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  • Arctic Gambit

  • By: Larry Bond
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

Jerry Mitchell, now the commodore of submarine Development Squadron Five, is dismayed when USS Toledo is reported missing in Arctic waters, close to Russian territory. The vessel is captained by his former shipmate and close friend Lenny Berg. Eager to investigate, Jerry convinces the navy to redirect one of his squadron’s boats to find out what happened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent book in the series

  • By Simon on 27-09-2018

Another excellent book in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2018

Have loved all the Jerry Mitchell books and this is maybe my favourite.

Read by George Guidall, who is an absolutely exceptional narrator with any book.

  • Operation Red Dawn and the Siege of Europe

  • World War III Series, Volume 3
  • By: James Rosone, Miranda Watson
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In Operation Red Dawn and the Siege of Europe, we see what happens when war arrives on the shores of the US. As Chinese and Russians attack the frontier of Alaska, American forces are stretched thin. With battles raging in Europe, the Islamic Republic, and on their own doorstep, what will President Stein decide to do?   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story line very bad performance

  • By Paul on 08-10-2018

Another excellent volume in this series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-2018

If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series you’ll love this one. Fast paced, generally strategic overview of a highly believable WWIII scenario.

The one thing that let it down for me though was the narrator. Unfortunately I think the book would be far more exciting with a less robotic (almost monotone) voice reading it.

  • Operation Red Dragon and the Unthinkable

  • World War III Series, Book 2
  • By: James Rosone, Miranda Watson
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White Punch Audio
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This book is a continuation of the World War III series, an Amazon top-selling series. See what happens to America when the country refuses to surrender their forces in the Middle East and capitulate to the Caliphate’s demands. In this second installment of James Rosone and Miranda Watson’s World War III series, we discover the fate of New York City as the Islamic Republic steers a freighter into New York Harbor. Join the authors as they walk us through the final battles in Israel that will transform the Middle East for generations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic strategic view of future war.

  • By Simon on 18-06-2018

Fantastic strategic view of future war.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

Great read, but need to read the previous in the series. Rather than the usual, mostly, first person military thrillers this tell the story mostly from a strategic viewpoint.

Absolutely gripping throughout.

  • The Elephant Game

  • The War Planners
  • By: Andrew Watts
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The explosive fourth book in the USA Today best-selling War Planners series. Tensions are running high between the United States and China. And a belligerent North Korea isn't helping matters. As members of the US military and intelligence community prepare for the worst, Chinese leaders play a dangerous game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different approach to war and highly believable.

  • By Simon on 14-06-2018

Different approach to war and highly believable.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-2018

Different approach to war and highly believable. By that I mean the build up to war, the initial attacks etc are not the norm but the way this is written makes it just as likely, maybe more so, than the standard “USA drawn into a war” approach.

Narration was also excellent, really bringing the characters and action to life.

Definitely read/listen to this but I would highly recommend reading the preceding books in the series, rather than jumping in here.

  • Deadly Apparition

  • By: G. Ernest Smith
  • Narrated by: Jack Nolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Commander Donald Castillo is the commander of the Virginia-class fast attack nuclear submarine, Kansas. It is the latest and best that the US Navy has to offer. He is asked to test a new ground-breaking countermeasure that will revolutionize naval warfare. Its code name is Apparition. This is game-changing technology born of the Hadron Collider, and the Navy brass are hungry for it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Simon on 11-08-2017

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-2017

I'm generally a fan of wormhole/alternate reality books (such as John Birmingham or the Destroyermen series) but this one unfortunately didn't work for me. Probably the only negative review I've left in a couple of years.

Story is fun enough but badly lacks any feeling of reality when it comes to the interactions of the main, naval, characters. Rather than a strong captain and his crew it was all too informal, more like a group of friends out on a jaunt.

Unfortunately I also didn't enjoy the narration. It was great in some aspects but the reader used the same inflection for all characters and didn't put any feeling into dialogue. For instance, when a character says something like "Look out, behind you!" and it's just read as flat dialogue it doesn't really build any suspense. This might not feel the same for everyone though.

Finally, and this is no reflection of the author or narrator, but the publisher (I imagine it would be).... when it changes scenes within a chapter you get a really annoying, and loud, "beep beep beep..." sound, which snaps you out of the story. I have no idea what the beeping is meant to symbolise. I suspect it's meant to be like a sonar ping but doesn't sound remotely like one.

So, first negative review I've left. Unfortunately I can't recommend using up a credit on this particular story.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Australian accent and a tenuous drawn out story

  • By Jack on 06-07-2017

Enjoyed but ...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

I enjoyed the aspects of the book directly relating to the pandemic, how it spread, how dealt with etc.

There was need for the back story to how it all happened but I felt that went into a lot of unnecessary detail and became a bit tedious.

A good read overall but I skipped sections without losing any important elements of the story.

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  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't think I would make it to the end

  • By johnnie on 31-07-2016

Wonderful series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

I'm not usually into sci-fi, prefer military books. Got into these as had run out of books and enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gray Man is unstoppable.

  • By Mr. Stephen McDermott on 05-03-2017

Another winner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

Like with all the Gray Man books in the series, this is another excellent read. Highly recommend.

  • Rogue Enforcer

  • Rogue Submarine, Book 5
  • By: John R. Monteith
  • Narrated by: Paul Christy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Former US naval officer Jake Slate is on a downhill slide into alcohol, self-pity, and rage. A decade of life as a mercenary submarine commander has left him exhausted, bitter, and utterly disgusted with the world. When a drunken brawl leaves his opponent dead in the parking lot of a seedy bar, Jake needs to run away. From his crime...from his country...from himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series

  • By Simon on 27-06-2017

Fantastic series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

Great writing and a great story.

I enjoyed the entire Rogue submarine series. You do have to go with the fact that these submarines seem to be easier to steal than an old VW Beetle but if you get past that each story has a unique and exciting tale to tell.

  • Rogue Avenger

  • Book 1
  • By: John R. Monteith
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The accident changed everything...One moment, Lieutenant Jake Slate was going about his duties aboard the ballistic missile submarine, USS Colorado. The next second, he was sprawled on the deck plates in a spreading puddle of blood and hydraulic fluid. But it wasn't the injury that ruined his life and doomed his military career. It was the rescue effort. Now he's being thrown to the wolves to cover up the misdeeds of a superior officer, and Jake doesn't care for the role of sacrificial lamb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent start to the series...

  • By Simon on 01-05-2017

Decent start to the series...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-2017

Enjoyable and we'll written but would benefit from more technical info, and detail in general, when it comes to the submarine warfare.

I found the reader somewhat robotic initially but it didn't take too long to get used to that.

Having finished the first, I will definitely continue listening to this series.