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Shot in the head and recovering from brain surgery, Delta Force soldier Thomas Nelson wakes up in a military hospital unable to remember who he is. Faced with going through recovery alone, with no family that he's aware of, he is recruited by a top secret government agency. Project Specter is tasked with eliminating targets they deem to be a threat to the United States. Their goal is to turn Nelson into a super assassin named Matthew Cain.

Cain's first mission is supposed to be a piece of cake. Just take out an escaped fugitive in Honduras who's on the run for the rape and murder of a little girl in New York. There's only one problem; somebody beat him to it. Everything is not what it seems as Cain gets mixed up with an international arms dealer and an ex-government agent who's gone rogue and is supposed to be dead.

The Cain Conspiracy is the first book in the high-octane Cain Series.

©2013 Mike Ryan (P)2016 Mike Ryan

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An enjoyable audio that needs a little work

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At times this story was a little slow and other times a steady beat. The story has good parts and some not so good. What throw me more than anything was when the character said I thought and then someone answered their thought. If someone is thinking most likely it is in their head and others to not hear it. This happens way too much for it to have been a thought that slipped out. Just as I was getting into the story “I thought” was said and just took away from all I had enjoyed which left me thinking more about why that was there I and missed what happen next. The hooker relation throws me as well, he is such a gentleman with her but with his handle he is a starved man, there was no chemistry for me to buy into this part. I feel a little more development is needed, more follow up is needed on the med Cain took, to him checking out the agency to make sure they were on the up and up. I found these things very confusing. Before I get into what worked for me let’s talk about the narrator.

Mr. Ryan has a delightful voice which really adds to the story. His character voices are great. You have no trouble knowing who is talking at any given time. I am unsure why their boss is so harsh he always sounds mad which confused me. His emotions are not bad but I thought at one point the hooker laughed or chuckled the narrator should have does so as well why talking to make it more believable. I did not feel any sparks between any of the women or men. Now when the handler got mad at her ex I felt that through Mr. Ryan’s voice. When the ex got cocky I had no trouble I heard it in his voice and chuckled a time or two. There were parts that the emotion or excitement was easy to feel others a little more work is need but it wasn’t bad at all. There are no background noises nor any place where the volume changes. There are times Mr. Ryan need to pause give brakes between what is happening or between sentences. The audio is very clean, clear and crisp. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. I thought the narrator give an enjoyable listen that added to the audio. I do believe this is some of his first works and do believe with time he will become a very talented narrator.

What worked for me in this story was Cain when he wakes up I could feel his confusion. I had so much respect for him with the hooker from helping her start over to how he was a true gentleman. I am a little confused over what this agency is and why all the secrets between so many also the ex leave hints as to what it truly is but I am unsure as to why he wanted out but I feel as we go along we will understand more. The hooker I have to say my heart went out to her, the first time she finds a man that treats her as a person and she falls for him…so sad. I do have respect for her for trying to better herself. The handler has an emotional story to tell. The boss has me a little confused but again I feel that will come out as they story goes on. For the most part the action is wonderful I loved the car scene that really got my mind going. The excitement from the driver had me chuckling. To many fillers for me is a big problem which I have to give to the author he doesn’t use any. More or less every word written is needed to tell the story. For that alone it was worth the listen. Even with the confusing and the “I thought” part I thought this was an enjoyable listen. I most likely would listen to it again at some point.

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Amateur hour writing and even worse narration

The dialogue was so predictable and boring. Definitely not at the level of a professional writer as I was expecting. The narrator was just really bad. Stay away.

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Could become a fun movie!

I'm one of those people that usually go to the movies to see special effects and explosions. I prefer to watch quiet, dramatic or insightful movies at home, when I'm looking at the big screen I want noise and lots of cool guys walking away from explosions!

This would have been my kind of movie. Is it revolutionary or world-changing? No, it's not. It doesn't redefine the genre, but borrows from it to make up a fun story. I liked the female characters - Heather a little more than Lawson - and in fact thought they were a little more developed than the main character, who I thought to be a little too trusting at times.

Narration was great. The narrator's voice matched the image of the main character, in my opinion, and he did a fine job sounding more urgent or quieter when the scene called for it. I appreciated the fact that he didn't try to sound as a woman when voicing female characters, as that usually backfires.

At any rate, I received a copy in exchange for an honest review and I liked it. I saw some reviews mentioning spelling errors, but since I had access to the audiobook and not the print version I can't really tell.

All in all, a fun and non-pretentious read!

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uninspired story

the author must be new to writing in this genre. you have a secret government agency with handlers that are stupid and the boss of the agency who has no clue. the smartest person there is the one who just had his memory wiped but yet still remembers how to shoot and fight. the context of the story just does not come together I will try the next book in the series to see if this matures or if it is just bad writing .

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James Bond or Jack Reacher?

This was a mildly entertaining book, if you like spy thrillers and military action.

A military man is shot in the head on a mission and when he wakes up after surgery, he has no memory of who he is or anything about his past. Enter the mysterious (maybe villainous?) Mr. Sanders, with his beautiful assistant Ms. Lawson. Our hero is told that he has no family, shown proof of such, and they asked to join a mysterious Agency as a killer.

Our man is given the name Matthew Cain (after the first known murderer) and the fun begins. Some of the writing is amateurish, but since this was Mr. Ryan's first book, that is understandable.

I have always found these types of books and movies to be a stretch of reality, but if you can overlook that and just enjoy the action, this isn't a bad read. The narration was good, but nothing exciting. I will probably give some of Mr. Ryan's others books a chance as this one did show potential.

I was given an Audible version of this book by the narrator/publisher/author and chose to review it.

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Partially my fault

Partially my fault for reading 'The Silencer' and "Ghost' series' first. By the release dates I assume that this was his first book. I realize that it is a work of fiction, but I was more angry than thrilled at the characters due to their illogical actions and comments. The Silencer was great!! as was the Ghost series.
Maybe what made this so bad was the narrator. The author must have no say in who they have read for them, because the narration was painful.
I'm going to have to do reviews after I finish books because anyone reading this is going to think I'm a hater. I'm not. Mike Ryan is a good writer, if I go by the other two series'. This one though?... not worth the money. The story line is good. Narration, horrible.

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A fan of '80s action flicks

The Cain Conspiracy is an entertaining first entry into the world of the titular character, Matthew Cain. As I read this book, it came to my mind that this book would be the perfect fit for an 80s action flick. No, don't think Arnold or Stallone. Think more along the lines of Van-Damme or Seagal (any of his three-word film titles, not two word; if you get that reference then you are truly an 80s aficionado).

What do you get? Vaguely-defined shadowy government agencies, conspiracies, faked deaths, every girl falling for the hero, and (best of all) the stripper/hooker love interest. This book hits so many of the action tropes you'll think you've already read it. But, that is the joy of it. If you love that movie genre, or books like "The Bourne Identity" (more the book than the movie in this case) you'll get plenty of enjoyment out of the read.

The narrator is does an adequate job with the reading. Mr. Hayward is is definitely a pro, with smooth narration and good emotion throughout the book. I could have used more differentiation in the characters, as most of them sounded a little too similar.

Is the book a bit cliche? Yes, but in an entertaining way. It ends a little abruptly but leads well into the next book in the series. If you are looking for a fun, quick read you could do worse than giving this title a spin.

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So-so

I'm sitting here listening to this, thinking to myself that hopefully we will end up finding that this is a double agent sort of story.  



Guy gets recruited into a top secret government agency, which seems very amateurish to me,  He's recruited due to an injury that wipes his memory.  He's out of the hospital in days (after being shot in the head and having surgery), then immediately hit in the head, and beaten in order to assure his new bosses that he 'has what it takes' to be an agent.  Then sent home where someone is waiting for him.  As soon as Cain sees its a woman, he relaxes ..... hmm .... his new supervisor is a woman, so after what he's been through he doesn't automatically think there is something wrong?  He lowers his gun?  His military instincts seem to have been working fine a week ago when he got kidnapped and beaten up by his new boss testing him out, but nothing here?!!  I thought soldiers were taught better than that.



He's immediately sent on a mission - alone - untested.  I would not be telling someone that he'd been hired to become an assassin and just go off alone.  As well, Cain's supervisor seems very untrained.  You would think that all supervisors were once field agents so would be comfortable in the field.



The plot was simple enough, and gave readers an introduction to the series and agency, it just seemed over simplified in a day when everyone reads or watches Jason Bourne and James Bond movies.  I felt the women were one-dimensional, and the big boss, Sanders a bit overbearing, but that could have been intentional.



The narration was fine, I had no real problems there

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Good book!

What did you love best about The Cain Conspiracy?

I like almost anything involving the military or assassins and love when the two are combined.

What did you like best about this story?

The military soldier turned into an assasin.

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

No i have not

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions but it did keep mevery enthralled.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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Great start to the series

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I really enjoyed this book, chocked full of action and entertainment. The narration was good, and I'm moving on to book #2 now.