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The Foundation

Jack Emery , Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Jack Emery, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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When a corrupt think tank, The Foundation for a New America, enlists a Taiwanese terrorist to bomb a World Trade Organization conference, the US and China are put on the path to war.

Star journalist Jack Emery is pulled into a story far more dangerous than he could have imagined. Because the Foundation's deputy director, the ruthless Michelle Dominique, recognizes that whoever controls the message controls the world. And she will take control, no matter the price.

Enter Jack's boss, Ernest McDowell, owner and chairman of the largest media empire on the planet. In the midst of political upheaval, EMCorp is about to become the final play in the Foundation's plan. When Dominique traps the EMCorp owner in her web, Jack's the only one left to expose the conspiracy before it's too late.

As the world powers smash each other against the anvil of Taiwan, Jack will risk everything to battle the Foundation and prevent them from taking control amid the devastation of a global war.

©2016 Pan Macmillan Australia (P)2017 Steve P Vincent

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 03-05-17

The conspiracy theories continue!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If my friend was into an action/conspiracy theory potboilers, then yes. Otherwise, not so much.

Would you recommend The Foundation to your friends? Why or why not?

As above.

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

I don't recall listening to this performer in the past, so I don't have a comparable. That said, it was a solid , and actually strong performance, consistent and realistic.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Unlikely. Not my style.

Any additional comments?

I was provided my copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for this review. This is a relatively solid offering, with interesting underlying concepts and lots of action. Admittedly it is a bit of a stretch from a suspension of disbelief POV, but it does make some interesting points.
Some more editing and trimming is required, but on balance worth the credit, esp. for the type of book it is. Recommended.

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Interesting start

I have enjoyed reading a lot of Steve Vincent novels, and I was pleasantly surprised on how well his works transfers over to audio. He is a talented author, and have no problem recommending his books. This book was put together and there were interesting enough characters to care about and who made it worth investing my time in. It's actually a bit frightening to think of the power that certain groups hold in the world to shape events in the manner they were shaped in this book. Looking at what is presently happening in the world at the moment, you can see so many areas where fiction can turn to fact quite easily. Now for book 2

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Great Audio for a Great Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Foundation to be better than the print version?

They're both awesome!

What did you like best about this story?

The story kicks along at a rocking pace! It's perfect for listening to on a long drive.

Which scene was your favorite?

Come on! No spoilers!

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real world stuff,

This was fast moving in some parts and definitely slowed down in others. Some parts seem to be all over the place. A good read lots of characters to intertwine within the storyline. Very political and kind of scary because who knows if his may ever happen one day. The narrator did a very good job

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

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 02-15-17

Unbelievable Thriller

The author of this story is new to me, while the narrator is one of my favorite male narrators for romance and action stories. Parts of this book I absolutely loved and other parts not so much. My review is not a synopsis of the book, rather my opinion of it. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher. I think one of the biggest unrealistic elements of the story was the power of the foundation, and the extents they would go to.

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Had some trouble keeping the characters straight

I am reviewing the audiobook given to me by the author. I found it a little hard to keep track of the characters at first. I had to really pay attention and go back over parts of it. I wasn’t sure who were the good guys and who were the bad. Once I got into the story i realized this may have been intentional and I really liked it. It was an exciting action adventure story that is depressingly realistic in today’s world. The US is at war with China and politicians are scheming to take over the world. Jack Emery is an award winning journalist caught up in it all. I like Jack and look forward to reading more about him. I enjoyed the narrator’s voice and presentation Thanks to the author for sharing this with me.

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Awesome Thriller

I found Steve P. Vincent when he took over one of my favorite series of all time after Vince Flynn lost his battle with cancer. From there, I found Jack Emery and I am glad I did.

The story is kind of scary thinking how much a person, or group, can influence so much if they are big enough. But I loved how “normal” every day people did their best against them. More than once, I sat in my car in the driveway after getting home because I was in a part of the book I did not want to turn off.

The only thing I did not like, was the person that read the book. There was little change between characters, so much so it was sometimes difficult to follow who was speaking. The main character was from Australia and others were from England, and there were no accents at all.

This was a GREAT book, and I am already listening to the second book in the series.

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Thrilling, exciting and dangerous

Very fast-paced, intense and gripping it is a true political thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat with lots of danger and a man who is at his wit ends. Jack pulls his self together after his world falls apart to bring you one exciting read that holds your attention with a story and plot that leaves you wanting more.

The narrator does a good job, I really like his character voices and the emotion he brings to the audio. The characters voices go well and seem to fit the characters. I can really hear the power they hold, true emotions and the danger they are going through. No repeating of voice, no volume changes, no background noises. I liked how his voice seems dry it really fits Jack character. This is the first time I have listened to any of his work and I truly enjoyed it.

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Book 1 of the Jack Emery series

I read the prequel Fireplay and enjoyed it. It was an ebook novella. I listened to the audio version of The Foundation and I had a little trouble getting into it. I wasn't overjoyed with the narrator to start with. I guess it took me about a quarter of the way through the book before it really found a rhythm. After that I liked it. I gave it 4 stars because the second half of the book just flew by. A war, political unrest, terrorist attacks, and a newspaper reporter trying to put it all together. What more could you ask for.

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The Foundation

This is an enjoyable fast paced political thriller.Jack Emery is a journalist who seems to do more intellegence work,than writing.He is getting divorced and is usually drunk.When a terrorist attack affects his life,he goes to major pains to find the culprits.Jeffery Kafer is a great narrator for this book.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Julie
  • 11-25-18

Great foundation to a series!!

I really enjoyed this book. It seemed slow to start with but soon had me hooked. It needed the slow start as there was a number of characters to set up, that play major parts in the story and it was nice that you didn't just get the perspective of the main character. So you knew why the baddies where doing what they did. It's a scary thought but with the world like it is you could easily see it happening.

The eight hour story just flew by and was helped by the narrator, who was right for the part.

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  • Elizabeth Robb
  • 02-08-19

Loved it!

Excellent modern day thriller. Action packed with great characters. The Foundation plans to make America great again, and is willing to start World War III to make it happen. They weren't counting on a particularly tenacious reporter.

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  • Shalleycat
  • 07-12-19

Lots of Characters in Conspiracy Theatre

Keep a note of protagonists if you want to keep track. otherwise, theory holds interest.

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  • ReviewerA
  • 03-12-17

A Great Debut!

This is a well thought out political thriller that keeps you turning the page. Following an array of characters on all sides of the moral fence, there's plenty of action and thrills to propel the story along, nicely balanced with moments of intrigue and character examination. I think that's what I like best about this book - the antagonists have their reasons for doing what they do, they aren't just 'bad guy' cardboard cut-outs. And the 'lead' Jack Emery isn't made out to be something he's not. He's a reporter whose skills lay in his investigation and writing - he doesn't suddenly turn into an action superhero - and I like that. Most of all, this book makes the reader reflect on their real world and start to question just how close to reality this story actually is - which is a little terrifying! The Foundation had great narration too!