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  • Takeoff

  • By: Joseph Reid
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

 

Still reeling from a devastating personal tragedy, air marshal turned investigator Seth Walker embarks on his first case. All he has to do is accompany female pop star Max Magic to Los Angeles and deliver her to the FBI. But when their routine flight ends in a hail of gunfire at LAX, Walker has no choice but to take the frightened diva on the run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This debut novel Takes Off with a bang!

  • By shelley on 07-19-18

This debut novel Takes Off with a bang!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This is Joseph Reid's debut and first novel in the Seth Walker series. This is a fast paced thriller with a flawed protagonist. Walker is a tech wiz, former Air Marshal turned private investigation/security.
The publisher's summary sets up this book very well. There are a few parts where you really need to just go with the story and skip the reality check. I don't think that should be a problem for most because there are quite a few well known authors who require the suspension of reality. Hey this is fiction!
I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging book. I thought the protagonist was a likable character who has a lot of potential.
If you have kindle unlimited this audiobook is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
Better then some, not as good as others. I can easily RECOMMEND this book.
JD Jackson does a really good job narrating.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Debt Collector: Hard to Kill

  • A Jack Winchester Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Jack Winchester is a drifter - a ghost to those who pursue him and a danger to those who confront him. Once a notorious hitman for a New Jersey crime family, Jack is now a fugitive trying to right his wrongs. Wanted by the FBI and hunted by one of the Sicilian Mafia's top assassins, he travels to New Orleans to reconnect with an old flame. But things aren't what they seem. Not only must he cross paths with a ruthless drug lord just as Hurricane Danielle makes landfall, but he's about to discover that he may be the only one that can save his ex and daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What would u expect from someone named Winchester?

  • By shelley on 07-19-18

What would u expect from someone named Winchester?

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This is book four in the Debt Collector series. The protagonist Jack Winchester is a former hit man for the mob. He's been trying to turn his life around and now instead of hurting or killing people he's trying to help them.
In this book he contacts an d girlfriend of his. She's living with a guy who is bad news and in debt to a drug dealer for more money then he could ever come up with. Jack intervenes and their after him now too. There is also a hired assassin after him for retribution from the mob for thing he did to them when he left that life. The FBI is hot on his tail and don't believe he's a changed man. And to top things off, he finds out he's a father!
This is another adrenaline packed fast paced suspense thriller. Not always completely believable but thoroughly entertaining.
My biggest problem with this series is the length of the books. Out of four books you have two decent length novels. If I didn't enjoy the series so much I would probably skip it but instead I'm looking forward to the next. So, I guess you should take that as a recommendation for the series. If they were only mediocre I wouldn't be buying them.
Adam Gold does a great job narrating.
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  • In Wolves' Clothing

  • By: Greg Levin
  • Narrated by: Matthew Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

During his seven years on a team fighting sex trafficking, Zero's become quite good at schmoozing with pimps, getting handcuffed by cops, and pretending not to care about the young girls he liberates. But the dangerous sting operations are starting to take a toll on his marriage and sanity. When the youngest girl the team has ever rescued gets abducted from a safe house in Cambodia, Zero decides to risk everything to find her. His only shot is to go rogue and sink deeper into the bowels of the trafficking world than he's ever sunk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning this book is not 4 everyone!But should be!

  • By shelley on 07-18-18

Warning this book is not 4 everyone!But should be!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Kidnapping and pedophilia.

This is an excellent book written by an author who has published quite a few 4 point something star books on Amazon. This is his first on Audible.
The protagonist, Zero Slade is on a team with five to six other men. Operation Emancipation. They target the traffickers and pimps peddling preteen and younger girls. Zero works undercover as a customer. He acts like he's interested in bedding children between 5 and 12 years old. It's not up to him to arrest the creeps , just to set up deliveries of children to himself and his "demented" friends and act sexually aroused by them until the local police show up. They never actually touch any of the children. Some of the children don't want to go with the police, they have Stockholm syndrome. Sometimes the evil you know may be better then the unknown. Zero has to act like things don't bother him. It's part of his job to get close to the pimps not the children. It's taking a toll on him and his marriage. He has started taking OxyContin with an alcoholic boost.
On one of his missions he looks into the eyes of a five year old girl and something protective rises in him. He's not supposed to get attached but this time he does. When he finds out the girl has been abducted AGAIN. He has to go find her before it's too late. Before she's gone forever.
Matthew Williamson is a new narrator to Audible. His performance is outstanding!!!!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Gideon's Rescue

  • A Gideon and Sirius Novel, Book 4
  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd K-9 partner, Sirius, walked through fire to catch an infamous serial killer, and Gideon is still paying the price with his PTSD fire dreams. To assist the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, Gideon has agreed to monthly prison visits with Ellis Haines, a.k.a. the Weatherman. This time, a homicide case the FBI wants Haines to analyze sparks a chilling discovery: A new serial killer has struck, and he's lacing his crime scenes with hidden messages intended for Haines. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta Love Gideon and Sirius !

  • By shelley on 07-18-18

Gotta Love Gideon and Sirius !

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This is the forth book in the Gideon and Sirius series. This book can be read as a stand alone. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this entire series no matter what order they are listened to.
This book has two major plots going on. I hate to be the one to break the news but only one is solved in this book. The other will have a cliffhanger...
The publisher's summary gives a brief description of the plot involving Ellis Haines. He's the serial killer Detective Michael Gideon arrested in the first book. This was only after he forced him to help him carry his injured dog Sirius out of a fire consuming a California forest.
The second storyline and the one that dominates this book is about illegal dog fighting. Someone has left four pit bull dogs by the side of a road thinking they were all dead. But one dog, Emily was not dead. She had been a bait dog used for training other fighting dogs. Found and taken to a no kill shelter, she now looks like a Frankenstein dog, a patchwork of scars and stitches. When Michael Gideon sees her he vows to catch the people responsible.
EXCELLENT! I was glued to my iPod from start to finish.
Jeff Cummings narration couldn't be better!
My HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody's Daughter

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her 10-year-old daughter is missing - and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining and fast paced...

  • By shelley on 07-17-18

Very entertaining and fast paced...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This is a crazily convoluted book containing some really psychologically damaged people.
Michael and his second wife Angela want a baby. Both are having reproductive issues but pregnancy is not impossible, they're just going to have to work at it ;)
Michael's excited shows up 10 years after their divorce. She said her daughter is missing and she wants Michael to help find her. When he balks she tells him he's the father. When he looks at the girl's picture it vaguely resembles his sister who died when they were young children, so he agrees.
What follows is one of the nuttiest searches I've ever listened to. There are so many people that could be involved it makes guessing who done it almost impossible. I will admit I was slightly surprised when the kidnapper was revealed.
The ex wife Erica was not a likable person and Michael who is an intelligent human being just seemed to follow Erica's wacky lead. Then Angela goes of on her own investigation with Erica's ex boyfriend...
The book is told from different points of view. It pulls you in and is fast paced and entertaining if not believable.
John Lindstrom does an excellent job narrating.
If you're looking for a fun fast paced listen I would recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Debt Collector - Reborn

  • Jack Winchester Vigilante Justice Series, Book 3
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Jack Winchester must rely on his old skills to save a brother and sister smuggled into Los Angeles from Hong Kong. When Jack travels to Skid Row in order to put the past behind him, he is forced to contend with the Triads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot, super fast pace...

  • By shelley on 07-17-18

Great plot, super fast pace...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This is a really good book with a super storyline. This is book three in the series. Again, can be read as a stand alone but for continuity in the continuing character relationships I would suggest listening to these books in the order they are written.
My biggest complaint with these books is that I enjoy the characters and the storyline so much I think they would be so much better if the books were longer. These are novella length books carrying the price of a full length novel. Unfortunately for me I like them.
Adam Gold does a fantastic job narrating.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Debt Collector: Vengeance

  • Jack Winchester Vigilante Justice Series, Book 2
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Jack Winchester thought he had put his past behind him. When he returns to New York City and finds his friend murdered and his sister kidnapped, Jack goes to war against the Sicilian Mafia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced action...

  • By shelley on 07-15-18

Fast paced action...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

My first thought after listening to the second book in the Jack Winchester series is WOW! I really liked the first book (The Debt Collector) in this series but book two is really Fantastic!!!!
If you are reading this and USED to follow me in Audible's previous format (Wayne) I think this is a series you might like!
These books are stand alone but I would suggest listening to these in the order they are written. Although each is a complete story, the carry over of characters and relationships developed in each.
This book really fleshed out the protagonist (Jack Winchester). Quite a bit of background is given on him and his childhood and why he got involved with the mob.
This author's writing style reminds me very much of Matt Rogers (Jason King). The characters are very different but have similarities, if that makes sense?!? These books are also very fast paced with the action starting with in the first few minutes and escalating until the end.
At the end of this book the character is given info about his family he never knew and his character has an opportunity for change.
Adam Gold again does a great job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Debt Collector - 1

  • A Jack Winchester Thriller
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Jack Winchester was a notorious hit-man for a ruthless New Jersey crime family, until a job went wrong, and he wound up serving time. Four years later, Jack is free, and he wants out of the game, but his boss won't let him go. Forced to take on one last job to make amends for what landed him in prison, he travels to the small town of Rockland Cove, Maine. There, he not only discovers that the target and money have disappeared; he finds himself falling for a damaged woman and befriending an unruly son left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Audible series- RECOMMENDED!

  • By shelley on 07-14-18

New Audible series- RECOMMENDED!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This book is very well written, fast paced and a believable suspense story. The first book in the Jack Winchester series, I will certainly be listening to more of these.
The publisher's summary is excellent but I think almost gives away too much information. I don't want to spoil this book for anyone by elaborating anymore.
The main protagonist is one of those good bad guys. He's the kind of guy you know you shouldn't like but find yourself rooting for him anyway!
Narration by Adam Gold is spot on! Couldn't have found a better narrator for this book.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

  • By shelley on 07-11-18

Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I'm always happy when I see a new book by an author I like and if it's narrated by Eduardo Ballerini it's Christmas !!!!
This is the second book in the 4MK series. If you haven't listened to book one in this series you will be lost. There is a lot of reference to book one.
The character development is excellent and the protagonist, Detective Porter's in the thick of things with a serial killer again. First the body of a young girl is found frozen in fresh water but the forensics show that she drowned in salt water. She's wearing another young girl's clothes. Then that girl is found the same way. Also the girl was suspended by strings in the water until she was at least partially frozen in to the water so she wouldn't float away under the ice. The killer wanted her to be found.
The FBI has taken over the case but Detective Porter can't just let them have it. He begins his own investigation. He believes Anson Bishop (the four monkey killer) has something to do with these killings. It's a long shot but 4MK got away. Porter has a hard time believing this second killer is a coincidence, he thinks there's a connection.
The two stories run parallel and finally begin making connections.
You will also be anxiously waiting for book three because this book has no conclusion!!!!!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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  • White River Burning

  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Tensions have been running high in White River as it approaches the anniversary of a fatal shooting of a black motorist by a local police officer. The economically depressed, racially polarized city is on edge, confronted with angry demonstrations, arson, and looting. In the midst of the turmoil, a White River police officer is shot dead by an unknown sniper. As the town spirals out of control, local authorities approach Dave Gurney to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting. But when he zeroes in on peculiar aspects of the individual murders that follow, his involvement is suddenly terminated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Layers upon layers...

  • By shelley on 07-07-18

Layers upon layers...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

The bodies pile up in this one! For anyone who hasn't read any of John
Verdon's previous books, his protagonist (Dave Gurney) is a retired NYC detective. He's moved to upstate NY to get away from his previous life and lifestyle because he was an obsessive detective who could not let a case go without solving it. His wife (Madeline) wanted a husband she could grow old with and not fear for his life daily. It doesn't work out quite the way she had hoped.
Verdon's books are all stand alone but if you've never listened to anything written by him I would suggest listening to THINK OF A NUMBER first, only because I think that is the best book he has ever written!
Gurney is what every victim wants in a detective, he doesn't give up.
This book starts out going in one direction but all is not what it appears. When the police and the DA decide they have the person responsible for a racially motivated crime Gurney doesn't agree and is fired. He is the only one who sees that they have tunnel vision and can't see beyond what what a killer wants them to see. Eventually he's proven right and back on.
Christopher Lane does an excellent job narrating.
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