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Killer Thriller

Ian Ludlow Thrillers, Book 2
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Series: Ian Ludlow Thrillers, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg’s action-packed sequel to The Washington Post bestseller True Fiction, a hapless writer is pitted against an enemy nation mounting a treacherous plot lifted from one of his thrillers.

Everybody loves Ian Ludlow’s action novels - especially the CIA - because the spies know something the public doesn’t: his fictional plots have a frightening tendency to come true. Ian is in Hong Kong with his resourceful assistant Margo French to research his wildest story yet - a deadly global conspiracy by Chinese intelligence to topple the United States.

What Ian doesn’t know is that his horrifying scenario is happening and that the Chinese mistakenly believe he’s an undercover superspy assigned to foil their scheme. Now Ian is trapped in his own terrifying thriller, on the run from assassins, and racing against time to prevent an epic disaster. He’s written himself into a corner that could cost his life...and his country.

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Critic reviews

“The pleasure here is watching Goldberg mock the thriller form while creating a first-rate one, boiling with chases, fights, sweaty-palm tension, snappy dialogue, and glamorous, exotic locations - this time, post-Maugham Hong Kong and its stunning outdoor escalators. It’s really a sophisticated exercise in metafiction: commenting on narrative while creating it.” (Booklist)

Killer Thriller grabs you from page one with brilliant wit, sharply honed suspense, and a huge helping of pure originality.” (Jeffery Deaver, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • squishy
  • 07-03-19

Great series

Really enjoying the present day political subject matter! The story line is unique, a thriller author actually getting caught up in his plots. Many LOL moments in this fun romp. It's hard to write a good parody without getting too cheesy, Goldberg has done it well, looking forward to next adventure. Has become my fav Lee G. series.

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  • Virginia
  • 14-09-19

Prepare Yourself for Laughter <br />

The characters are a hoot, & keep you laughing all the way through the book.
At the end I yelled out NO!...I want more.

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  • Dale P Green
  • 18-02-19

enjoyed

the story was great. It was believable to the extent it was believable. It was humorous when it needed to be humorous. I struggle with the inflection of the narrator when the characters are actually talking. It sounds sometimes like the characters are asking a question when they should be making a statement. Sometimes it sounded like the characters were whining. It didn't detract from the book it was just noticeable. Overall I enjoyed it

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  • BP
  • 05-01-20

23 chapters in and I couldn't take it anymore

1st book, idea of a script in real life was novel. 2nd time around not so much. I dont recommend the book or the Audible version. The author goes through the motion of laying down the basis of the plot but there is no drama. No intrigue. Nothing is left to build excitement. No plot depth ... it reads like a bad action movie that you find on netflix with C level actors and a 54% thumbs up rating. The characters are shallow and the quips aren't funny. The worst characters are the chinese bad guys. Nothing believable about them. It's just so predictable and the dialogue is like you'd find in a B-movie that goes straight to cable. The crowning glory, I listen to Audible, is the narrator who uses basically the same voice for every character, same intonation and emotion with no variation. Its monotonous...

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  • Bethany
  • 16-09-19

Another great series

The skills of the author and narrator bring this book and series to life. I look forward to reading and listening to anything by Lee Goldberg. The plot, twists, and humor are perfectly executed:)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-19

GREAT FUN

I liked these books, even if they're far fetched! The reader has a really weird "valley girl" inflection in his speak pattern, that I found really annoying.

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  • naveed
  • 06-09-19

Good story, not so good narrator

The story is fun, fast paced just what you expect from Lee Goldberg. The narrator was quite annoying though. I beared with him, but I close to calling it quits. All the voices sound pretty much the same. I know it's hard to do female voices, but he doesn't even try. And he has an annoying habit of drawing out the last syllable every few sentences and this is especially grating.

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  • BRB
  • 03-09-19

What a HOOT!

The appealing characters Goldberg draws and the believable current national and international crisis situations he creates are waaay beYOND engaging and hilARious! His send-up of the VP Pence/Penny troglodyte is PRICELESS! And Ian’s partnership w/Margo!!! My daughter and I laughed till we cried. We hope to follow the Adorably HILARIOUS pair through Many more adventures.

Adam Verner’s voice is resonant w/a lovely timbre,
and his Ronnie voice in the last novel as well as his Damon-the-actor voice in this one are excellent. That said, in future efforts, please prevail upon him either to master accents or to read all characters w/his natural American English accent. His attempts at Turkish, Australian, British, French, and Chinese accents were unfortunately affected, mannered, and simply embarrassing. Also, it should not be too much to ask that he pronounce the name of the French city, Marseilles correctly.

Still, we luuove Goldberg’s sendup of all things cretinous in our current social and political culture sooo much that we definitely will listen to his first two Ian/Margo adventures again and look forward to collecting all future adventures. Thank you for a great treat!

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  • James
  • 15-08-19

This series gets better and better.

Really enjoyed this light hearted story. Not sure if I would call it a "Thriller" but it was very good. Corny in a few places but overall you'll like it

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  • Carol
  • 11-08-19

Great book

I have the first and second books in this series and will start the book soon. Easy and fast reading! I really like the authors stories.