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With The Pieces of the Puzzle, Robert Stanek masterfully creates an intelligent thriller that weaves the excitement and intrigue of a sophisticated mystery with the fascinating secret world of international espionage. The leader of a special operations unit returns home after a mission gone terribly wrong to find himself a wanted man.

Through his former boss he discovers his wife and unborn child are in danger. He must return and cooperate to ensure their safety. Little does he know he is getting pulled deeper and deeper into a decades old conspiracy led by a clandestine group within the government.Soon, the former agent Scott Evers finds an unlikely ally and the duo must work together to unravel the scattered clues that will lead them to the mastermind behind everything that's happening.

©2005 Robert Stanek (P)2005 Reagent Press

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  • Caroline
  • Lawrenceville, GA, USA
  • 03-20-06

Please don't waste your time

NO STARS!!! This is the worst book I have bought. I am not sure if it is the book, the narrator or both. But please, don't waste your time or money. A real loser!!!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Don't waste a good credit

I should have given the negative reviews more weight than the positive reviews before deciding to waste a book credit on this one. The story might have been a good one if the characters had been better developed and if the reader hadn't talked so fast that I might have been able to understand what the heck was going on. I don't think the reader stopped to take a breath for the whole book! It sounded like he couldn't wait until it was over. Consequently, it was difficult to determine who was who and who was saying what to whom.

A good book will make the listener feel that they personally know at least some of the characters and will cause you to share in their victories and feel the pain of their defeats. The character development by this author was so shallow that I really didn't care what happend to any of them. I kept expecting the book to get better, but by the third CD I gave up and downloaded Scott Turrows new book. It's like the difference between night and day. You should definately listen to the sample to see if you can handle the reader before taking a chance on this one.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Rivals counting grains of Floridian sand

Ther are few readers whom I instantly dislike.
My nine year old daughter read with more expression and much better pacing when she was five. I felt as if I was listening to someone who was learning English in a very distant land. This audio book needs a competent reader. To follow the plot takes more energy that I care to exert. I rather count grains of sand on a Florida beach.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Bow, WA, USA
  • 11-19-05

Unintelligible

The narration of this book is bad. Comprehension and enjoyment of the writing are tossed aside by the reader's cryptic style. This is an example of a good book with a truly bad reader.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • Biddeford, ME, USA
  • 11-06-05

Very Bad

I've listened to a lot of books, but this had to be the worst. The narrator spoke too fast and was emotionless. The story line was extremely confusing and the characters came in and out of the book in a very odd way. I would not recommend this title.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Who is stuffing the ballot-box?

There is some obvious ballot-box stuffing going on here. First off, this book is definitely NOT a 5 star book. If you look through all the reviewers that rated this 5 stars, almost all of them rated other books by the same author as a 5 and never anything less.

Why is this not 5 stars?

1) The plot is very thin and jumps around. Events seem unrelated and unnecessary.
2) Characters are completely flat. There is little evidence of characters motivations or other mental processes.
3) While I believe that a novel should keep it?s vocabulary at a reasonable readability level, this books is at the 5th grade level.
4) Has nobody noticed that the chapters are in the wrong order? The plot is hard enough to follow without chapter 9 being stuck between chapters 4 and 5 (yes I double checked this).
5) As mentioned in many other reviews, the narrator read much to fast and runs right though multiple characters with no pause or changes in voice.

Of the 50+ books I have downloaded from Audible.com, this is by far the poorest quality audio book I have listed to

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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BAD, BAD

So BAD the author changed the order of the chapters to try to make it better. The book makes no sense. Don't waste your money.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Everything DaVinci Code Should Have Been

Sometimes you read so many books that you consider to be good that you forget the feeling that overwhelms you when you read one that is truly wonderful. And then, when you find a wonderful one, you wonder what makes it so, what sets it apart from those others. I wasn't more than thirty or so minutes into *The Pieces of the Puzzle* when I started wondering that very thing.

And then I got to a certain chapter and realized why. In this case there are so many reasons. The most important one, however, is that it makes you feel. Strongly. I was reading the aforementioned chapter and it occurred to me that my stomach was tense, that I was grinding my teeth, that I hated a character so passionately that I could physically feel it. That this novel had roused such an emotion, well, suffice it to say, I hadn't felt that for quite some time with the novels I had been reading. I loved it.

The next component is one of equal importance. Stanek is admirably adept at handling language. His prose isn't overly descriptive but it is evocative and always right on. This novel is one even a discriminating "literary" reader could pick up and find him or herself awed by.

I have to say, I had been disappointed by some of the mystery novels recommended on this site before, but this one makes up for them all.

101 of 124 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • sonoma, CA, USA
  • 07-04-06

not good

I do not know if Stanek narrated this himself to save money, but he read it as if he was being charged by the minute for studio time. Once he calmed down it was not as bad, but still not good. The story itself wasn not bad, but it was written like a formula, as if he had read a book on "how to write espionage". It seemed very poorly planned, and never really came together well. Things seemed to be left hanging, and the main character seemed to be the only one who knew what was going on, but the author never explained it to the reader...or his narration was just so distracting that I did not pick it up. Overall, I did not get anything out of this book, but I am not going to listen to it again to get what I missed. Hopefully if he is planning another installment (this being "A Scott Evers Thriller", I assume he is) he will get someone to read for him, and he will manage to complete a thought in his writing. I would not recommend this book.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • Colonial Heights, VA, USA
  • 10-26-05

Save your time and money

This book has no plot, extremely disjointed, people enter the story are killed off and you wonder why. I was really disappointed because I have listened to other books by this author and found them entertaining. There is a lot of action in this story, but it makes no sense. I cannot explain why anyone would like this book, it is boring, and nonsensical, a complete waste of time.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful