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  • Face Off

  • A Kirk McGarvey Novel, Book 23
  • By: David Hagberg
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Kirk McGarvey is lunching in the Eiffel Tower when terrorists attempt to bring the Paris icon down. He springs into action to stop the attack, only to find there’s a much larger plot at stake. One that aims to force the incompetent US president out by pitting him against Russia. But Putin himself is eager to avoid World War III. When a Russian nuclear weapon goes missing and is found heading to the US, Putin enlists McGarvey’s help in stopping it.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are the first 21 books? This is EXCELLENT!!!

  • By shelley on 10-12-18

Where are the first 21 books? This is EXCELLENT!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I really enjoyed FLASH POINTS, the previous book in this series. Unfortunately that was the 22nd book in the series. This is the 23rd and I enjoyed it just as much. It's a good thing these books can be listened to as stand alone books but it would sure be nice if the first 21 books were eventually made available on Audible.
In this book, Kirk McGarvey is in France vacationing with his girlfriend Pete. He decides to take her to the Eiffel Tower for lunch and to propose to her but while there he sees something that strikes him as suspicious and has to investigate. He finds there are three suicide bombers ready to take out a support from the tower. He deals with them and takes off after a couple who had left only minutes before, telling Pete to empty out the restaurant.
And off they go on a global hunt for the would be terrorists. Pete is kidnapped and McGarvey is on a mission. Not just to rescue Pete or for the terrorists but for who put them up to this and what he finds is not anything close to what he expected.
Jeff Gurner's narration is spot on. He is perfect for this series.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This story begins with a religious hoax that goes horribly wrong.
Following one and then another sniper shooting outside the church Virgil Flowers is called in to investigate. Of course CSI investigators are not called in. Why use forensics when you can use the gossipy townsfolk against each other. So Virgil sets up a few traps and calls in old friends Shrake and Jenkins. Unfortunately on of them is injured. But Virgil's not done he has a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Meanwhile Virgil can't seem to find food in town and is living on frozen pot pies from the convenience store. By the middle of the book he's sick of them. By the end the thought makes him want to retch. As with other books in this series this is a fun fast listen that will keep wondering until the end.
Eric Conger does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Death Is Not Enough

  • The Baltimore Series, Book 6
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In his work as a defense attorney in Baltimore, Thorne has always been noble to a fault - specializing in helping young people in trouble in an attempt to atone for those he couldn't save when he himself was younger. He plays the part of the bachelor well but secretly holds a flame for his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver, a woman struggling to overcome her own demons. After four years, he thinks he might finally be ready to confess his feelings, come what may. But his plans are derailed when he wakes up in bed with a dead woman, with no recollection of how he got there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Karen Rose...

  • By shelley on 10-04-18

Another winner from Karen Rose...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This book is part of Rose's Baltimore series. It begins with attorney Thomas Thorne being found in bed with a murdered woman, both on high quantities of drugs and the woman carved up. Thorne, who has been accused and tried for murder in the past but was acquitted now has a feeling of deja vu. He can't help but think that this has something to do with that other case from his long ago high school days.
This is a lengthy book with many characters. Rose's books generally introduce a new character and will carry them forward to the next book so you now have a whole cast of characters to keep track of. Everyone if off working on the case and doing something different. These books are all stand alone however, I would suggest listening to these books in order so you will understand characters and relationships.
I have read or listened to everything by Karen Rose and love her writing style. Her books are classified as romantic mysteries. I am not particularly interested in romance and will fast forward through the love scenes, these take up maybe 1% of the book overall and you are left with an outstanding mystery.
Marguerite Gavin does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • What Have You Done

  • By: Matthew Farrell
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder. Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a great movie!

  • By shelley on 10-02-18

Would make a great movie!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

This is a very good debut suspense procedural. Matthew Farrell has written a very twisted story of an extremely dysfunctional mother and what happened to her children.
Two brothers were left alone with their mother after their father's death. Mom only wanted the family together again and decides to drown her children and then commit suicide. Her plans go awry and she is prevented from completing the act. The brothers are raised by their grandparents. Both went into law enforcement. One brother turned out good (mostly), the other turned out to be a serial killer.
Throughout this book you're not quite sure which is which until you're about 3/4 of the way through.
The book begins a little slow but builds steam as you get deeper into the book. The story steers the reader back and forth between the two brothers as culprits of a murder but the end might surprise you.
Chris Andrew Ciulla does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Malice

  • By: Jennifer Jaynes
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Dr. Daniel Winters has a beachfront home in Malibu, a career as a respected pediatrician, and a gorgeous new wife, Mia. For a man whose past was rife with mental illness, addiction, and thoughts of suicide, it seems too good to be true. Then Daniel learns that a fellow pediatrician and his family were found slaughtered in their home. It’s just the first chip in the facade of Daniel’s perfect life. Little by little, everything starts to fall away. At work, his career becomes at risk when he’s asked to remain silent about a dangerous new drug. At home, Mia has gone from an affectionate newlywed to a mysterious woman carefully hiding secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UNPUTDOWNABLE!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-01-18

UNPUTDOWNABLE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This book was a totally unexpected surprise. I have only listened to one other book by Jennifer Jaynes and it wasn't for me. So, I was hesitant about this one but found I could borrow it for FREE. When I borrowed the kindle unlimited edition. So with nothing new in my library I thought why not?
This is one of those books I COULD NOT PUT DOWN!!!!
I was riveted to this story from the time I began listening until it ended.
The book is told by the two main protagonists, Daniel Winters (pediatrician) and his wife Mia.
Daniel is being forced to give children he sees in his practice a new immunity booster injection for upper respiratory infections. The drug has more side effects then what is being told to parents as the manufacturer is suppressing those facts. Reporting side effects is discouraged and a few doctors have "committed suicide" who had tried to raise public awareness. There's a lot of money to be made if this drug gets put on the schedule for school and daycare requirements.
Meanwhile, Daniel's wife Mia has some secrets. He's the "perfect" husband but is she the perfect wife? Because of Daniel's suspicions about what his wife is hiding m, he makes some bad decisions.
At the same time all this is going on you hear the story of a mother whose daughter is a recipient of this new drug and it's effects on her. And you wonder why the founder of the medical practice insisted that Daniel keeps pushing this on his patients even after Daniel confronted him with his facts and concerns.
Jane Oppenheimer does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • The Fractured

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 12
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Jonathan Quinn has had better years, but now most of the trouble is behind him. There is one issue that remains unresolved - the break between him and his partner, Nate. Quinn and his girlfriend, Orlando, are hired for a new mission, but they must include on their team the operative who is one of the few to have ever seen the face of the job’s target. This operative is unknown to the client, but not to Quinn and Orlando. Now, to stop a plan that could slaughter tens of thousands of people, they must turn to the one person who wants nothing to do with them. If they can even find him in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always an adrenaline rush...

  • By shelley on 09-27-18

Always an adrenaline rush...

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I always enjoy the Jonathan Quinn books. Every time a new book comes out I prepare myself because with each new book Battles sets the bar for himself even higher. I always think there's no way he's going to match the previous book but somehow he does. And this book is no exception. Between Battles superb writing and Scott Brick's first rate narration this book is a winner.
This is a fast paced, testosterone laced story with a great plot. I won't go into details but it has a little bit of Dexter, a little more Robin Hood and the rest of the gang including Misty and Steve. From the sound of it I believe Misty will be playing a more prominent character while others my be played out in future books.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Red War

  • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 17
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700

When Max Krupin - Russia's leader - discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he's determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him - as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world's attention diverted. Soon, Krupin's illness becomes serious enough that he needs a more dramatic diversion, prompting him to invade the Baltics. Desperate to understand what's causing Krupin's unusually erratic behavior and Russia's aggressive moves in the region, America begins working with Russia's disgraced prime minister to stage a coup.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad

  • By Linda H. on 09-29-18

EXCELLENT addition to the series...

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

To start with, as much as I love listening to Scott Brick I am so glad that George Guidall narrated this new Mitch Rapp book. After so many books Guidall has become the voice of Rapp.
I will not go into details about the plot because I think the publisher's summary gives enough and this book is too good for me to spoil it by giving away any more.
There is quite a bit of action and globetrotting from end to end. This well thought out plot revolves mainly around Mitch and Grisha Azarov (whose home is attacked on the order of the Russian president). Azarov's girlfriend is injured and he can't understand why Russian Pres. Krupin would come after him at this point. Scott, Irene and Claudia all make an appearance but only play a small part in this book.
Kyle Mills does a phenomenal job walking in the footsteps of Vince Flynn, I imagine that's no easy task. If I didn't know better I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the before and after books.
This book makes an excellent addition to the series and has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Noble Judgment

  • By: L. T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

"Kill them all." The command has been issued. A purging of the black ops community. And the clandestine agency SIS has been hit hardest. All current and former members marked for termination. Including Jack Noble and his known associates. But when the men behind the operation make it personal, Jack cares less about unraveling their plan and more about exacting vengeance. And he doesn't care who gets in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent addition to this series...

  • By shelley on 09-23-18

Another excellent addition to this series...

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I really like this series. This book gets a little more complicated than some of the previous books. I have to agree with Wayne (Matthews,NC), a few likable characters were killed off in this book . One of them was only first introduced in the previous book. This is a fast paced series. I would suggest listening to these books in order because there is carry over from one to the next.
Dennis Holland does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Prey - Debt Collector 6

  • A Jack Winchester Thriller
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A desperate mother seeks the help of Jack Winchester to find the men who kidnapped her 12-year-old boy. After local police and FBI class him as a runaway, Jack takes the job. When another boy goes missing, he soon realizes the two disappearances might be connected to something far bigger and more sinister than he could have ever imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May be the best one yet!

  • By shelley on 09-23-18

May be the best one yet!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Prey is the 6th book in Jon Mills Debt Collector series. This book is definitely not for everyone. If child abductions and pedophilia in fiction bother you then this is not the book for you. If this was a true crime novel it would bother me as well.
In this book Jack Winchester is hired to find a missing child. He ends up contacting Isabel for help, the FBI agent who had previously wanted him in prison but after capturing him let him get away.
The ending was quite a surprise but you'll have to listen for yourself. No spoilers here!
Adam Gold does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Noble Beginnings

  • By: L. T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 931

In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give this series a try...

  • By shelley on 09-21-18

Give this series a try...

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I purchased this book back in March based on reviews by Wayne (Mathews, NC). I thought he was a little off with this one and I restarted listening to it a few times. Finally, something clicked and I listened to the whole book and really enjoyed it. So I bought the next and the next and am currently listening to book #7 The Betrayed and can't understand what took me so long ! This is a vey good series and I am very glad I persevered or I would have missed out on some very good books. So thank you Wayne, I miss your reviews as you also steered me to some very good books and series that I might not have tried or stuck with if you hadn't have recommended them. Wayne Stinnett and L T Ryan are just two I can think of off hand.
Dennis Holland gives a very good performance. If not exactly enthusiastic in the first book he picks up his pace in the following books.
Anyway, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this fast paced fun series.
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20 of 20 people found this review helpful