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Jonas Blackheart: The 7th Jackal

Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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Emma Locke recalled little about the brutal murder she witnessed after blacking out. The killer escaped. Now, years later and haunted by a terrifying past, the dark corners of her memory are about to light up. At a high-security facility in the Nevada desert, rookie CIA agent Emma Locke is on assignment. During an interrogation she suspects that Jonas Blackheart, a clairvoyant with a mysterious past, is her sister’s executioner. Revenge is on Emma's mind. Her finger is on the trigger. There’s only one problem. To stop a national catastrophe, it's her job to keep him alive.

©2018 Jeffrey Davis (P)2019 Jeffrey Davis

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Excellent thriller

This one reminded me of Silence of the Lambs. I enjoyed the way the backstory unfolded as the story went on, particularly Jonas Blackheart's. A short one considering the immense stakes, but it keeps the pace high. Good plot twists await you! Enjoy with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Recommended!

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  • RJ
  • 11-20-19

Silence of the...!

We’re invited to an excellent thriller that gets better and better until you can stop listening. Emma Locke, a junior CIA agent, is handed the case of her life. Jonas Blackheart, a CIA trained clairvoyant, is critical in stopping a terrorist viral attack against the U.S... Agent Locke has her own personal demons to deal with, which clairvoyant Blackheart is aware of. Tension builds as Locke and Blackheart confront the inner demons that haunted her. The virus threat continues to play a role in the plotline but takes a back seat to Locke’s story. Very good tale, several twists that keep you wanting more until the end. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good listen

This was an enjoyable book to listen to, although the narrator's voice was somewhat monotone.

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A complex thriller.

Jonas Blackheart ..
It is a complex plot, and jumps back to the past quite a bit. Whilst this is not unusual for thrillers these days, it makes the story difficult to follow at times. Though I must say the audiobook is well worth the effort.
And as an audiobook I highly recommend it for anyone who likes tense thrillers.
Narration is OK - I've given it 3 stars - because I personally don't like the style of the narration.
There is nothing wrong with it, it's just a personal preference.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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meh

I thought I was gonna be really into this but, thats not how it worked out. It just couldnt hold my interest. I'm not even sure what could have been added to make it go differently.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-23-19

Welcome to the Red Zone.

New CIA agent, Emma Locke, is called to a secret military outpost in Nevada's Area 51. She had been chosen to gain the confidence of a prisoner there, one believed by the world to be dead, the infamous mad murderer, Jonas Blackheart. But she had been his, Jonas's, choice, not that of the CIA: her mission was really too important to hand to a rookie - the fate of the world in her hands. Because Blackheart had been part of an experiment in telekinesis, could read minds and his help was needed to discover the location of a virulent world threatening virus, recently stolen by a terrorist group and for which there was no antedote.. Everything hinged on Jonas discovering, and revealing, where it had been hidden.

The story is about the attempt to reaquire the stolen virus, but this takes second stage to the relationship between Locke and Blackheart and the recovery of her lost memories of the past as she begins to suspect that he was implicated in the deaths of her family years before, 'the day that changed her life forever'. Cleverly constructed to give the reader memory flashbacks alongside those of Emma, herself, the action-filled search for the virus carries everything forward with exciting, sometimes unexpected, revelations along the way. Complex, but easy to follow, a whole slice of world both past and present is revealed.

Narration is by S.W.Salzman whose slightly gruff voice, rather like a full, loud whisper, is of pleasant timbre and he gives good individual voicings to each of the protagonists. However, his downbeat presentation becomes hypnotic with time, distracting from the words spoken and giving a monotonous listening experience which lulled this reader into non attention, requiring a section to be back tracked and repeated on several occasions.

My thanks to the rights holder of Jonas Blackheart, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. Not having read an earlier book, The 7th Jackal, I had no real idea of what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised, impressed. So much so that I have already purchased that audio book to read (Narrator in this case, J.Scott Bennett). Despite certain reservations about the narration, this is a book I will be recommending to friends who enjoy well characterized thrillers with a background mystery.

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  • deafmick
  • 11-28-19

This is my first audio book I L Davis I give it 5 out of 5 and the narrated S.W. Salesman is all ways 100%