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Publisher's Summary

An action thriller where the line between the good guys and the bad can be hard to see.

It's 2005, and Jed Walker has just joined the CIA. As a 10-year veteran of Air Force Special Operations, Walker is used to being at the pointy end of things. But normally the front line is much further from home.

Sent to New Orleans on the trail of Russians wanting to claim back what was stolen from them in Afghanistan, it doesn't take long for Walker to realise that in the murky world of espionage, the rules of war do not apply.

Teaming up with a feisty M16 operative, to do what is right for the nation Walker must take steps that will betray The Agency. As Hurricane Katrina hits, to forever change a city, it's clear to Walker that that this is a high-stakes game where the winner takes all, and he must succeed.

From Langley to Louisiana, Washington to Moscow, The Agency moves like a tempest through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, false identities, and enemies old and new.

Jed Walker is going to be pushed to the limit - of what he can do, what he can take, and what he knows is right.

©2018 James Phelan (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

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"A terse, tense brand of hard-boiled action suspense...addictive." ( The Age)

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Lazy writing, guy who hates conservative Americans

Author just keeps rehashing the same tired theme of corrupt Americans who are responsible for all the modern world's problems. And despite writing about American characters based in America, he and his editors are too lazy to use American terms (our cars have trunks, not "boots"). And to top it off, in this weak story he uses the name of an actual SDI missile defense system but then goes on to ignorantly describe it as a kinetic energy ground target weapon fired from space (Vaughn Hepner had such a system in his near-future attack on America series and he got it right because he did actual RESEARCH). Returning this tripe to Audible for a refund.

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It's called The Agency, not The Agent for a reason

Jed Walker is well-trained, experienced in fighting, and smart. But he is a green agent on his first, simple operation for The Agency. It all goes wrong from the start and everyone is after him, and he can't tell whom to trust. The fight scenes are good. The problem is that he would have been dead from the get-go if not for Steff, and then Luke (where did he even come from?), and then his old family friend/mentor. It's not very self-sustaining if you have to depend on so many people to save your bacon. Perhaps the next volumes will be better, but Jed had better become more independent.

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Love Mulraney, but need an American reading

Adrian Mulraney is great, but his American accent is strange at best. Would like to hear him do an Aussie book/character! Need an American "tough guy" voice for Jed!

Nice prequel to set up The Spy - next up in my queue. I'm not writing to give a long review. More to encourage those who are getting into the Jed Walker series to start here so you can know why Jed is who he is. Good action, and necessary confusion along the way keeps your attention. Looking forward to seeing Jed's development.

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Could have used a narrator

There were Sparks of goodness in and out of the story but my biggest complaint is the narration. the narrator obviously knows nothing of firearms in the way he described the caliber of each firearm. in this genre of story the narrator needs to make sure that he or she listens to similar books in the genre so they know how to describe the Firearms. Huge turnoff for me and I'm sure for many other listeners who like this type of book

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starts slow then steadily keeps building <br /> <br />

into a great ride across unique terrain with a professional telling you all about it

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Tired and Predictable

My first book in this series and maybe that’s why I didn’t think much of the story and characters
The World has been saved once again, even with a hurricane in the mix

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  • william
  • 02-04-18

Plot hard to find

Would you try another book written by James Phelan or narrated by Adrian Mulraney?

I've read all the other Jed Walker books which were great but after 35 chapters on this one I had to give up and return the book. It's just taking too long to unravel some sort of a plot. Jed walker needs to return to the Middle East

What was most disappointing about James Phelan’s story?

It just didn't seem to flow

Would you be willing to try another one of Adrian Mulraney’s performances?

His work is good but I think he wasn't really immersed in the story

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really- Jed give the CIA the finger and get back to the real fighting

Any additional comments?

I'll wait for the next Jed Walker instalment but read the reviews first

3 of 3 people found this review helpful