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Brighter Than the Sun Audiobook

Brighter Than the Sun: KGI Series, Book 11

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Publisher's Summary

Searing action and passion ignite the latest KGI novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Darkest Before Dawn.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret family run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.

Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering.

Handling jobs the US government can't.

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he's assigned to, but when it comes to love, he'll keep his distance. He's content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

Zoe's had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she's determined to start over with a completely new identity thanks to her college friend Rusty Kelly. But it's the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe when secrets of her past resurface - and threaten to tear them apart.

©2017 Maya Banks (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Annie74 03-08-17
    Annie74 03-08-17
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    "Shaking my Head"

    The last 4 books in this series seem more like another series by MB, and not KGI. The insta love and focus on relationship more than action is so UTTERLY disappointing. And I understand the need for vulnerability in the female characters, but geez!! Dail it back a little, will you? If I wanted that level of weakness I would have read the Enforcers series. And the repetition!!! Just wow......The last book in this series that had a good balance of relationship to action was Cole and PJ's story. I felt that this storyline was too watered down. For Joe to get so upset over Zoe's emotional treatment just felt too silly. I am holding out for Rusty and Sean's story only because I have been waiting for YEARS to read it. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a hard hitting, action packed story with a little love in between. MB has spent years cultivating this character--please do her justice!!

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    Peter McDonough 03-09-17
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    "The lazy lame insta-love"

    This series started off so well with Rachel and Ethan, but has become the laziest type of insta-love writing. There is zero believability in the "love" relationship. Instead of wasting time talking to themselves or other characters over and over about this unexplainable unfounded "connection" made in a day, maybe spend that time on rich dialogue between the H and H or actions that actually SHOW redeemable qualities specifically in Zoe! The only reason to read this book is for Rusty and Sean! Their book better be the next book because I can't endure another one like this!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    amcoll 03-09-17
    amcoll 03-09-17 Member Since 2013

    Love a Damsel in Distress

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    "Biggest failure of the series"

    Awful narrator
    Whinny, stupid, childish female
    Cheesy as heck hero
    Longest book getting nowhere with every turn of the page. Hours worth of internal dialogue.
    Cliche, lame conversations
    Such a disappointment

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ria Reader Washington, DC 03-13-17
    Ria Reader Washington, DC 03-13-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Very Disappointed. This couldn't be Maya Banks writing."

    This book was very redundant. No character development. He see's her and bam he's in love. The heroine Zoe whined the whole book. These KGI women have all been through tough times but they were no whiny about it. This was totally not KGI style. I feel like Maya Banks didn't write this it's almost like a stranger wrote it. Joe was totally short changed. The action finally picks up after chapter 20. The only good part of this story is knowing Rusty and Sean story is coming soon. I sincere hope Maya Banks or her ghost writer review the first few books and take us back to the kick butt action KGI fans are used to. The narrator wasn't great but I could deal with that if the story wasn't so boring. I had to skip through some chapters and I never do that I just couldn't listen to the self deprecating that was going on. Hopefully the book is better. Happy Reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Lansdale, PA 05-16-17
    Lisa Lansdale, PA 05-16-17 Member Since 2011

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    "I didn't really like it"
    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book back on 3/11/17, but couldn't post my review. Here are the comments I wrote at the time.<br/><br/>Well after such a long wait- this story was just "Ok". Like a few of the other reviews posted, ever since Steele and Marin's book, the following books are not as exciting.<br/><br/>I think the relationship between Zoe/Stella and Joe was way too fast. I didn't really feel the love between the two after 3 days..way too soon. Given what the Kelly's do, how Rusty thought having this lie would work is beyond me. Running for her life or not, Zoe couldn't pull it off if she tried. She couldn't get through 3 days without breaking. I didn't think the attraction was built up enough for the relationship to have blossomed the way it did regardless of "love at first sight" or how Joes brothers met their wives.<br/><br/>Now, what did piss me off the most is there is no storyline regarding Zoe's father and this guy who threatened to kill her. WTH! Did the mom leave or was she killed? Who is Sebastian, a fellow mobster trying to take over her fathers territory? Why was he trying to kill her father? Did he die in the raid at the compound? How the hell he did he find her in the first place? I mean there was so much not reviewed in this part of the story that I was irritated.<br/><br/>Rusty played a major part in this story. I understood where she was going here, but it just seemed like she took over the book at one point.<br/><br/>Finally- it would have been nice to have an update on the family. How many kids? Girls? Boys? Donovan had adopted kids, what's going on with them? The Kelly family and friends are vast, we need updates especially since the books are few and far between.<br/><br/>I'm invested in the series since we're this far in, but I'm not as excited about them as I've been in the past. I'd like to listen to it it again, in case I missed some things in my pissed off state, but I can't even muster the need to do it. I won't be so apt to rush and read them when they're released. I'll get to it eventually. I hope the stories get better and there is more depth to the characters in the upcoming books. These last few stories just seemed rushed. I hope this doesn't continue in future books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bunt 03-25-17
    bunt 03-25-17
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    "Disappointing..."
    Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Tad Branson?

    If this had been the first book I read by Maya Banks it would be the last. So not like her!


    What was most disappointing about Maya Banks’s story?

    The story was so week I almost missed it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tad Branson’s performances?

    He was OK.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brighter Than the Sun?

    All of Joe and Zoë talking to their self in side of their heads and not out loud. Which was 50% of the book. They both were pathetic.


    Any additional comments?

    The first KGI books are wonderful, good storyline and strong characters. I wish is had stopped with PJ and Cole's story. The books after that were week. This was the weakest one yet. I don't hold out much hope for the next ones. I put the blame the publishers, this book should have been sent back for a redo. Very disappointing read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    berta west 03-16-17
    berta west 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Changes"

    I liked the story, its consistent with all the KGI series: I preferred the first narrator. Tad voice was very slow and not like the other narrator. It would be great if the females voice can be narrated to speak. I love the series and the action, its great, but don't change the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mistress Feral Alabama, USA 08-01-17
    Mistress Feral Alabama, USA 08-01-17
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    "LOVED IT!"

    I absolutely love this series. I own every book so far. really enjoyed the audiobook.

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    Judy 07-10-17
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    "My favorite KGI story!! Loved it!!"

    I loved the fact that Rusty & her adopted brothers interacted.. I'm waiting for Maya to put Rusty & Will together and bring that romance into focus. I loved the Kelly Family and enjoy all of their stories. Their undying love & commitment to one another, etc... it's good! It's all good.. romance, adventure and a little family love.. when does the next one come out?

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    Kayla Buster 05-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    The voice killed me. Not a good listen. Read it instead .. sorry I got this on audible.

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