A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect life. Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything - a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments.
On the positive side it made me think about if Google or Facebook could become the global political powerhouse that CommonWealth is in this novel. CommonWealth controls publicly available information to the point it is more powerful than any government and threatens to become the world government. The strongest part of the novel is the author's short afterward.
Bandwidth also made me think about:
1. How Audible could classify near-term political science fiction as suspense mystery/thriller.
2. How any listener could rate Bandwidth 4 star or 5 star.
3. How smart the author was to make Bandwidth free with Kindle Unlimited.
Former lawman Mex Anderson is trying to cope with the horrific murders of his family as best he can. Moving from his small, Mexican town to the snowy mountains of Colorado has helped, however it seems nothing can ever take away the gut-wrenching pain of his loss. When the head of the drug cartel responsible for the killings approaches him with an offer that would reveal the individuals behind the murders, it might lead to the one thing that would allow Mex to heal: revenge.
The Sacrifice is a rock solid suspense mystery. I wish I had listened to it before Trafficked, the second Mex Anderson thriller. Trafficked is a better novel easily earning 5 stars, but it can be painful to read or listen to due to the topic. With The Sacrifice and Trafficked author Peg Brantley has written two excellent suspense mystery/thrillers demonstrating that she is a rising star of the genre. I look forward to her future novels.
Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.
After reading the publisher's summary which contains multiple plot spoilers I almost skipped listening to this novel. But as a fan of Michael Koryta since his 2004 novel Tonight I Said Goodbye which he wrote while a college undergrad, I decided to listen. Koryta's first four novels were in his Lincoln Perry series and all were outstanding. Except for his two novel Mark Novak all of his other novels including this one and six others have been standalone. Koryta has frustrated me by his use of the paranormal (mostly ghosts) in four of his novels. In each case the paranormal had no impact whatever of the story.
How It Happened is a excellent homicide thriller about an FBI agent who believed a girls story about two murders despite her lack of credibility. The agent shows remarkable tenacity. Robert Petkofff narrates the novel brilliantly. The female narrator had a much smaller part and was not very good. My 5 star rating is for Petkoff.
I have rated the story 4 stars rather than 5 due to plot spoilers in the publisher's summary. I suspect the author likely wrote the summary.
Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, turns his attention to his "friend" President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intriguing and significant analysis yet of Trump's political rise. Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to listen to this year.
Author Conrad Black writes with some authority in Donald J. Trump: A President like No Other because he is well acquainted with the man. He goes through Trump's adult life with brutal honesty about his personal weaknesses and mistakes as well as his strengths and successes. He discusses Trump's determination, hard work, and extraordinary energy, self confidence, crudeness, and audacity. He discusses his bankruptcies and near bankruptcies as well as his marriages and his cheating. Black readily admits the Donald Trump routinely overstates his accomplishments but calls them exaggerations rather than lies. Trump's commitment to and easy association with working class Americans is explained as is his very real patriotism. This book covers his Republican primary campaign and the general election campaign. He calls Trump unsuave. Black, who is not a US citizen, explains why he believes Donald Trump is the best possible president for this time in US history. Finally he covers President Trump's very real successes as president despite attempts by traditional Republicans, the entire Democrat Party, the administrative state, left wing judges, and the mainstream media to derail him. Finally Conrad Black makes the case that Trump is no more crude or disliked than Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, or Richard Nixon. Along the way Black makes the case that Trump's business experience provided him with excellent preparation for the US presidency.
I've read many of Conrad Black's highly polished columns as well as his historical biographies. He tends to use a lot of big words and to adopt a sophisticated style consistent with his wealthy upbringing and education and his unusual ease and competence with the formal English language. His approach with this book is very different; he writes using everyday English.
A note about the author: Conrad Black himself was a target of an overzealous US federal prosecutor ending up being convicted of various crimes related to business dealings and spending over three years in US federal prisons. He finished serving his prison time in 2011. He is a Canadian by birth and a British citizen by choice. He currently lives in Canada.
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Fourteen years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the lone witness to the abduction of her cousin Gina. She still remembers that lonely Virginia road. She can still see the masked stranger and hear Gina’s screams. And she still suffers the guilt of running away in fear and resents being interrogated as a suspect in the immediate aftermath. Now Kaitlin has only one way to assuage the pain and nightmares—by interviewing everyone associated with the unsolved crime for a podcast that could finally bring closure to a case gone cold.
Listening was worth the time it took, but Her Last Word is not a special novel. Narration was just barely 3 star.
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Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed. Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her. It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross.
I've read or listened to all of Marti Green's legal thrillers and enjoyed each without exception. The Good Twin is a clever suspense thriller about two identical twin girls separated at birth. One twin was raised by her single mother and the other was adopted by a very wealthy conventional family. The novel has some interesting plot twists. I considered a 5 star rating but cannot justify it; however The Good Twin is an excellent suspense thriller that I do recommend. Narration by Dara Rosenberg was irritating as the novel began, but quickly improved.
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There's nothing strange about bodies buried in cemeteries - unless they don't belong there. And when six murdered women are discovered in other people's graves, the hunt for a sadistic serial killer begins before he can claim a seventh victim. Agent Cam Prescott of Iowa's Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the search alongside forensic psychologist Sophia Channing, who knows the minds of psychopaths inside and out. And after a brief but passionate affair, she knows Cam almost as well.
Frankly, while Chasing Evil is a decent suspense thriller, it is much more a romance novel. There are two more novels in the Circle of Evil series which I plan to skip. The mild cliffhanger ending is not a surprise
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It's 1966, and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Not being able to recall the crash might be expected, but what about the rest of his life? And what's stopping him from taking his medication? Is it brain damage that's causing paranoia about the red pill, or is Dan right to think something sinister is going on? The first in a dystopian trilogy based on the author's command of a top secret government unit.
I listened and I comprehended, but I did not care for this weird medical thriller. The author deserves points for his plot creativity. Thanks, but I'll skip the rest of the series.
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Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Diver's Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all, but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.
There are approximately two dozen audio books narrated by Nick Sullivan in my Audible library. Sullivan is a Broadway and TV actor who is also one of the best male audio book narrators. He is now also an author. His first novel was Zombie Bigfoot which is of a genre I simply will not ever read. Deep Shadow is his new suspense mystery release and first of a series. Sullivan has narrated all of Wayne Stinnett's Jesse McDermitt and Charity Styles thrillers. He gives Stinnett credit for providing him advice in writing Deep Shadow as he should because this novel is very similar to the Jesse McDermitt series.
Deep Shadow is an excellent first novel in a series. Nick Sullivan narrates his own novel and does so with his wonderfully clear voice and ability with accents.
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In the near future, a terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.
Obscura is a combination of science fiction and psychological thriller. It is set only one decade into the future. I'm not usually a fan of author Joe Hart, but I like this novel a lot; it is a very special story. The publisher's summary does a nice job of setting up the plot, but if you want more read the outstanding review by Brian of Niagara Falls, NY. The narration by Christina Traister is perfect for this novel. I've listened to several other books she has narrated, mostly those by Mary Burton. She is really, really good.
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