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In the stunning follow-up to the New York Times best-seller The Second Life of Nick Mason, the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life as he races to complete a daring and dangerous new mission.

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss, Darius Cole, behind bars for life, and kill them.

But first he has to find them - they're ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified "deep black" locations by a battalion of heavily armed US marshals charged with protecting them - and the clock is ticking. Cole is appealing his conviction, and these witnesses are either his ticket to freedom or the final nail in his coffin. If they testify, Darius Cole will never step foot in the outside world again. If they are killed, he will walk out a free man.

As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself.

In an action-packed journey that leads from a high-security military installation in the Appalachian Mountains to a secret underground bunker hidden far below the streets of New York City, Nick Mason will have to become, more than ever before, the lethal weapon that Darius Cole created.

©2017 Steve Hamilton (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Too much is too much....

I loved the first book of the Nick Mason series , although i found it a bit stretched in terms of credibility. The sequel is seriously disappointing. It is hurried, cliched, with barely sketched characters, a laughably high body count and zero credibility..

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Great listen that stretches credulity

The first Nick Mason book was a blast, a wonderful premise, powerful, action-packed story, well-written and well-narrated. What a bold departure from Hamilton's first series character.
But I did wonder how you could push this great idea past one book and keep the reader/listener buying in to the premise and maintaining our connection to the main character. Right from the outset of the first book, Nick is teetering on the edge of an impossible dilemma. We root for him to succeed and break out of the bind he is in. I enjoyed Exit Strategy, it kept me riveted even while the odds mounted. But with each plot twist and bigger obstacle thrown in his path, it grew harder to suspend my disbelief. On one hand, it is the way, as in too many action stories and films, the protagonist bounces back from vicious beatings, shootings and explosions to continue vanquishing foes like an immortal ninja. On the other, it is how the web of evil stretches further and farther from the 'simple' drug gang mastermind to something more pervasive and more mysterious. And harder to buy. The thought rose that Hamilton, a good writer, was taking the 'easy' way out by turning to the fantastic instead of more subtle, artful plot developments. I still like the series and will surely listen to book three - I hope Quintero returns simply so I can enjoy Ray Porter voicing his character - but the fresh edge is gone.

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I blame myself

After listening to the first book in the series, I thought I was done with Nick Mason. At least I know I am now - for sure

It's not just the level of absurd scenarios that this guy gets placed into. It's also the non-explanation of how he gets away with it.

I guess this is a world without DNA evidence as he leaves his blood everywhere. Or the fact that his fingerprints are probably on everything he leaves at the scene. Not to mention that there must be no video cameras where he goes to record his face while he's breaking into high security places..

He's also got to be the dumbest guy to not figure out what's going to happen if he does one thing or another without there being consequences. As stupid as I am for deciding to give this series one more shot.

Only Rat Porter kept me listening through this train wreck of a book..

Stupid is as stupid does. It is - So I does

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Is this book is written by a 15 year old??

Read the other recent reviews, they say it all. Managed maybe and hour and a half before finally giving up. Returning for credit.

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Only Ray Porter saved this book

Not a very good book, but Ray's narrative saved it from being returned. Our hero seems to be with one person in a location, then without warning is with someone else in another location. I thought I had fallen asleep several times, which I did, only to rewind and still was lost. Parts of this book were enjoyable but I would never listen twice.

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ready for the next one

I really enjoyed both the first and second book. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the series. the narrator Ray Porter is one of my favorites.

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Eh....lacks personality

I wanted to like Nick Mason, or at least root for him....but I just can't. There is so little that is redeeming, I just skipped to the I satisfying ending so I could be done with the book.

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Good sequel..

Enjoyed the narration and the twist at the end. Could be a good series. Porter is a good performer.

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Starts out OK but drags and slows



Initially the plot and characters are interesting but the book is too long to support the story. As you’re proceeding towards the end you keep thinking when is this going to end. It reminds one of being a young child who repeatedly asks “are we there yet?”.

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Another Great narration by Ray Porter!!

Another Great narration by Ray Porter!! Great Story and can't wait for the next book.