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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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    5 out of 5 stars

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 114 people found this review helpful

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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 47 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline
  • Lawrenceville, GA, USA
  • 03-20-06

Please don't waste your time

NO STARS!!! This is the worst book I have bought. I am not sure if it is the book, the narrator or both. But please, don't waste your time or money. A real loser!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Rivals counting grains of Floridian sand

Ther are few readers whom I instantly dislike.
My nine year old daughter read with more expression and much better pacing when she was five. I felt as if I was listening to someone who was learning English in a very distant land. This audio book needs a competent reader. To follow the plot takes more energy that I care to exert. I rather count grains of sand on a Florida beach.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Bow, WA, USA
  • 11-19-05

Unintelligible

The narration of this book is bad. Comprehension and enjoyment of the writing are tossed aside by the reader's cryptic style. This is an example of a good book with a truly bad reader.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Don't waste a good credit

I should have given the negative reviews more weight than the positive reviews before deciding to waste a book credit on this one. The story might have been a good one if the characters had been better developed and if the reader hadn't talked so fast that I might have been able to understand what the heck was going on. I don't think the reader stopped to take a breath for the whole book! It sounded like he couldn't wait until it was over. Consequently, it was difficult to determine who was who and who was saying what to whom.

A good book will make the listener feel that they personally know at least some of the characters and will cause you to share in their victories and feel the pain of their defeats. The character development by this author was so shallow that I really didn't care what happend to any of them. I kept expecting the book to get better, but by the third CD I gave up and downloaded Scott Turrows new book. It's like the difference between night and day. You should definately listen to the sample to see if you can handle the reader before taking a chance on this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • Biddeford, ME, USA
  • 11-06-05

Very Bad

I've listened to a lot of books, but this had to be the worst. The narrator spoke too fast and was emotionless. The story line was extremely confusing and the characters came in and out of the book in a very odd way. I would not recommend this title.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

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.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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 57 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • memphis, TN, USA
  • 01-11-06

Don't waste your money!

This is one of the worst audio books I have ever listened to. The narrater has a terrible voice and
you can never figure out who's saying what the narration is so bad. The plot is choppy also. I wonder where the editor was when they listened to the final cut of this? Do not get!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful