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Duane K. Laflin

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Passenger 19 audiobook cover art

Really liked it.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I listen to audio books to be entertained. A book must hold my attention and maintain my interest. That is what Passenger 19 did. A good mystery. Action and intrigue. I like the main character. I intend to listen to every book in the series. By the way...this is how it works for me. If I get one book from an author and find it bores me, or the narrater makes listening uncomfortable, I don't get anything else from the author and avoid books that use the narrator. (I assume that is what most of us do.). On the other hand, if I like the author and narrator, if the book is a good read, I get everything in the series. The problem with this approach is, once I exhaust the work of my favorite author, who do I listen to next? I have to start a search and hope I don't get burned by giving someone new a try. With Ward Larson and the Jammer Davis Character a wonderful discovery has been made! I took a chance of the book and am glad I did. Is it fantastic literature? That isn't the issue. It is a good story, a good listen and well written. That is what matters to me.

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I couldn't finish it, but you might like it.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Boring! I will explain...I like character, story and action. This author is all about context, details and exposition. When a man does a parachute jump from a plane, while he is on the way down, the author explains what seems like at least six different aspects of what has to be done in a parachute jump and the physics involved. I'm thinking..."get on with the story!" When the guy finally lands, the author keeps on with his exposition. I gave it a good try. Listened to several chapters and then finally gave up. I was enduring the story and making an effort to listen. That's not what I want. I want the book to draw me in and captive me. Having said this, I know some people like details and exposition. They want to feel like a book is educating them about every aspect of what is going on. If that is your style, you will probably like this book. If it further helps you understand my perspective, I have listened to all of the Mitch Rap books, Gray Man, Victor The Assassin and I like Stephen Hunter, Clive Cussler, Benard Cornwell. I have pretty much listened to everything they have written. But this book...no.

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So disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

When the Victor series started, I enjoyed it immensely. In fact, I couldn't decide who I liked better...Victor, the Gray Man or Mitch Rapp. Sad to say, the author has not been able to keep up the good work. This seventh book was hard to listen to and at times the storyline was just plain frustrating. The narrator did a fine job, but he had a bad story to work with. I found myself anxious for this book to end so I could listen to something else. When it did end, the ending was unsatisfying. Such a disappointment. If you have followed the series, like me, you will probably get this book. If you have not followed the series...do not start with this book. The first few books are great, the next few okay, this one not even mediocre. Sorry to be so negative about something that, at the start, seemed so good. Now it is not good.

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Really enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Interesting plot. Fascinating characters. Action and adventure in an exotic location. I want books to entertain me...this did the job well.

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Extremely well written and fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I noticed several negative reveiws of this book and therefore was tempted not to get it. However, I so much enjoyed the first two books in the series I thought it was worth a chance. Glad I did! Fascinating story. Certainly not plagiarism...in fact refreshingly original. The references to Indiana Jones are tonque in cheek; and the author makes this clear. This is a book about treasure hunters, but not the old-fashioned kind of treasure hunters. The author is a great writer. The story moved along fast, never boring. The main characters are not your standard action heroes and that even makes it more interesting. I am ready and waiting for the next volume in the series!

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Extremely well written and fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I noticed several negative reveiws of this book and therefore was tempted not to get it. However, I so much enjoyed the first two books in the series I thought it was worth a chance. Glad I did! Fascinating story. Certainly not plagiarism...in fact refreshingly original. The references to Indiana Jones are tonque in cheek; and the author makes this clear. This is a book about treasure hunters, but not the old-fashioned kind of treasure hunters. The author is a great writer. The story moved along fast, never boring. The main characters are not your standard action heroes and that even makes it more interesting. I am ready and waiting for the next volume in the series!

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If You Are Already A Fan, Highly Recommended.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Love the gray man series. I much enjoyed this book. That being said, it started slower than others in the series. In fact, for a while I wondered if it was the same author as before. There was quite a bit of exposition, not as much action or insight into the gray man's character. The story did not seem to have the same "heart" as previous entrys in the series possessed. However, once the book got going (took a while) the gray man became as fascinating and riveting as before. The last part of the book is terrific and worth the journey to get there. Overall, it is a great book...but if you are not already a fan of the series, start with another book in the series. The other books lay the foundation to better appreciate this one.

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Just what I was looking for!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

I've listened to everything in the Gray Man series, to most of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures, to the Issac Bell series (also Cussler), and to all of the Victor The Assassin series. I also have listened to all of the early Jack Reacher books, but must admit I've given up on him. The recent books in the series have not been as good. Anyway....I was looking for a new author and new hero. Tim Tigner delivered beautifully. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Kyle Achilles is a great main character. The book is a great combination of action, intelligence and mystery. The plot is complex, but not complicated. There is not a lot of jumping back and forth between scenes or backstories. Rather the focus is on character and action. When I get an audio book it must not bore me. I want to be entertained. I want the book to be smartly written yet contain plenty of action/adventure. That is exactly what Pushing Brilliance does.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Another great series!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

By the time I got around to writing this review I had already listened to books two and three in the series. Obviously, I liked the first book well enough to purchase the next...and I liked the second well enough to purchase the third. The storyline is built around a fascinating concept. How does a super assassin think? There is plenty of action, but most of all the book is about being smart. Although the hero is a bad guy, the reader is not asked to endorse his morality, but rather appreciate his thought process. Beyond that, the reader (me) finds himself feeling like, deep down, Victor wants to be a good man, but life has not convinced him it makes sense to go that route. Bottom line...An engaging, fast moving, intellectually stimulating book. If you like action/adventure that also makes you think, this book is a great choice.

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So disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

In the past I have read a number of volumes in the Aubrey/Maturin series and liked them very much. I decided I would start at the beginning and listen to the series all the way through. I was looking forward to doing so. I downloaded this volume to get started. It is the first time I was unable to finish listening to an audio book. The story had gaps in it that did not make sense. I could not follow what was happening. It is hard for me to believe that the book has been recorded in the actual way Patrick O'Brian wrote it. I know he is a better writer, far better, than this book indicates. My experience with this book was so bad, I decided not to purchase further volumes in the series after all. Bummer! I know the Aubrey/Maturin series is wonderful...but this book ruined it for me as an audio experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful