The Thin Black Line

A Mike Walton Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Adam Hanin
Series: Mike Walton, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mike Walton had experienced terrorism from every angle. As a covert field operations officer, he thought he'd seen it all, but that was before terrorism struck him directly at home. Suffering devastating physical injury and unthinkable personal loss, Mike had one of two choices: give up or fight back, and giving up wasn't in his makeup.

Mike and his wife, Lisa, a medical doctor and fellow counter-terrorism expert, are recruited by the International Market Stabilization Institute, a privately funded organization operating outside official channels to protect North America's financial interests. The strikes that destroyed Mike and Lisa's household - the work of Sheik Al-Assad - are bringing the Western economy to its knees. And they are only the beginning. If the Sheik succeeds, the world will change forever, and the next attack is just around the corner. Mike and Lisa must lead a hastily assembled team to Europe to stop the madness before time runs out.

Rippling with tension, raging with action, and replete with the kinds of details only a true counter-terrorism insider can provide, The Thin Black Line is a nonstop thriller of the first order. It announces an unforgettable new team of characters and a distinctive new voice to the thriller world.

©2015 Simon Gervais (P)2015 Simon Gervais

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Excellent espionage thriller; barely OK narration

I became aware of Canadian author Simon Gervais late in 2018 when his most recent novel Hunt Them Down made a huge splash in the book publication world. THE THIN BLACK LINE, first published almost four years ago, is not nearly as good as Hunt Them Down, but it is excellent and complex espionage thriller. Few suspense thrillers are as good as hunt Them Down. I look forward to to listening to the other novels in the Mike Walton series and I look forward even more so to future novels in the Pierce Hunt series. I have down rated the narration by Adam Hunin for two reasons. The first is that I had just listened to Hunt Them Down which was narrated by RC Bray (narrating as Bon Shaw) who is one of the best narrators in the English world. The second is he made a few horrid narration errors. One is he referred the Florida Atlantic coastal highway A1A as AiA. The second, and more serious, is that he repeatedly mispronounced the name of the major southern Spanish city of Málaga. Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world and he should have looked up the correct pronunciation.

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What a fast paced and action packed thriller!

Hang on and get ready for the ride! This triller is action pack from the beginning. I enjoyed the Canadian angle and the husband and wife team. Thanks to our neighbor to the north for their comment meant to fighting terrorism. Can't wait for mike and Lisa's next adventure!

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too many pauses

the story is great. however the recording had too many pauses.Also, the recording was not the best quality.

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Almost there

Good writer, excellent narration but husband and wife team didn't work for me.

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Not a good read.

Not even close to a future Scott Harvath series. Mike and Lisa were way too emotional as operatives. Seems like either side didn't know who was on first, what was on second. Would not recommend.

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Narration terrible!

I have no idea if the story is any good because I couldn't get past the hokey narration and weird "special" effects. Deleted after 30 minutes. Waste of time and money for sure!

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wow...this should be removed from Audible

horrible editing and worse acting choices. Simon Gervais is a great writer but this narrator ruined this production.

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Hoaky dialogue.

Narration left much to be desired but in his defense the dialogue left a lot to be desired. Mr Gervais, don’t quit your day job if you have one. Do authors ever listen to their audible books being read? Couldn’t listen to the whole book. Very cringe worthy.

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This book had potential

I had just finished another one of this author's books and it was amazing, to the point where I was looking to buy anything he wrote. I am glad I didn't start with this book the story combined with the narrator left it hard for me to care about the characters or what was going on. I caught myself several times concentrating on anything other than this book, even traffic was a better choice apparently. I actually disliked the main characters and the it was distracting when the narrator made everyone regardless of nationality that was not a good guy sound middle eastern even if they were Spanish. I would highly suggest skipping this book and going to his more recent ones.

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not horrible but not good

I wouldn't recommend this particular book, maybe the authors later works are better. just too many better books out there in my opinion

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  • 08-30-16

Looking forward to their next assignment

An interesting storyline and good character development. Story finished where the next one can begin.