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Publisher's Summary

"Rocket-paced suspense."
—Jeffery Deaver

Four children's lives hang in the balance. A vicious criminal is on the loose. With law enforcement at a dead end, there's only one man who can recover the hostages: Jonathan Grave.

FBI Special Agent Irene Rivers is horrified to learn that because of mistakes made by agents under her command, a murderer and child molester will walk free. When Irene's own daughters become the monster's next targets, she reaches out in desperation to an elite Special Forces operator. His name is Jonathan Grave. For Grave, results matter more than procedures. Together, they discover a new kind of justice - and a new breed of evil.

©2013 John Gilstrap (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Well written, fast paced Jonathan Graves novella

Would you listen to Soft Targets again? Why?

Probably if I didn't have anything else lined up or needed something short while I was waiting for a release.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes and no. When the story began the listener can kind of predict how it's going to end however it the getting there that does throw some twists into this story.

What about Basil Sands’s performance did you like?

Basil Sands is perfect for this story line. I had never listened to him before the Graves series but now think of Jonathan Graves as soon as I hear his voice.

Any additional comments?

This is a really good novella. It gives some background information on the relationship between Graves, Dom, Irene and Boxers. It also shows why Irene/Wolverine calls on Graves and allows or encourages him to do what he does even when it doesn't always comply with the law. But, he's "on the side of the angels"!

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Marvelous thriller!

After listening to most recent three full length novels in the Jonathan Graves series I was not a big John Gilstrap fan. Two of the books earned 4 stars while the most recent earned only 2 stars. Soft Targets is a novella in the Graves series. It is superb! Both Gilstrap and narrator Basil Sands are outstanding. The story is about an FBI agent whose 12 and 14 year old daughters are kidnapped. The FBI agent, through her priest, seeks the help of US Special Forces soldier Jonathan Graves and his soldier friend in finding them quickly. Such help must be off the books since it is both illegal and unconstitutional for soldiers to operate on US soil.

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Excellent!!

Mr. Gilstrap is a master at what he writes and the narrator completes the package. You will not be disappointed by this well written well read book!

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Deal Breaker

I'm not running with the pack on this one. I think I must have read/heard this book before because there were no surprises. The story was a good one though so I signed on to pick up another by the same author and was dismayed to see that if I want to listen in sequence I have to stick with the same narrator. That was a deal breaker.

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loved it loved it loved it!

so nice to hear the digger and wolverine background story. Very awesome. I am so going to miss this series. i finished the whole series in about 5 months so Freaking good.

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Attention holder & easy listen.

While this book is not entirely up-to-date with its introducing people to cellular phones for the first time, it was still a well written story. I tend to appreciate more technology, but it wasn’t an issue in this book. The storyline of human trafficking meets a plot twist with a mother’s internal conflict between following her heart, or upholding the law, which is her professional duty. The author author did an excellent job at both grabbing and holding my attention throughout the book. It was a more mild kind of listen, but sometimes a less intense book is just what the doctor ordered!

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Love it.

Now I am getting the rest of the series. really enjoyed the book.

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Great start to a great character

What made the experience of listening to Soft Targets the most enjoyable?

After reading all of the other books in the series, this is a nice introduction into characters that would play roles throughout the other books. The story line is great, and unlike the other books in the Jonathan Grave series, this (being a novella) was fast and to the point. This particular narrator is great, he's done the majority of the books in this series, and he never allows me to get bored, even in parts that move a little slower.

What other book might you compare Soft Targets to and why?

I'm currently listening to Termination Orders and it's a similar book, I also find Marc Cameron's Jericho Quinn series is similar and keep me engaged.

Which scene was your favorite?

Of course when listening you visualize the book, and for me I think my favorite scene would be the video she receives at the end of the book.

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

I feel certain this question "Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?" would normally refer to an emotional setting which would tug at the heartstrings, but that's not why I listen to these books. The "moving" parts would be the feeling of good winning out over evil, and Boxer is an ambassador of that feeling. You can't help but like him, and know you'd want him on your side of all that is good.

Any additional comments?

I have read/listened to all the books in the series. I found these book on my Unlimited Kindle list and I gladly paid for those that weren't part of it. If you don't like books of mystery, and things that go boom, then don't read this. But if you like hearing the stories of good overcoming in extreme circumstances and, yes, like when things go boom then you'll love it.

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