The Names of the Dead

Narrated by: Michael Braun
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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They locked him up. Now he’s out--for revenge.

Former CIA officer James ‘Wes’ Wesley paid the ultimate price for his patriotism when he was locked up in a French jail for an anti-terror operation gone wrong--abandoned by the Agency he served, shunned by his colleagues and friends, cut off from his family.

Now he is shattered by the news that his ex-wife, Rachel, a State Department analyst, has been killed in a terrorist attack in Spain. He also discovers that his young son, Ethan, is missing. But Wes didn’t know he had a son--until now.

Why was Rachel in Spain? And why did she keep his son secret from him?

Granted early release, Wes takes flight across Europe to search for the truth and exact his revenge. But can he catch the spies who betrayed him before they track him down? In order to find the answers and save his son, Wes realises he must confront the dark secrets in his own past--before it’s too late.

©2020 by Kevin Wignall. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great plot; great narration!!

THE NAMES OF THE DEAD is a fantastic espionage thriller about a CIA agent named James Wesley, called Wes, and his ex-wife and their son. The protagonist role is shared by a young woman from Croatia named Mia in a partnership of convenience. This is easily the best novel I have read so far this year. The narrator, Michael Braun, is new to me but he is outstanding.

Very, very highly recommended!

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Mediocer story

Not my favorite mystery. Seemed to plod along in the middle 2/3 of the book. Since it was on audible I was able to listen while working on a quilt..

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Fun, but predictable

The book felt kind of like a movie that you watch once, enjoy and dont pick up again. the pacing was good and the characters were mildly intricate. Good for a quick read or listen if you want something fun that doesn't move too fast or make you feel the need to be super invested.

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Wes and Mia. What a great friendship..


This was a pretty good story about a CIA agent that was in a prison in Spain for giving the order to shoot down a helicopter with bad guys, only to find out it was full of innocents. He found out he was given the wrong information and when he got out he went after the ones who gave him that information.

Even though it was good I won’t be reading anymore by this author. When books are full of killing and torture and the bad guys won’t even say sh*t, even if they have a mouthful, then I can’t enjoy it. Killing and torture but no swearing? That’s never going to happen.

So, for all of you readers who want killing but only clean talk you will enjoy this.

And there was no sex or romance. BUT I really liked Mia, Wes’s friend.

As to the narration: Michael Braun was fantastic when he was in Spain. The men sounded exactly like Antonio Bandaras. Then he left Spain. Bummer!

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Great Read

Loved this book. The story was great. The narrator was an added plus for my enjoyment.

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I really enjoyed this book. I bought it unkowing anything about it and was very happy with my choice. will definitely read more from this author and will recommend