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After a combat incident in Iraq, Cal "Spectre" Martin was grounded and told he would never fly an F-16 again. Years later, he started a new civilian life with his F-16 pilot fiancée while being haunted by the nightmares of his last deployment.

But when she goes missing on a routine training mission off the South Florida coast, Spectre unwillingly finds himself thrust back onto the frontlines of the war on terror - this time, not in the skies over Iraq, but on the streets of Miami.

While searching for answers, Spectre uncovers a deadly international conspiracy that shakes his beliefs to the core and threatens national security. The stakes have never been higher as Spectre rises to overcome his inner demons, challenge his friendships, and take to the skies once again in a daring final mission.

©2013 C.W. Lemoine (P)2016 C.W. Lemoine

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The narrator is terrible.

The narrator makes what would otherwise be a good story extremely hard to listen to. It's too bad. I wanted to finish the book, but I can't listen to it any longer.

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Fun Story, painful narration

The Good: The story was fun and I liked that Lemoine didn't dumb down military dialogue or acronyms.
The Bad: The narration pacing, slurred speech, regular mispronunciations for common titles and acronyms, character voices, accents, and the music. I nearly gave up on the book two chapters in but decided to continue with high hopes that the narration would improve.
- The pacing for the first several chapters is painful to listen to and sounds like one run on sentence. It did seem to improve over time or I just adapted to it subconsciously.
- The narrators slurred sounding voice took me regular out of the story and his cadence doesn't sound like law enforcement professionals, active, or former military service members. I didn't get the sense of a distinct personalities or attitudes through the narrators delivery.
- Incorrect pronunciations are fairly consistent. There were moments where something would be incorrectly pronounced and then several sentences later be pronounced properly. That gave me a false sense of hope as the narrator would then go straight back into the incorrect pronunciation a chapter later. i.e. Krav Maga is consistently mispronounced, "Krav mug uh".
- The character voices are so nasally that they never sound like actual people and they come off as caricatures.
- The music was entirely too loud at the end of chapters and the selections actually hurt the scenes more than they helped.

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The narration is awful

I really want to listen to this book, but I couldn't make it past the first chapter due to the absolutely abysmal narration. The narration talks like they have a mouth full of marbles and attempts at voice changes for different characters and especially accents are terrible. The book opens with a quote from Baron Von Richtofen, who was German. The spoken quote sounds like I don't know what. It certainly wasn't German.

I'm going to buy the book instead.

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Narration is just AWEFUL.

Decent story . Somewhat. Sort of believable. Then even that evaporates. I dont think I have paid for a book where the narratot was this bad. Between his atrocious voices for the characters and the pace he read the story. I just powered through this trainwreck and let the voices in my head override his voice and make it at least a little bit palatable.

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Great story horribly performed.

CW Lemoine's story is excellent. Great plot, well written. the performance, however, made it difficult to finish. I will never, ever, listen to a book performed by Thomas Block. The guy may be wonderful in many things, but his voice, pace, inflections, and character differentiations were horrid. Freaking horrid.

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Good Story (I'm sure), Terrible Acting

Couldn't get into this book at all. I'm sure the story is good, but the reader is terrible. I wish I could return and use that credit for another book...

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great book, awful narrator

The story itself was well written and entertaining. I will definitely continue the series. The narrator made it difficult to enjoy at times with his comical attempts at voices and frequent mispronunciations of acronyms and words. A redo with a talented performer would really do wonders, instead this performer takes you out of the story at times. Just didn't seem like the right type of book for him to do. this would be better suited for an Armand Schultz or someone comparable. Overall, loved the story and was very disappointed in the narrator.

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Disappointing....

I don't know where to start. The bad people were obviously bad. Some parts of the story just smacked the reader in the face with no foundation being laid first. Character development was shallow or non-existent. The whole fiancee storyline made absolutely no sense. The timelines didn't seem to flow naturally. Fiction is great, but there needs to be some believability. I was unable to suspend my disbelief at multiple points during the story. This book could have been so much more, but was ultimately unsatisfying.

The performance was poor. It was hard to understand what was being said at times and at other times you couldn't tell who was speaking to whom. I found the background music in some spots to be jarring and unnecessary. The improper reading of acronyms will most likely only affect former military personnel, but that will be a large portion of this audience.

My hope is that this was C.W. Lemoine's first book and that things will only improve from here.

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I like cw lemoine but

there's a reason he's selling 4 books for .99c. the fact that it's narrorated by an absolutly ancient man doesn't help in a book from the perspective of a F-16 fighter pilot callsign "spectre". kinda want my credit back =/

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Entertaining

entertaining but not a great narrative. characters are shallow and flow gets erratic at times. too many coincidences at critical moments.

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  • Nick
  • 06-22-20

I wanted to like this, but the narration...

I really wanted to like this as I am a huge fan of aviation and thrillers. I also am a subscriber to the authors media channel which is great but..... Oh my lord the narration was absolutely terrible, monotone lifeless and just boring I couldn't finish the book and therefore won't be buying anymore in the series as I don't know what happened in the first of the series.

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  • Saul
  • 11-16-19

Good book ruined by narration

It’s a decent book, nothing ground breaking but it moves along nicely and the author clearly knows his aviation subject (being an ex fighter pilot himself). But the narrator is awful and at times I was struggling to follow what is a basic storyline as all the characters sound exactly the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-18

Not for me

Struggled with this from start to finish. The sole reason was the narrator. Barely able to understand a thing he was saying and the style of the reading completely spoiled this audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

Terrible Narration

I cannot explain how bad the Narration was. It really spoilt the whole experience.

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  • Mr Ian Perry
  • 09-18-20

Shame about the narration

If you can cope with the awful voices the narrator use I’m sure it would be a good story, I cringed at each new voice he tried and could not cope beyond a few chapters.

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  • Nathan
  • 03-05-19

Predictable but enthralling

I really liked this book. I found it very easy to follow the story but did at times find the use of description about weapons to be excessive

The storyline was pretty predictable but that did not detract from it at all and the cliffhanger at the end has now left me wanting to move on in the series

Looking forward to getting stuck in

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-20

Story was good but narration was terrible.

The story line for Spectre Rising was not too bad but the narration by Thomas Block was absolutely terrible and detracted from what was otherwise a good yarn.
I really struggled to warm to the story. Will give another one a go but our old Thomas had me wary.

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  • Craig Martin
  • 03-16-20

Narrator

I struggled with the narrators inconsistent voices of the characters. They changed even by sentences

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-20

goodness me... stop with the voice acting

love thee story but the audio is kindergarden. The voice acting is grating... everyone someone speaks you cringe as the actor affects the voice... just read it straight... everyone sounds like a looney tunes character