Without Sanction

A Matt Drake Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Jack Armstrong
Series: A Matt Drake Thriller, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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After surviving a clandestine operation that went tragically wrong, Matt Drake escaped Syria with his life, but little else. Now, to save the life of another, he must return to Syria and confront his biggest failure in a debut thriller Lee Child calls "sensationally good".

Defense Intelligence Agency operative Matt Drake broke a promise. A promise that cost three people their lives and crippled his best friend. Three months later, he's paralyzed by survivor's guilt and haunted by the memories of the fallen. Matt may have left Syria, but Syria hasn't left him.

In the midst of his self-imposed exile, Matt is dragged back into the world of espionage and assets that he tried to forget. A Pakistani scientist working for an ISIS splinter cell has created a terrifying weapon of mass destruction. The scientist offers to defect with the weapon, but he trusts just one man to bring him out of Syria alive - Matt Drake.

©2020 Don Bentley (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sensationally good - I want more Matt Drake." (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Don Bentley’s Without Sanction is seriously one of the most compelling debuts in recent memory. Brilliantly crafted and written, this book is a thoroughly riveting read and Don Bentley is an exciting new voice in the thriller world." (Mark Greaney, New York Times best-selling author)

"Brilliantly crafted and written, this book is a thoroughly riveting read and Don Bentley is an exciting new voice in the thriller world." (Mark Greaney, New York Times best-selling author)
 

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Action Packed Espionage Debut!!

The protagonist (Matt Drake) is a former Ranger turned DIA Agent. After leaving the agency with PTSD and hallucinations of the dead he had sworn to protect, he’s approached by the head of the CIA and asked to return to Syria to rescue a captured Ranger from ISIS and a scientist working on a WMD. This is the place his nightmares were born. Drake confronts old enemies, faces his fears and learns of a betrayal he never thought possible. But he also refuses to give up when his superior orders him to comply with a ludicrous request with out giving him a chance to explain his actions. Drake goes off on his own to complete his mission. It’s the middle of a presidential election and everyone in Washington is has their own agenda, some include Drake not making it home.
Jack Armstrong does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Intense suspense and near constant action!

WITHOUT SANCTION is author Don Bentley's debut novel. It is an espionage/political thriller with a strong plot line with a well developed protagonist character. Few debut novels are released through major publishing house. Comparisons of author Bentley to Jack Carr are inevitable. Make no mistake, Without Sanction deserves 5 stars, but it is not as good as The terminal List which was Carr's first novel. Jack Armstrong does a great job of narration.

Very highly recommended.

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Where is the ending?

The story just storpped without closure. I'm sorry I spent hours listening to it. I'm asking for my credit back.

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Intense

I had to stop in places to catch my breath, Matt and Frodo took beatings and solved problems like great warriors. We need more adventures like this. I really enjoyed this first book of Don Bentley's and hope there are many more..

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Love it

Amazing story. New author has great characters ..... can not wait to see the next installmwnt.

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Awesome debut

This was a fantastic thriller from start to finish and can’t wait for book 2 of the series. It was so good, I hope the author would do a prequel to book 1. And make it about Matty and Frodo and how the came to be!!!!

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Similar to Dalton Fury

Not perfect but perfectly enjoyable. Without Sanction was lots of fun. Good characters, good storyline and twists. It was similar to the Dalton Fury books.

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Best debut thriller since terminal list.

A day boo Thrilla that I could not stop listening to. First time I've ever listen to a book read by Jack Armstrong. Could not switch it off. Got the recommendation from the best thriller reviewer on the planet. @TheRealBookSpy on twitter.

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Fantastic Read!!

what a great read/listen. there were no dead spots. I found myself delaying getting out of the car just so I could continue to listen. I hope this writer has more books of this caliber.

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Good debut but random Irish accent threw me off

I've seen a few reviews talking about how this is the best debut novel of 2020 thus far. I have to disagree. Although I really enjoyed this book, it didn't blow me away. There was a ton of research obviously, but there were a few things about this book that I didn't care for. For starters, there was one sentence that was repeated over and over throughout the book, which I can imagine was supposed to be a through-line for the book, but after the third time, I got tired of it.

This book also transitions between first-person POV and third-person. I really do like and enjoy first-person, third-person, and a combination like this one. I did find, however, that there didn't seem to be near as much first-person chapters as the other. This somewhat detracted from the story, as you were able to see what was happening outside of the protagonists POV. I've found that first-person novels need to be more of a protagonist finding things out along with the reader.

I did think this novel was great, but I can't say it is in my top for the year, but I applaud this great debut novel.

The narration overall was good, but one of the main characters in the novel was narrated in an Irish accent, for seemingly no reason. It detracted from the story a little, and just seemed like a strange choice. Other than that, the narration was fine but nothing special.

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Without Sanction

Without Sanction should be renamed Without Fingernails because that is how this book has left me😁. Don Bentley on his debut novel has wrote the perfect nail biter of a book, suspense from start to finish with a race against time for a hero who will stop at nothing.