Primary Target

The Forging of Luke Stone, Book 1
By: Jack Mars
Narrated by: Larry Gorman
Series: The Forging of Luke Stone, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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In the much-anticipated debut of a new series by number one best-selling author Jack Mars, when elite Delta Force soldier Luke Stone, 29, joins a secretive government agency, he is dispatched on the mission of a lifetime: a whirlwind race across Europe and the Mid-East to save the President’s daughter before she is beheaded by terrorists.

In Primary Target, we see the forging of one of the world’s toughest - and most lethal - soldiers: Luke Stone. A 29-year-old veteran who has seen enough battle to last a lifetime, Luke is tapped by the Special Response Team, a secretive new FBI agency (led by his mentor Don Morris) to tackle the most high-stake terrorism operations in the world.

Luke, still haunted by his wartime past and newly married to an expecting Becca, is dispatched on a mission to Iraq, with his new partner Ed Newsam, to bring in a rogue American contractor. But what begins as a routine mission mushrooms into something much, much bigger.

When the President’s teenage daughter, kidnapped in Europe, is ransomed by terrorists, Luke may be the only one in the world who can save her before it is too late.

Primary Target is an pause-resisting military thriller, a wild action ride that will leave you listening late into the night. It marks the long-anticipated debut of a riveting new series by number one best-selling author Jack Mars, dubbed “one of the best thriller authors” out there.

Also discover Primary Command, the second book in the series!

Also available is Jack Mars’ number one best-selling Luke Stone thriller series (seven books), which begins with the first book, Any Means Necessary, with over 800 five-star reviews!

©2018 Jack Mars (P)2018 Jack Mars
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Great plot. TERRIBLE narration.

I've listened to all of the Luke Stone books. The story line of Primary Target is great, but the narration is the worst I've ever heard. Larry Gorman destroyed the book.

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Good story, bad reader.

The storyline of the book was good if not great. The reading performance was bad if not horrible. Super choppy lines, weird pauses within sentences, bad character voices. It’s was just a bad reading performance that actually hurt the book so much that, without reading it myself, I cannot give a accurate assessment of the actual writing of the book.

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Might be a good story but ruined by the narrator!

What is with the new jerky narration style!? STOP! “He picked up....the gun...”, “ she...took a bite...she chewed slowly.” “He...sat on the bodies.....it was t comfortable...but he didn’t want to...move.” Stop it! Ruined Greaney’s new book and now another new series with promise. Horrible!!!

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slow

cant stand to finish it. boring, yawn. read too slow, characters are not believable. one sucky cliche after the next.

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Not a fan of the namby pamby affect given to Luke

The narrator gives Luke a odd affect unbecoming of the tough guy persona from the book.

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Good story. Terrible narration

Good story but the narrator has what must be one of the most irritating voices I have heard. It kept me from fully enjoying the book. I kept hoping that his voice would grow on me but it just did not.

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Good, but possibly too contrite

The late Vince Flynn thrilled us all when he wrote the two prequels to the Mitch Rapp series. It wasn't a unique idea, but it was well done and helped answer questions that were always left hanging by the original book series. There was even a movie based on the first book, but only the movie title had any resemblance to the book.

The narration is the same caliber as all the books in the Luke Stone series. Larry Gorman is not George Guidall or Scott Brick, but he will be in that elite group, soon.

Now Jack Mars is joining the prequel world with the Forging series. This would be an excellent book with any set of characters, but it doesn't fit together as well as hoped when starting into the novel. The plot of a kidnapped president's daughter was ruined in West Wing and has been previously written too many times. That could be why this isn't a 5-star story and overall rating.

It's obvious, since this is tagged "Book 1," that Mars is planning additional titles in the series. It should be hoped that future plot lines are a little stronger and less retread.

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Find a new reader

In the other Luke Stone books, the only problem I had with the reader was his inability to properly pronounce the word “nuclear “. After listening to Larry Gorman, bring back K. C. Kelly - PLEASE!!!!

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OK story,but hard to listen to

The Forging of Luke Stone prequel series is, for me, hard to listen to. The narrator does bad accents, and even without accents, can grate on your nerves. When Luke say “Get down! Get down !” You will immediately think - who says it like that?

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Disappointing

I was expecting a better story. The narrator’s accents were terrible. I almost gave up on listening to it but didn’t.

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  • Earwicker
  • 01-08-20

Bit clichéd but entertaining

It's ok, the plot is hackneyed and clichéd and the ending a little weak and superfluous, but it's entertaining and worth a listen.

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  • Mr. P. G. Jones
  • 07-08-19

Fast paced and a good listen!

The only thing holding me back from another star on this book was I kept laughing at the British accents. I just dont see the guys in the SAS sounding like Stewie from Famiy Guy lol!

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  • PP
  • 12-27-18

Unbelievable

Okay, this is the first in the series of the cultivation of the hero Luke Stone. I read a lot of books of the ex war hero turned private agent genre and am pretty immune to the odd episode of incredulity and corniness. But even I find it difficult to suspend my disbelief with this book.
It is Jack Mars' first Luke Stone book but and I hope he refines the plots to something a little less predictable and a little more credible than this.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-07-19

the narrator ruined it

great listen loved the story, but the narrator needs to be shot, this would be a series I'd love to follow but the narrator has put me off, surly the author can see this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

Hard to finish.

Struggled with the story and narrator. Good action and very descriptive in blood and guts. Other bits, I simply skipped through.

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  • Paula Wilson
  • 03-06-20

Exciting. Couldn’t wait to hear what happened next

Action exciting couldn’t wait to hear what was going to happen next excellent story and performance

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-19

horrible

hero is a coward who ducks and curls up during gun fights other characters are idiots apparently so bad speachless

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