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Publisher's Summary

In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, "an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne" (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman's life in his hands - and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine.

War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of Northern California, but the trip isn't quite the balm he'd hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn't favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling.

There he finds something strange: a climbing rope affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another and another, up through the giant tree canopy, ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots.

Just days ago investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they're after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what's going on and help from someone with Peter's particular set of skills.

Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudomilitary organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.

©2017 Nick Petrie (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Readers can expect some good twists on the way to a hair-raising finish. Another fine thriller in what's shaping up to be a hell of a series." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"A suspenseful high-tech ride, complete with a steadily mounting body count and a compelling protagonist." ( Booklist)
"A top-notch series of thrillers marked by a considerable sympathy for veterans.... Aficionados of Lee Child's Jack Reacher will enjoy getting to know this new action hero." ( Library Journal)

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I can’t handle anymore Stephen Mendel!

Ugh, I’m so disappointed. I thought I could continue the Peter Ash series but I can’t take anymore of Stephen Mendel’s terrible dialogue. I really tried. His character dialogue is the worst I’ve heard. It is so hokey and delivered with no understanding of the situations the characters are in. I stopped listening with 6 hrs remaining on this book and listened to the new Orphan X novel and now I absolutely can’t go back. Just imagine how great this series would be with Scott Brick!!!! I was going to do the entire series, but I just can’t! The author Nick Petrie has done his Peter Ash character such a disservice! I’m out!!!

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Love the Characters, Action & Plot

Petrie has developed a nice group of characters who we come to know with some depth. I like that Peter, the protagonist, is a more 'normal' guy than characters like Reacher. Peter has family, cooks, does laundry - not that I don't enjoy Reacher novels but it is nice that they are different ... The interplay and humor between the characters is nice. The story is interesting, plenty of action but I have to agree with others that the ending falls flat. 3/4 of the book is 5 stars or more, the last 1/4 four stars. While you don't need to listen to the first in the series, it does help to know the PTSD background with more depth than this novel goes into. I love the series and characters and will definitely listen to the next.

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Riveting initially, but then the let down

I listened to, and enjoyed, Petrie's first book, The Drifter, so my review may, or may not, be colored by that fact. Peter Ash is an engaging, resourceful protagonist and that helped elevate my rating (to 3 stars) for the book. It starts off with a bang and is, for the most part, engaging throughout. I was riveted for probably 3/4 of the book, and then, not so much. Reviews of the written novel have been stellar, but I don't think I'd rate this much higher if I had read the book, instead of listened to it. Some of the dialogue is corny and laden with bad similes ("he folded like a bad hand of poker") - at least to me. As usual, per this type of book (in the realm of Jack Reacher), one must suspend some disbelief about how fast characters fall for one another - but perhaps it's the life-and-death circumstances that cause the almost "love at first sight" reactions. Regardless, overall, I'm disappointed in the book. I was really looking forward to it and started listening as soon as I bought it, so perhaps that led to my inevitable letdown; I may have expected too much. The ending was VERY anti-climactic and the lead up to it (the last 2 hours or so) was as well. The female protagonist, June, is okay, but did some really dumb tech things for someone who is supposed to be quite tech savvy and knows (after a short while) that the entire reason she is being chased is due to a technology breakthrough. Plus she makes a choice at the very end that I found unbelievable for her character based on all of her actions throughout the story. Louis (from The Drifter) an amusing, ex-gangster, makes a fairly lengthy appearance and it is a welcome one. The narrator does a good job with him, but overall he was just - sigh... adequate - perhaps on some of the days the narration was recorded, he was a little more "into it" than others. Not sure what it was, but , he didn't "add" anything to the book - which, let's face it, is what makes an audio book special. So my advice is to take a listen and perhaps be pleasantly surprised and throughly entertained. I really enjoyed the bulk of the book, but as I already wrote, the ending killed it for me.

SPOILER: Peter wasn't involved in the climax, just the baddies? What gives? Shouldn't the whole point of a suspense book like this be to have your hero take part in a great battle at the end? That killed it for me. And we are going to send the psychopath off into the sunset too! Nope, made me mad.

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Needs a Different Narrator, Collapses

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The female lead is portrayed as a typically impulsive bundle of emotion. She's supposed to be 30 years old, written as a late teen. The end is as though the author got tired of writing, implausible with way too many loose ends given all the preceding violence.

What didn’t you like about Stephen Mendel’s performance?

Narrator can't do women, bad choice. There are times during the performance when he just reads the story, doesn't "perform" the story. It was like listening to an audiobook 20 years ago.

Could you see Burning Bright being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Plots that depend on supposedly smart, savvy, paranoid main characters making just plain out of character stupid mistakes are irritating.

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Page Turner

Very entertaining... The action and intrigue grab you from the very beginning, and the pace continues throughout... The underlying mystery, and the tech are clever components to a really good suspense story... The plot moves nicely and trickily... If you haven't already you might want to read The Drifter first. This one could stand alone, but you'll get a lot more outta it w/ the past perspective... This book doesn't focus as much on PTSD, but still deals w/ it in a sensitive and understanding manner... The characters are fantastic... Ashes, June, and Louis are magnificently realized and utterly 3d... Throughout it has fluidity and wit... The narration could be better, but shouldn't keep one from enjoying one fun read... My only complaint, and the only reason I don't give 5* is that the climax is a little quick and convenient for a story that spent a good bit of itself setting up something a bit meatier... Still though, a great read and definitely worth the price or credit, and can't wait to see how this story proceeds...

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If you like the F word this one is for you.

Not for those of us who do not think vocabulary should be limited to F...

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Immersing

Peter Ash series, book 2, is outstanding. The adventures and thrills keep coming, and also a new character, June, is brought into the novel. Peter has his hands full with trying to protect his new lady friend, stay alive himself, and continue to deal with his PTSD. I binged through this book just as I did the first one. The characters are bright and fun. Stephen Mendel continues to deliver as narrator. Autor, Nick Petrie, keeps it exciting and fun and has become one of my favorite authors.

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Another winner

I’m really enjoying the characters Peter and Lewis, I love the troubles they get in and out of working together. I can’t wait to start listening to the next book.

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Good, but can be improved

Reading this book, I immediately thought of the Jack Reacher series. The story was very believable. What detracted fm the story was the poor acting. Second, the needless profanity. I’m retired military so I know casual profanity is standard for the military. Enough said about that. I was moved how the writer wanted to give “voice” to those who suffer from PTSD. But, cut the love scenes a tad, and perhaps the profanity down to maybe PG-13, and you could reach adolescences who glorify war. These novels can reach more ppl without what distracts from them (I was embarrassed listening to this book when my wife walked by and asked me what I was listening to, when one of the characters let out a profane, F-bombed retort). Have the girl cud’s was needless, especially in front of her father. You want to write novels or reach a larger audience who can benefit from your insights. You can do both. Reaching a larger audience will also reap a greater financial reward. But loose the narrator. He sounded like he was reading at an eighth-grade level.

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okay story, good performance

Plotline...pretty good. Characters...a few compelling ones, but the main character, other than his PTSD, (which isn't exactly original) was rather vanilla and not memorable. Dialogue...plain and rife with cliches. I wont be reading any further into this series. That said, I liked the narrator, although I wish he hadn't chosen the Mr T imitation for the key black character. It mostly made me laugh, which I doubt was the intent.