• The Operator

  • Ian Bragg Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Craig Martelle
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A hitman with a conscience....

Ian Bragg is paid to kill people. Only bad people and not many, but for a great deal of money.

Case the target. Make the hit. Move on until he meets the woman with sparkling green eyes who changes everything.

Is his newest target deserving of death? Who is Ian to decide if the politician needs to die? He is the one who has to live with the consequences, that’s who.

The contract deadline nears. Too many unknowns, too much to lose. Pull the trigger or not?

Ian makes his own rules to get himself out of a quandary where it’s more than just his life on the line. For the greater good, join Ian Bragg.

©2020 Craig Martelle (P)2020 Craig Martelle

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Ian Bragg - every waiter's favorite customer

my only complaint would be that it took a while to get pulled into the story and character. You come to enjoy the protagonist quickly. I look forward to the second one.

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this weird genre

There are so many books like this one being churned out nowadays; the reviews always mention Reacher or Rapp or other lone wolf righter of wrongs, and yes, this is yet another effort to create a one-man-wrecking-ball hero on a noble of unasked-for quest . . . but like so many other pale imitations of an idea that has long since been run into the ground, this one fails on every imaginable level.
The stiff, childish prose is only accentuated y the reader who has only one cadence: five words together, followed by a pause, regardless of punctuation, like a small dog panting over small exertions.
And of course our hero must be attractive to the fairer sex, but of course not a cad or a heel. No, he has refined tastes, selecting the not-skinny young woman in the herd of friends cruising for men, and of course he treats the not-skinny woman with all the reverence normally reserved for some Arthurian romance.
So I could of course go on, but why would anyone read any farther This book follows a pattern of such things, kind of a bridge between an Xtian romance and a sordid thriller, I suppose . . . representing a reality so at odds with real life as to constitute a fantasy, but a peculiarly sterile one, creating a world that is supposed to be threatening enough to require a hit-man, but a world (and hitman) operating on such a level of saccharine inoffensiveness as to be not worth saving.

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Not what you expect.

I enjoyed the writing style. Not very realistic but a change from the norm.

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I Kept Waiting for the Shoe to Drop!

HOLY MOLY what an entertaining read! Seriusly, I know what you may be thinking, an entertaining story including killing and the likes? But yes, it's true. I loved meeting Ian and learning how he views the world. I thought for sure I had it all figured out. I KNEW what would happen but I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong AND entertained. Thank you for this series! I can't wait for the next. :-)

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  • Sarah Mac
  • 12-16-20

An assassin with a heart

Ian is an assassin who is tasked with killing a politician. However, all isn't as it seems, after researching his intended victim, he finds there's nothing bad about him, in fact, he is all good. The group he works for only takes out really bad guys.

So what does he do? He's in a quandry. He starts digging to find out who put the hit on the politician. Things are further complicated when he meets Jenny at the hotel he's staying at. Things move quickly between them.

I really liked this book, it's a different genre to what Craig Martelle usually writes and I will definitely be reading/listening to the next book.