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Publisher's Summary

With The Pieces of the Puzzle, Robert Stanek masterfully creates an intelligent thriller that weaves the excitement and intrigue of a sophisticated mystery with the fascinating secret world of international espionage. The leader of a special operations unit returns home after a mission gone terribly wrong to find himself a wanted man.

Through his former boss he discovers his wife and unborn child are in danger. He must return and cooperate to ensure their safety. Little does he know he is getting pulled deeper and deeper into a decades old conspiracy led by a clandestine group within the government.Soon, the former agent Scott Evers finds an unlikely ally and the duo must work together to unravel the scattered clues that will lead them to the mastermind behind everything that's happening.

©2005 Robert Stanek; (P)2005 Reagent Press

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Made me think

First, I'd like to say what a huge fan I have become of this fantastic writer. Since Stanek's first book actually. Stanek is hard to top, in my opinion.

THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE, is a fast-paced, roller-coster ride taking the reader on a journey they will think about for a long time to come.

A fantastic, page-turning, thought-provoking, and unique book. I loved it. The story as written by Stanek offers the reader a lot to think about (fiction or not), I, for one, couldn't put this book down, and I was sad when it ended.

I can hardly wait for Stanek's next novel!

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Everything DaVinci Code Should Have Been

Sometimes you read so many books that you consider to be good that you forget the feeling that overwhelms you when you read one that is truly wonderful. And then, when you find a wonderful one, you wonder what makes it so, what sets it apart from those others. I wasn't more than thirty or so minutes into *The Pieces of the Puzzle* when I started wondering that very thing.

And then I got to a certain chapter and realized why. In this case there are so many reasons. The most important one, however, is that it makes you feel. Strongly. I was reading the aforementioned chapter and it occurred to me that my stomach was tense, that I was grinding my teeth, that I hated a character so passionately that I could physically feel it. That this novel had roused such an emotion, well, suffice it to say, I hadn't felt that for quite some time with the novels I had been reading. I loved it.

The next component is one of equal importance. Stanek is admirably adept at handling language. His prose isn't overly descriptive but it is evocative and always right on. This novel is one even a discriminating "literary" reader could pick up and find him or herself awed by.

I have to say, I had been disappointed by some of the mystery novels recommended on this site before, but this one makes up for them all.

101 of 110 people found this review helpful

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A Must Listen

This audiobook is OUTSTANDING, and I'm VERY glad to have it. It has to be the best, or at least one of the top 3 audiobooks on audible today. Pieces is smart, fun as hell, intriguing, and challenges the listener with its central puzzle, giving you a chance to figure it out. A great, great audiobook.

46 of 53 people found this review helpful

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This has been my favorite Audible title yet.

I look for books that entertain as well as inform. In this story, I was looking for entertainment and got plenty of it. The time flew by and I could not wait to hear more of the story. A complex, well written novel that fits together in the end like a puzzle!

The narrator was quite interesting and kept the dialogue going well. The story itself was intriguing and controversial enough to make it very interesting. I am now looking for more from Robert Stanek.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narration ruins book.

The book might be a good one - who knows?! The narrator speaks so fast, and all in one monotone voice, that it is impossible to follow or know which character is supposed to be speaking. If you want to continually rewind to relisten, to try and figure out what's going on, then this is the book for you! Probably a great read, but not a great audio.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Bruno
  • North Shore City, New Zealand
  • 09-17-05

don't trust these reviews

i bought this book based on the strength of the reviews that absolutely raved about this book. it could not be more incorrect. the worst narration i have ever heard - so bad that i felt compelled to actually write a review. please do yourself a favour and listen to a sample, if you can endure the narration, you might just endure the book, as the story is worse than the narration.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Wethersfield, CT, USA
  • 05-21-06

Nonstop action... Amazing!

No one can deny that this is a good yarn. It moves quickly, has numerous twists and turns, and ultimately has a very satisfying conclusion. I got this book because a friend at work has it. People seemed to get all worked up over the possibility that some of what's in this book "could" be true. Well it's not just a possibility much of the techniques Agent Scott Evers uses are reall.

It's true "bluejackers" can steal what's on your PDA and phone and use that information to get your identity in the same was the main character does in the opening sequence. It's true about how programs can be hidden inside other programs. They call those "trojans". It's true how multiple carrier frequencies can be hidden in other signals. Any ham radio op knows that. Still a work of fiction based on fact, is still fiction, the real facts in it simply makes it more interesting.

Is it as good as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code? I really didn't like Dan Brown's book, so for me this is definitely better. My wife is a Dan Brown fan and she enjoyed this. It's hard to deny this is a good, fast read. At the very least, it's entertaining and if you're looking to be entertained this is a sure thing. If you're looking for literature, this isn't it. Enough said, this one gets all 5 stars from me. I'll be looking for other books by this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing...

First of all, I just have to say Puzzle IS better than DaVinci code. Anyone who says otherwise just isn't paying attention. The story is better. The characters are more strongly developed. The plotting is smooth and tight. After a few chapters of listening I was online looking up all the things you can do with cell phones, PDAs and wireless. I loved this book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great reda, bad listen

The narrator sounds like a high schooler asked to read to the class: bad cadence, no inflection, hurried. The material itself seems very good, so I think I'm going to read this one, instead.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Hilton Head Island, SC USA
  • 09-09-05

Disappointing

The choppy writing style, combined with reading that was much too fast, made it difficult to follow. I listen in the car, and this required way too much attention to keep track of. I gave up after 45 minutes.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful