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Publisher's Summary

Officially, Ethan Galaal doesn't exist.

Very few people can do what he does, and do it well. Maybe a handful in the entire world.

As the DIA's most valuable undercover operative, his missions span multiple roles that blur the lines between case officer, private investigator, kidnapper, and assassin.

His specialty is that frothing cesspit of war and tyranny known as the Middle East. He has been sent to gather intel on the latest threat in the region: the Islamic State. Posing as a Saudi Arabian jihadist, he gains entry into the brutal regime, but it will take all his cunning and mental fortitude to survive. One mistake, one slip of the tongue, and he is as good as dead.

As he descends deeper into the morally reprehensible heart of the Islamic State, surrounded by enemies and unable to leave, Ethan wonders if the operation was a mistake.

When he meets the beautiful yet mysterious Alzena, the repressed neighbor of one of his targets, Ethan must decide if he will risk everything to get her out.

And he thought the mission was difficult before.

©2015 Isaac Hooke (P)2016 Isaac Hooke

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Islamic State on the front lines

Would you try another book from Isaac Hooke and/or Grant Richardson?

Probably not. It was OK, but a couple of times I had to press myself to keep going. Their are enough other books out there that really grab me, that I will probably skip the next by Hooke or Richardson.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was fairly basic. I wouldn't describe it as edge-of-your-seat type drama. However, some action sequences do a good job of grabbing your interest. I did enjoy the interaction that "Ethan" had with the Islamic State throughout the book. I've never had first-hand interaction, but Hooke painted a very believable portrait of what the life and mentality would seem to be like.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Richardson has a fairly broad range with his voices and accents. Unfortunately, some of the main characters (one of them in particular) seem forced. Also, the voices don't seem to be 100% consistent. No doubt, in a book such as this, it is a tall order to do it very well. I just didn't feel that Richardson was quite able to pull it off and make it believable at all times.

Do you think Clandestine needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The book is obviously intended to be the first in a series. For some that seek a closer of the current world between ISIL and the Kurds, it may be a series that is appreciated.

Any additional comments?

I received this book at no charge in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

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A Touch of the Present

This book was definitely an invite into what is happening in the Middle East today. Living with someone who is behind the lines is eye-opening. The danger for those who are trying to overtake the Islamic radicals is heartfelt. I hope Ethan will stay to help those who are oppressed.

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Good Story - Horrible Narration

This book was given by the author to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audio book Boom. That being said, I listen to quite a few audio books and found the story to be quite interesting, however the narration was so poor and distracting, I had a very hard time finishing it. I hope the next book has a better narrator.

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Good story but narration pulls it down

What did you like best about Clandestine? What did you like least?

There were several errors in the narration as well as the voices, no consistency of the voices with the characters. Some of the narration was hard to listen to as it sounded like a computer voice

Would you be willing to try another one of Grant Richardson’s performances?

maybe

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Edge of your seat Action Thriller

It took me awhile to get used to the narrators voice for the main character "Ethan" but once I did oh man I was hooked! If you start this book and can't get into it at first, try again... It's worth it! I would love to see this book on the main screen! Its GREAT getting a glimpse into the other side and what they believe which helps a lot with everything going on in the world today. I will definitely recommend this book to fellow book and can't wait to listen to book 2.

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Power ride!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely, love the author and the main character always saves the day in a believable way.

What did you like best about this story?

The non-stop action. Didn't drag at all.

What does Grant Richardson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought good infliction of the characters that we dont aways get with a novel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definetly.

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Nothing special

I had a really hard time getting into this book. And ultimately couldn't even finish it. Neither the story nor the characters were able to grab my interest. The narrator was just okay. Nothing special but he did an okay job.

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A Great Listen!

Very enjoyable novel. The characters were well written, with enough back ground information to understand them, but not bore you. The narrator did an excellent job and at times, you forgot what the real purpose of the characters were. It was fast paced and kept guessing until the end and looking forward to the next novel.

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Meh

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. I couldn't get into the story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Add more excitement. Seemed like someone just reading words, not telling a story. Although he did use different voices, I couldn't catch any emotion. Also the female voice sounded like someone put the words through a text reader.

Was Clandestine worth the listening time?

I didn't finish it, so i would have to say no.

Any additional comments?

“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

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Another great book by Isaac Hooke

I really enjoy Isaac's books. This one is no exception. I found the reading a little distracting from the story. It felt like the reader was trying a bit too hard.

Definitely worth a listen.

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