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Lies and Retribution

Alex King, Book 2
Narrated by: Tom Adams
Series: Alex King, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

MI5 agents have been executed and more agents have been abducted with no terms received from the kidnappers. An MI5 analyst is missing having accessed and downloaded prohibited security data. The trial of notorious radical cleric Mullah Al-Shaqqaf collapses, his extradition falls apart. A man known to have funded ISIS, recruit fighters for Syria and coerce teenagers to martyr themselves. Again he walks free. The hunt for a nuclear warhead stolen 10 years ago has led Russian intelligence to London. One man connects them all....

When retired MI6 operative Alex King is contacted by the deputy director of MI5 with a proposition, he feels compelled to act. His brief is illegal, his actions unprecedented. The law and the courts have failed. Time and events are against the nation's intelligence services and the battle can no longer be fought by the rules. Britain's enemies will soon find the game has changed. As MI5 agent Caroline Darby investigates with the help of a seasoned Scotland Yard detective she soon starts to look through the elaborate misdirection and discovers the horrifying truth....

©2016 Anthony Bateman (P)2017 Anthony Bateman
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Laughable

The second book in the Alex King series could and should have been so much better.
Definitely a story that a reader would have enjoyed, however as a listener (and I have over 100 books now in my library) this was undoubtedly the worst narration I've ever heard.
The attempt at the different accents was outrageously laughable, the Scottish accents were nearer Islamabad than Irvine and the Welsh was more Mumbai than Merthyr.
The Russian bad guys sounded like Silas Greenback and his crows from Dangermouse, the female lead was truly awful and our macho SAS trained agent sounded like Julian Clarys camper brother.
Don't go near this as an audio book, I'd recommend it in paperback only.

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narrators is awful<br />

struggled to finish this book due to the narration being so bad, story is ok but not brilliant

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Entertaining

I say entertaining if only for the fact that the narrator made our "hero" sound like Keith Lemon. and some of his pronunciation left me cringing. Does no one proof listen to these broadcasts. Story was good although I find it difficult to believe our security services would be that inept.

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Great story

If I had read this book rather than listened to it it wouldn't be a problem. The first book Alex was a tough Cockney Jason Statham type, the second book he is a camp Ant & Dec Geordie.
This totally ruined my experience

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fabulous. never let's you down

this is a brilliant book. Better than the first one. Good pace, realistic. The author knows his stuff.

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spoiled

Narrator devalues book.
How many staged accents/lisps can you cram into one book!!
Too many unfortunately.

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Narrator?

Story was good production a bit better but god the narrator and his accents was terrible really bad the story is good and the first book narrator was good the problem was production why the same narrator was not used I font know

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The wrong narrator

I really liked the first book. I was immediately disappointed with this one though. The narrator was terrible. He was trying to do different voices for the characters but just couldn't pull off any of the accents at all. This made it confusing as he would sometimes use one terrible accent for another character after having just used in for the previous one. He wasn't acknowledging the tones needed either to enhance drama so a dramatic statement would be spoken in a flat or incorrect tonal context. I nearly gave up on it several times and considered returning the book. This would have been the first time I would have done this, but I decided to persevere through gritted teeth in order to take up the next book in series. Hopefully the next one will have a different narrator.

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Terrible narration

I enjoyed the first book immensely but this one is impossible to listen to. The narrator has ruined it. I will request a refund. Not often I am unhappy with the selection but this is a no.

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What a performance!

It's not the worst set of accents I've heard but it's damn close 🤣. It had me chuckling in several places the author probably didn't intend me on laughing. If King spoke like that I'd probably die laughing at his accent long before he had chance to pull a weapon on me 🤣