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Publisher's Summary

No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations.

But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful...Someone willing to capture, torture, an kill anyone to get it. Even the people Jonathan loves most...

©2009 John Gilstrap; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[T]his fast-paced tale of violence and revenge is all about plot, of which there is plenty." (Publishers Weekly)
"Rocket-paced suspense." (Jeffery Deaver)
"No Mercy grabs hold of you on page one and doesn't let go. Gilstrap's new series is terrific. It will leave you breathless. I can't wait to see what Jonathan Grave is up to next." (Harlan Coben)
"The release of a new John Gilstrap novel is always worth celebrating, because he's one of the finest thriller writers on the planet. No Mercy showcases his work at its finest -- taut, action-packed, and impossible to put down!" (Tess Gerritsen)
"A great hero, a pulse-pounding story -- and the launch of a really exciting series." (Joseph Finder)

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Perhaps a Matter of Timing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book belongs to the author - it's not up to me to change it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Wrapped up the open issues satisfactorily.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing stands out.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly - depending on cast and director.

Any additional comments?

I was listening to this just as the massacre in Newtown occurred. It occurred to me that enjoying fiction about mass killings through use of auto and semi-auto weapons using large magazines probably contributes to the societal problems with gun use. The context diluted my enjoyment of a tale I might otherwise have experienced differently.

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Good story

I'm glad I didn't let the reviewer concerns about the narrator deter me from trying this book. The story is interesting, the characters are enjoyable, and the narration was good.

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  • Peter
  • Titusville, FL, United States
  • 02-12-12

Someone should have listened to this

The narration of this story is atrocious Never buy a book narrated by this guy Gage. Is there a process by which I can get a return credit?

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 01-10-12

Needs a better narrator

You will need to exercise some patience to get through "No Mercy" in audiobook form. John Gilstrap has written an O.K. thriller, here; but the narrator -- Jeremy Gage -- does not have the acting chops to perform this book. He has a nice voice; but he has zero range of voices or accents that a good actor needs to distinguish the characters from one another. Frequently, during the narration, the listener cannot tell who is speaking, because Mr. Gage delivers all the dialogue in exactly the same voice. For me, the narrator's performance of an audiobook provides half the fun. Also, Mr. Gilstrap's writing leaves something to be desired. Sometimes he creates almost laughable bloopers, such as: "It was nowhere near as helpful as the SATCOM images he'd used back in the day, but it was a close second." Where's an editor when you need one? All-in-all, I'd say pass on this one.

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Slow story line - hard to stay focused

The characters are not believable and the narration is so slow that the listener's attention may wander. The main character is supposed to be a hardened veteran of both war and covert operations yet he acts like a social worker. His character is not believable. Don't trust the Audible description for this book.

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  • Cary
  • Calabasas, CA, United States
  • 10-18-11

2nd rate reading

The story is good read. not a great listen...the reading is 2nd rate The recording kept picking up background conversation. Sounds like it was recorded in a studio with muliple readers and sound resistant versus sound proof walls. Unlike so many action adventures, this author has come up with realistic scenarios that employ state of the art special forces type missions in the U.S. Also explores realistic interpersonal relationships, nice character building allowing average people to make choices to either become extraordinary or mediocre due to circumstances outside of their control. My favorite part is a not-in-your-face minor exploration of the criminal justice system- showing how inappropriate it is for dealing with serious crime. The author has fun with a slightly guilt-damaged former FBI superstar-turned town sheriff. Sheriff's former stick-to-the-book versus common sense attitude resulted in death of twin girls. Her unresolved angst puts her on the hunt for two heros who adhere to a higher order: protecting the innocent, common sense and decency; she's unaware that her inner pysche must have her destroy these two, or face up to her own fears- that her guilt will destroy her. The villain-Greed is personsified by a triumvarte led by a torture & mutililation loving, ex-cammando supportd by an unholy alliance between an ultra-extreme eco-terrorists/civilian paramilitary force and right-wing U.S. weapons manufacturer providing highly illegal" WMDs to the U.S and terrorist nations. I have a low tolerance of gore and cruelty- the author got the point across without overload. The author entertainingly builds to no-way out climax showing that even highly invested-in characters are expendable.. The eve of the climax, presents a cammando style battle scenario, but it's a no-win for our heros- neither death, nor success will get them out of the hole they find themselves in.

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  • Greg
  • akron, OH, United States
  • 10-02-11

how to make it a great book

If you could sum up No Mercy in three words, what would they be?

Great story, but the narrator was slow with lots of pauses. Kind of frustrating and I almost turned off the book it was so bad. Then I discovered 1 1/2 speed. This was perfect and actually fit the story and tempo well.

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  • D DeBiasio
  • Lincoln Park, NJ, United States
  • 09-05-11

Thoroughly Enjoyed

This is the first I have read from Gilstrap and I will certainly look for more from him. Well written and great plot and characters. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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great surprise

This was the first book I read by this author. It was a great story, fluid story, and well developed characters. The performance author was fantastic.

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  • Arthur
  • Santa Ynez, CA, United States
  • 07-13-11

bad to worse

The reade was awful but it didn't make any differance because the writing was horrible.Toatally forgetable