Category Archives: Government Agents

Beloved Enemy – Eric Van Lustbader 

This is the third book in Eric Van Lustbader’s Jack McClure series. Narrated by Peter Berkrot, this performer does a great job with the voices of all the characters and their many accents. Peter is really the strength of this audiobook. I started this series and really enjoyed the first two books. They involved the Presidents Daughter and her interaction with Jack McClure. Circumstances have come to pass since the previous book that has put Jack on the run. The government thinks he has murdered the Secretary of Homeland Security Dennis Paul and are trying to kill him. Enemies from the previous two books are looking for revenge and his love Annika Demertieva may once again lead to his downfall. Jack is looking for the real killer as he is himself the hunted.
Several story lines converge in this book that involve issues and characters from the first two books. There is a lot of action but the story did not grab me or keep me interested. It’s almost a where are they now filler book for what I hope is a better 4th book. 
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Clay – Tony Bertauski

Narrated by David Dietz this science fiction novel is performed in an clear and  emotional form that presents the writers prose well. The story isn’t so far out of reality. This book follows Tony’s previous book in this series Halfskin. Biomites are enhanced cells that when added to humans enhance their abilities. They can give special computer like abilities to a users vision, vocabulary, strength and stamina. Some are given a boost at birth and can continue to receive boosts until they reach 49.9% biotite. Once over the 50% threshold the person is no longer considered human and forgoes all their rights, such as living. The government can kill you as soon as the catch you and it’s not murder, because you are not human. This is the basis for the adventure of this story. What if 49.9% wasn’t enough to keep you alive. What would you do? 

Along comes Nixes, black market bio mites not detectable by the Government. So many things going on in this book you have to listen to catch them all. I recommend Clay for a fun listen. I have questions but that is what makes science fiction fun.

Birth of an Assassin – Rik Stone

A book about Russia, that takes place in Russia with an English Narrator. Dennis Kleinman does an excellent job with the Narration but I would have preferred Soviet Accented Voice. That being said up front, Tim Stone has written an excellent book. I listen and see the books as a movie in my mind. This would be a great movie. The twists, deception and betrayal is legendary. This is one of the few books after listening to the audiobook I want to read the book again on paper.

A young Russian boy who is small and a threat to know one has a dream of being a soldier. He is Jewish but wants nothing more than to serve the Motherland. He is chosen by a General to be part of a secret program. He is taught in all the ways of the Special Forces fighting and weaponry. He is placed in the field of battle and excels. After being trained in intelligence he works a normal government job while spying on his own military for the military. It sounds confusing but really is explained and told in a way that is easy to follow.

I was surprised at how invested I was as a listener to the characters. I highly recommend this audiobook. 

The Last Snow – Eric Van Lustbader

Eric Van Lustbader’s send book in the Jack McClure series is a step up from his first book The Last Daughter. This thriller takes place in Russia as Jack accompanies the President travels to Moscow. Jack is the Presidents closest ally and confidant. Jack makes a split second decision to get involved with defending a Russian Woman and is drawn into what could become an international incident.

When the President’s Daugter is left in his custody he must protect her while solving a mystery before the President signs a new agreement with Russia.

It is a mile a minute thrill ride and Richard Ferrone does an amazing job with the characters in this series. As an advid audiophile I appreciate a narrator who stays with a series from book to book. This is a great book to listen to and I am excited to start the next book in this series.

I bought this book for my own pleasure and provide this Honest Review for my readers.

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First Daughter – Eric Van Lustbader

This is the first in a series of books written by Eric Van Lustbader and Narrated by Richard Farrone. As with any series that you may not have heard of I tend to go back and start at the beginning and listen to books in order. I was introduced to Eric’s work with The second book in this series Last Snow and have decided to listen to the five books available on AUdible.com and review them. Richard Farrone is a genuis and voice work and this performance showes his greatness. 

Jack McClure is an ATF Agent whose Daughter was killed in a terrible accident. His daughters roomate was Alli Carson the President Elects Daughter, who dissapears from here college dorm room weeks before the inaguration. As Jack searchers for Alli he has the full support and backing of the President Elect who wants his daughter found before inaguration day so she can take her place on the podium as the First Daughter.  If this sounds cold, I agree and that is what makes finding someone who may not want found so much harder. 

Jack’s past haunts him and this book contains a lot of flashbacks, and back to present time then back to the past, so pay attention as you listen. You may need to hit the rewind 30 second button to keep up. Many may think this book is anti-christian but I disagree. Faith is not about power and those who use faith to gain power and control are not truely christian. This book may have a political statement to make but it could just has easily have been written about the Far Left Leaning Obama administration. An Author must write a story and this story is a political thriller wrapped in the mind of one man, Jack McClure.

I must also say the work usage and writing style of this author was more like poetry at times than a mystery. They way he wrote the words and put them together was more than a person writing a book but more like a how to on writing more than just words on a page. I am excited to read the next book in the series and see how Jack’s Life changes now that so many questions have been answered.

I bought this book for my own pleasure and write this review for my followers on Twitter @PerryBookReview and my blog PerryMartinBookReviews.wordpress.com and readers of AudioBookMonthly.com

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Advocate’s Felony – Teresa Burrell

This latest book in Teresa Burrell’s Advocate’s series is narrated by John Bell. Her heroin Attorney  Sabre Brown receives a call from her brother who has been in Witness Protection for the last 7 years. He believes someone knows where he is and that they are trying to kill him. Apparently he has been moved around the country from place to place trying to stay safe and hidden. After the latest incident he is on the run. He doesn’t trust those protecting him any longer. So Sabre has to juggle her defence of children in juvenile court as well as find and protect her brother. Since no one can know where he is, including Sabre, she must use her Nancy Drew like Skills and her trusty Private Investigator J.P. to find where her brother Ron is hiding. Unfortunatly She is not the only person looking for Ron. Apparently every where he has been moved people connected to his case have been found murdered. Some in law enforcement believe Ron is the killer, Sabre must save her brother and prove his innocence without getting killed herself. This is by far the most thrilleresque book in the series. All the books have been great mysteries with danger and intrigue but this one takes Sabre and crew to a new level. I enjoyed listening to this book and narrator John Bell did a good job telling the stories. This is the first time a Male narrator has been used in this series, and maybe that did raise the level of intrigue in the listening, but I have to say I prefer hearing a female voice narrating this series. Overall the author was kept me interested in the characters and I am ready for the next book where there might be a little romance in store for Sabre Brown. I will have to wait and see.

This book was given to me as a gift for an honest review all six of Teresa Burrell’s Advocate’s series are available at Audible.com and reviews are available at PerryMartinBookReviews.Wordpress.com 

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Assassin’s Breach -Nicholas Cicero

Assassin’s Breach is available at Audible.com and is Narrated by Jack de Golia @JackWestCoast. This narration has many characters and accents and Jack does a great job presenting them all. You can feel the terror and excitement in the spoken words of the author. An Assassin from an alphabet agency NICO (National Intelligence Covert Operations) retires to become a Political Apointee and writes a book that is a complete fiction but based on his experience in the field. After vetting and approval by the agency his Former Director Milken decides he has had enough. Too many tell all books and video games are giving away to many secrets. Milken decides to kill the former assassin Augustus Pena. Pena takes this act, rightly so, as War. He will stop at nothing to stay alive.

Assassin’s Breach is a great first book to this series and Jack de Golia is a great narrator.
 

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