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  • Space Force

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Machelle Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

 

Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn't follow the rules, or...slept with the wrong general's daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay? My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team Six turned Space Force "recruit". 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like The Army or Navy But For Space

  • By Cyphers Fallen on 02-27-19

Laugh-out-loud funny!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Funny! Reading this book was fun, but listening to the audio version was laugh-out-loud fun. The narrators did an amazing job of capturing the humor of the characters.

Next, I want to see this as a movie!

  • The Savageside

  • The Flipside Sagas, Book 2
  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Operator Trevon Cash, along with his friends, his colleagues, and an international coalition of military personnel, must fight horrific new dinosaurs, survive a landscape in constant turmoil, and somehow figure out how to get back to their time while their modern technology fails, new mega-predators attack, and a Russian army bears down on them! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Packed!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-19-18

A fantastic conclusion!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This was a fantastic conclusion to the two-part series. There were a lot of threads to pull together, and Bible did a masterful job. And once again, the character work was outstanding.

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

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

I loved this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I loved everything about the concept behind this book. Creative, thrilling, and it did a great job of building the tension over time. The character work was outstanding.

  • The Zero Game

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great political novel

  • By Rodney on 01-20-04

An unconventional political thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I'm calling this book a very unconventional look at DC politics. Who's to say every bit of this isn't true? It's creative, a little crazy, and a high-quality thriller. We even get some threads of the espionage genre tangled in for good measure. Who doesn't love that?

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,504

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

A very unconventional lead character

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I'll admit that I didn't know what I would think of this book when I read the description. It sounded like it could be more depressing than anything else. Turns out this was a great mystery thriller with a very unconventional lead character.

  • Redemption

  • Memory Man Series, Book 5
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

  • By shelley on 04-17-19

More quality mystery and suspense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I didn't realize how much I missed the Decker character until I got back into this book. Once I did, it was tremendous fun. Another great mystery and some great suspense. I don't think I'm spoiling anything when I say that Mars comes back, and that just brought a smile to my face. Decker and Mars make a great team, even if they are not really supposed to.

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  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,697
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,000
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,988

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Junk

  • By glass1748 on 04-01-19

Um, wow

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This book should have been titled Random. I can't tell if the plot of fiercely creative or just schizophrenic. I'll settle for interesting. Unique and... interesting. Credit to the author for pulling everything together at the end. Wow.

  • Celtic Empire

  • A Dirk Pitt Adventure
  • By: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador.... A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit.... An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile.... Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father 3,000 years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Story

  • By Gary L. Varner on 03-22-19

25 books and still going strong

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This book felt a bit more like the old-school Pitt adventure. The primary characters were represented and they were the focus of the story. The Celtic plot thread was solid and I enjoyed it.

  • Crashing Heat

  • By: Richard Castle
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Rook is given the honor to be a visiting professor at his alma mater, and he can't pass up the opportunity to mentor burgeoning writers at his former award-winning college newspaper. Shortly after his arrival on campus, a female reporter for the paper is found dead - naked - in Rook's bed. Dealing with betrayal from any man is not Nikki's style. She and Jameson have had plenty of conflicts during their complicated relationship, but none like this. Is her husband keeping secrets of his own, or can she really trust him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Castle must be getting old.

  • By goose on 04-19-19

Long Live Castle!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Not my favorite book in the series so far, but I'm glad the story continues even after the TV series has ended. I hope this goes for another 10 books.

  • Highest Order

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller, Volume 10
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

While locked up in a special prison designed for political inmates, Allison is informed there is a conspiracy involving the highest levels of government that is designed to strip America of its sovereignty and its people of their rights. A small group of conspirators are working as double agents, trying to stop the tragedies that will be used to bring about their goals. Allison is spirited away from the prison and sent secretly to Noah, where she gives him the orders he never thought he would receive: to assassinate American elected officials, including the president of the US.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, but not one of my favorites

  • By Wayne on 12-01-18

Still going strong

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

By the time you get to book #10 in this series, if you haven't wondered how this organization gets by in the bureaucracy that is 21st-century politics, this book finally gets around to sorting that out.