• The Shadows of Power

  • By: James W. Huston
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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The Shadows of Power

By: James W. Huston
Narrated by: Tom Weiner
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Publisher's summary

A small nation that bolsters the terrorist cause is flexing its military muscle in a far corner of the world. On a mission to the now-volatile Mediterranean, F/A-18 pilot Lieutenant Ed Stovic shoots down an Algerian MiG at the climax of a dramatic, high-stakes dogfight and becomes an overnight hero in the eyes of his countrymen - and the target of a zealot's revenge. Suddenly Stovic and his loved ones have been marked for death by an enraged avenger, a pawn of powerful Islamic extremists with devastating plans for America.

But there is another player in the shadows, unseen by the hunters and the hunted alike. A specialist who moves covertly through the most secret branches of the government, a lethal tool of an ambitious NSA Director who will stop at nothing to attain the power she covets. Kent "Rat" Rathman must now devise a brilliant counterstrike, to save a friend and his country.

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Critic reviews

“Huston revisits Washington, D.C., with a new hero in tow. Ken (Rat) Rathman gets involved in international intrigue when his old roommate's fighter plane is challenged by Algerian aircraft." (Library Journal)

“Huston's latest military-techno thriller...introduces super-hero Kent Rathman, aka Rat, a versatile Navy SEAL doing undercover spook work for the CIA and the National Security Council...[amid] car chases, shoot outs, jet plane dogfights, secret terrorist plots and Washington, D.C., conspiracies.” (Publishers Weekly)

“James Huston is easily the hottest new writer of military thrillers to come around in quite a while...Consistently entertaining.Firmly set in the current war on terrorism...[It] will leave readers more than satisfied - not to mention a bit breathless.” (Flint Journal)

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Decent plot, boring execution and sub par Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a huge Huston fan, in fact I think Marine One was one of the best books I've ever listened too. This was not his best effort. Slow and predictable.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting apsect was the insight into naval aviators and the Blue Angels. The least was the lack of any action.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I know its hard for a male to do female voices but this guy was the worst. I lost track of characters because all of the bad guys had tough, gravelly voices and the good guys all sounded the same.

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Any additional comments?

I think Huston is the best when he mixes the law, the military and business in his novels. This was for me just didnt cut it.