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Primary Target

The Forging of Luke Stone, Book 1
By: Jack Mars
Narrated by: Larry Gorman
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)
Regular price: $24.95
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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High school author?

So I can understand if the author doesn’t have any military experience or tactical training but if your going to write book based around military combat you might want to do some research so it doesn’t read like a high school fantasy novel.

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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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An okay book for the genre.

The forging of Luke Stone was a good listen, but no “Tier One.” The tactical actions were not realistic, but entertaining anyway. I liked the story and the narration was pretty good. I’ll be listening to the series.

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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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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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  • 02-14-19

Awful

Poorly written, poorly researched. I think a teenager wrote it. The author has no idea of the military or law enforcement. Luke Stone just wings it. No tactics, techniques or procedures. I knew it was going to suck after about 30 seconds into the book. Just awful and a total waste of money.
To make it worse the narrator was one of the worst I’ve ever listened to. His voice is mechanical and he can’t even do a British accent! He was terrible. I will avoid the author and the narrator from now on. The narrator should take lessons from Scott Brick or George Guidall.

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Good Action, sloppy plot

The pace of this story was decent and the action really moved the story along. Unfortunately, that story was a unstable from the start. I enjoyed the profile of the main character, but the lengths the plot goes to keep Luke at the center of things was weak. If you follow that logic, Luke was the only capable and available operator in the entire US stable of operators. I was also disappointed in the supporting characters. I would have liked to had better character sketches but had to settle for thin characters with little or no background info.

I think Jack Mars shows promise and hope he can hone his obvious writing talents to produce increasingly good story lines with this character who has potential. Unfortunately, this first product gave us a rather bland, if not a down right common, protagonist.

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Poor Narration

Poor Narrator , the previous books were Much Better, hard to follow - how they use the old narrator again

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  • 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.