The Furthest Station is Ben Aaronovitch's first PC Grant novella...and there's something going bump on the Metropolitan line. And when commuters start reporting encounters with ghosts up and down the track - encounters which they forget entirely within minutes - Peter Grant gets a call to investigate. And the very first interview leads to a ghost-hunting expedition....
I love this series for so many reasons, Peter Grant, as voiced by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, is one of the main reasons! But Ben Aaronovitch's pure understanding of Londoners, is another!
In this novella I loved his Daily Mail quip, his Agatha Christie musing and his reminder to us that Molly is... Molly! I can't wait for the next full length story. I hope Peter gets it!
Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn't commit. He's rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there's no outrunning it.
This novel was very disappointing. It didn't have the pace and the intrigue of its predecessor. I found it very slow and complicated and bogged down, and not interesting at all. There is one final book to read to complete this series, I’m hoping that it restores the original pace, verve and intrigue of the first.
The narrator is excellent though.
Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.
A fully comprehensive tale. You don't feel a desire to know what happens next at the conclusion of the court case because you're taken on that journey also. A very interesting journey and I look forward to the next story. The journey will hopefully be as epic and enjoyable.
Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.
I just love how this story is told. It's a unique use of the flashback technique that tells you Everything you need or want to know about Sam, efficiently and elegantly whilst propelling the story in an exciting fashion.
In Sam you have a potentially unique genius who, having endured and survived a truly difficult and heart rending childhood, is just about to finally complete his law degree and become a much sought after legal mind.
Until a part time, stop gap job leads him to become sought after for all the wrong reasons! You cannot put this book down, as much as you may have other things to do, this book will keep you guessing and wondering how it can ever be successfully resolved!
I discovered this title as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I doubt that I would have discovered it otherwise. This novel alone is worth the subscription fee! The narrator is well chosen, he gives the story credibility.
A totally engrossing listen. Enjoy!
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is the most dangerous city in the world. And when a mission to break the local cartel’s grip goes wrong, Isabella Rose, the Angel, finds herself on the wrong side of prison bars. Fearing the worst, Isabella plays her only remaining card...
This is proving to be a fascinating series. Just as good as Beatrix, more fascinating (but also quite tedious, as she reminds you by her actions, that she's just a kid)! Even though this is literally hot off the press, I can't wait for the next instalment!
Great narration, fantastic story - very clever plot twist - I know who's next, I’m intrigued to discover how!
As the Commonwealth produces more starships and increases recruits, victory begins to slip from Theocratic control. This can only make the Theocracy more desperate to win...and more dangerous to fight. After a mission to liberate an occupied planet ends in nuclear devastation, Kat Falcone - now a commodore in command of HMS Queen Elizabeth - sees firsthand just how far the enemy will go.
This is the final book in the series, but there's more to this story. Too many continuing questions to be answered. Too many stories to be concluded.
The book hints at a new Arc, but doesn't tell of the title of this arc. I shall search through my Kindle Unlimited subscription books to see if it is mentioned.
This was a good series. You get the impression that, even though specific current world religious beliefs were not stated as the protagonists at the root of it (they are specifically mentioned in the past tense - so not current), you will draw your own conclusions as to which religious belief it is modelled upon. Rightly or Wrongly...
Captain Kat Falcone owes her life and career to her former right-hand man, William McElney, and she did everything in her power to make sure he was front and center for a promotion. But now that he has it, she fears he'll have to watch his back. Captain McElney has been assigned to HMS Uncanny - nicknamed Unlucky - a heavy cruiser tainted by the mysterious deaths of two former captains and rumors of mutineers.
This series just keeps getting better and better! The storyline is much improved because we have 2 Starships and their personnel with whom we are invested.
Another fantastic conclusion to the mission(s) which makes me look forward to the final chapter in the series, which, thanks to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I can listen to straight away.
Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning...and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive. The chances for success are slim - and for survival even slimmer.
It is quite difficult to write an impartial review without inadvertently giving away the plot. So, I will limit myself to commenting on the narrator.
I find her portrayal of many of the characters, quite irritatingly novice. She doesn't know how to inject emotion appropriately into the sentences of some of the officers. One officer whispers everything - I believe that this is to portray the fact that she is female. Another officer is always shouting - again I think that this is to portray a Marine. Another, has a fearful tone, irrespective of what is being said - portraying a young man. The list goes on. It's not noticeable to begin with but, as the pace quickens, it becomes more noticeable and starts to grate.
Fortunately it doesn't quite spoil the enjoyment of the book. This is part 2 of a 4 part series and continues on fluidly. Very fast paced, quite specious and ending with a couple of sharp intakes of breath and a twee smile.
I’m anxious to progress to book 3 and, thanks to my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I can press onwards immediately. If you're sensitive to diction, listen to a sample of the novel first. The narrator may not bother you, but she started to intrude into my listening experience. Which is a shame as I have 2 more books to get through.
In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.
This is a kind of amalgamation of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and put current affairs world situation. It makes for a low key, interesting read. Not over the top or too political and equally not too battle technical. I was hesitant about reading it to begin with, I’m venturing into it because it's within my Kindle Unlimited subscription. But now that I've completed it, I’m intrigued to see how the story develops.
As I say, it's all very low key. No detailed character background, no real knowledge of the religious struggle or the political structure, so it may not appeal to many, but for me, it was a non taxing, light read.
John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.
This is a thoroughly intriguing novel. Not just your usual Navy Seals or CIA tale. It's a proper amalgam of the two, with FBI/HRT elements thrown in.
If you enjoy any element of this kind of adventure, you will certainly enjoy this. I discovered it as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription and shall seek out the other 3 books in this 4 book series.
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