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  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

Not really worth it.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Story far fetched & overall dull, no moments of real action, no tightening & fear engendered.
Tedious in its waiting for something to happen.
Procedurally accurate
Performances good
I am sorry I bought it.
The two main characters may provide other more interesting challenges so may consider trying one more, if there is nothing else available.

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  • Black Ops - Blitz on Pakistan

  • SEAL Team Bravo Series, Book 4
  • By: Eric Meyer
  • Narrated by: Gary Roelofs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Osama bin Laden is dead, and the sensational mission to the compound in Abbottabad is rightly hailed as a heroic Navy Seal operation. But is Al-Qaeda now stronger or weaker? A chance raid into Pakistani bandit country, Waziristan, throws up fresh intel that points to a new threat. Another warlord has emerged, a man who claims to be the brother of Osama bin Laden. Although unheard of in the West, murderous terrorists are about to follow his banner and launch a new jihad in their fanatical and never-ending religious wars. A conflict that threatens the peace and security of the world. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Action fun!

  • By Graham on 06-10-18

Action fun!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Story a little tired & predictable.
Narrator cumbersome & detracts overall
Expected better therefore disappointed
All in all wouldn’t bother.

  • Nomad

  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243

Marc Dane is an MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor - and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 - he's forced into the front line. However, the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For lovers of I Am Pilgrim

  • By Robert Rawlins on 28-10-17

Definitely worth it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-17

A book that has all the elements.
The story itself spans the globe & is in the time honoured fashion of the falsely accused redeeming himself. Enter some external assistance.
There is plenty of interesting action in this book which keeps things from becoming flat. The dialogue is not exceptional & the characters are of the moment without a great deal of background.
The two main characters could be used again, with more depth..... perhaps we see a new pairing?

  • The Babylon Idol

  • Ben Hope, Book 15
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

When a sniper leaves Ben Hope's friend fighting for his life, the former SAS major declares war on the men responsible. But what begins as a straightforward revenge mission gets complicated when a mysterious letter reveals Ben to be the real target. And his isn't the only name on a crazed killer's list. Professor Anna Manzini has no idea she's in grave danger from a man she'd thought dead. She's on the cusp of a major discovery: the location of the lost Babylon idol, a golden statue of immeasurable value.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Getting predictable

  • By Christine on 16-05-17

Not quite as good as usual.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-17

Hope & crew are disbanded by circumstances early on in the book, this is quite impactful particularly following the two African based adventures.
I was expecting a romping action/adventure again & whilst it is interesting it is not as compelling as the above mentioned.
The ending sounds very much as though the author wanted to dispatch it quickly too!

  • Shadow Kill

  • Strike Back, Book 2
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

The lot of an SAS man is not always a happy one. Strikeback hero John Porter is sent on a mission with Regimental scallywag John Bald. Where Porter plays it by the book, Bald will always want to break the rules. They are sent to Sierra Leone to extract Ronald Soames, a former CEO of the Regiment and now right-hand man to the President. But when Porter and Bald arrive, the Englishman has disappeared, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Nicholas on 16-03-17

Good old action packed tale!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Action packed story with some ghastly personalities & horrific details.
If you enjoy this genre it's great.
I would say that Porter & his endless aching for alcohol is a tad boring though.
Story ending is unexpected if you have not been attentive.

  • Past Crimes

  • Van Shaw, Book 1
  • By: Glen Erik Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Van Shaw was raised to be a thief, but at the age of 18 he abruptly abandoned the illicit life and joined the US Army, leaving behind Seattle and his grandfather who taught him the trade. But after 10 years of estrangement, Van's grandfather has suddenly asked him to come home. He does so only to find his grandfather shot in the head and bleeding out on the kitchen floor....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super listening enjoyment.

  • By Graham on 15-04-17

Super listening enjoyment.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-17

Quite tense throughout.
Main character extremely likeable & perhaps we'll hear more of him, I hope so.
Usually eschew anything that goes from present to past tense & back but this was skilfully done & fleshed out the characters.
A great story, would definitely recommend a listen/read.

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  • The Devil's Kingdom

  • Ben Hope, Book 14
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Has Ben Hope finally met his match? The master best seller returns with the explosive follow-up to Star of Africa. The second in a two-part series. Held hostage by a despicable tyrant in the heart of Africa - within the lawless and unforgiving Congo - it's not looking good for Ben Hope. Even worse, someone very important to him has fallen into the enemy's hands, and they're using this against Ben as part of a depraved plan to bend him to their will.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Kingdom

  • By Salter on 21-03-19

A really great listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Before starting this book I did listen to part I, I would recommend it & read some reviews.
The books are full of great action, sympathetic & gruesome characters in equal parts, a full grasp of Africa.... politically etc plus many twists & turns.
I enjoyed both books, particularly this one & certainly recommend to anyone who thrives on action & adventure..... wonderful!

  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story - if you like Vince Flynn novels..

  • By Tony on 01-12-15

Great actioner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-16

Great story, politically relevant.
Surprisingly, in a good way, not the endless back slapping elite brotherhood stuff.
Use of acronyms a little off putting.
Overall an exciting listen, will buy more of this author in this genre

  • Stone Cold

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Everything about the ranch is a mystery. Rumours abound about the millionaire who owns it, the women who live with him, and the sudden disappearances. Joe Pickett is tasked by the governor to find the truth. There are two other men living up at the ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe. The first man doesn't frighten him. But the second is another story entirely.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Macho Macho Men

  • By Kaggy on 16-12-15

CJ Box is still a worthwhile listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-16

Reasonably interesting storyline but perhaps there could have been more exciting moments.
Pickett is a cool customer & could handle more intense situation?

  • A Death in Sweden

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It's a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last - and his next job is his biggest yet. The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Death in Sweden

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-17

Definitely not fast paced!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-16

I would not have classed this as a thriller as it was lacking in thrills. Just because people die, it doesn't equal excitement & great investigative skill.
The pace was desultory, the main character was conflicted but there was a smattering of a story.
Gave it 3* because I made it to the end!

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