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Going Dark

Narrated by: Guy Mott
Series: A Tom Novak Thriller, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

Going Dark is the debut crime thriller from former covert specialist Detective Sergeant Neil Lancaster. 

Tom Novak is a troubled soul with a dark and bloody past. A former refugee, Royal Marine and member of the elite Special Reconnaissance Regiment, he now finds himself struggling with the deadening routine of day-to-day policing. When he is deployed undercover to infiltrate a gang of people traffickers, things go badly wrong. Faced with an impossible choice, his cover is blown, and he finds himself on the run from the Serbian mafia and even his fellow police colleagues. With no-one to trust, and his enemies using all the resources of the state against him, Tom has only one option: to Go Dark. 

©2017 Neil Lancaster (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"If you like your thrills fast, gritty and authentic as all hell, then Going Dark should be top of your reading list." (Tony Parsons)

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Terrible narration

The most stilted, broken and oddly syncopated narration I've ever listened to. It is like somebody put the words together using different clips and forgot there was a story to tell. I am really disappointed as I the story looks amazing!

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Clearly knows his stuff

Enjoyable and from a former NSY DS, accurate in practically every detail. You will enjoy this if stories about ex-SF turned Cop appeals to you like it does to me. I liked the main character, he was believable, not to super human and had a few flaws which made him personable. A good read for sure

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Just couldn’t connect

Thought I’d give this a listen, but found the narrators style a tad bizarre and the authors writing style way too descriptive which made it difficult to get any flow going.

A real disappointment for me that I cut short.

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Great new author

After seeing that Stephen leather recommended this book on social media
I decided to give this a try and was not disappointed plenty of action and found i wanted to take the dogs for longer walks to find out what happened next
Well written agree Tom needs fleshing out a little bit more but if you want a listen that you will enjoy this has to be one to download

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Fantastic pacy story

A great story with believable characters. I think Tom's backstory could do with a little more fleshing out. The only downside was the odd accent used for Pet but that didn't harm my enjoyment of the book and it shouldn't put you off. Listen to it. you won't be disappointed.

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An excellent debut

I’d not heard of the author but the book was recommended to me so I downloaded it and am glad I did. The plot is well thought out and has a few interesting twists and turns. The characters are well developed and the range of voices used by the narrator are superb, he manages to avoid the trap that a lot of readers fall into whereby when narrating East European characters they sound like extras from the Borat movie. The suspense builds up to a high adrenaline climax which left me heading straight to the audible catalogue for more by the same author.

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Fabulous new author!

Great book - can’t wait for the next instalment. Good twists and turns from an author who knows his subject. Good to get SRR into a book too...

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Better than Reacher

Absolutely brilliant. There are more twists and turns than you could imagine. This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours. More of the same please Mr Neil Lancaster.

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Best audiobook I've ever listened to

Just finished the most brilliant audiobook I've ever listened to. Like Neil, I was a London cop for 30 years, we've both dealt with truly evil men, and he brings them to life perfectly. Gripping, unnerving, totally captivating, I simply can't wait for more from Novak. Superb!

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This has happened before

I managed to get half way through before things started to turn into a woke TV sitcom. Somehow i knew the specialist would be a brave and courageous female who then proceeds to gaslight the main character about his behavior. "who are you Tom" "What are you Tom?" She knew his background already as she told it to him....what a shame the writer lost his way.