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Straight Up

Narrated by: Todd Stevens
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Who is trying to kill the members of an elite special ops team that worked off the radar in Iraq in the '90s? It's up to Dan Stagg to track down the survivors - the men with whom he stormed an undefended surveillance station, killing everyone inside. And now, many years later, the team is being targeted in what seems like a series of unrelated attacks. Dan teams up with his old comrade Al Benson, once a rising star of the USMC, now a respectable married civilian with a few secrets to hide. As they dig deeper into the secrets of the past, Dan discovers that Benson's looking for more than just answers. An explosive affair threatens everyone's future, and connects Dan to a past he thought he'd left behind.

©2016 James Lear (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Don't start here to appreciate Lear

I agree with many reviewers that Dan was a disappointment in this second book of this series. His self centeredness overwhelmed the story, which itself was too long. Too much time was spent in Dan's head what-ifing. There was a bitterness in Dan that made no sense and his decision at the end didn't ring true for his character, at least for me. The way that he dismisses his real affection towards loved ones was disappointing and felt false. I hope Lear continues this story, however. Dan has some growing up to do. I'm still rooting for him.

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Most despicable lead character ever...

This book is not erotic...it's merely sad, dreary and pathetic. The plot twists are utterly unbelievable. Trust me, the military Did NOT discharge someone for being homosexual and then send them a gilded invitation to rejoin when DADT was abolished...Good Grief!

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Just Spectacular!

So. Freakin'. GOOD!

"Lust makes cowards of us all..."

Damn I wish this wasn't the end of the series! Such great mysteries, but - wow - Dan Stagg is incredible. I just want to know what happens to him... I'm not going to spoil it for anyone by commenting here, but I'd give anything to find out what the next 6-18 months of his life bring him.

And that ending gah, I'm going to go back and re-read the last two chapters because they were so heartbreaking and intense and wonderful and just so Dan.

An amazing series, 5 stars aren't enough.

Also - gotta say, both audio books were wonderful. I usually bear a grudge when they switch narrators during a series, but both Charles Carr who did The Hardest Thing and Todd Stevens who did this one were spectacular. They each brought something different to Dan's character and I loved them both.

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Good story, but...

Sorry, Dan is an a**h***!!! Really!!! It's a good story, but definitely not what I expected.

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Guilty pleasure

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James Lear books are a guilty pleasure for me. So I new this book was not going to be a compelling book. The book is sixty percent sex and forty percent plot. The plot is good. The narrator did a great job.

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Great story -mystery

It was great. My only issue was sometimes the “self think” went on way way way too long. It was a sad ending at least for me

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Really Good, Story line, accent and sex, Loved it

seems like it starts off a little bit slow but I promise you does not take long to grip you within the first few minutes it keeps you engaged and thinking and the plot is just as good or even better than the sex that's not cheesy kinky stuff either it's real old man on you know I'm choking and f****** and I mean there's no choking but just aggressive real man on man dominant alpha male type shyt

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Like a train wreck

This whole story was just a hot unbelievable mess. I'm not even sure what I listened to. The only pleasant thing was the narrator's voice.

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Ex military horn dog.

Who does Dan say no to sleeping with no one? This is a catchy book and the story keeps going on and on. I can’t wait to download book 2. Kicked out of the military for being gay. Lives in a crappy apartment and works as a Personal Trainer at a gym. This former Major in the service. Kicks but and ask questions later. The sex was raunchy. I wasn’t prepared for that. But At least the scenes were quick. Way to go on a Great series.

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Wonderful

Great story in every respect. I'm a new fan of this writer. I can't wait to download all his books