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  • Hunt Them Down

  • (Pierce Hunt, Book 1)
  • By: Simon Gervais
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Valentina Mieles. But things spiral out of control when the cartel murders Garcia and kidnaps his granddaughter and an innocent bystander, Hunt’s own teenage daughter. Mieles wants the new head of the Garcia family on a plate - literally. Hunt has seventy-two hours to deliver, or Mieles will execute the girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series...

  • By shelley on 01-02-19

BE WARNED: It's Gory ... as all "Cartel" stories

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

It's "my kinda action adventure story" but it IS very "gory". Lots of graphic violence. My first Gervais book, will definitely try his other series.

There are a LOT of these stories with "off the books" rogue spec-ops guys called on "because no one can do it". Pierce Hunt is one of the better ones. I eagerly await Pierce Hunt's next mission. RC Bray always does great narration...

  • The Caribbean Job

  • A Case Lee Novel, Book 3
  • By: Vince Milam
  • Narrated by: Tim H. Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

A simple job. Low key. Investigate the mysterious deaths of two rich guys. No worries. Until spies and professional hitters started coming out of the woodwork, pointed my direction. Just another day at the office. Welcome to the world of Case Lee, retired Delta Force operator. Stuck nose deep in the muck and mire of a trillion-dollar deal, espionage maneuvering, and shadow games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series... so far!

  • By shelley on 11-20-18

More "Jobs" for Case Lee... Please

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I have read all the Case Lee "Jobs" in the past several months... and enjoyed each one. I've gotten to know the reoccurring cast of characters. This adventure does not involve all his Delta mates as much as the earlier ones.

I read (listen to) a lot of books in this genre and put this series in "the top tier". I always recommend reading a series in chronological order... although Milam does reintroduce the characters each time. Really like the narrator...

  • Executive Force

  • By: Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Instability and fear seize the nation. Local and national political figures are systematically assassinated. A growing secessionist movement stirs up anti-government fervor. The combination creates nationwide unrest and lack of confidence in leadership. With the clock ticking toward a monumental constitutional crisis, President Morgan Taylor assigns Secret Service Agent Scott Roarke to investigate the assassinations. Meanwhile, Roarke’s fiancée, an assistant to the US Supreme Court Chief Justice, is tasked with researching the separatists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Put "Scott Roarke" among the best...

  • By Mel on 12-30-18

Put "Scott Roarke" among the best...

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I've read all of Gary Grossman's Scott Roarke series. This is #4. I'm hooked. The action fiction genre of "intrepid spec ops agent saving America" is a crowded one for sure... but Roarke deserves to be in the Top Tier. I'm pretty sure I know the author's personal politics BUT he does NOT use his stories as a soap box at all. Very rare these days. I appreciate it.

The series doesn't need to be read in order... but I always recommend doing so. There are other characters and relationships that develop thru the series.

Ready for #5 Gary...

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  • Dark Winter

  • Jake Mahegan Thriller Series, Book 5
  • By: Anthony J. Tata
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

A dark network of hackers has infiltrated the computers of the US military, unleashing chaos across the globe. US missiles strike the wrong targets. Defense systems fail. Power grids shut down. Within hours, America's enemies move in. Russian tanks plow through northern Europe. Iranian troops invade Iraq. North Korea destroys Seoul and fires missiles at Japan. Phase 1 of ComWar is complete. Enter Jake Mahegan and his team of highly trained operatives. Their mission is to locate the nerve center of ComWar and to shut down the operation through any means necessary. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth reading. Great narration & unique story

  • By Greg Anderson on 12-24-18

Is Jake becoming "Dirk Pitt 2.0" ??

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I've read all the Jake Mehegan adventures and will read all others Tony Tata writes... but Tata has Jake morphing into a version of Clive Cussler's superhero Dirk Pitt. From Jake The Ultimate Soldier to Jake SuperHero.

Still a darn good story... and should be read in chronological order.

  • The Three Secret Cities

  • Jack West, Jr. Series, Book 5
  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

A shadow world behind the real world... When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. A world with its own history, rules and prisons... Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion. That is reaching into our world...explosively... With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. It’s an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing story, terrible narrator

  • By TolkienFan on 12-10-18

Matthew, why the profanity ??

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I've read / listened to all the Mathew Reilly books... Scarecrow, Jack West and the stand-alones... AND will continue to BUT...

In this one the repeated uses of "the "F" word" kept jumping out. I'm no prude but found it disconcerting. Why? I don't recall that in other Reilly novels. The King of the high adventure genre - Clive Cussler - has always eschewed profanity with his characters. What does it add to the enjoyment of the story?

I think I "like" Scarecrow over Jack West but, again, will eagerly read both... even with the gratuitous profanity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Informant

  • A Butcher's Boy Novel
  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy

  • By Ms. Carson on 05-14-11

Maybe BEST in this series...

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I have enjoyed all the Butcher Boy stories, maybe this one most of all. Narrater excellent.

... If you like The Butcher Boy... I recommend Victor The Assassin series by Tom Wood. Very similar characters.

  • Legacy

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt. Remote robots have uncovered human skeletal remains - and forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over 700 million years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked

  • By Al Foster by wife on 01-06-15

Almost a "binge read". It's THAT good!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I had read all the others but somehow missed this one. Hard to pick a favorite Event Group adventure but Legacy is on the short list. As other reviewers have said... I choked up a bit at the end too.

I don't know what genre this is I just know I enjoy the High Adventures. Yes... there are predicable elements in each story and I'm fine with that. Yes... the adventures stretch the limits of reality... which is one of the reasons I enjoy them so.

As for the reviewers that pan this book, I bet we disagree on many other subjects too. PLEASE WRITE FASTER MR GOLEMON!

  • No Tomorrow

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 4
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wood's Dunnit Again! 15 Stars!

  • By Ted on 01-27-16

Victor KICKS BUTT!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

"Victor The Assassin's" only comparable in his genre is Gregg Hurwitz' Evan Smoak. I am working my way thru Tom Wood's terrific series reluctantly as I do not want to reach the dreaded "I've listened to them all... what do I do now?" point. KEEP WRITING TOM... stay ahead of me...

The body count in every Victor story will be high... if that bothers you, go elsewhere. All the bodies are "really bad guys" if that helps.

  • Last Prophecy of Rome

  • Myles Munro, Book 1 (Prequel)
  • By: Iain King
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Rome: maverick military historian Myles Munro is on holiday with girlfriend and journalist Helen Bridle. He's convinced a bomb is about to be detonated at the American embassy. New York: a delivery van hurtling through Wall Street blows up, showering the sky with a chilling message: America is about to be brought down like the Roman Empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Borderline

  • By Katherine on 12-03-16

A bit Far-Fetched but that's OK...

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

The premise was a bit far-fetched but that's OK in an action-thriller novel. I am reading the author other book.

  • The Hunted

  • Jed Walker Series, Book 2
  • By: James Phelan
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

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
  • Good series

  • By Gman on 05-07-18

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!