As a freelance assassin, Deckard is no stranger to the shadow world of covert operations, but when he is summoned to Bohemian Grove and hired to train and lead a battalion of Kazakh mercenaries, he soon discovers his employer's real agenda: a doomsday plot decades in the making.
Now, free humanity's only chance for survival rests with Deckard's renegade private military company. From Afghanistan to Burma and beyond, the clock is ticking down to global extinction.
©2011 Jack Murphy (P)2015 Beacon Audiobooks
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"Great action, bad narration"
I purchased this book due to its recommendations for being a good military action thriller. My first experience was bad because I could not get over the narrator, I then returned the book for a refund on my credit. After thinking on it for a bit and enjoying the story I had heard so far I decided to purchase the book again and tough it out.
I am glad I listened to the whole book because it was a action packed mercenary thriller that seemed to be well researched even though it read like a Michael Bay movie. I would recommended the story for those wanting decent gritty action.
The narrator though is pretty bad. I am not certain if English is his first language, but he constantly mis pronounces common words throughout the book. It took me away from the story at times. He also sounds like a sports announcer and does not pace well or pause for effect. Overall it was not a deal breaker, but I wish they used someone different.
If you can get past the narrator, I think you will enjoy this book.
"Buy the ebook or paperback"
The story was good but I can't stand the narrator. Too many words mispronounced. I found myself paying more attention to how the words were said and less to the story after awhile.
"Unexpected, not your usual plot."
Did not expect such an interesting storyline, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Very eye opening. The narrator was awesome, he did an interesting job in bringing the characters to life, without overdoing it.. The book was not hard to stay in tuned with, a pleasant voice, easy on the ears.
Deckard, he turns the tables and leads his private army against the men against those who have it coming to them. I was swept away by the action on the ship, where he has been exposed and all hell breaks loose, and then in the end how the government, sweeps mostly everything under the rug, with ridiculous explanations, so true to real life in so many ways.
The scene where Cabal is wanting to end life as we all know it, the progressive utopia, is talking in a cult setting. The scene is similar to a Satan Cult, except it is worse, as you find out later.
Yes, it really makes you wonder who you can trust. The book was given a good name, because it really will leave you reflexive as to any of this is possible.
I don't know if this should be considered courage , but Jack Murphy isn't afraid to let important characters get snuffed in all the spray of shrapnel and deluge of full-auto fire. The body count is high. What an exciting adventure!
I've been a longtime fan of Jack Murphy's work on SOFREP, a media outlet consisting of special operations veterans. This is the first of Murphy's fiction that I've read.
I normally don't read much fiction in this vein. I was a Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn fan when I was younger, and the last thing close to this that I read was by DJ Molles (another great writer).
I'll get the bad out of the way first. The narrator was subpar. At first, I wasn't sure I could finish the audio version. Even allowing for different pronunciations, this narrator needs to go back to school. Words like platoon, ranging, and Kazakh are not difficult. The only one I gave him a pass on was SIGINT... frustrating and distracting.
As far as the story -- I loved it! I couldn't stop listening, especially as the conspiracy dominoes began to fall.
I'll definitely be checking out more!
"Not a bad story, but"
The director and producer need to make sure the narrator can pronounce the words. It was very distracting. You see this in every book but WTF!
Keep going Jack.
"Couldn't make it past the narrator"
I can't review the book itself, since I was only 10 minutes in when I gave up. As such, this review covers only the narrator's performance and by proxy, the quality of the audiobook.
I don't know when or why I bought this, but I'm guessing a friend recommended it to me and had read it in book form. Other reviews nailed it - the narrator sounds like he's completely unaware of the content, describing grisly murders with an upbeat, gleeful tone. It reminds me of the stiff, patronizing tone used by the stereotypical adult that doesn't 'get' how to read to kids.
A neutral text-to-speech computer voice would be much preferred to this. "Alexa, please give Don the night off and take over reading my book."
"Great military thriller marred by terrible perform"
Mr. Murphy shows extreme attention to detail when it comes to military equipment use and description and military tactics.
The performer doesn't use punctuation, mispronounces common words and misreads ( I had the kindle version to compare it to). Overall, terrible.
It would be great if the audio book could be performed by George Guidall or Scott Brick and re-released.
"Returning this and getting a paperback version."
I have heard this author is amazing and fabulous reviews on the story so I gave the story a 5. I listened to 10 minutes of this and the narration is terrible. It sounds "announcery." Those of you who also do voice over work will understand. A happy, announcer voice isn't the voice of a sniper who is doing his job.
Again, I've heard so many good things about the book that I'm going to buy it on my reader or in paperback. The narrator killed this one for me.
He sounded like an announcer not a narrator. He sounds like he should be on the "typical" news cast in a small town.
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