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  • Red Swan

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the agency's secret war against China's national intelligence service, which infiltrates government offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China's Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called "black swan", in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace's mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the agency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure how Deutermann gets better and better...

  • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 11-20-17

Terrific espionage story!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

The combination of author P. T. Deutermann and narrator Dick Hill guarantees a 5 star novel. Red Swan, released one year ago is a novel about issues in the relationship between the US and China with a focus on the CIA targeting a high ranking Chinese official with a misleading operation. But beware of surprises because little is as it seems in Red Swan.

  • Her Every Fear

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,410

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. But soon after her arrival at Corbin's grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the Narrator Elevates the Story

  • By Bette on 01-27-17

I do love a good psychological thriller!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

But HER EVERY FEAR ain't one! The sole redeeming grace is the truly outstanding narration by Eva Kaminsky. I listened to the entire novel thanks to the narration.

  • Book of Shadows

  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have satanic elements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent occult murder mystery...

  • By shelley on 07-12-17

Not for me!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I'm a fan of the Huntress/FBI thriller series by Alexandra Sokoloff and R. C. Bray is one of my favorite narrators, but I do not care for the seriously paranormal.

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a fan of this series, but...

  • By Wayne on 11-17-18

I'm a fan of this series, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

...FIRE ON THE FENS is disappointing compared to the first eight novels in the series.

  • American Operator: A Tier One Story

  • Tier One Thrillers, Book 4
  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 176

A shocking attack in Ankara leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen, in the hands of brutal terrorists. But Allen is no ordinary diplomat. She’s undercover CIA. The DNI and the President turn to Ember, America’s premier black-ops task force, and its deadliest weapon, former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, for help. To find Allen, Ember gets embedded in the most dangerous battlefield on Earth: Syria. But when all communications are disabled by an attack in Turkey, Dempsey finds himself with no backup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrews and Wilson have done it again!

  • By shelley on 11-08-18

The best military thriller series!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Authors of military thrillers tend to put too much emphasis on action at the expense of plot. Andrews and Wilson assure that action and suspense occur within plot parameters; the plot gets top priority. But there are also plenty of action and suspense. That makes Tier One Thrillers the very best of the genre.

The series protagonist goes by the nom de plume John Dempsey. He is supposedly dead. His wife and son are not aware he is alive. Tier One which he leads is a secret organization which reports indirectly to the US President. In AMERICAN OPERATOR Dempsey and his team are tasked with recovering the kidnapped CIA agent Amanda Allen in Syria. Allen's father is Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. She was kidnapped in Turkey where she was assigned to the US embassy. NATO member Turkey has become to close to Russia.

Narrator Ray Porter really shines in this novel and this series. He demonstrates again that he is one of the very best.

I recommend the Tier One series by be aware that it is addictive!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

  • By Wayne on 11-16-18

Sad ending to a wonderful series?

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

British cop DC Smith is likely the best developed character of any series I have ever read/listened to. DC Smith is so thoroughly human in the very best ways possible. This is a very special and wonderful series. It appears that Book 8 will likely be the last. To author Peter Grainger I say thank you for one of the most exceptional series available today. I have enjoyed each and every novel. Gildart Jackson's narrations have been almost as good as the novels.

For those who are not familiar with this series: I have written reviews of all eight novels. Every one is exceptional. If you like modern detective thrillers, there are none better than the DC Smith series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The twists earn 5 stars

  • By Wayne on 11-15-18

The twists earn 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

The final 20 minutes of HEADS YOU WIN consists of monster plot twists that I certainly did not see coming. I've read or listened to most of Jeffrey Archer's novels which are usually excellent as well as frustrating. This novel is more like the 3 novel Kane and Abel series than the 7 novel Clifton Chronicles. But in the final analysis it is the massive plot twists that make Heads You Win an exceptional novel. Much has been made in the reviews of the narration by Richard Armitage. It is outstanding, but it is no better than the narration by Alex Jennings of the Clifton Chronicles or Lorelei King of Kane and Abel or John Lee of As the Crow Flies.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Seek and Destroy

  • An Eva Driscoll Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Eva Driscoll is on the run. She has a new identity, and the best part of $20m liberated from the CIA. Henry Langton is dead but his sinister allies are circling, and not even a presidential pardon can help Eva against an organization that operates above the White House. With agents around the globe and no tactic off limits, Langton’s men are calling the shots. When they track down ex-CIA computer expert Farooq Naser and threaten Andrew Harvey and Tom Gray, Eva knows they will come for her next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Alan McDermott thriller

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Another excellent Alan McDermott thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The named protagonist Eva Driscoll plays a slightly smaller role in Seek and Destroy than does Tom Gray who was the named protagonist in the prior Alan McDermott series. British author McDermott does a great job of weaving an outstanding plot while providing lots of action and suspense. His novels are short at 6 to 7 hours because he does not waste useless words. His novels are very faced paced.

As Seek and Destroy approached its end I was unsure there would be more novels in the series, but during the closing 15 minutes McDermott sets up the next Eva Driscoll novel nicely. I'm becoming accustomed to the narration of Angela Dawe. I doubt she will ever become one of my favorites, but she does an excellent job in Seek and Destroy.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci still has it!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-14-18

Damn, Baldacci is good!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Great story with outstanding narration! LONG ROAD TO MERCY is the best novel that I have read or listened to this year. FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine is a new David Baldacci character and I suspect this the first novel in the Atlee Pine series. Just get Long Road to Mercy and listen to it. You will not regret it.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Run and Hide

  • Eva Driscoll Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead. After her brother is killed in a faked suicide, Driscoll teams up with ex-soldier Rees Colback, the one person who can help her find answers. Together they’re determined to uncover why members of his Special Forces squad are dying in mysterious circumstances. But with every agency in the country in hot pursuit, their only choice is to flee. The clock is ticking. They can’t run forever. It’s time to make a choice: kill or be killed...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action and intense suspense!

  • By Wayne on 11-13-18

Action and intense suspense!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

RUN AND HIDE starts a new series with a new protagonist by British author Alan McDermott. McDermott introduces CIA agent Eva Driscoll who is out for retribution for the death of her brother. The unlikely story is extremely fast paced and action packed. I really like McDermott's Alan Gray series; this one promises to be as good. I am not a fan of narrator Angela Dawe whose narration here is okay.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful