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Thomas Caine lives in the shadows. Betrayed and left for dead, he has put his past as a CIA assassin behind him. Now he lives off the grid, and hides from his dark past in the seedy underworld of Pattaya, Thailand.

But when local gangsters set him up for a crime he didn't commit, he finds himself back in the clutches of the CIA. His old masters make him an offer he can't refuse: rot in a hellish Thai prison, or accept a dangerous mission in Tokyo, Japan.

As he hunts the neon-lit city for a CIA asset's missing daughter, he quickly learns there is more to this assignment than meets the eye. Yakuza thugs, Japan's Security Bureau, and even rogue CIA operatives all stand between him and his objective.

And looming in the shadows is Tokyo Black, a right-wing terrorist cult whose members demonstrate their loyalty by burning their yakuza tattoos from their skin. Can Thomas Caine defeat this fanatical enemy, before they ignite an international conflict that kills thousands?

©2016 Andrew Warren (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-17-17

Good story ruined by over preformed narration

I've found Jonathan Davis to be an excellent narrator in the past. He totally ruined this book by drastically increasing his voice volume when reading the emotional dialog or describing emotional situations. I had to change the volume hundreds of times while listening to Tokyo Black. I detest this sort of narration because the volume in almost never comfortable. A good narrator can express dialog emotion without screaming. I'll return this book but will attempt to listen to Red Phoenix, the next book in the series which is already in my Audible library.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Jonathan Davis fans unite

I am a big fan of Mr Davis. He is in Audible’s reader hall of fame 2017 and this book was my purchase to celebrate it. Performance excellent in this and the other author’s book Mr Davis reads.
I do use new 1.25x speed to match the author’s intentions.
I am on the new 2 speaker iPhone which broadcasted this story very well. I didn’t have the issues Shelly and Wayne, who I follow, had.
Great story, mix of Black Rain and background to Rising Sun. I felt I was in Japan racing along with our heroes. I did read the 2nd book 1st and enjoyed it enough to try this 1st read of author by Mr Davis.
Let me know if my comments were helpful to you.?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I always enjoy this narrator but the audio would be loud then soft. I listen to books to relax. It was not his narration it was the quality of the audio

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Book could use a better narrator...

Would you consider the audio edition of Tokyo Black to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the printed version but I think I will.

Did Jonathan Davis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No I don't think he did. I thought he was a little monotone. I found myself drifting and having to rewind more than once and it was not because of the story.

Any additional comments?

The story itself is an excellent espionage thriller and I have been looking forward to this being released on Audible but I sure wish someone had stuck with the original narrator. There is plenty of action and a shocking ending. I know there is another book in this series and I am hoping it will make it to Audible with a different narrator.
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND the printed version.
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10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Action packed, a bit confusing, but another winner

Caine is brought back from the dead because the CIA needs the best. He is rescued from the hell-hole Thai prison by his former CIA girl friend.

Caine leaves Thailand in search of a missing Japanese girl wanted by her pervert father and travels to Japan where he mixes with a lot of very violent people. These are former Yakuza who have purified themselves (and burned off their tattoos) and taken on a new goal, that of purging Japan of its weakness, and leading their country into a new golden age. Their reasoning and plans are a bit vague, but they are ruthless and bloody, and want to start a war with China. Cain has to outmaneuver the Japanese police, the Yakuza, the CIA, and the new purified guys.

There is a good deal of Tokyo flavor in the story, allowing you to feel you are there. I just don't think any Japanese girl has coffee-colored thighs, even with a lot of cream.

There are more revelations about Caine's past and the people he once knew, both as friends and as enemies. There is more betrayal, but Cain is up to it all. Will Caine be able to deliver justice (or is it vengeance) to the man who betrayed him? Can he find the girl? Why is she important? How can Caine stop the international war about to happen? With nick-of-time action, this is a fine addition to the saga.

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Narrator needs to modulate volume better

story was good
narrative volume ranged from a whisper to yelling, hard to hear most

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A waste of a credit, dialogue is startling similar to some of the John Rain books and they are fractionally above super sub standard.
I wish I had not wasted the credit or the times pent trying in vain to have the story capture me.

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  • GReader
  • Adelaide, South Australia Australia
  • 08-17-17

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Teenage boys

Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Warren again?

No

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

At least he spoke English.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tokyo Black?

Just about everything

Any additional comments?

I stopped reading this book after about two hours. I couldnt take anymore. The plot seems to be based in Tokyo because the author once went there as a tourist. The principal European characters are cardboard cutouts. The Japanese characters are cartoons. There is a lot of violence but it is so implausible that it is not even amusing.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful