Killed in Action

An Equalizer Novel
Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
Series: The Equalizer, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (771 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Creator of The Equalizer TV series Michael Sloan reinvents the story of the mysterious Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer who helps desperate people in need of his unique skill set.

Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 

McCall’s first client is a distraught mother who is desperate to locate her young daughter, drawn into the shadowy world of white slavery. But this client may not be all she appears to be. At the time same, McCall is approached by a diplomat who works for the United Nations. Her son, an American captain in the US Army, is part of a contingent advising Syrian Rebel forces in their fight against the Jihadists. He has been reported KIA, but his body has not been found. His mother asks McCall to find out if her son is alive or dead. 

When McCall embarks on a suicidal rescue mission in Syria, he stumbles upon a terror plot aimed at the United States. The terrorists are being protected by mercenaries known as Momento Miro - Remember That You Must Die. McCall discovers the key to the terror attacks is his onetime boss, Control, the head of a spy organization called “The Company”. He is missing. His life has been deleted from all personal and intelligence records, as if he never existed. 

McCall has to find his old friend and stop these terror attacks from being carried out on American soil. McCall also has to deal with an “Equalizer” wannabe, a psychotic vigilante whose attempts to be a “hero” and rid the New York streets of violent crime are getting innocent people killed.

©2018 Michael Sloan (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Outstanding book! Hope there will be more...

I couldn't be any happier with the new releases this week! I have just finished listening to two fabulous books!! The first was HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz and the second is this one. I had completely given up all hope of Michael Sloan writing a second EQUALIZER book. Anyway this book is a must read/listen and is JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST BOOK!
This book begins with a near rape in an alley. A man calling himself the Equalizer neutralizes the two would be rapists, the woman gets away. The man calling himself the Equalizer leaves a business card identifying himself as the Equalizer but he's not Robert McCall.

McCall is actually in a different part of NYC rescuing a young woman. He's been hired by the girl's mother. When he points the waiting mother out to the girl she tells him "that's not my mother ".
This book has an eclectic mix of human sex trafficking, jihadists and ISIS terrorists, a wannabe Equalizer who doesn't mind collateral damage, a slumlord who is taught a valuable lesson and that's not all! To say this book is high action would be an understatement.
Jeff Gurner does an outstanding job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
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Another "knight errant" thriller... A Good One!

I have listened to / enjoyed this series. Will definitely purchase the next one. If any "issue" it would be too many subplots in play that got confusing.

This genre niche - solitary knight errant w/ spec ops skills - is getting crowded with fine series such as Lee Childs' "Reacher" and Gregg Hurwitz' "Evan Smoak" and "John Milton" and others. It is a solid concept that has a strong audience.

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What a freakin ride!

Where does Killed in Action rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there.

What did you like best about this story?

It felt like I was listening to multiple audio books, well done. I pray this will soon become a series.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No haven't but I will certainly search for his work going forward

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, but I did laugh out loud a few times.

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Good but exhausting

This is the second novel Mr. Sloan has written about "The Equalizer". I enjoy both. I gave this one four stars because it was an exhausting story. I understand that "The Equalizer" is a superman to some extent but even Superman could not have completed as much in a single week. Not only did "The Equalizer" have a five frying pans juggling in the air but he was flying all over the world to complete his task. The book really tested your suspension of reality.

The other problem that made the book difficult was the narrator. He must be inexperienced because he couldn't keep his characters straight. He breathed heavily into the microphone, a constant distraction. At times I missed some of the story trying to tuned out his breathing. Every sentence he sucked in air. This was coupled with mispronunciations and weird voice inflections.

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very good book

I really enjoyed the first equalizer book and this one was good too.
The only thing that I thought was too much is he had so many cases going throughout the book. I almost lost track of who was in what situation and what was what. I had to go back and get a few names straight.
except for getting a little lost and having to go back once, it was a very good story
lots of action and good listening. bring on the next one.

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STOP THE “BREATH-IN” SOUNDS!!

Chapter 3 it began or I started to notice it and then it was over. I could not take it anymore. It has got to be the editing because I have listened to hundreds of books and had this happen only once or twice. Jeff is great and he has to breathe so someone please fixit so others can enjoy it. I can’t take it since it dominates the narration. I didn’t notice if the first hour and Maybe it stops later but 10 minutes of it in a row is enough. I was excited for this book too. Disappointing!

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Spy's, enemies, friends, thrills and chills !

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I loved this book! I reread the first book (Loved) and then dove right in. I enjoyed every action pact moment, The plots and the people lives became my own for a few hours, and I loved Granny! I can not wait for the next one, Please let there be a next one!!!!

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More plotlines than action

I bought this title because I really liked part 1, The Equalizer. This second part however has too many plotlines that are not interesting enough. It takes a LOT of time for the MC to work through all of them, but then the end feels hurried, as if the author suddenly wanted to be done with it and tie everything neatly with a bow. Compared to the slow plot of the entire book, this ending was way too abrupt. Or better yet, the novel itself was too slow.
I expected action and suspense, but found myself putting it away often, and feeling reluctant to finish it.

All in all a pretty average story, not bad but not good either. If you feel life is short and you have a long reading/listening list, skip this one.

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Great action story

I enjoyed the story. The speaker was great telling lines and story. The action, places and scenery, was described vividly.

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Racist or dated or both

Don’t like an ego centric way of writing that only “identifies” ethnic groups that aren’t western European. The book opens with a rape of a woman, without ethnicity, but we’re told of the ethnicity of her attackers. I guess we’re to believe her so-called race is white. I know this book is from , but does the author assume only so-called whites read his books?

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To much

to much going on, to many side stories that are irrelevant. still if your a fan its ok