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Easy read but dated story.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-20

You can't help but feel that it won't be long before these stories will be too offensive for general sale. Whether it's a misguilded belief that the books portray the normal way police forces are run and that all male officers are sex mad or it really was like that in 80's and 90's I'm not sure but after three books it's becoming boring. From crude jokes about women and child porn to the really frustrating Mullett's continual attitude to running a police station, I struggled to finish this book. Yes I know its fiction, but I really do hope our police force isn't run like this 🤔🤔
But for all that, the main storyline wasn't too bad just full of holes and bizarre leaps of faith, Frost is falhorn bloke but likeable and you do feel sorry for him and his hapless colleagues. It's an easy no challenge read/listen.

A truly fitting take on history

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

Reviewed: 04-07-20

I first brought the novels in this series has they were published and read them avidly. Simon Scarrow tells a extraordinary story of the lifes of two of the worlds greatest commanders. Pretty much all of the events actually occurred but Scarrow has used these events plus a few imagined ones to breathe new life into an already epic story. All the battle scenes are very well researched and the detail in expertly written. The story in all the books flows really well as Scarrow picks the important events or turns or fate through Napoleon and Wellesley's life that plausible steered them to the inevitable conclusion at Waterloo. As a historic novel there is poetic licence of cause, but this only enhances the story. The whole series is as good as anything written by Bernard Cornwell, in fact look out for a 'tip of the hat' to Cornwell during fields of death, when a certain Major of the 95th rifles makes a very brief cameo!
Narration is superb as ever by J. Keeble, it takes a while not to think of Wellesley as Cato and nearly every sergeant is Macro, but I think that doesn't detract at all from the storytelling, Keeble seems to live the story as he tells it.
My only criticism of the audio books is that the producers don't include the historical notes at the end of each book, they are important in filling some gaps and completing the story.

A hard listen

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

Reviewed: 23-06-20

I have really got into the Jack Ryan stories I find that I like the fact it isn't always the main character that gets the glory. The problem in this books though is that there's too many characters, too many names to remember and I lost track several times and had to relisten. With this story flitting from one set of Russians to another it was hard to understand and keep up, especially on audio book as this happens within every chapter. So I imagine it would an easier read than a listen.
For all that though, I still enjoyed the book.

Great story, poor narrator, wrong names.

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

Reviewed: 30-03-20

Firstly, why no Jonathan Keeble? Matt is OK but not in the same league. Utred sounds like stroppy teenager rather than a battle hardened warrior. And why are you using English names for some cities and towns? Bernard Cornwell didn't do this!!

Thankfully the story as ever saved this performance and audio book.. Good writing, very descriptive, lots of action. Typical Cornwell and Utred.

Probably my least favourite Reacher

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

Reviewed: 10-12-19

I got the feeling that Childs is running out of ideas with this book. The story was not captivating or thrilling. Even the narrator seemed to get bored.
The story jumped and there was no real cohesion, no real explanation of the motive. This proves true in the truly underwhelming climax. I struggled to make sense of the storyline line probably because it was so thin. Not a memorable book. Sorry.

Poor ending

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Started off as a good listen, but became much of a muchness for our man reacher. Plot was transparent and the ending rather dull. Not one of Mr Child's best.

Enjoyed my first peter may book

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Really liked the story and being set in China has been good change for me.
This is my first book by May and I enjoyed it, the story line itself kept me listening. There was enough detail on the main characters to give me enough of an idea about their own circumstances but Without overburdening me.
Also May write it in way too so I understood the difference between American and Chinese method of thinking and approach to police work.
I like the narration, only very subtle variations on Chinese accents which in themselves were very soft, helping make this book an easy listen.

Sorry didn't like the narration!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

The story was OK. Not the best or captivating. Unfortunately, made worse by the narration. Why there has been a change good only knows, Jonathan Keable was good, and the chap who did the first few was even better. But this bloke! It's like listening to a instruction manual.

Typical Macro & Cato jaunt

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

Reviewed: 21-08-19

An enjoyable if not a little predictable adventure. Set in Egypt and makes for a good back drop. Would like to see another Eastern posting for the pair.
The likeable Macro is still a man's man, and live his humour. The brilliant but boring Cato comes in to his own in this story and we get a glimpse of his future potential.
The battle scenes are just like previous books, and follow history pretty well but with a good dose of artistic licence, which doesn't really detract from the story or make it unbelievable.
Noticed an increase in foul language (which is very life like) but means my 14 year old lad can't read this book.

Not my cuppa tea. Hard to follow.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-19

Having really enjoyed the show on TV I thought I'd give the book a go. Unfortunately, I've been left disappointed. The narration was off putting, with awful dialogue.
The story made no real sense, and the ending was the weirdest part.