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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 U.S. government can’t....

Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for.

Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses. But when she’s in danger, there’s no way he’ll allow anyone else to protect her.

Maren’s hiding something. He’s sure of it. But he isn’t prepared for the shocking discovery her secrets reveal. Or how they will forever alter the course of his destiny. He has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced: Love.

©2013 Maya Banks (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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the perfect couple

What did you love best about Forged in Steele?

I am usually not a fan of the explicit sexual content But the author kept so much humor and closeness between hero and heroin. I never felt like an intruder .Loved

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steele of course.

What does Adam Paul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Paul Steele' s voice fit his persona to perfection. Reminds me of Aldo Ray .(Ray an actor from the fifties.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes and have listened several times since.

Any additional comments?

Love all of the KGI books. These are Maya Banks very best stories. Love the whole of the entire cast of characters.

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No Longer A Tin Man

Steele was always a little intimidating to me in the other KGI books, but I knew when he was felled by the mighty emotion of love it would be good. I wasn't wrong. Now I wondered just how emotionally expressive he would be since he was, in every other story, cold as ice. It wasn't too little and it wasn't too much. He got his point across in a very clear and warm way and I enjoyed seeing the escalation of emotion as he and Dr. Maren Scofield spent more and more time together. He didn't go down without a fight, but then I wouldn't have expected any less from this man of Steele.

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Will she be able to count on Steele to protect her

5 star

The story has laughs, abuse, kidnapping, suspense, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)
No Place to Run (KGI #2)
Hidden Away (KGI #3)
Whispers in the Dark (KGI #4)
Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5)
Softly at Sunrise (KGI #5.5)
Shades of Gray (KGI #6)

This is Maren and Steele’s story. Steele is the iceman. Or so his team thinks. When he and a few of his men need medical attention he goes to Maren. He wants her and tries to stay away from her. He is no good for her. But after one night he just can’t stay away. After coming back to her in his downtime he is called away. Maren has a secret but is not completely sure she is expecting so she takes a test and decides that she will tell Steele when she gets the results. Only problem is when she gets the results she get kidnapped the same day. Now in the hands of a mad man who believes that he wants her she has to worry about him making the moves on her while she takes care of his medical needs. Steele has been searching for Maren for months. When one phone call brings her back to him he knows that the danger is not over. He moves her in and takes care of her but what happens when the danger comes for her. Will she be able to count on Steele to protect her or will he not want her or the baby?

I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.

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  • Jane
  • Harrisburg, IL, United States
  • 09-11-15

Great story, but reader's voice drove me nuts!

I loved the story, but the voice he used for Steele was so gravelly and raspy that I found it almost painful to listen to. I felt like I needed to cough or clear my own voice whenever Steele spoke. Other than that he did a great job!

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  • Jodie
  • Laurel, IN, United States
  • 03-12-15

Adam is improving....

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steele of course, was the best. Though Hancock comes in at a close second....when do we get his story??

What three words best describe Adam Paul’s voice?

Adam Paul gets better as the series goes on. This time he did much better with the accents and I wasn't so distracted that I missed the story. Though he does sound like Batman at times...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The family scene when the twins are born at the beginning and later when Marion's baby girl is born (why didn't we learn the baby's name???).

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Outstanding job for an outstanding book!

This is an excellent audio version of a great book.

Adam Paul brings the story to life, adding the right inflections to bring out the emotions not only of the dialogue but of the action.

His voices are excellent--though I thought his Sam Kelly was a bit high-pitched, bringing particular images to mind. He nailed Hancock, giving him that neutral voice that one would expect from such a man. His Southern accent is a bit more Texas than I would expect for characters who have grown up in Tennessee (I've lived in Tennessee most of my life), a bit too much drawl on occasion.

The only thing I did not enjoy about this audiobook--other than the fact it ended--was the soap opera music inserted at the end. It only added time to the book, nothing to the story and was of an inappropriate beat for the moment. Instead of enhancing the excitement and expectation of the moment, it offered a totally different mood and slowed down what was otherwise an exciting and emotional scene.

Overall, I enjoyed listening very much and will definitely be building more of my audio library.

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Hard as steele

Well the Iceman met his match. Once again my a Banks creates a character worth getting to know. I was surprised at his choice. But it makes perfect sense.

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Drags at times

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes but an abridged version might be a better choice. This book drags on and off throughout.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Steele meeting his match.

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

Yes. Overall fine. He does little to differentiate the characters from book to book.

Was Forged in Steele worth the listening time?

Too long

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Great story - Horrible voices in narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe - I'd definitely recommend the book. Not sure about the audiobook. Steele's voice is really bad, and he's one of the main characters, so that might prevent me from recommending it.

What other book might you compare Forged in Steele to and why?

Hidden Away (KGI #3)

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Paul’s performances?


Any additional comments?

His male voices are HORRIBLE. Females are okay. Rio's is really bad. Steele's voice is completely different as it was in the last novel. It's so bad that it seriously detracts from the overall experience.

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  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 06-12-14

Crappy narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

maybe if there was another narrator

If you’ve listened to books by Maya Banks before, how does this one compare?

got the KGI series, and it was good before she changed the narrator

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

not much

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

Get the other narrator back, or just trash the last in the series