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  • Masters of War

  • Danny Black, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

In Paris, an elderly man is assassinated as he takes his morning walk. In the war-torn cities of Syria, government forces wage a bloody war against their own people. The Russians are propping up the government, the French are backing one rebel fraction and the British are backing another. And in north Africa, young SAS trooper Jamie Truman is coming to the end of a gruelling tour of duty, or so he thinks. Jamie has a new mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I'd hate Chris Ryan..

  • By Mr. M. Curtis on 15-03-14

good listen. good story...

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

not sure why there was so much brutal murders of children though..
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  • The Crime Factory

  • By: Officer 'A'
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

The difference between a good detective and a successful criminal is paper thin - CID induction lecture. Welcome to the Criminal Investigation Department, aka the Crime Factory. Where the cops take and sell drugs (or steal them from the police storeroom); where they fit up, 'verbal' and harrass criminals, fight each other, drink-drive, abuse search warrants, have sex with sources, stab one another in the back (metaphorically), put each other under surveillance; abuse every aspect of their power...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Liz Rev on 28-05-14

excellent book

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

fantastic true story and well worth the money/time.



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  • Terror Cops

  • Fighting Terrorism on Britain's Streets
  • By: Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Terror Cops is a white-knuckle ride into the battle against extremism; the story gives unprecedented insight into what it's like to fight terrorism in Britain today. In his two-decades-long career with the Metropolitan Police, Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble has hunted child murderers and child abusers, drug dealers and hit men.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Andrew on 01-05-12

good listen

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

really good book, but not as good as previous title, Crack House!
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  • Crack House

  • The Incredible True Story of the Man Who Took On London's Crack Gangs and Won
  • By: Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Crack House takes the listener into the dark heart of our cities' most violent and terrifying places, showing how the war on drugs can only be won by constant and forceful vigilance. The bastard offspring of cocaine, crack first entered the UK in the early 1990s. By the end of the decade, Britain's inner cities were in the midst of a crack epidemic, with users being responsible for a massive proportion of crime. Communities, especially in London, were crying out for help, but there were only two specialist units in the whole of the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive as the drug itself

  • By chris on 16-06-12

fantastic listen.

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

Reviewed: 27-07-17

really enjoyed this book, and the narrator really suited the story.


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  • Zero Footprint

  • Leave No Trace, Take No Prisoners
  • By: Simon Chase, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Simon Chase's life is a maze of burner phones, encrypted emails, secret meetings and weaponry - all devoted to executing missions too sensitive for government acknowledgment. Working for British government entities, the CIA's Special Activities Division and other official bodies, Chase has been on the trail of bin Laden in Afghanistan, protected allied generals in Iraq, and been part of an operation directly related to the attack in 2012 on the US consulate in Benghazi.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is a work of fiction.

  • By Me® on 06-02-17

not great

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

Reviewed: 19-06-17

I find it hard to believe this is a "true story". and the narrator doesn't do it justice.

  • Sniper One

  • The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege
  • By: Dan Mills
  • Narrated by: Josh Dylan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 557

April 2004: Dan Mills and his platoon of snipers flew into Southern Iraq, part of an infantry battalion sent to win hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives. Back home we were told they were peacekeeping. But there was no peace to keep. Because within days of arriving in theatre, Mills and his men were caught up in the longest, most sustained firefight British troops had faced for over 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking listen!

  • By Aaron on 04-04-17

really good listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

very rarely do I come across a book I don't want to end, this was one of them!

  • True Colours

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

When a set of Russian oligarchs are assassinated in London, the Russian expat community become anxious. One man appeals to the British government for protection and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. But he soon discovers that the killings aren't political - they're personal, and the assassin is much nearer than anyone could conceive. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. Asked by a group of ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban tyrant who has claimed UK asylum by assisting the British government, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Russians Guns and Bristish heroes...

  • By Mr. M. Curtis on 17-03-14

good stories

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

good stories but very poor character consistency. example: according to previous books shepherd has never liked snipers and always thought that was the cowardly way to kill someone (I can't remember the exact line/phrases used, but I believe it was told recently in book 9). yet in this book, apparently he used to be a sniper. it's minor detail, but noticeable.
also it's a bit odd how all the characters use exactly the same phrases and sayings.

all in all, these books are very enjoyable. but I feel the author needs to dig deeper into each character and research the type of people he his trying to portray.

  • Hot Blood

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 4
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop. Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, Shepherd has to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • best one yet

  • By Andrew Earnshaw on 16-05-16

good story

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

good story line, very exciting. but, as with the past books in the series I've noticed a lot mistakes! seems like the author hasn't researched the things he's talking about (cars/guns/places) and/or Martyn Read mispronounces words/phrase. things like "Uzi" pronounced as "Ootzie" and in one of the previous books Martyn Read talked about a car, an "Audi T4" which to my knowledge doesn't exist. they're all minor things, but after a while starts to get frustrating.

but overall a very enjoyable listen!

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  • Cold Black

  • By: Alex Shaw
  • Narrated by: David Bufton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In Britain, MI6 operative Aidan Snow witnesses a ruthless murder. Paddy Fox, a jaded ex-SAS soldier, foils the kidnap of a member of the Saudi Royal Family. Russia is making offers - and demands - to Ukraine that cannot be refused. In Saudi Arabia an al-Qaeda terror cell prepares for a mission. How are all these events connected? And what is Cold Black? Aidan Snow must fit the pieces of the puzzle together before it's too late.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good storyline

  • By Supercal on 04-06-16

good storyline

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

storyline was really interesting, the performance was a slacking a bit, sounded like the reader read paragraphs without taking a breth, but the recording of it was a complete let down, could frequently hear background noises (pages shuffling/doors closing/mic being knocked or moved) and it generally sounded like it was recorded on an old phone in a bathroom somewhere..

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  • The Aquitaine Progression

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

It begins in Geneva. There American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn't seen in 20 years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: "The generals ... they're back ... Aquitaine!" Suddenly Converse is running for his life, alone with the world's most shattering secret. Pursued by anonymous executioners to the darkest corners of Europe, he is forced to play a game of survival by blood-rules he thought he'd left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aquitaine Progression - brilliant

  • By Lou on 11-12-12

excellent book and well performed!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-16

admittedly lost concentration a few times as some parts were slow and/or dull.. BUT i found myself back tracking as i soon learned they were important to the story!! very good book, very good story, and very good performance!!!