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Publisher's Summary

DEFCON: DefenseReadiness Condition
DEFCON Five: normal peacetime activities
DEFCON Four: increase intelligence watch and increase security
DEFCON Three: forces on standby, awaiting further orders
DEFCON Two: forces ready for combat
DEFCON One: forces deployed for combat

In this explosive best seller, the United States and the Soviet Union are poised on the brink of Armageddon. Glasnost has failed, Russia is economically desperate, and Gorbachev's successor has launched the first strike in what may become World War III. Only one man knows the full extent of the impending horror - a CIA operative trapped in the Kremlin.

Written by a former Marine Corps pilot, DEFCON One is a blistering scenario of men and war - exciting, tense, and frighteningly real.

©2012 Joe Weber (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The reader is so bad!

The reader's breathing is so loud it wreaked the book for me. Gave up on chapter 3.

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The breathing!!

The narrator is breathing like he is running a marathon. I can't listen to it anymore!

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You have to look deeper at this one...

It takes a while to get used to the narrator and the story. But in the end, this is a must read if you want insight into human behavior and the tenuous nature of our existence. It takes one person to change humanity. Even though this book was written in 1989 the message is relevant, and the action will keep you listening. It can make you think if you let it.

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Defcon One

I wanted to enjoy this book, I even finished it though I couldn't explain why.

The basic premise, that the Soviet Union elected to embark on a nuclear strike rather than concede the cold war I thought had some potential. Unfortunately a good idea isn't enough.

This is really not good writing, actually the more you think about it, the worse you have to admit the writing is.

The characters, well character is probably too strong a word, the dialog, best not mentioned, even the plot execution was pretty disjointed.

Sometimes a gifted narrator can rescue some pretty average story telling, this is not one of those times. This narrator may work for some pretty specific books but here, he was as bad as the book and at least in this case, two negatives most definitely didn't make a positive.

If you do find yourself part way through the book and are hoping it gets better, um, it doesn't.

I had always thought I could happily read some pretty trashy ridiculous light books, it seems I have limits.

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To much detail

I love Tom Clancy books even though they can get a little too detailed but this book was just too much. Or it could be the fact the narrator was literally just reading. Not good character voices or acting.

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Narrator

It's really amazing what a great narrator can do with a book. Keith is that narrator. I think if Keith had narrated the other Joe Weber books they would have had better reviews

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Horrible Narrator

The gruff voice led to poor narration. It was impossible to follow the characters as there was Very Little difference in all of the characters voices.Simply Not a Good Voice for multiple characters,to many Marlboros

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Narrator killed this for me

I could not listed to this book past chapter three. The narrator sounds like he is on a respirator and is very distracting.

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Doesn’t Make Sense

Let’s bring the US to the brink of war so awe can attempt a surprise nuclear attack.

How about just surprising the US with a nuclear attack.

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Slightly dated, but very good

There is no more Soviet Union, and most of the weapon systems mentioned in the story are obsolete and retired. China as a military power is not mentioned. But 40 years ago the plot would be plausible. The world has changed.

Warning! Once you start listening, the rest of your day will be gone, and most of the night.

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  • 10-21-21

Worst narration

I’ve no idea if the book is any good or not because I couldn’t listen beyond the first 20 minutes due to utterly painful narration.

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  • 11-18-21

Not for me

A weak story that lacked imagination in my opinion. I also didn't like the narration. . Just not for me.

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  • Gary Lewis
  • 11-07-21

Irritating narrator

Good book but spoilt by the narrator heavy inhalation after every sentence was very irritating

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  • Chris Potter
  • 10-26-21

Nail biting tension and potentially very real

I have not heard Joe Weber before this story. I found it to be very scarily plausible. Lots of tension that left me desperate to hear what happened next.

Excellently written. Loved it.

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  • Sean
  • 09-23-21

Nail Biting

Action packed all the way throughout. Good characters and believable situations all brought together with one of the best narrators I’ve heard. Really enjoyed this book.

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  • Kevin Duck
  • 09-13-22

Truly gripping...

So well read, kept me gripped from start to finish. A believable story, especially in this day and age .

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  • Telford44
  • 09-07-22

Excellent Geo-political thriller

This is a fast paced cold war geo-political thriller that has the 2 superpowers USA and USSR standing off against each other as belligerent and hard line new Soviet General Secretary sets out plans to launch a pre-emptive strike against the US. It is a somewhat strange plan as it begins by antagonising the US almost to the brink of war, then pulling back and planning on striking when the US relaxed it's defensive posture.
A deep cover agent in the Kremlin has news of the plot, and there is a plan in place to return him to the US with the news, but he and his CIA handler are discovered and what should have been a simple extraction turns into a fight for live across the frozen wastes of Russia. Add into this naval and air battles and it all makes up a really exciting read. The action scenes are tense, well written (up there with the best of Clancy and Bond). I found the characters solid and believable and I thought the discussions in White House situation room about possible US response not only believable but with the emotions felt by the participants made it feel like the reader was in the room an unseen witness the soul searching discussions.
The narrator was excellent with good inflection and pace to keep the story moving at the right pace but with real emotion.

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  • Will Ramshaw
  • 07-14-22

Good listen

I loved this from start to finish, brilliantly read and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.

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  • 06-28-22

Fast paeced

Took a chance on this and enjoyed it. fast paced action set in late 80's early 90's but worryingly topical for today.

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  • Per
  • 06-26-22

simply brilliant entertainment

akin to Red October but from a holistic standpoint at the brink of ww3 with a nice human touch and we'll developed characters. well worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Outstanding piece of war fiction.

Excellent narration. Engaging fictional work from start to finish. Tension, trauma, hostile events, decision making.

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  • 04-15-22

Great story

Great reading and ascents however the loudness of the breathing is hard to listen to

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  • 02-04-22

horrible narrator

Heavy breathing by the narrarator makes this impossible to listen to..... might be a good story??? will never know

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