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Mel

Raleigh, NC, United States
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  • The Hunted

  • Jed Walker Series, Book 2
  • By: James Phelan
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

When the hunters become the hunted, ex-CIA agent Jed Walker is the man you need. In 2011, Seal Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden. Now, four years later, someone is eliminating Team Six - one by one they are turning up dead. Jed Walker, ex-CIA, is an outsider back in the game. He's been chasing down a sinister group code-named Zodiac that the big guns - MI5, CIA, the Pentagon - have failed to eradicate. Walker follows the trail of bodies, uncovering secrets and making connections he's not supposed to make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Walker REALLY IS "like Reacher"

  • By Mel on 05-15-18

Walker REALLY IS "like Reacher"

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

It's 2018 and every solitary spec ops rogue agent has to be touted as "like Jack Reacher". At my last count there are 126 "like Reachers" floating around the Audible cloud. Jed Walker REALLY IS "like Reacher". This is the 2nd and my 2nd book in this series. I will be reading the rest.

I am familiar with Missouri so I knew where the action was talking place... AND I figured out the final target with three hours to go ... but it was still a hair-raising mano a mano duel to the death.

It is a cliche with characters like Jed Walker that if the odds are 5 bad guys with big knives and Walker has a jelly doughnut... Advantage Walker. Yes he is jut a tad SuperHuman but thats OK. I REALLY like this series!

  • Bluff

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

At 27, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article - on the art of cheating at cards. In the process, Natalie is dazzled by a poker cheat's sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition - to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hell of a story! Easily worth 11 stars!

  • By Wayne on 04-09-18

The Last Hour is AWESOME!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

A stand-alone story... with a TERRIFIC final hour that catches every listener totally by surprise. You never suspect what is coming and then WHAM!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709

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

James Reece = Paul Kersey ("Death Wish")

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Coincidentally I saw the latest movie "Death Wish" the same week I listened to this book. Lt Col. Reece is a bit more creative in his vengeance than Dr Kersey (Bruce Willis). ... I figured this story would have an underlying political theme. Jack Carr and I seem to share the same "politics" so no problem for me. .... I figured out the "who dunnit" about 2/3 thru, but I read a LOT of this genre. ... Without revealing a spoiler, I look forward to the likelihood of a 2nd similar book.

.... IMO, Ray Porter is the BEST narrator going. Joe Barrett is 2nd. Mr Carr... Keep Ray as your narrator!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Killed in Action

  • An Equalizer Novel
  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. McCall’s first client is a distraught mother who is desperate to locate her young daughter, drawn into the shadowy world of white slavery. But this client may not be all she appears to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book! Hope there will be more...

  • By shelley on 02-01-18

Another "knight errant" thriller... A Good One!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I have listened to / enjoyed this series. Will definitely purchase the next one. If any "issue" it would be too many subplots in play that got confusing.

This genre niche - solitary knight errant w/ spec ops skills - is getting crowded with fine series such as Lee Childs' "Reacher" and Gregg Hurwitz' "Evan Smoak" and "John Milton" and others. It is a solid concept that has a strong audience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • God of Vengeance

  • The Rise of Sigurd 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Norway, AD 785. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king.... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust, and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good!

  • By David Groveman on 09-29-16

Proably a fine "yarn" but....

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I'm sure this is a fine "adventure yarn" and I might someday return to it... but ... too many "Scandinavian / Norse" words that are impossible to understand in an audible version. Probably works fine in print but I simply cannot follow audibly...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Outlaw

  • By: Angus Donald
  • Narrated by: Graham Padden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

  • By Mel on 01-13-18

As Fine a "Fictional Saga" as Lonesome Dove!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I have "binge-listened" to the entire 8-book Outlaw Chronicles series over two weeks. ... OUTSTANDING! As engrossing a historical fiction saga as McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. As high a compliment as I can bestow.

That there was never "a Robin Hood" is of no more consequence than there was never a Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler" or a Corleone Family. Early 13th Century Europe was a violent time and Angus Duncan's masterpiece reflects that reality.

DEFINITELY read this series in chronological order as each book builds on previous events. I shall miss Sir Alan and The Earl of Locksley... "WESTBURY !!!"

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Those in Peril

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a B Movie

  • By Suzanne K Russell on 05-16-11

CAUTION: Excellent Series... BUT!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I've "read" (Audible) Wilbur Smith's entire 3-book Hector Cross series. As an action-adventure series it rivals Ted Bell... Vince Flynn... Daniel Silva et al. Hector Cross embodies all the testosterone-overload qualities of the modern day rogue operative "hero". The scope of Cross' adventures is "all over the world"... $$$ and resources no object... and the villains are among the most despicable in literary fiction. That said...

Tread softly as these stories contain borderline XXX-rated snuff-film porn. Definitely not for the squeamish to extreme violence, torture and graphic sex scenes. Would the stories be the same if Smith had dialed back on the graphic torture / sex scenes? I'm not qualified to say. .... just be warned and remember "I told you so" ...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fallen Pride

  • A Jesse McDermitt Novel - Caribbean Adventure Series Volume 4
  • By: Wayne Stinnett
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In this fourth installment of the Jesse McDermitt series, Jesse faces an antagonist unlike any he's faced before, post-traumatic stress. A friend's son, who was dishonorably discharged from the Corps, is suffering from nightmares, brought on by the incident that was the catalyst for his discharge. With Jesse's help he learns to cope with his demons and gets his discharge overturned, so that he may once again serve the country he loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • NOT Travis McGee... but who is?

  • By Mel on 09-01-17

NOT Travis McGee... but who is?

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I'm halfway thru this series and plan to complete it. Wayne has a formula and it makes for a easy read. Who doesn't like "former Spec Op guy living "the life' on an island in the Keys with his buddies"?

No, it's not a literary threat to John D. MacDonald's classic Travis McGee, but who is? Jesse is a really good guy and all his buddies are good guys. Yes the "new girl every book" is kind of a running joke but what the heck. It worked for James Bond.

Keep'em coming Wayne...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Crosshairs

  • A Sniper Novel
  • By: Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

The Central Intelligence Agency is under attack, and so is its top field operative, Kyle Swanson. The highly decorated former marine corps gunnery sergeant is attending the funeral of a friend when a terrorist blows up the grave. A week later he narrowly survives a grenade attack in Berlin. In Washington, Congress is being told that Swanson has been turned, his private employer is corrupt, and the agency itself cannot be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YAY! Welcome Back Luke Daniels!

  • By Mischasmom on 08-27-17

Jack Coughlin is in Flynn/Thor's league ....

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I've read all the Vince Flynns, Brad Thors, and the other Top Ten in the genre. This guy - Jack Coughlin and "Kyle Swanson" deserve a place at that VIP table.

I especially enjoy the Excalibur element... and "Coasty".

Check out this series... and, yes, recommend you read'em in order.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Sea

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The Soviet battle cruiser Simbirsk, which launched in June 1940 and was reported sunk in 1944 with the loss of all hands, is still sailing the open sea. January of 2017: American Los Angeles class submarine USS Houston is tracking a surface target that is not listed as part of the Russian navy's response to the NATO maneuvers. What they find will set in motion the answers to one of the great mysteries of World War II.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best in the series, but fun

  • By Matthew on 11-03-17

As Good as Cussler's Dirk Pitt

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Completing this latest Event Group adventure, I now enter that frustrating period of "waiting for the next one...?"

While each adventure is self-contained, knowing the characters as they develop adds so much. I strongly suggest reading in chronological order.

Easiest comparison of Golemon's Event Group led by Col. Jack Collins is Clive Cussler's original NUMA Files with Dirk Pitt. Yes, such stories do take on an easily detected formula... SO WHAT! ... OK, Maybe Cussler's Oregon Files too w/ Juan Cabrillo. Heck.... I liked'ed all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful