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Publisher's Summary

When ISIS detonates nuclear weapons in two key American strongholds, the United States plunges into chaos, and the CIA scrambles to prevent a third tragedy in Without Mercy, a terrifying and topical thriller from Colonel David Hunt and R. J. Pineiro.

The unthinkable has happened: ISIS, covertly assisted by Pakistan's intelligence services, has acquired nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them anywhere in the world. They begin with an attack at Bagram Airfield, America's largest military base in Afghanistan. A second weapon is detonated in Battery Park in New York City. The blast levels a square mile of Manhattan, including the Financial District. Hundreds of thousands perish. The American economy is in chaos. Banks close their doors. The US supply chain is disrupted. Riots and looting break out while enemies in the Middle East burn US flags in celebration.

The stakes skyrocket when Islamabad CIA Station Chief Bill Gorman unearths evidence of a third bomb headed our way. Across two continents the chase is on to find the runaway terrorists led by the ruthless and capable Salma Bahmani, star agent of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, the dread ISI. She will stop at nothing to deliver what could be the final nail in America's coffin.

©2017 David Hunt and R. J. Pineiro (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Riveting!!

Detailed and believable to an extent. In this day and age, the POTUS would be met with so much blowback, nothing would get done. Still...I don't mind hoping for a POTUS with "big ones" like Madame President in this book!!

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Hard to stay focused in the beginning

Narrator difficult at the beginning. It got better as the story continued . Personally I got lost in the beginning but I'm glad I stuck with it.

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Excellent

This isn't normally my genre, but I bought this book because of my admiration for Colonel Hunt. I'm glad I did. Very well done! I hope the authors are working on another.

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Great, but scary action thriller!

I raced to finish this audible book. It seems very timely and a bit too possible!! I liked the characters, especially the strong female ones. Having a woman president who was a combat veteran was surprising, but engaging. Other female characters were great, also. I read a very critical review about some of the military terms around firearms, but even tho I am an NRA member and a gun owner, I was so involved in the action of the story that the reference to passing a gun by its "handle" instead of its "grip" did not spoil anything for me. Thanks, Col. Hunt and R J Pineiro for a thrilling story (that I hope never happens!) Col. Hunt, I have missed seeing you on FOX News, but just saw you there this morning! Nice job by the narrator who is a new one to me. I highly recommend this audible book!

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Gripping, Stunning and Revealing

Be able to stop listening or reading this book. It is a A novel today but a very possible reality, given the direction our government is digressing

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  • Dan
  • Lompoc, CA, United States
  • 03-22-17

scary because it's believable

loved the book. Never a dull moment. Lots of characters you really love or hate. good technical detail and great descriptions of the damage nuclear attacks and large explosions cause. Narrator did a great job with the book. I enjoyed the many different characters in the book and the way the author jumped around keeping track of them all. The last third of the book was perhaps a bit longer than needed and the pace dragged a little. I wish this was required reading for the "I t can't happen here" folks. Would make a great movie....

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A page turner better than most Tom Clancy Novels

Where does Without Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank in my top 10% Audio books

What other book might you compare Without Mercy to and why?

Tom Clancy's Executive Orders

Have you listened to any of PJ Ochlan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to PJ Ochlan.

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Colonel Hunt has several female characters who are the prime movers.
A lot of detail on military hardware.

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If you like Michael Bay movies, you will like this.

I found the book tedious and predictable. The characters are cardboard cliches that exhibit no growth or change through the story. I think the author is getting paid by the number of times that he mentions certain brands and models of equipment. We are also provided with a painful level of pointless detail in the action sequences. The plot barrels straight ahead with no deviation to the utterly predictable final confrontation. If this sounds like your type of story, then enjoy. Only the narrator made it
bearable. He was very talented, he just didn’t have good material to work with.

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Good book great detail

Good book maybe to much detail in all of the stories coming together but still enjoyed it and recommend it

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A great thriller

I had no plans to buy this book. Audible was having one of its 2 for 1 sales and I had selected the book that I really wanted and was looking for something else to add. I had never heard of the authors but the plot seemed interesting and I wanted something light to buy with the history book that was my main selection. I was not expecting much from the purchase as most of the books I get as second choice in one of Audible’s 2 for 1 sales are just OK. This book turned out to be a clear exception.

The book captured my interest right away. The characters were interesting, the story was long enough for there to be considerable character development, the plot seemed reasonable, given the thriller genre, and the events never struck me as being so unreasonable that I could not suspend belief. Some of the characters were a bit over-drawn, but there were no “super heroes” able to do unbelievable things on a regular basis. The book is full of interesting characters, the writing is clear and to the point, the descriptions of events seem reasonable and the book never seemed to me to be completely unbelievable. There were a couple of minor things in the book that struck me as unrealistic, surprisingly so considering that one of the authors is a military man and would surely know that no Naval Chief of Staff would hold the rank of Rear Admiral, and I thought that there was a bit too much detail in describing the weapons being used as I personally don’t need the entire sequence of model number characters that describe a weapon, but those are minor objections in an otherwise excellent book.

The narration is first class and I enjoyed the book so much that I will now look for other books by Mr Pineiro. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I began to think if this turned out to be the first of a series I would definitely buy the second when it became available. This is not great literature, but it is a great little thriller, at least as good as any other thriller I have bought recently and considerably better than most of them.