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Paradise isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Few people know this as well as Jesse McDermitt, retired Marine and former government operative. 

In the aftermath of an intense mission in coastal Mexico, Jesse wants nothing more than to get back to his boat; to just sail away and forget all about the firefight and his warrior past. 

The Caribbean sun is warm, the azure water inviting, he has the woman of his dreams at his side, and everything seems to be smooth sailing. 

Until a severed leg is found tangled in a line securing Jesse’s dinghy to his 61-foot sailing yacht, Salty Dog. The former owner of the appendage turns out to be the eighth victim of a lunatic who kills for money and a former Russian smuggler who won’t pass up a chance for one more big score. 

Jesse is forced to don the warrior’s mask once again. This time to catch a ghoulish killer who is stalking the villages and jungles outside Belize City.

©2020 Wayne Stinnett (P)2020 Wayne Stinnett

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Excellent new direction for this series...

I look forward to each new book in this series. Wayne Stinnett is a wonderful author and each new book is truly a new adventure. This book (as Wayne [Matthews, NC]) states takes a very dark turn for this series which is usually fun. I’ve noticed a change in the last few books. Jesse seems to be taking a more serious look at the crimes and people he gets involved with. Although this book may be difficult for some to listen to, it does seem that quite a few authors have been writing about the topic of human slavery. I’ve also seen a few on organ harvesting from non willing donors. Both topics can be hard to listen to/read about but I think Stinnett does an admirable job stating the crimes and giving details with out being vulgar.
Nick Sullivan does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Excellent plot, but some will not like it

RISING THUNDER is about a much darker subject matter than the prior 16 novels in the series. I believe it is a subject that deserves the attention. Wayne Stinnett covers the topic about as delicately as possible. But the bottom line is the nature of the series is very different from this novel.

I do have a negative comment about this novel: Male authors should refrain from writing graphic sex scenes because they do not do it well. Women writers are much better at it. Let's offset this with a positive comment: The changes in the personality of the Charity Styles character are refreshing. As always, Nick Sullivan does a great job of narration.

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Top notch, as always

once again, I did not want the story to end. Wayne's writing style keeps you engaged 100%.

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Well, every good thing has to come to an end...

This Used to be a good series, with characters that were interesting and entertaining storylines.
Lately Wayne Stinnett seems to be just pumping out books to meet some sort of quota.
At the beginning of this series, the main character Jesse McDermott, was a likable retired marine who
returned to his roots in the keys and began his civilian life rekindling old friendships while surviving some interesting adventures. As the series progressed, he evidently goes from as guy with a boat who likes to fish and scuba dive to becoming
some sort of super secret multifaceted agent/assassin. Give me e break!
And NO, just because he was a marine, does not give him all of the abilities that the author has endowed him with.
Finally, I am saddened to say that this will be the last book of the series that I read. What has gone from an enjoyable , entertaining series to the latest book with poor chatter development and weak endings is disappointing.

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Keep’em coming

Glad you ended your hiatus! Rereading and relistening to your audiobooks is extremely rewarding. Just glad that the fact find didn’t trample itself like a few of your first joint writings. Historically speaking the fact check of previous books in the series was followed and not recreated or misrepresented. I love wrapping myself in your novels. Keep them coming.
Thank you!

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The wrap up and dispatch of bad guys

Good solid Jesse McDermitt adventure. The wrap up and dispatch of the bad guys is quick and sure. They ain’t coming back.

Too much happy detail in the read about female sexual torture and organ harvesting from live “clean” prostitutes. And this is after 15,000 dark words were cut before the beta readers saw it? Sick.