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Fallout: The First Nick Sullivan Thriller

Nick Sullivan Thrillers, Book 1
Narrated by: Craig Bowles
Series: Nick Sullivan Thrillers, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

The British government is being blackmailed by criminals who got their hands on a quantity of plutonium left over from the Cold War. There is only one man who knows their identity and can prevent a disaster, but he is on the run for a murder he didn’t commit and has no intention of being found. 

As the authorities attempt to track him down, the clock is ticking, and they are running out of time. They pin their hopes on the fact that a bunch of amateurs won’t have nuclear technology and the worst they will manage is a dirty bomb. After all, everyone knows they aren’t really that dangerous.

People run away from the explosion, and the radiation drifts harmlessly into the atmosphere. But suppose you could change that? What if the terrorists had found a way to keep the radiation near to the ground, encourage people to hang around breathing in death, and when you invite them to their own slaughter, they come willingly? They would be dangerous then...wouldn’t they?
 

©2018 Sue Parussel (P)2018 Sue Parussel
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Brilliant 5 star audio book

This is the first book in a new series to me, which I love as it means no annoying back story and having to catch up with what happened previously.

This is a very fast moving book, which never let up from the start to the end.

The book is a great thriller, with lots of intrigue and questions asked, all of which are answered by the end of the book.

THe narrator read the book brilliantly and kept me engaged throughout

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Non stop from the beginning

As soon as this began it took off at full pace!
Plutonium is being used to blackmail the government & the guys doing this are a mixed bunch & none of them are appealing. To be honest neither are the police!
Nick though is an unassuming guy who is thrown into this head first. A likeable character and his new friend from MI5. I’m going to read or listen to more to find out where they go from here.
Narrator kept the pace going & voices differently per character, great job there.

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Action with a wrongly accused man

It started off pretty interesting. Nick and his best friend are out sailing, come across another boat in distress, offer assistance, and BOOM! Nick is now in the middle of this dangerous game of cat and mouse. His life is left in tatters. His best friend is dead, the police think he did it, his wife leaves him, and he’s on the hunt for the real killers. The first few hours really drew me in and I was committed to finishing the book.

Nick himself turns out to be pretty selfish. Despite the excellent beginning, I never really grew to like Nick. He’s an OK guy, a bit self-centered, who is now caught up in extraordinary circumstances. He’s addicted to action and adrenaline. Yes, he wouldn’t mind saving hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people, but it’s really the rush of danger that has a hold on him.

The ladies are underutilized as well. I can only recall 3 – Nick’s wife, a new love interest (Annalise), and the wife of some government official. In each case, the women are sexualized and two of them need rescuing or saving from danger. For the most part, they don’t really contribute to the plot except for one who has to exit the story permanently. I was disappointed that Annalise at least didn’t get a real role.

I did really like the plot hatched by the bad guys. They have managed to get their hands on some plutonium and they are plotting something far worse than a few dirty bombs. One of them is pretty clever and Nick uses that to his advantage later in the story. The pacing is pretty good – never a dull moment. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Craig Bowles has a good voice for Nick Sullivan. It’s a steady pace, clear speech. However, I did feel that sometimes he sounded more like a news reporter or perhaps a sports reporter. Bowles had different voices for all the characters but sometimes he slipped into that reporter’s voice and the different character voices kind of blended together. Bowles did have a good female character voice, but all 3 ladies had to share it. But there were never 2 or more ladies in any one conversation so it was easy to keep their characters apart. There were no tech issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

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Action packed

This is the first Nick Sullivan book, which takes you on an action packed adventure, full of murder, mystery and suspense as Nick sets out to prove his innocence. I found it a little slow to get into Nick's character and the story, but once it did it kept up the intense pace and thrills all the way through. The narration was great and captured what was happening and the characters. I'm looking forward to meeting Nick again in the next installment.

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Good Strong Pace

Fallout by Karla Forbes is a new author to me and it was a good exciting start, Nick Sullivan is our hero here but it starts with him and his work friend also his boss when they go sailing and on their way back to the marina they see what looks like another boat in trouble, his friend immediately and eagerly offers to help but Nick just wants to get back home which would have been a better option as his friend gets murdered and Nick just about scrapes away with his life. When Nick finally gets dragged out of the water he goes to the police and of course who is going to believe him when nobody else has seen these 3 men, and they seem to have vanished off the face of the earth. Few days's later Nick is wanted for murder and that his wife was having an affair with his boss and is pregnant, so not a good day all round, only one thing to do as nobody believes there are 3 men so Nick decides he will find them himself and also wants to find out why kill somebody that is helping you what have you got to hide? Very intricately woven story and the edge of your seat listening great story that's come to life and the narrator Craig Bowles did a brilliant job.

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Looking forward to the next book

Loved every minute of it. Very well written and loved it ‘s peppering with famous quotes. It is very well balanced in that it is descriptive enough to make you feel that you are seeing the whole story unfold in front of your eyes while being a fast paced thriller. I highly recommend this book and so look forward to start reading the next one.

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Fallout!

Fallout by Karla Forbes exceeded my expectations. The storyline has so many twists and turns, action, romance, and suspense. I so enjoyed how it was constantly moving and grabbed my attention. The author did a great job of developing the character of Nick Sullivan. Craig Bowles was great in his performance. He brought the characters to life. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Fast paced adventure with engaging characters.

This was not the normal genre I would chose but on the recommendation of a friend, I read and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
In my opinion, even though the story was well structured and very engaging, it was the characters that really held me. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of Nick as a ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. I also enjoys the sub-story of the two school boys. Their behaviour was the perfect combination of trepidation and school boy naughtiness and pranks. As a parent of a boy that age myself, I felt it was a very realistic depiction.
I found the narration of the book added to my enjoyment in particular the animation of the speaker and the range of characters he managed to convey. As an avid listener of audiobooks I find a bad narrator can really ruin a book for me but this was perfect. Mr Bowles enunciated beautifully. Bad enunciation can be very distracting for me but with this book I was so engage, I forgot i was listening to an audiobook and was able to become immersed totally.
I am looking forward to the next instalment of this story. I feel quite invested in the main protagonist now and would like to follow his adventures, provided the narration continues to such a high standard.
I would highly recommend this book, it is an entertaining premise with good character development. Well written and well narrated.

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Great first book

Enjoyed the story, fast moving plot made more interesting because it wound up in my old home village.

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Great start to a series!

I have to admit, at first I wasn’t taken with the narration. And I couldn’t really put my finger on why. But I did say ‘at first’ because by the time I was half-way through, all was fine, and by the end, I found myself hoping that it is Craig Bowles narrating the rest of the series.

And whilst this is clearly marked as book 1 in the Nick Sullivan thrillers, I was wondering how an on-the-run banker could become a main series character. And I was pleased to find that question resolved itself nicely at the end of the book.

I really enjoyed this book. The story is character-driven and moves along quite nicely, and despite some early deaths, it never feels hurried. I liked the idea of the protagonist being a wanted man, trying to avoid the police whilst trying to track down the real criminals. And with their crimes being far worse than Nick could ever imagine, and Nick’s own life becoming more and more in jeopardy, the stakes are high.

I’m looking forward to what Nick Sullivan gets up to in book 2!

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  • Jo Reason
  • 30-04-20

fast paced

4 Stars – that is pretty good as far as I aom concerned – This is a great book, why didn’t I give it 5 stars? well, I think it needs to be a super book for 5 stars, but this is great, fast paced, well written, easy to follow (I sometimes do other things while listening to an audiobook and if it is tough to follow, I get lost.)

Full of exciting moments, it gets faster paced as the book evolves. Nick is a very interesting character who we learn about as the book goes on. There are good guys, some really bad guys, some people who just got mixed up in the middle… a bit of everything, including romance, but not enough to put your off if you don’t like romance.

Good ending, nice and satisfying

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  • James Nance
  • 03-01-20

4 ⭐️

Started off a little slow but worth the wait. Wide range of characters with a plausible storyline. Would recommend this if you enjoy a good thriller with mystery thrown in.