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Publisher's Summary

Michael Sloan reinvents the story of the mysterious former covert intelligence officer who helps desperate people who are in need of his unique and deadly skills. Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak. In this novel, based on the 1980s television show, and timed to come out shortly before the feature film version starring Denzel Washington, McCall gets pulled into a battle against Russian drug lords and finds himself pitted against his most dangerous foe ever!

©2014 Michael Sloan (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!

Would you listen to The Equalizer again? Why?

Oh yes! This was such a good book. Long (which I like), very detail orientated (but not overly with trivial filler), great characters and an Excellent lead in to a new series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robert McAll. He has such a colorful history that would make a normal man bitter and hostile but he has turned his emotions to humanitarian characteristics with a twist.

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

His performance was five star worthy.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed Michael Sloan's style if writing. I though it was very much in the style of Robert Ludlum. I thought the book kept the pace up with out any lulls. The story unfolds in present and flashbacks that are clearly defined and easily followed. I think the publishers intro to "The Equalizer" is a little misleading because that title doesn't come into play until the last chapter or three! The entire story leading up to the title is how Robert McAll gets to that point. Don't get me wrong, it's a Great Journey and certainly worth the read/listen and credit!

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Fast & Fun

Like a good AA movie, The Equ. was fun to "watch." Excellent good guys, very creepy bad guys. Retired super spy/assassin refuses to blindly pass by when bullies are humiliating the defenseless. With a little help from his friends he tries to make a difference. Not an Academy Award winner, but most aren't and many that are have nothing really to commend. My cost-per-star-hour ratnig: 10, the best value per thrill. (Length of book / action • star rtg / expense... ;^)
EJMJ ~ I do not reveal any part of stories I recommend to my fam & friends.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Look! It's another Nike product!

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

This is a reasonably well-written novel for its genre. Action was brisk. Narration was well done. Plot was sufficiently intriguing. Characters were interesting.

HOWEVER, at times, it felt like a 21 hour long product-plug for Nike.

Acknowledging that it is the novelization of a movie (which draws its roots from the TV series), by the tenth time the exact specifications of a particular Nike shoe worn by a character were described (color, model number), it was painfully obvious who the sponsors were. At one point, I was considering setting up a score card and playing "Nike model Bingo". By the end of the novel, this became an annoying distraction - and made me less likely than ever to purchase any Nike products.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 06-08-18

Call The Equalizer

This is a top notch thriller novel featuring Robert McCall, an ex-C.I.A. operative, who evens the odds for innocent victims of heinous crimes. If you are old enough to remember the television series, The Equalizer, you will already be a leg up on this book, written by the co-creator of the show. Your mental image will be of the great actor, Edward Woodward, whose powerful portrayal defined the role of the Equalizer. McCall is skilled, confident, unflappable, seemingly aloof, yet with a soft spot for the underdog. If you are new to the character you have a a great opportunity to learn the origins of one of the coolest ex-secret agents to walk the streets of New York. After too many missions, too many lost friends, and lovers, McCall has quit the C.I.A. He is trying to blend in, lose himself, and maybe even settle down in New York. The more he learns about the community he has chosen to live in, the more crime and corruption he comes across. Although he tries, he just can’t turn his head and ignore the plight of the innocents around him. McCall has to step in even if it means he will be caught on the radar of the C.I.A. It seems the agency doesn’t take kindly to it’s agents walking out on them. McCall soon finds himself embroiled with a Chechen mob running nightclubs and forcing young women to prostitute themselves to gain information from influential clients. Little does McCall know that the people heading the Chechen mob are also involved in assassinations throughout the world and are under surveillance by the C.I. A. The Chechens may have been involved in the murder of McCall’s girl friend, who was also a C.I.A. agent. This is a great book resurrecting a character who has been in retirement too long.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Okay, I'll read another Michael Sloan book

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

You have to like the Equalizer story line, which can only come from having watched Robert Woodward in the 80s. Not the shortest read, but darn it, I couldn't stop listening

Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Sloan? Why or why not?

Yes; Michael Sloan IS the Equalizer.

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

Jeff Gurner is a superb narrator. You forget that you're listening to a narrator; it doesn't get any better than than.

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

Bad guys: your time is up. Stay outa New York City.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Mr. Sloan.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 02-28-18

This Thing Is NOT a Novel

So it's like...

“McCall’s Slingshot Auto Z46 undearm micro-holster slammed the Rock FS 10mm pistol’s grip into his leather-tough palm twirling its arc toward Grizgirg as the massive Serb enforcer leveled his ugly Zastava’s Balkan CZ99 .9 mm 15 round digital sites onto the once- US government's super secret company enforcer’s blood-spurting mouth all while Grizgirg’s other hand jerked Indira’s luxuriant hair forcing the bound beauty’s face farther through the razor-sharp Gintra-glass shards slicing deeper into each intimate part of her naked body. Two simultaneous pistol booms mixed their acrid smoke with the woman’s agonized ear-searing squeals. Just then the Iranian QP7Z2 IED ignited the BP-gasoline drenched ballroom both blinding and deafening them all.

“A moment later – things got worse.”

Yeah, that’s the way I recall how almost every paragraph was written (??) in … well THIS IS NOT A NOVEL. Apparently Michael Sloan carries a notebook where he scrawls spontaneous unrelated scenes of violent adventure.

When enough of them pile up, he mounds them into some kind of order (??) then goes seriously drinking with buddies to invent ways to tangle them together: ways that sort of resemble plot. Editors then giggle at the way Sloan satirizes how Mission Impossible movies are filmed without scripts. And how Sloan tosses in Clancy techno-brands with every weapon while exaggerating the cliché fight scenes that start Jack Reacher, Win Lockwood, John Milton, Court Gentry, and at least a half dozen other big sellers.

But this isn't supposed to be funny. Nope, you've got your Ludlum-America-hatred here along with wriggling distressed damsels, and the prey of some super secret alphabet named killer agency determined not to let their ex machine-like killer resign after he abruptly grows a conscience… and… and… Well it’s a reeeeeely awful stew of non-sequitur clichés and disposable scenes with way-over-saturated characters.

Jeff Gurner’s an ordinary reader here: probably not his fault since the author's velocity's cranked to warp 10 from the start leaving Gurner no way to build... BTW: The book’s description on Audible mis-represents whatever motivation this mess’s lead character seems to have. Did the reviewer read the book? Odd.

NOTE: I erroneously posted this review to a John Sanford novel which I liked. Thanks to Audible techs, that posting was deleted. Sorry for any confusion my mistake caused. How'd it happen? Well, when stupidity is sufficient explanation, why look farther?

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 10-31-15

Saw movie 3 times, heard book 3 times: loved both

Denzel Washington's outstanding portrayal in the movie was so enjoyable I decided to buy the audiobook and compare. Both were totally worth my enjoyment over and over again. Action, plot, theme, protagonists, antagonists.....every thing was so satisfying, especially for someone who enjoys espionage or action stories.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 09-20-14

Lame, over explicit descriptions of weapons.

Just say "gun" every now and then. OK we get it, you're another Tom Clancy.
Not everyone in the world is as familiar or concerned with the make, model and number of every single firearm available. The story is slower for the constant pandering to the US obsession with weapons and the detail is annoying and unnecessary unless you are in the marines.

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 08-26-14

Read The Book.... See The Movie

EXCELLENT Book. Rather long (20 hours) for the genre. Could have easily been 2-3 separate books. Fans of Charles Bronson's Death Wish movies will especially enjoy Robert McCall, former top secret ops guy as an urban vigilante of sorts dealing with NYC street thugs AND "the Russian mob".

All the Russian names do get confusing. If the names have Ks, Vs and Ds they are really bad guys. A movie starring Denzel Washington comes out Sept 2014.

As with all stories of this genre.... obvious comparison to "Reacher" apply here too. Easy to imagine a series with McCall.

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Good For Awhile...

Book was enjoyable for awhile, with main character helping people using his skills from previous CIA work and training. However, when he went back to CIA, it got ridiculous. I quit listening when he took the place of a Soviet torturer - by taking the guy out in the middle of lunch by snapping his neck in the bathroom, donning the guy's clothes and a hairpiece, returning to the meal in his place, and fooling the guy's companion, who happened to be a long time live in aide who was rumored to have an affair with the torturer. That's Mission Impossible, plastic-face stupid stuff. I prefer stories that actually could realistically happen. If you like fantastical adventures, you may well like this book. If you look for stories that are within the realm of possible, look elsewhere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bernard Mateer
  • 07-25-17

Awesome

Great from start to fabulous finish leaves you wanting more.. Remember this being on TV when I was in my teens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-18

loved it

story quick moving. after jack reacher this guy is great . can't wait to read the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-18

loved this

the narrator was really great and the story was exciting all the way through. thoroughly enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-18

I want more!

I was traveling through Mexico with Robert McCall and had a ball. This is a great story that covers a lot of ground then leaves you wanting more!!! Fingers crossed Mr Sloane is writing 10 more just like it!

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  • Mark
  • 06-01-17

Loved it!!!

I just loved this book, it just kept on going, if it were 10 times longer I'd love it 10 times more! I hope there are more of this awesome character.

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  • Brendon
  • 06-23-15

not enough

loved the characters hated the bad guys, relished every opportunity I had to escape into Roberts life and journey

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  • Pare777
  • 02-20-18

Good story

...but why do writers feel the need for all the swearing very unnecessary. Loved the story.

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