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  • Empire of the Dragon: An EVENT Group Thriller

  • EVENT Group Thrillers, Book 13
  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change in narrator is disappointing.

  • By Sofia M. on 08-07-18

This is my type of story! A great listen.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I confess that I haven't read/listened to a David L Golemon story before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Whilst this book is quite late in the series, I didn't find it hard to get to grips with the cast, their motivations and I was even able to understand the back story, although obviously not the detail.

This type of book appeals to me, the linkage with people/events of the past with present day and I was impressed with how David Golemon weaved the story in such a way as it felt plausible. The book had enough action to keep me satisfied and the pace was great.

Jeffrey Kafer does a great job of the narration, was able to separate the key characters and kept the pace appropriate.

My thanks to the author/narrator/publishing for providing me this book, free of charge in return for this unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

Not my favourite Robinson tale!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I am a huge fan of Jeremy Robinson, but for some reason this story just didn't resonate with me. For me the story sort of strolled along without giving me those intense moments of action, or anticipation, that I have come to expect of Jeremy Robinson tales.

Jeremy Kafer does a great job of narration and I really warmed up to Heather Costa as the book progressed.

I enjoy the two main characters and thier own personal back stories along with the story concept, but wasn't entirely satisfied with the motivation of the visitors and then after a long build up in August's journey, the ending was quite quick and disappointing.

I'm not happy writing this review as I am a real fan. However, the book was provided to me free of charge in return for this unbiased review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wall: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure

  • The Traveler, Book 3
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

In the chaos of a global plague, evil took hold. Governments fell, the good became servants, and the Cartel rose to power. A wall was built to contain the wasteland and keep the evil at bay. Now an organized resistance wants change. They're willing to fight for it and they've asked Marcus Battle to help. The last thing Battle wants is another war. But if that's what it takes to gain freedom and safe passage to the other side of the wall, he'll take aim and fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • End of the three book series

  • By Wayne on 12-10-16

Another Tom Abrahams winner!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Ok, I am book three into Marcus Battles' travels through post-apocalytic USA and my interest is not subsiding.

It would seem that The Cartel are not the only game in town when it comes to controlling the wasteland, and whilst Battle knows which side he supports, he is wise enough to know you can't trust anybody in this messed up world he lives in.

The storyline is solid, the main characters are well defined and believable. Most of the characters motives become obvious as the story continues. Kevin Pierce does a great job of narration and keeps the pace moving quite nicely.

The obvious recommendation is to start with Book 1 - Home, as it clearly provides the background to Marcus' life and motivations for his current behaviour.

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,344

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Court Gentry, baby & diaper bag hmmmm...

  • By shelley on 02-21-18

I also love the Gray Man!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Mark Greaney really has created a character that I want to share my drive to work with. The Gray Man lives in a world so far from mine that I find myself getting deeply immersed in his experiences.

Agent in place is a great story. It starts with an amazing visualisation and you constantly wonder, as the story progresses, how he got into that position and how the heck he is going to get out.

The storyline is incredibly relevant in the world today, The Gray Man is well defined, has baggage that makes him human and a moral compass that drives him forward (rightly or wrongly).

Jay Snyder does an excellent job of narration.

Overall, this is another great Gray Man story and I am hoping for many more to come.

  • The Genesis Conspiracy

  • By: James D. Prescott
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

For over a decade, archaeologist Dr. Martin Anders has searched in vain for proof of the fabled continent of Atlantis. After raising a puzzling artifact from the ocean floor, Anders gets more than he bargained for. It is a piece of modern technology thousands of years old. When a deadly global pandemic threatens the human race with extinction, Anders fails to see how it may be connected to his startling new discovery. That is until he's approached by a powerful biotech company.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed thriller with a bit of everything

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-17-18

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

About 30 minutes into this story, I realised that I had actually read it previously. I considered not listening to the Audible version, but thought narration might give me a different perspective.

I had previously found the Kindle version to be very satisfying in terms of storyline, and to be fair, the audiobook is equally as good.

The story premise is solid, most of the characters are very well defined and their motivations clear. The environment they enter is well described and interesting. The narrator does an excellent job of separating each character and made the dialog easy to follow.

If I had to have one criticism it would be that the ending rushed up on me. The journey itself built up quite nicely, but the end felt rushed and I wasn't too happy with how the antagonist(s) avoided real punishment for their actions.

I was provided this audiobook free of charge, by the author/publisher/narrator, in return for an unbiased review. for which I am grateful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Lawyer

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,544

With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HERE'S THE DEAL

  • By John on 02-02-15

A good, solid read!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Forget the why's and wherefore's of true legal process, this is a good and enjoyable read and well narrated by Nick Podehl.

I thought Brigham Theodore was a great character, with a good back story and suffering the same challenges that most young newly qualified people do; finding a job.

I thought Victor Methos did a great job of building his characters, giving them life, and regardless of other reviewers, I thought the courtroom action was true entertainment.

There is one piece featuring a witness late in the trial that I thought was true genius and I was rooting for Brigham all the way.

I am looking forward to reading the follow up to this story.

I would like to thank the author/narrator for providing me a copy of this book, free of charge, in return for an unbiased review.

  • Paradox Slaughter

  • A Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter Novel
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

Robbed of his chits and betrayed by one of his oldest contacts, Roak is now on a rampage across the galaxy to hunt the duplicitous scumbag down and exact some serious payback. Bishop is on the run, and Roak is right behind him. System by system, planet by planet, contact by contact, Roak leaves no rock unturned and no lead unchecked. He beats answers out of those that dare help Bishop. He kills those that refuse to answer. Roak is waging war on the criminal grapevine, and no one is safe from his wrath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Galactic manhunt.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Roak making friends? Surely not.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This is another thrilling chapter in Roak's attempts to recover his stolen chits.

As always Jake Bible has created a cast of believable characters, and I especially liked Yellow Eyes who is a pretty unique addition to his cast list. Andrew Wehrlen, as always, does an exceptional job of narrating, separating the characters and keeping the pace of the story.

Like all Roak romps, there is a fair amount of action, mixed with great storyline, awesome settings and a fair dash of sarcasm from our intrepid cast.

I would like to thank the author/narrator for providing me a copy of this book, free of charge, in return for an unbiased review.

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

Another solid Bible and Wehrlen collaboration

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Whilst it took me a while to warm up to the story, once it got going, I was thorloughly hooked.

As always, Jake Bible creates credible characters, believable environments and fast-paced storylines. Andrew Wehrlen does a great job in narration, easily separating the characters, making it easy to follow.

As always, Bible leaves us hanging on for another installment, wondering what is going to happen to our favourite characters in the intervening time.

I would like to thank the author and narrator for proving me a copy of this book, free of charge, in return for an unbiased review.

  • Palindrome 656

  • The Palindrome Series, Volume 1
  • By: C.F. Waller
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When a ghost ship turns up in orbit after a half decade of silence, the powers that be are going to want answers. And when you are the only person still breathing, you can expect an interrogation. Hannah, the Empire's leading lady of counter-intelligence, is about to go head to head with the Union's best interrogators in a life or death battle to find the answers to some seemingly simple questions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Sci-Fi with a fun and tough Female hero.

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

A humourous tale of survival

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

When this story started out, I wasn't entirely sure whether I would enjoy it. But, as usual, C F Waller has provided a thoroughly interesting and compelling story.

The plot is simple. A space mission gone wrong, one person returns, and during her debriefing, Hannah reveals a tale of hope, deceit and survival against all odds.

But Hannah isn't being debriefed by her own team. She is being held by her country's enemy, and in order to buy time for her own people to gain her release, Hannah slowly reveals the truth about her survival, often in a humorous manner.

I thought the characters were well defined, the plot interesting and the pace consistent with the story line.

Charlotte Kyle does a great job with the narration.

My thanks to the author/narrator for providing me a copy of this book, free of charge, in return for an unbiased review.

  • Agent Prime

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Denman Sno is Agent Prime! The best of the Fleet Intelligence Service's elite Special Service Division, Denman Sno will need to use all of his skills and resources to stop the galaxy from plunging into another war with the alien menace known as the Skrang Alliance. Sno's assignment: protect and deliver Pol Hammon, the galaxy's greatest dark-tech hacker, to Galactic Fleet headquarters. Hammon is in possession of new technology that can and will change the landscape of galactic life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its 007 meets the future.

  • By cosmitron on 05-04-18

Hopefully the first of many Galactic Fleet romps!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Agent Prime introduces us to Denman Sno (Agent Prime) a member of the Galactic Fleet's Special Services Division as he embarks on a mission to deliver Pol Hammon to Fleet Headquarters.

Having listened to Jake Bible's Roak adventures, the settings and races of the galaxy provide a familiar backdrop. The story-line follows Bible's familiar formula of action, pace, twists and turns.

Whilst this story provides us with the fast paced action we have come to expect, Denman Sno offers us a character with flaws.He isn't gung ho, like Roak, he makes mistakes and he misjudges people. After all, he is human.

If I am completely honest, the ending left me unfulfilled. I realise Bible is probably leaving the door open for a sequel, but I was hoping for a more conclusive end.

Nevertheless, the collaboration of Jake Bible and Andrew Wehrlen is another winner and well worth the listen.

My thanks to the author/narrator for providing me a copy of this book, free of charge, in return for an unbiased review.