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Gone Forever

A Jack Widow Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

MEET JACK WIDOW in his first explosive appearance. 

#1 AMAZON best-selling novel in the vein of Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp. 

Jack Widow is an elite NCIS Agent. He's the guy sent to hotspots all over the world, undercover among the Navy SEALs. He investigates the kinds of crimes that no one wants to speak of. Until he is pulled off assignment after someone shot his sheriff mother in the head. 

Now, in order to solve a very personal murder, Jack Widow is forced to return home to a town he hasn't seen in sixteen years. Taken-to-be a worthless drifter, Widow discovers more than his mother at her deathbed. He finds a distraught husband, a missing wife, and the small town of Black Rock, Mississippi, where the people harbor a horrifying secret that they will die to protect. 

Good thing that Jack Widow will kill to find out what. 

With a bonus of Winter Territory from the Jack Widow series. 

The JACK WIDOW Series in order:
GONE FOREVER Book #1
WINTER TERRITORY Book #2
A REASON TO KILL Book #3
WITHOUT MEASURE #4
ONCE QUIET #5
NAME NOT GIVEN #6
THE MIDNIGHT CALLER #7
FIREWATCH #8
THE LAST RAINMAKER #9 

©2016 Scott Blade (P)2018 Scott Blade

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Cliched

Trying to be Jack Reacher. Story is okay, but character just too much like reacher.
Not too bad but can't get away from the feeling it's a copy.

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Sooner or later, the past always catches up.

Sixteen years earlier, when Jack Widow was just eighteen, he and his mother had argued and he'd left his small town home not to return until now, his mother in hospital, a bullet in her head. She was the local sheriff and someone had lured her to a deserted point in the road, shot her and left her to die in a ditch. Jack had been in the Navy, then a special ops unit of the SEALs. He was going to find out who killed her, and why.

This first book in a new loner-drifter series (think Lee Child's Reacher) is well written and, at times, almost poetic in it's atmospheric descriptions of both place and the inside of Widow's head. Told in the first person, it is an easy book to read, the sentences short and uncomplicated, like the man himself. But seeing through his eyes it is easy to empathize with him.
This is further enhanced by narrator Aden Philip Ormond's excellent interpretation of this lead protagonist. The reading is well paced, not too fast, not too emotionally imbued but just right for the military trained loner rediscovering his past and his understanding of just how much he owed to his mother in the last precious moments they are able to have together. Her death is his new beginning as sets out in search of her killer. With expression and good intonation, Orson's pleasant rough velvety voice also gives individual life to each of the other characters in the book also. Writer and narrator in harmony together.

Although this is a thriller, the main focus of the book is to establish the character of Jack Widow. Several other of the protagonists are also given a three dimensional appearance, also, but none as clears as Widow himself. The story which projects him into the world in this adventure is initially intriguing, if a liitle predictable towards the end and the fight scenes felt fully believable. Jack is good but he's not superhuman.

My thanks to the rights holder of Gone Forever, who freely gifted me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. The production was good with just an occasional word unexpectedly missing but nothing to inhibit the enjoyment, whilst the text and narrations seamlessly worked together to give an inclusive picture of a new hero to watch out for in the future. Recommended.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-11-18

Is Jack Widow the son of Jack Reacher?

OK, the timing does not work out with their ages, but almost everything else does. Book 16 in the Reacher series, titled The Affair and set in 1997, has Major Reacher in Carter Crossing, Mississippi where he has an affair with female Sheriff Deveraux who is an ex-Marine. A railroad runs through the town and by the motel where the sheriff lives. Reacher and Deveraux use the heavy vibrations from the speeding trains to enhance their sexual acts. In The Affair there is a nearby US Army base named Camp Killian.

In GONE FOREVER (this novel) Jack Widow's mother (ex US Marine Sheriff Deveraux) dies of a gunshot wound. She tells her son that his dad was a drifter who carried only a tooth brush. She mentions the train coming through town when his dad was there and the heavy speeding train vibrations enhancing their sex acts. The town is now named Killian Crossing, Mississippi and Camp Killian, now closed, is nearby.

What does not fit other than Widow's age is that when Reacher was in Carter Crossing he was still in the US Army and he was not yet a drifter so he did not travel with only his toothbrush. Nevertheless, this novel hints very strongly that Reacher is Widow's father. Widow's mother, Sheriff Deveraux, is a very small woman while Widow is a Reacher-size man.

Jack Widow, surname from a marijuana plant species,is certainly very similar to Jack Reacher.

In any case this 2016 novel is excellent and Alan Philip Ormond's narration is stellar.Thanks to Audible listener Shelley for her reviews recommending this series.

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  • shelley
  • 31-08-18

This is an exceptionally good MUST READ book...

I really enjoyed this book. It's the first in the Jack Widow series and I can not wait to listen to the others on Audible so far. I could be wrong but it seem like Jack Reacher was used as a template but there are enough variations to make this character his own.
Widow is a fleshed out and believable character. He begins his journey while on leave from his position as an elite NCIS for the marines.
He's called away from his duties when his mother, a Sheriff from a small town is shot in the head. Following an argument 16 years earlier, he hadn't spoken to her but arrived in time to make peace with her before she died. Now he feels it up to him to find out who murdered her and why, but his downfall may be a beautiful woman.
I really enjoyed the fluidity of this author's writing. There were no lulls in the story and enough details are given to create a very realistic feel to the story.
Alan Philip Ormond is a new narrator for me but one I will certainly be looking for in the future. His narrating is top notch!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Amanda
  • 13-03-18

I like Widow.

I really like the character of Widow. He is smart and the typical rouge ex-military guy. It was a little slow however the picture was painted very well with all the detail. Widow’s mother is murdered and he takes to the streets and hitchhikes as a nobody to find the culprit. I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next Widow book. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Teri L Wright
  • 06-09-18

Great but...

This is a great book but it's also a lot like Jack Reacher!!! Even the toothbrush in the pocket referral!!! Again it's a great book and I will listen to more of the series!!!

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  • Kyle
  • 31-05-18

Can't wait for book 2

I really enjoyed this book... Excellent narration, excellent story. Well done all around. Looking forward to book two.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 05-03-18

Good action adventure story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an entertaining and well narrated action adventure story. It definitely had a Jack Reacher feel to it but mixed with Walking Tall. I'd definitely be open to more from this author/narrator duo.

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  • Rayc
  • 24-02-18

A Good read / listen

Jack Widow is an unusual character and you never know how he's going to react to a particular situation. He is full depth and his humanity is on show. I look forwrd to more of Jack Widow.
Well written storyline with a good pace.
Narration is clear & concise and is easy listening. The narrator helps to build tension in the story and moves the story along in the slower sections.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

A Good Listen I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 09-02-18

If you like Jack Reacher, you will probably like Jack Widow!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It started a little slow for me but, after the first chapter or two I was deeply invested in the story and the characters. I was reminded of the Jack Reacher novels several times while listening to this book....which, IMHO, is a huge plus. As with the Reacher novels, there's a lot of action, adventure, mystery, suspense, etc., and little to no sex scenes. I found Jack Widow to be a very likable hero/drifter/vigilante, and I will most definitely be listening to all of his upcoming adventures.
Alan Philip Ormond did an amazing job giving each character a unique voice. I was very impressed with his performance and look forward to listening to more of his work. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Bikram Agarwal
  • 28-02-18

Didn't quite like it.

What was most disappointing about Scott Blade’s story?

I was expecting a hero worth Jack Richer's caliber. Instead, I got a Jack wannabe bumbling through his "investigation". His methods were senseless and reaction to different events were weird. The character looked pretty one dimensional and didn't make me interested in his journey. Apart from him, the other characters don't get developed much either. The dialogues are uninspired, proceedings are dull and action sequences are bland. I didn't find anything really going for this book.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • William
  • 14-12-18

Rep off of Reacher

This is my first ever review. Had to do it because it is such an obvious imitation.

Interesting story, but can not get over that it is a cheap imitation Reacher. Author can not even create his own character, makes him so similar in character from his hitchhiking to military background. Even made reference to the possibility that he is Reacher's son.