Jack becoming a bar owner. Jack's protective approach to his life includes staying emotionally uninvolved with everyone around him, those who work at the bar, customers, and the objects of his frequent one-night stands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just enough to keep me interested in this series

  • By Wayne on 01-20-18

Saved my life

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I believe that this is his first novel and of course it is the first in the series. It actually saved my life cuz I just came off reading to horrible horrible books. this is not Pulitzer Prize literature. on the other hand it's like the thing the doctors promise, first Do no harm. it wasn't bad, a couple of interesting characters, and just enough so that I have already purchased the second in the series. I expect it will be better as this other learns a little bit more and reads a few of his own reviews. we shall see. Worth a credit.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,234

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Debut of the feisty O'Sullivan Six!

  • By MDJeepGirl on 04-08-16

This one is going back

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I really tried. I purchased this book several weeks ago and I'm still not even halfway through it. The protagonist, when she's not Crossing herself, is just the most irritating person. she is something equal to a teenager trying to solve a murder. it just doesn't work. I love detective stories and police procedurals, but this fails on all levels. Anyway... I can't finish it so I'm going to trade it in for something better. I see a fair number of excellent reviews so maybe it's just me.

  • Time and Tide

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 7
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Change is afoot at Kings Lake Central police station. A most unexpected new detective inspector takes up his post this Monday morning, and the oldest detective in the place takes a momentous decision. Around them, other officers are considering their own situations, and even the building itself seems to be facing an uncertain future. But life and death go on, nevertheless, and by lunchtime someone will make a grim discovery on the Norfolk saltmarshes. A stranger seems to have suffered a slow and agonizing death out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful British modern detective series!

  • By Wayne on 01-26-18

There is no better police procedural

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

This is the seventh book in the series and without a doubt it is the best. I consider it to be the finest police procedural novel in existence. Period. While probably not necessary to read the first six books, I would strongly urge you to do so you will know the characters. The players are of course important. Besides, the worst of the six novels still gets well over four stars. You can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

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  • Livia Lone

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them...the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason. Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a heartbreaker that makes u want 2 hit someone!

  • By shelley on 10-27-16

Pretty awful

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

this book got a lot of great reviews but for me it was pretty bad. A lot of Fairly brutal sexual abuse of children which I could deal with I suppose but the older I get I just don't need to know the details. also considering who is the protagonist in the book the whole thing is a little far-fetched. I read it, and therefore I did not return it, but I cannot in all good conscience tell others to buy this and unless they're really aware of the content

  • The Night Stalker

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 2
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. A few days later, another victim is found dead in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Police Procedural From BryndzaR

  • By Charles Atkinson on 06-08-16

Hard to like

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

One of the things that's always important to me is that I have to at least like or respect the protagonist. right from the beginning we find our Detective clearly has some sexual issues and in fact acts from the beginning in a very sleazy and promiscuous manner. she even finds herself involved in various sexual relationships with people that no professional police officer should ever even consider. To me this distracts completely from the book. It is also fairly clear that Erika is not even a very good detective. Yes, she sort of is involved in the solving of the crime, but she also distracts others from doing their job.

Again I point out that for me any police procedural past indicate that the lead character deserves her job, and in this case I cannot even imagine why this totally insecure, defensive and kind of sleazy person can even continue to be a detective.

Others May like it. But my recommendation is to give it a pass.

  • The Wolf in Winter

  • Charlie Parker, Book 12
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town. But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • should have read some earlier episodes, perhaps

  • By itinerant on 01-24-17

Of he several I have read this was the best

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

THIS was really quite excellent. while each book does stand on its own it's probably best that you have read at least a few of the early novels so that it will allow you to identify all the players. Excellent narration as always. in general this is quite a different serious because of the continuing focus on the occasional Supernatural, but do not make the mistake of thinking that this is anything more than a great police procedural and suspense novel. recommended