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Somewhere out There

Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Summary

Max Seager was the best there was. His skills sharpened in the midst of a brutal African civil war, he was at once a policeman, soldier and detective - a tracker of men. He thought he’d left that life behind him, but then he learns that his particular expertise is required again.

Two teenage girls have been abducted and are being held to ransom, hidden deep within the Zimbabwean bush that was once his hunting ground. The mother of one of the girls begs him to help and, unable to walk away, Max returns to Africa with a handpicked team of former comrades-in-arms.

But it soon becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems and that if he is able to find the girls, it might only open the door to something far more sinister.... 

If you like Wilbur Smith, Andy Mcnab, Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins then you’ll love Mike Lunnon-Wood.

©1986 Mike Lunnon-Wood (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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"If you like Wilbur Smith and Tom Clancy, you'll love Somewhere Out There." (Rowland White)

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A good book spoilt by poor narration

I would recommend reading this book, rather than purchasing it in audio format. The narrator spoilt this book with his strained attempts at Southern African accents. His exertions were an unfortunate distraction and we struggled to get through this book. It would have been much better to employ a South African narrator or for the narrator to just read in his normal voice. Having been born in Rhodesia and living in South Africa, I looked forward to this book, but was disappointed.

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Stonking!

A really enjoyable story. Well put together and the author obviously knows his stuff!
Well narrated, bar the mispronunciations. It was quite annoying every time he pronounced Selous as ‘Sellus’ and not ‘Seloo’, which was many times! A few of the South African words were also badly said, but you can forgive that as the story did make up for it. Likable and believable characters and a great twist at the end!
Would recommend!

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A great story, spoilt by the narrattors' accents.

This novel was very accurate and poignant in the Africa bush settings of the story. The characters dialogues were authentic. However, the narrattors' accents and prounciation of many indigenous words were abysmal and made me cringe as I listened. it spoilt a very good story.

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Great read

This is a great story kept me riveted for the whole time suspense and the action were great

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Another Mike Lunnon-Wood classic

I’ve enjoyed all the Mike Lunnon-Wood books I’ve listened to and this is another brilliant one. Really good story and great characters. Would highly recommend it.

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A Thriller to Thrill

'Research' is a word that often comes up when you read a review of Lunnon-Wood, Rowland White mentions it in his prologue and it's clear throughout his work.

This book is somehow different, Lunnon-Wood KNOWS his subject, he's somehow lived it, trod some of the paths the characters tred and knows the politics and cultures, it's less burdened by techo-descriptions born of many hours in the library and given breath.

The narration is mature and leveled, the story speaks through without the narrator putting emphasis where they like.

Research is what makes Lunnon-Wood stand out but it's not what makes this book - what makes this book is the fact you feel like your there .. in the bush.

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Perfect performance

The narrator is amazing. Perfect pace. Nice twist. I enjoyed it a lot! looking forward to hear more from them!

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Good but feels a bit dated

This book was enjoyable. Other reviewers have complained about the poor accents but if you don't know what the local accents actually sound like then they are fine and don't grate at all. From my perspective the narration was good.

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Solid action adventure

Came across this one by random browsing so didn't have any pre-conceptions, which helps with a somewhat generic thriller. This will be a short review as the synopsis covers it well, even with how brief it is, and the comparison to other authors/works are also super accurate.

Good pace, somewhat on the short side, so when we get to the 'mystery' element alluded to in the synopsis (which you will get the general gist for real early) there is little time left.  
Will give a shout out to the narrator given there is a mixed bag on this area in the reviews. I thought Telfer did a great job of the accents and makes this a very easy and engaging listen. Granted, I am not a native of the regions our heroes are from so perhaps am not getting that same 'cringe' vibe that others mentioned.

Bottom line, it won't be the one of the best listens you have and it is a bit by the numbers, but for the old classic 'men on a mission' it fits the bill.

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Excellent

This is the first time I’ve come across this author, I shall certainly look for more books by him . A fair bit of violence one incident in particular had me closing my eyes and gritting my teeth. A complete story with a beginning middle and an end.