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  • The Ghost Warriors

  • Inside Israel's Undercover War Against Suicide Terrorism
  • By: Samuel M. Katz
  • Narrated by: Ganim Peter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

It was the deadliest terror campaign ever mounted against a nation in modern times: the al-Aqsa, or Second, Intifada. This is the untold story of how Israel fought back with an elite force of undercover operatives drawn from the nation's diverse backgrounds and ethnicities - and united in their ability to walk among the enemy as no one else dared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a strong realistic book! my top ranked war book

  • By raz on 04-11-16

Enjoyed the series Frauda? You’ll enjoy this book

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This book takes you to the front line and walks you through true life events involving Israel’s Boarder Police. The Boarder Police are comprised of individuals who can be sent into terrorist controlled communities, blend in with those communities, and capture or kill terrorist. There is a great tv series, “Frauda” that is a fictional version of this group. If you enjoy thrillers were the protagonist hunts down terrorist, this book details the real thing. Enjoy.

  • Six Days of War

  • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2 Books in One . . .

  • By Tim on 04-05-06

Now you’ll know the Who, what, where’s and when.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This is an excellent book that explains clearly and concisely why there was a Six Day War, why it only lasted six days, and the aftermath of the war. It reads like a thriller, and yet it’s all true history. If you love history, you’ll love this book. Enjoy!

  • Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade

  • By: H. R. F. Keating
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

This was no ordinary murder, for the victim was Frank Masters, millionaire and philanthropist. The case was bound to attract much public attention. But Inspector Ghote finds that his demands for evidence are met with nothing but lies and evasions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A time when refrigerators cost 1.000 Rps

  • By A.K. on 06-01-15

Inspector Ghote redeems himself

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This is the second book in a 26 book police procedural series featuring Inspector Ghote, a Bombay police inspector. This book is much better than the first in the series, “The Perfect Murder.” The first book was just plain silly with stereotypes bouncing off the walls, goofy dialogue, and a totally contrived ending. This second book gets it right. Just the right dialogue, just the right pace, and an ending that makes sense. It’s still a little tongue in cheek at times, but, overall, it’s worth the read for a true mystery buff.

  • The Perfect Murder

  • By: H.R.F. Keating
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

It is Inspector Ghote's bad luck to be landed with the case of the perfect murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police, for in this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon Lala Varde to contend with. And as if this were not enough, he finds himself having to investigate the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Inspector Ghote novel

  • By Anne on 06-03-06

Awful, a total waste of time

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This book was boring, dragged on and on, with a solution that was poor. I really wanted to like this book, hoping I had found a new mystery series to follow. Twenty-six books in the series, it had to be good. Wrong on every level. A great disappointment.

  • House of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,842

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, a terrorist plot leaves a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of one of the richest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion, Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know the true source of Martel's enormous wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES! This is what I want and expect!

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 08-27-17

Simply the best spy thrillers Written today

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This is another excellent spy thriller in a series of excellent spy thrillers written by Daniel Silva. Daniel Silva writes with an authenticity that others
don’t even come close to matching.

  • Luck and Judgement

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected, very good series

  • By Katie on 02-10-17

An interesting British police procedural with a very likable protagonist

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

This is the third installment of a series of books that detail the investigations of a likable British police officer.Each book revolves around the investigation into a murder. The format is your standard police procedural. Which sets this series apart from others is the dialogue between the characters and the main character. If you enjoy a good police procedural with a likable main character you will truly enjoy this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The White Mirror

  • A Mystery
  • By: Elsa Hart
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In The White Mirror, Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th-century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits in contemplation. Closer inspection reveals that the monk is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound. His robes are rent, revealing a strange symbol painted on his chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another enjoyable murder mystery from Elsa Hart

  • By PeterK on 10-05-17

A good solid mystery just a little too long

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

For people who like a good puzzle mystery this is a very good puzzle mystery. However I felt the story was a little too long to give it overall five stars. Also the near ration which is good could’ve been better. Overall it’s worth the money.

  • Jade Dragon Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: Elsa Hart
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Margo on 11-01-17

Judge D lite

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This book reminds me of the judge the mysteries. It takes place in ancient China as a likable protagonist. However story is too long and the ending too predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Another outstanding addition to the best mystery series going

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This is the very best mystery series out there. It has everything a mystery lover looks for, a great original mystery, an intelligent likable detective, great supporting characters, and an interesting and different location. Do yourself a favor, read them all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

A story masquerading as a police procedural

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

If you are looking for a mystery, this is not the book for you. This is a story about life and death as seen through the eyes of elderly people and those who care for them, with a death as its background. It is not a true police procedural mystery.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful