New York City's streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It's up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn't so random. There's more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.
©2014 Charlie Cochet (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I thought the strength of the series was the development of the characters as they interacted with the 'page turner" story. Although to me the physical relationships between the main characters did not seem to be as "real" as they could have been. Alpha, action males being wrapped up with "pink bows", becoming submissive did not "gel" with me, maybe versatility would enhance the type of characters developed in the story?
To me it was an enjoyable series, I recommend it, but a bit of a "Voinov, L.C. Chase, R.J. Scott, L.A. Witt" would have added to the complexity, layers to the characters physical relationships, taking it to the next level for me.
"Mark Westfield Rocks This Series!"
I absolutely love and adore Mark Westfield’s narration of this series! To me, it’s Westfield’s narration that makes this series shine.
Things I enjoyed about the book:
1. Getting to see the progression of the Sloane and Dex’s relationship. Finally getting to see Sloane remove his head from his ass and recognize what he has in Dex was awesome.
2. The humor. Once again, it was the humor, and in many cases with this particular story, it was only the humor that kept me from throwing my Kindle out the window.
3. The audio narration. Mark Westfield does a really good job bringing the characters and situations to life. I enjoyed his narration just as much this time, and it’s his narration that keeps me going.
Things that drove me nuts?
1. How do I keep figuring out the bad guy? I am probably the most oblivious person you will ever meet. Seriously. So I find it absolutely tragic that I have figured out who the bad guy is in each of these “mysteries” only a couple chapters in. That’s just sad.
2. Sloane, and then Ash’s, whole “I’m so broken because of tragic things in my past, so therefore you’re better off without me” bull****. I just can’t. The whole thing between Ash and Cael? I was so hoping Cael would kick Ash in the nuts. In. The. Nuts.
3. And then…and then! There’s a part that had me literally writhing on my chair with rage and disbelief – I won’t spoil it – but it had me CRAZY. Ok? CRAZY. So I found it totally implausible Dex would only tell Sloane, and not say something to Tony. Then I found it COMPLETELY impossible that Sloane would do…absolutely nothing. He barely even has a conversation about it. I cannot even. Worst soldier/cops ever.
Sloane doesn’t even follow up until the following day (or was it days?) later! And then Sloane does nothing. Sloane and Dex don’t tell the team? Putting everyone in jeopardy? What the hell?
AND THEN…the cliffhanger? The one that even I could see coming a mile away and without spoilers?
But…BUT! What can I say? This series is full of humor, action, suspense, and sexy times. Couple all of that with Mark Westfield’s narrative delivery, and I’m hooked!
Fans of the series won’t be disappointed with this installment. And I freely admit I can’t wait to get my hands on the next audio book in the series.
"Another GREAT from Chochet & Westfield!!!"
Keep 'em coming!!!! Can't wait for book 4 on Audiobook and book 5 on ebook and audiobook!!!!! If only they can be longer!!!
"Rack & Ruin"
Rack & Ruin is a book that combines action,intrigue, shifter and human politics, friendships, love and above all-humor.
It is the perfect entertainer.
I loved everything about the story!!
Rack & Ruin is another great book in the THIRDS series.
We see Sloan and Dex develop as characters. We learn so much about Sloan's painful past, the sacrifices he made and the dedication he has.
After reading Rack & Ruin I understood Sloan better. His fear of commitment, his hesitation in getting any deeper with Dex.
As much as it hurt Dex, Sloan's past shaped him. Sloan had known lost and heartache and nothing in his life has been constant, except for Ash.
In Rack & Ruin we also see a different side to Ash. We knew it was there but in this book in exploded out of him.
Dex and Ash arent the great of friends, Ash still denies his attraction to Cael. Whats more, Ash hurts Cael with his words. We know they are Ash's way of hiding, but it still hurts to read anout Cael's pain.
Dex is kickass as ever.
Even with all his issues, he still finds the time to protect his brother, meddle in his teammates relationship, eat crappy food and listen to his favorite music.
Rack & Ruin was an intense book, but I think it also had the most humor!!
I loved seeing the relationship develop between Dex and Sloan.
Dex keeps exposing his feelings, even when its hard, even when Sloan does the predictable and runs, and as Ash explained to Dex, Sloan always runs.
The ending of the book was emotional on many fronts: we saw Sloan and Dex are together and united more than ever. The love they have for each other and commitment is stronger than ever, and more surprisingly, Ash and Dex actually get along!
The book ends in an explosive cliffhanger and I cannot wait to start the next book in the series.
Mark is a wonderful narrator.
He brings the character to life. Sloan's seriousness, Dex's playfulness a, all the conflicting emotions the various characters go through.
But what is more, Mark captures the mood of the book as well. The action sequences are intense and gripping.
The humor and the relationship development between Dex and Sloan
This series is like one of those addictive tv series that you wait all week for and then as soon as its over, you count down until the next week. In a mishmash of romantic comedy and scifi/shifter suspense, the books will hook any reader who likes any of these genres.
The narrator tells this story well. Though with so much detail, I found myself rewinding a few times to catch details. Sometimes I was getting characters mixed up. There's a lot going on.
"The mystery deepens as does feelings"
Absolutely. The story kept me engrossed. The suspense was nail-biting and the romance hot.
Oh yes! There were some shocking twists, some surprise revelations, and the ending was really a shock!
I think my favorite thing is when they talk on coms or radios or there is a broadcast how his voice sounds like it's actually coming through one. It's pretty cool.
Traitor In The Midst
I loved this story. I like the mystery, suspense and how it shows a few other men's relationships as Sloane and Dex explore theirs. It picks up after the surprising end of the last book with the Order still out there yet without a leader and now a Therian Coalition is fighting the Order too. There is a mole in the Thirds, a few surprises in store and another explosive ending.
Sloane and Dex's relationship deepen and we find out there is a couple others developing too.
Dex lends a touch of humor to the deeply suspenseful story and there is enough hot sex that there is a good balance of it all.
If you like Mystery/Suspense / Science Fiction / Werecats/Shapeshifters/ twists/romance/ and some hot man-sex you will love this
"praise for Mark Westfield"
love Mark Westfield, has a voice that melts you and breaths life into the characters
"Middle book syndrome"
THIRDS team Destructive Delta is trying to gather up the remaining members of the Order of Adrasteia after the chaos and destruction left in their wake. Meanwhile, a group of Therian vigilantes known as the Ikelos Coalition is lashing out and keeping the war active between humans and therians. The team has also discovered they have a mole in their midst and are trying to uncover him/her.
I have loved this series so far. However, this one did not live up to it's predecessors. It was still good and very entertaining but it was short on 2 things that hooked me on the series. One- I was not rolling on the floor laughing for most of the book and Two- there wasn't enough action. Yes, it had humor and I did laugh a few times but it was a more serious book. There was more on the Romance front this time. I love Romance but I missed the crazy and stupid that Dex is known for. The action didn't really pick up until the end and it was just kind of rushed for me. I wanted more.
There was quite a cliffhanger and a lot is up in the air between the team members that leave me hoping the next books will bring me back to my happy place. Still enjoyable but not on scale with the first 2 books.
"sorry, still can't get over the narrator's voice "
Why would you do this to Ash and Cael. Great story otherwise. Good job writer
"Officially addicted to the series"
I have recommended this book to a friend because all of us Gen Xs love our 80s music just like Dex. Who would not want to cuddle up with a 6 ft 6 ft bad boy who can change into a shifter? The series has evolved and the humor and villains keep the story fresh. When I think I figure out Ash or Hudson, something in their past is revealed. I enjoy learning the layers of each member of group.
Assassin/Shifter series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion. It has horrible villians and funny heroes who have their own issues. The heroes are not "knights on white horses" , but they are human with weaknesses and insecurities.
My favorite moment is when Maddox walks in on Calvin and Hobbes kissing in the hospital and Dex takes the heat for "daring them to lock lips".
"I want more"
If there is one gay movie that needs to be made...it is THIRDS...no fem, no fashion, no aids...just guns, running and attraction.
"Another fantastic audiobook from Charlie Cochet"
The story line and the fun and suspense makes keeps you entertained. Mark Westfield brings the book to life.
Broody Bear Brodie
Mark Westfield always understands the characters but in the Thirds series he brings the character's alive.
I listen to this book in one sitting and then again the next day.
Each of these books in the series are well worth listening too over and over again.
"Another great THIRDS story"
Charlie Cochet is on good form with a well told conspiracy facing the Destructive Delta team as they battle a vigilante group of Therians exacting revenge on humans responsible for violence against Therians in the riots of the 80s. Added to that, they have a traitor in their ranks giving the vigilantes help; Dex scares Sloane; Dex says the 'L' word and Ash hurts Cael.
The narration was good, but odd words were emphasised that made it a bit irritating, almost as if the narrator was trying too hard. In comparison to the previous novels it sounded less natural. It was still good, but I got the feeling he'd forgotten how he'd narrated the others.
For all that, I still enjoyed it and will listen to it again & I've bought the other audio books in the series so I would recommend it.
An amazing follow up in the "Thirds books" perfect in many aspects and amazing narration by mark.
Can't wait for the final book.
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