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One of David Baldacci's best!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-20

I really enjoyed this book - in audiobook format.
Atlee Pine is a great character with a complex troubled past. This is a complex plot - or rather two interweaving plots. We meet lots of interesting supporting characters while Pine and associates try to identify the serial killer responsible for a mounting number of mystifying murders and try to limit the body count. The ongoing mystery of Pine's past remains to be solved - presumably and hopefully in the sequal(s) to this novel, which I for one will be unable to miss when it is penned. Great stuff.

Top notch prequel

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-20

Barry Eisler can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. - especially when John Rain is involved. Visceral action, tradecraft and philosophy. Peerless in this genre methinks.

Top notch 'Reacheresque' thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-19

If you like Reacher you will love Jack Widow. If you can get over the fact that Led Child came up with the basic concept first and that Jack Widow is rather derivative in that sense, then you will really enjoy these books by Scott Blade. In fact to my mind Widow is superior in many ways! I certainly find it difficult to stop reading once I've started and I don't get much sleep with Widow! I recommend reading on Kindle and listening to the audio book - APP's narration is admirable.

Livia and Dox combine in thrilling revenge novel

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Eisler fans will not be disappointed in this thriller set in the far East. The audiobook is once again narrated brilliantly by the author himself. This is the second novel featuring Livia Lone and Dox also features strongly so I would recommend reading/listening to the John Rain series up to The Detachment as well as the first Lucia Lone book ( the last is a prerequisite methinks). Khmer kill also immediately preceded this I believe - I don't think it is essential to read it beforehand as I don't think I missed too much by not having done so - but I will no doubt go and read it now!
I will definitely be reading/listening to all of Mr Eisler's future output.

A gripping episode in this series

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-19

The John Rain series of books gets better and better. The author reads his own work brilliantly. I really care about the main characters now and despite the extreme violence which punctuates the books and the fascinating detailed explanations of an assassin's tradecraft, it is the complex relationships, themes of conflicting loyalties and emerging comradeship that underpin the story which make Extremis in particular - and the John Rain books in general - so compelling. I will certainly be reading and listening to the next tale soonest!

Lovely book beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-19

This book is a joy to read and to listen too. It is character - driven - and what a range of characters - numerous alien species, a ship -board AI and varied and mostly sympathetic crew on a long journey with the aim of tunnelling through what would likely be called hyperspace by most authors. That this novel is set in space is rather incidental really, since it is all about inter and intra - species relationships and growing mutual understanding of the varied crew members . It is about love in all of its manifestations ( including one of two you might not have
even contemplated! - no spoilers) and comradeship and mistrust between different alien races. There is real loss and coming to terms with it. There are elements of intergalactic politics. This is not military sci-fi and there is nothing you can really call combat, but it is one of the best Sci-Fi novels I have read (I have read a lot recently) and I really want to give it at least SIX stars! Deep Joy!
And a wonderful narrator to boot!

Excellent Sci fi

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-19

A really good beginning to this series. This is military Sci-Fi which will be enjoyed by Fans of Honor Harrington and the like, with characters and political machinations to the fore and military engagements well described . I for one will be reading on to enjoy the further adventures of Sikander North.

Great Space opera

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

This series has all of the elements of really good space opera, not least that you will be compelled to read/listen to the next instalment! Lots of interesting characters - and new recruits appearing in each episode.

Tale of Uhtred continues to engross and enthrall.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-19

To my mind Bernard Cornwall is peerless in Historical fiction, and this series is my favourite. I wonder why I left it so long to read the latest instalment of Uhtred's saga - but as soon as I started reading and listening I knew I would not get much done until I finished. If you have enjoyed the previous books this one will not disappoint - and if you have not, you should, though you would do well to start with the first book not this one which is no. eleven methinks. Bring on no. twelve! The narration is top-notch in the audiobook!

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Superb thriller

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-19

Top notch John Rain thriller. Superb descriptions, well informed and at times beautifully phrased. Excellent narration by the author. I will likely be reading and listening to Barry Eisler's novels very frequently over the next few weeks methinks.