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Two agents, Russian and American, are brutally murdered. College students, working as drug mules, die gruesome deaths from radiation poisoning. Powerful dirty bombs explode minutes apart in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia - slaughtering citizens and spreading blind panic throughout the world. But this is only a warning. The next attack will be nuclear.

Enter Air Force OSI agent Jericho Quinn and his crack team of specialists. Their mission: track down the black-market arms dealer who masterminded the plot - with a Soviet-era, suitcase-sized bomb - and dismantle them both. When the trail leads to South America, Quinn has to join the famous Dakar Rally, a 6,000-mile motorcycle run that’s about to become the most dangerous race in history. It’s not the finish line they’re racing for. It’s the fate of the world....

©2013 Marc Cameron (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Jason
  • Palmer, AK, United States
  • 05-28-13

The series matures

I love what Marc Cameron has done with this series: National Security introduced the main characters and established the tone for the series. Act of Terror picks up where the last book left off, introduced some more characters for the series. State of Emergency starts shortly after AoT, lets us know that one of the previous villains is still being pursued, but takes us to more pressing matters. Jericho picks up more allies and enemies and we can see the stage being set for some interesting story arcs in both his professional and personal life.
Jericho Quinn ranks with Scot Harvath, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne as my favorite counter-terrorist agents.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fun Story - Narration a Disappointment

What did you like best about this story?

The action is always fun and interesting.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice for Zamora was awful, he squealed to the point that it hurt my ears. Tom Weiner was much better in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Do the authors listen to the books before they are released? I struggled with the high pitch yelping - it hurt my ears and I had to turn the volume way down. If he does another book I hope he goes back to Tom Weiner.

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 08-13-14

Having now read all three

I just discovered Jericho Quinn a week or so ago.... and immediately ordered / listened to all three IN ORDER. Definitely read in chronological order as each adventure builds on the earlier ones.

The narrator for the first two books was (IMO) preferable to this one. This one was too much "mouse and squirrel" with his accents. But this narrator did not detract from my enjoyment. This narrator's "Zamora" did drip pure psycho-evil.

Comparisons to more established action heroes is easy and obvious. Quinn may be closer to Mitch Rapp than many others. Looking forward to more of Jericho (and friends) from Marc Cameron.

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Horrible narration

I have over 125 books in my library and this is the first time I hade to stop listening and buy the book do to the narration. On the bright side I did enjoy the story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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need better narrator

narrator tried too hard. at times found myself rewinding to listen again as he spoke to quietly or voice was hard to understand.

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If I could five this book 0 - I would

I purchases this book because of great reviews of Marc Cameron's books. It was a complete disappointment. It is possible that I needed to start with book one, not in the middle of the series, but I have read other series and in general it does not require to start with the first book to enjoy the story. In this case it was like you started in the middle of the book. There was no real ending, I gues the idea is it will continue in his next book.

It did not help that performance by Luke Daniels was terrible. All the "bad guys". Had this whiny tone that was beyond irritating and just put me off the book even more.

I am not sure I would buy another Cameron book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Formulaic and needed multiple narrators

What disappointed you about State of Emergency?

The narration was out of his depth trying to provide distinctive voices for each different character. His voice for the main villain was just "nails on a chalk board" bad to me.

What was most disappointing about Marc Cameron’s story?

The characters are very predictable in definition, interaction, and growth. Cardboard cut outs.

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  • Jack
  • Waxahachie, TX, United States
  • 10-13-15

Story pretty good-narrator not so much!

Overall the story and character development was fair to good- my problem was with the reader. These comments might be helpful to other narrators. Some of the listeners such as myself may require hearing assistance, and when Mr. Daniels switched to female voices, especially when whispering the characters are almost indecipherable. I didn't have that issue with Mr. Weiner. I do enjoy Mr. Camerons books though and will continue to follow this series, but with a few tweaks could enjoy them even more.

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Is Narrator Reincarnation of Spencer Tracy?

Would you consider the audio edition of State of Emergency to be better than the print version?

No, but only for one reason. The narration would have been exceptional -- but just because a character says something in a whisper does NOT mean the narrator should actually whisper. <br/><br/>One of Spencer Tracy's acting tricks when he especially wanted an audience to hone in on him was reducing the volume of his voice and slightly tilting his head. It worked well in many films. Luke Daniels is no Spencer Tracy. <br/><br/>Luke Daniels used a lot of different voices and he is very good at it. But I thought I would go nuts trying to hear the female characters when he had them speaking so softly -- not always -- but enough that it was extremely annoying. I mostly listened to this book through my Kindle and Echo as the speaker. Thank goodness, because I could fairly easily go back in small increments to try to catch what was said. I got very good at anticipating and was able to just turn the top of the Echo up and down as needed. Otherwise, I would probably have given up on this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Emergency?

So as not to give away the plot and a unique moment, it involved a motorcycle and a watch worn by the protagonist.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

Anyone who doesn't change the volume of his/her voice for different characters. I go to the theater a lot. When characters in a play need to "whisper" they don't actually whisper -- or the audience wouldn't be able to hear what is said.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Can one man stop a nuclear bomb in the hands of terrorists?

Any additional comments?

Marc Cameron is a good writer. I can suspend my disbelief for a good yarn. He keeps the story flowing and gives his charcters good motivation for their actions. He is -- for me -- right on the edge of too much blood and mayhem but hasn't crossed the line yet -- just know that there are a lot of dead bodies in his writing and lots of descriptive variations on how they got that way.<br/><br/>I found the ending of this book to be a bit jarring. Mr. Cameron fails to wrap up all the loose ends. Even though there is an epilogue, I wish the author had given as much attention to the details at the denouement as he did in the body of the book.<br/><br/>Overall, I would recommend this book.

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Horrible Narration

The voices (or attempted voices) were so awful I could not stand to listen to this book. What an absolute waste of money!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful