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C. Barclay

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  • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Enjoyable Cole and Pike novel

  • By Kate on 02-11-12

Good, Ceative Storeyline

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Thank you RC for keeping it fresh. I'm enjoying the more frequent involvement of John Stone. He reminds me of operatives I've know. One in particular. The story itself went in an interesting direction as well.

  • Deliverance

  • By: James Dickey
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,720

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A river runs through it..."

  • By karen on 11-01-13

Soul Felt

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Beautifully written and performed. I'd seen the movie a couple of times but never read the book. Truly powerful writing. I'm so thankful Will Patton narrated this.

  • Enemy of the State

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,003

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sorely Missed the Voice of Mitch Rapp (George Guidall)

  • By james on 09-06-17

Good book, End Seemed Rushed

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Good book with a good story. Believable for those familiar with Saudi Arabia's situation. The Ending Seemed to be Rushed.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,417

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Brilliant & Hillarious

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

one of the most entertaining reads I've had in years. felt the same way about the first book.

  • Hazardous Duty

  • Presidential Agent Series, Book 8
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 707

Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not At All Like 1st Seven - Please No More

  • By harold on 01-01-14

Too Much Repetition from Prior Books

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

I understand the humor aspects of the MASH like episode but there was too little new story and way too lengthy in rehashing information from the past. Occasionally I felt deep sorrow for the brilliant Dick Hill and his having to read parts of this i.e. the incredibly boring redacted articles. the resurrection of the secret service agent with no explanation made it tough to take the book seriously, I can only hope that was the point and we'll get back to the storyline with the next one.

  • The Dreaming Void

  • Void Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow

  • By Jessica on 11-21-18

A little hard to follow at first but worth it.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

A little hard to follow at first but worth it. Developed nicely and finished well. Definitely starting the next book in the series soon.

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  • Lieberman's Choice

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Bernie Shepard comes home with a shotgun. He opens the door to his bedroom, and sees what he expected - his wife in bed with another cop. Two pumps of the shotgun take care of them, and Shepard carries out the rest of his plan. Accompanied by his dog, this half-mad detective goes to the roof of his building, where he has built a small fortress stocked with food, water, and weapons. Talking Shepard down falls to Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan, the odd-couple partners in Chicago homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 15 Stars for Lieberman's Allegory!

  • By Ted on 07-05-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Not as culturally diverse and informative as the first novel but still a great story. Emotionally and real as a fiction story can be.

  • Lieberman's Folly

  • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How can this man write so much, and so well?

  • By Richard Delman on 02-07-16

Wow.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

I hope the rest of this series is as entertaining as the first one. Impressive writing and flow.

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  • Watcher of the Dark

  • The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 3
  • By: Joseph Nassise
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bowden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself. But now Hunt is back and on the run in Watcher of the Dark. But when he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to Los Angeles, city of angels, a temporary sanctuary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, could be better, will keep reading

  • By Jeremy R. Snyder on 07-19-15

Good but not his best.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Rather abruptly climaxes and seemed to lose heart toward the end. Still worth a read for fans of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful