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Publisher's Summary

Red Cell follows Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, two outcasts in the Agency who are brought together in the Red Cell, the agency’s out-of-the-box think tank. Stryker is a young and beautiful agent who’s struggling to recover from a job gone bad during her first assignment in Venezuela, while Burke is a straight-laced analyst who’s pissed off all his colleagues with his knack for always being right, political consequences be damned.

When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shootout, CIA Director Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal from the U.S. Navy. Stryker and Burke’s only lead is the top CIA informant in China, codenamed Pioneer, and they’re tasked with extracting him before the Chinese can get to him.

From the White House to a Navy battleship in the South China Sea, Henshaw takes listeners on a whirlwind race against time as Stryker and Burke try to save Pioneer and discover the hidden threat to America’s power and keeping the peace: China’s top secret weapon, the Assassin’s Mace.

©2012 Mark Henshaw (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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  • William
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • 03-13-14

Good Book, Bad Narrator

This is one occasion when I would probably recommend the print book over the audio book.

I was not fond of the narrator of this book. He often sounded distant and uninterested in the material he was reading. There did not seem to be any enjoyment, warmth or character to his reading of the book. The conversation between the characters felt flat, emotionless and distant. The whole performance was more like listening to a court reporter and less like a well written novel.

I really enjoyed the book and think a better narrator would have only made it more enjoyable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Boring and Disjointed

What would have made Red Cell better?

Burning

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Gray Man

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

The writing didn't let the performer to perform

What character would you cut from Red Cell?

All

Any additional comments?

Maybe I'm unfair since I couldn't get passed the first hour.

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  • Ron
  • United States
  • 03-08-13

Interesting story

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

Worthwhile read but performance by Rob Patterson was flat and boring. There were also gaps and repeated words and phrases in the recording.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rob Patterson’s performances?

No, there are much better readers out there.

Did Red Cell inspire you to do anything?

No

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Terrific first novel...performance only average.

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

A truly excellent first effort from an "insider's" perspective (Henshaw was a former CIA analyst). Also adds some Tom-Clancy-like military action.

What three words best describe Rob Patterson’s performance?

Choppy reading in places; poor transitions (e.g., often provides no audible pause when scenes change.)

(Sorry...three words just didn't work!)

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

No, but it gave me goosebumps a few times -- some of the scenarios were way too plausible!

Any additional comments?

Reallly looking forward to Henshaws next effort. I'll buy it for sure!

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  • Randy
  • United States
  • 02-04-13

Moves along at an ok clip

Was Red Cell worth the listening time?

A plausible story and good suspense level. A decent way to while away the commuting hours.

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Good

What did you love best about Red Cell?

It was a different area of focus than what I usually listen to.

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

It was good.

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Good Storyline

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

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good spy novel.

Did Rob Patterson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Rob did a fair job at differntiating the characters.

Any additional comments?

I think the editing needed improving. Repeated sentences and words were noticed of couple of times during the narration.

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  • Andrew
  • Wesport, CT, United States
  • 11-28-12

Great Read

One of the reasons I like to read book in this category is that some inner knowledge of
our government agencies is gained, since the author recently retired from the CIA there is probably about 100X more knowledge packed in to his book than any Flynn, Clancy, or Berenson novel. Of course "The Company" was excellent but that was the CIA from long ago. His characters were very interesting and likable and after finishing I was ready to download the next one but unfortunately he has not written it yet, so please Mark get to work!

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The story lacked any verve or spark...and the narration sounded computer-generated.

I struggled to get through this book, whose characters are so woefully under-developed that I really did not care what happened to them in the end.
The narration was so bland and lifeless, I wondered whether it was actually computer-generated. Was it?

Very disappointing.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Made It Impossible to Continue

I really tried to stick with this book because I listened to Cold Shot first and really liked the story and narrator. But this narrator had me pounding the steering wheel and yelling "Stop reading like you're giving an oral report in FOURTH GRADE."

I thought it might get better - it didn't. I thought I could get used to it - I couldn't. So now I'm frustrated that I wasted my time and a book credit. UGH

0 of 1 people found this review helpful