Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan's Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them.
As the conflict escalates, Brynn Fitzgerald departs Washington D.C. on her first official trip as acting secretary of state. Her goal is to serve as an intermediary between the leaders of both nations as well as to ensure all efforts are being made in the search for the missing American climbers. But when Fitzgerald's motorcade is ambushed on the outskirts of Islamabad, her back-up team arrives to discover a disastrous scene: dozens are dead, including seven diplomatic security agents, and the secretary of state has vanished without a trace.
In the wake of the unprecedented attack, Kealey's operation goes into high gear. Once again, he is joined by Naomi Kharmai, the British-born analyst who has taken on a daring new role with the Agency. But Kharmai is becoming as unpredictable as the man they're going after, and as they work their way toward the target, it becomes clear to Kealey that anyone is fair game - and no one can be trusted.
©2008 Andrew Britton; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
Well I have to agree with the previous reviewer. I have no doubts that if I read this book it would get a 4 but the narrator lets it down badly. I try to choose books with british narrators especially if there is likely to be a range of characters male and female as I feel they tend to do better with different accents. If Im honest, I'd prefer this book read by a brit putting on an American accent as I feel they would have dealt with the 'english', 'French or was it Spanish' and 'Pakistani' accents. If this book was purely with American accents and just blokes in the main character roles the narrater would have been perfect. I know its difficult to get a male voice to play a female one but this was no where near and the female accents were appalling!The femaile CIA operative from Spain or was it France sounded like a drag queen impersonating Celine Dion! Accents aside, the story was excellent and it would have been higher if it wasn't for the narration. I assume the author doesn't have a say as to who narrates there book but if he did, i'd be tempted to give it 2! As a blind subscriber the quality of the narrator is as important as the author and in some cases can make a poor story better. In summary, the male American accents are excellent, female English/Asian CIA operative accent is palletable, the baddies (especially the General) accents are stereotypical and bad and finally the female CIA operative from Spain/France/French Canadian accent very very painful. You'd be better reading it yourself if you have the choice.
Poor Mr Britton... he writes what is probably an amazing book, full of tension and political intrigue but somehow, some fool gave the narrator's job to one, Mr J. Charles... a narrator who decided that one character will be read throughout with clenched teeth (honestly!) to differentiate him from the others... one character (a woman) has a bizzare faux English accent and another has a sort of appalling French accent that is so toe-curlingly bad that it's embarrassing to listen to... result: 15 hours of wondering who the fool was who gave the narration job to Mr J. Charles... a person who delivers the same quality of narration as a seven year old would when told to stand up and read in front of a class. If there are audio police, I urge them to arrest the person who gave the job to Mr J. Charles and the man himself and charge them both with crimes against listeners everywhere.
"MaaKKEEE ITTT STTTOOOOOOP"
sometimes you try to listen to a book, and it's soooo bad that you keep telling yourself you must go write a review to save others the torture. the narrator, Mr. J. Charles, was bad enough - worst narrator ever for a terrorist thriller!!! - but a thriller that is non-stop background narration/explanation?!? very poor use of dialogue and other techniques to develop the story. it drones on and on and on. I usually consume a quality thriller in 3 days or less, but this one bored me to sleep - figuratively and literally - so many times that I had to go back and re-listen to parts over and over. a huge waste of a potential
"Best to skip this one"
This book is a bad combination of the wrong narrator, armature writing, and not even good characters. The result is a book you struggle to stay with and one you want to turn off. The narration is awful. This is the first book I have listened to that J. Charles was the narrator. He was totally wrong for this work. He can’t do accents, can’t do women and he sounds too old to be a vibrant young Ryan Kealy. The book itself contains too much ‘lecture’ background that isn't creatively written, the dialogue is unsophisticated (hard to believe the President and senior officials speak so simply). And for the US’s top operative, the President’s go to guy, well he sure behaves like an inexperienced operative. I have listened to others in the series and this clearly is one to skip.
In print version the book would be compelling---however, the new narrator is so poorly suited that I had to struggle to finish the book!
A good read, not as riviting as Britton's first two thrillers. The characters aren't as strong and the storyline is more predictibile. The book is still well worth reading.
"Not worth Buying"
Was a expecting a Vince Flynn action packed narrative, fell Way below the mark.
I wasted my freebie for the month!
As usual another great narration! Ryan Kealy is a great American. Wish there were more like him.
"Not Sure I Like the Author's Portrayal of Women"
It was ok, not my best listen, not the worst.
It was ok, a bit slow at times, too much explanation of what people were wearing when it had no real impact on the story and just seemed to fill space with some details that just weren't worth knowing.
I didn't like his performance - Christopher Lane does a much better job. I found the J. Charles didn't hold my attention as well, I had to rewind and listen to several parts as my mind wandered away from his narration.
Sure, I do like the main character for the most part. I enjoy getting to know them and watch them mature and change.
I feel this author does a good job of plot writing, but I take issue with how he portrays women in his books, we aren't all nuts. I feel that he makes the women seem trite and in this one a bit crazy and too emotional at times. I would like to see him portray a strong and confident woman in a role with the main character.
"Fairly boring. Terrible reader."
I didn't really care that much what happened to the characters. The beginning shows a lot of promise but then the book bogs down with things that just seem to happen without that much importance. The middle is interminable.
The reader just can't do an accent to save his life.
"A good story, but"
A person who has never in their life heard a British person speaking would probably enjoy this book.
The plot was good, very enjoyable.
J. Charles is a very good narrator, with one HUGE caveat: he should never be the choice when one of the principal characters is supposed to speak in a British accent. There are so many American narrators who can pull it off -- but Mr. Charles just isn't one of them. It is so amateurish, it makes me squirm in my chair, and I'm not even British! I would happily listen to a performance by Mr. Charles in other circumstances, but it really did have an adverse effect on my enjoyment of the book.
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