The War Planners Series, Books 1-3

The War Planners, The War Stage, and Pawns of the Pacific
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: The War Planners, Book 1-3
Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
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A nation on the brink of war.

A conspiracy that threatens the globe.

And one military family, caught in the middle, fighting for freedom.

From a secretive jungle-covered island in the Pacific, to the sands of the Middle East. From the smog-filled alleyways of China, to the passageways of a US Navy destroyer. The War Planners series follows different members of the military and intelligence community as they uncover the beginnings of a Chinese invasion.

Filled with electrifying action, well-rounded characters, and unpredictable twists, see for yourself why fans of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn are raving about The War Planners series. Purchase the box set today, and start the adventure.

©2017 Andrew Watts (P)2017 Andrew Watts

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Very Deserving -As Good as Many Brand Name Authors

Well plotted, well told. This is a lengthy novel and not a trilogy. It is packaged as a trilogy, I suspect, because the book publishing world rejects lengthy novels by first-time authors. The plot is ambitious, but works very well. The characters are well drawn with a couple exceptions, Overall, this is worthy of the attention of thriller readers who like strategic context and real world complexity as found in Tom Clancy authored novels or the Mark Greaney versions, as well as some of Ben Coes's novels.

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An amazing series.

as a Navy man I love the series. it brought me back to my youth and kept me on the edge of my seat. It's some points it was slow but for the most part it was great. the family that this is centered around made me at times bristle with pride. I can't say enough about how good this series was overall.

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Only Believable Stories Get 5 *'s From Me...

The premise of the story is absolutely believable, with the caveat that a couple of the incidents could have been better developed. Having said that, I absolutely loved the trilogy and was impressed with the almost seamless segue from book to book. Other than my first comment above on 'incident development', my only "less than five stars" rating was for the narrator. In the end I have to give him a well earned "four star" rank (surprising myself after my first impression of this narrator). Expect to be frustrated at first listen with the narrator's continuous "rapid-drop inflections" at the end of virtually every sentence (sounding much like the less experienced small market news reporters who have not yet learned how to effectively utilize this powerful technique). I ALMOST, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, RETURNED AN AUDIBLE BOOK (the narrator was, at first, was that disruptive to the listening experience). However...I AM GLAD I DID NOT DO IT!!! Because other than this issue, the narrator is MORE than competent and (I think) gifted and consistent in his "character voice" changes. BOTTOM LINE: Now that you know this single flaw, try to work through and ignore it initially and you will be rewarded with an excellent story that is engrossing, entertaining and which, literally, made my heart pump with excitement over and over!!! Book Was Worth Price Paid.

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Hang in there... the voice work gets better

Couldnt stop listening. Amazing original story that hits close to home with terrorism plots that hit close to home.

Beginning of the book is rough almost robotic narration but improves greatly as the books progress.

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More spy thriller than military - I gave up.

I don't give up on many books but I got thru the first book and part way thru the second and said to myself "this is 95% spy story and 5% military". Not my cup of tea and not all all as described.

If you want spy action, you may like this, if you want military action look elsewhere.

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fantastic story!

, I could hardly put the story down, felt like I was reading Tom Clancy or Larry Bond wonderful first book and truly looking forward to his next book!

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Don't Give Up

I almost never write reviews, but another review really helped me on this one so I wanted to reaffirm what that reviewer said. I almost gave up on this book after the first two hours, but I went in and read reviews and one of the reviewers indicated that they almost returned it but kept going and loved it. Ditto! I will listen to the rest of the series.

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Really enjoyable

I really enjoyed these 3 books. The story had me guessing, and when we found out that Lisa was not who she presented herself early in the book, I had no idea where the story was going.
I enjoyed the spy element, with navy and chopper pilots thrown in. Kept me guessing and wondering till the end.


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Great story

Great story, makes you wonder if we can defend ourselves if our technology stopped working

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Ok thriller, with incorrect technical details

Would you try another book from Andrew Watts and/or Michael Pauley?

No

Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Watts? Why or why not?

Maybe. I liked the general story. However, I like the author to have accurate descriptions of firearms and technical items. These authors don't adhere to these standards. For instance, in the very beginning, a Beretta 92 fired by itself when dropped (false). Shoulder holsters aren't that popular. Sig Sauer pistols don't have a safety, etc...These lapses made me question other aspects of the book when they were dealing with Aircraft carriers and helicopters.

Do you think The War Planners Series, Books 1-3 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Would have been much better had the authors used real descriptions of small arms and situations.

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  • BillyP
  • 08-31-18

Great Story

Great story, very strange AI narration at time's. The narrator did not enhance a good story.

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  • gary round
  • 05-08-20

terrible narration!

I so wanted to enjoy these books but the previous reviews were correct. The narration is truly the worst of any audible book I have ever heard. I really cannot believe that the producers allowed it to be released.
The story is average and takes forever to get going and when it does it all ends in a damp squib.If ,like me,you were locking for another Tom Clancy you will be disappointed, this is not even in the same league. Save your money and buy something else. I wish I had!

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  • No7 Trader
  • 05-05-20

Fabulous story, well written and great value

Could not really put this one down, loved the three books and will download the next in the series for sure.

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  • Terry
  • 04-09-20

amazing listen

An excellent listen and great value for the first 3 stories of the series. could not stop listening definitely going to continue the series

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  • Keith Collins
  • 02-23-20

Awesome !!

Fits right into my preferred scenario ! Political intrigue + action + Dystopian ( almost ) + long !!! Absolutely gripped me and doubled my daily step count while 'reading' it!! Amazing ! I cannot understand the negative reviews !! It is up there with the best half a dozen books I have ever read and now looking forward to the next three books !!!! ( Oh I couldn't agree more about the Australian accent !! My 4 year old grand daughter can do it better than that !! Rest of the narration was superb though , lifted the excitement for me ! )

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  • GJS
  • 05-26-19

Worth buying just for the Austrian accent

Every Australian in this book seems to be of mixed Northern Irish and Pakistani heritage.

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  • natham
  • 02-19-19

what with this writer

I'm not sure ? is this came from a highschool student ? does he know what's called reach? it's not the story or language but the commonsense . and not one but at every corner. I don't see he has any basic understanding about how military operational info.....so sad see a story been this … poor

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 10-02-18

Great story / Great Value

Best value for the first 3 stories in rhis developing series. The pace really cracks along in a Techie Thriller for the present day. Set up Part 4- perfectly. Really enjoying this Series and this 3 in 1 audiobook is a no brainer. Liked the narrator's voice which is crucial.

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  • Fiachra Molloy
  • 10-23-18

Rubbish

A convoluted & unbelievable story, with a rubbish narration. I gave up on it, avoid.

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  • Bryan Cairns
  • 05-27-20

Awesome

Really enjoyed the story, very believable with a quick pace for 3 books and glowed well.