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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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  • Pamela
  • Connersville, IN, United States
  • 01-02-10

Good story; terrible narration.

Love Audible books, listening to 1 every week. However listening to this story is like watching grass grow. The English accent narrator is not suited for an action/adventure story. "We're going to kill you," comes across as "Let's meet for tea and crumpets, shall we?" I am a fan of John Gilstrap but in audio form is painfully tedious.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Poor Narration

It is hard to separate the awful narration from the otherwise acceptable plot. At times, I thought my MP3 player had run out of battery, then realized it was just another interminable pause in the reading, as if the narrator had run out of breath. I can't imagine how this prissy-voiced reader was selected to read an American action thriller. It is so distracting that I almost gave up on the book, but was on a long drive without other options.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Narration detracts from excellent story

This tight, fast-paced story with interesting characters holds your attention. Though somewhat one-dimenisonal, the characaters have a way of interacting that makes their personal relationships seem real.
John Gilstrap's dialogue is well-written, but
Jeremy Gage distracts as the narrator. His voice grates. Regardless of which character he represents, he always sounds like an old New England school teacher who lives in over-heated rooms with several cats. Worst of all is his penchant for ending sentences on a rising note as if he has a question.
Listen to the sample before you order and give some thought as to whether you might also have a problem with the narration.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Good book; bad performance

Would you try another book from John Gilstrap and/or Jeremy Gage?

John Gilstrap writes a good taut, fast-paced story in No Mercy that I would like to read. Unfortunately, reader Jeremy Gage ruins it as an audio book. I don't know anything about him, but he sounds like he is quite elderly and reading for small children. He reads in a "sing-songy" voice that never varies pitch, timbre or pace. He doesn't change anything when speaking as different characters so it is hard to tell who is speaking among the characters, even between men and women. His English or maybe, New Englandish accent would be more fitting for an Agatha Christie novel. Here it makes the protagonist sound effeminate rather than like a rough and tumble commando. Too bad. This could have been good.

How could the performance have been better?

Next time, Gilstrap should use Scott Bricke or someone who knows how to read action.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I agree with the others who think Jeremy Gage is the wrong narrator for this book. I liked the story but it should have been read by a tough guy like Dick Hill or Jay O. Sanders. They also get the female voices right.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark L
  • East Grand Rapids, MI USA
  • 07-11-10

No Mercy for No Mercy

I think if you read this book it would move along and be acceptable. However, I listen while I work out and like books with action that rapidly evolve like Ludlum or Stone. The narrator totally kills this book. Having listened to over 150 books in the last 8 years I have never said that about a narrator. He imbues every word with drama and after about one hour it will drive you crazy. Stay away from this book and narrator.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Unsuitable narrator

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

I would recommend to book to anyone who enjoys thrillers. But I would not recommend the audio version.

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

Yes. The characters are well fleshed out and and well defined, except for the bad guys. The final action is violent, bloody and makes me hold my breath.

What didn’t you like about Jeremy Gage’s performance?

Jeremy Gage's voice and accent are better suited to Byron or Shelley. The upward lilt of his voice in almost every sentence is very annoying. This is a rough and tumble action thriller and
should have been read by someone with a true American accent if there is such a thing. There is very little change in his voice to distinguish characters so deciding who is having the conversation was difficult. I was glad to reach the end as I was tired of Gage's whispery voice.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Pittsford, NY, United States
  • 07-06-12

Great thriller but horrible reader. Read the book.

Would you consider the audio edition of No Mercy to be better than the print version?

This audio edition is horrible!! The narration is absolutely terrible. I won't listen to any audible book that is read by this narrator. I have listened to over 100 audible books over the years and this narrator ranks as the worst.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wrong voice for an action thriller

The story suffers terribly due to the narration. Jeremy Gage's voice might be better suited to Pride and Prejudice but is laughably inappropriate for this novel. It has an effete quality as though being related by the butler in a 1930's drawing room comedy. His voice also seems to rise and fall in a similar arc for each sentence. If you have been fortunate enough to hear an audible book by other narrators who change their pacing, cadence, and tone according to the action, you will be mightily disapppointed by this one.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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I LOVE finding a new series...

Glad I started with book one on this. I have around 15 or 20 authors I have to wait on to have new material. It is really fun to follow a recommendation and get at least 4 books to keep me going when the first one is this good. If you like this kind of thing in general you'll enjoy this new character. I especially enjoyed the way the whole thing started and was built out with respect to who Jonathan Grave is.
I see some of the series has a different performer. Jeremy Gage was fine but I am interested in hearing what Basil Sands brings to the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful