The Phoenix Sanction

Sam Reilly, Book 14
Narrated by: David Gilmore
Series: Sam Reilly Series, Book 14
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

On board Phoenix Airlines Flight 320, Andrew Goddard awakens to discover the cockpit empty and all the passengers unconscious. 

In the Colorado Monarch Mountains, an old gold miner discovers a fiendish stone mask sealed inside an obsidian chamber. 

Sam Reilly has just three weeks to find out how the two unlikely events are connected, and the secret behind it might change everything we thought we knew about humanity.

©2018 Christopher Cartwright (P)2018 Christopher Cartwright

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Incredible <br />

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly

i am running out of words. These Sam Reilly books are really exhausting my vocabulary. I enjoyed this book immensely and I look forward to hearing the next one.

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Very good

I found this audiobook to be a very good listen. It has a great combination of mystery, suspense and drama. The narrator does a perfect job of reading each character.

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Outstanding read!

The Phoenix Sanction, my fourteenth read from author Christopher Cartwright & the fourteenth book in the highly entertaining Sam Reilly series. What's happened to the ocean & water as of late? Well-written thriller with captivating & well-developed main characters. Reminds me of Dan Brown’s writing. These books have been a rollicking adventure & I’ll be reading more by this author as I already own more books in the series! Narrator David Gilmore’s narration added to the book’s enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Less about Phoenix than the title insinuates

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I don’t think the book description truly captured this book’s mystery and enigma.

The masks were important, but equally intriguing was weaving Goodall and disappearing planes and passengers. (No, we aren’t in the Bermuda Triangle.)

I like the stories, but I find climax and clues lacking. The characters are condescending when they explain their field expertise to others; and this is a recurring personality throughout the series.

I like the imagination and creativity but really wish the author would spend more time to develop the story delivery and characters.

I didn’t like how the Phoenix was brought up again in this book, yet immediately squashed.

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  • RJ
  • 08-23-19

King's Quest?

The story revolves around the Eternity Masks; a collection of seven carved masks representing the seven Homo-species of the Homo Group; i.e., Homo heidelbergensis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo floresiensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens. Should the masks wind up in the wrong hands it could release the dreaded Phoenix Plague. (I tried researching these masks to see if they were real but only came up with references to two RPG PC games; King’s Quest and Pillars of Eternity.) As in earlier Sam Reilly adventures references to the Master Builders arose. The story is exciting, with historical and imaginary facts abounding. I enjoy the Sam Reilly series and will definitely read more of the volumes. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Sam Reilly is Awesome!

This is another book in the Sam Reilly series and I very much enjoyed it. This series is not for everyone, think along the lines of Sam Spade, but I find I have a hard time stopping for the night or even pausing when my attention is needed elsewhere. I'm always intrigued how the author will apply history to his stories and what impact it will have on Sam. There's action, adventure, suspense and mystery. There's nothing gory or over the top about this series and I find I enjoy that very much. The narration was superbly done by David Gilmore which is nothing new to those of us who have listened to the series from book one to now. I enjoy how his narration is understated, which (to me) adds to the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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And on and on we go

Candidly, my review for the previous Sam Reilly offering I submitted applies to this one as well. Gilmore owns the characters, and several of them are compelling. That said, these are very formulaic books, with most of the non-essential characters painted with very thin brushes. In this story, the essential plot arc gets rather messy and needs some tightening, IMHO.

Again, if you are into the series, this is not bad, but I am losing patience with the series for constant repetition.

I received my copy of this offering from the author's representative in exchange for this independent review.

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Long Live Sam Reilly

The Phoenix Sanction: Sam Reilly, Book 14.. Another great adventure story in the series. Gripping as always, lots of action and a few strange twists to the tale. Many technical details that have become a hallmark of this series.
Highly recommend this novel - which can be read as a standalone.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • martin
  • 11-18-19

fab books

love these books great , just can't wait to read the next one in the series

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  • Tony Bough
  • 10-27-19

This series is currently my favourite!

I love Sam Reilly books. Sam is cool but then so are all the characters. We have a great diverse range of characters so the writer can dip in and out of using them alongside Sam. ave not yet had one of these books that I've not enjoyed. Literally they are all massively entertaining. The writing has a great sense of pace. We have twists and turns. It's great. I love the background story that each story touches on that I have to admit I can't wait to get even more detail on. Really, really great!!

The narration remains excellent. I couldn't imagine Sam without it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • deafmick
  • 08-26-19

As all ways Christopher audio books are 5 out of 5 I hope there are lots more to come

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 08-16-19

Fast Paced Mystery and Intrigue.

The novel has a slow but mysterious beginning onboard an aircraft, one passenger finds he's the only one active and the pilots are missing. In another part of the world an ancient relic is discovered by a miner. Sam Reilly and team discover the incidents are linked and are in a race against time. Well written with an excellent, well paced, narration makes the novel very enjoyable.