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The Mitch Herron Series: Books 1-3

Narrated by: Tom Jordan
Series: Mitch Herron Series, Book 1-3
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The first three action thrillers in the USA Today best-selling Mitch Herron series: The Omega Strain, The Shadow Enclave, and The Lazarus Protocol

Mitch Herron is a deadly assassin. No stakes are too high for his unique set of skills, until a routine mission goes horribly wrong. When Herron is forced down a deadly path to save millions of innocents, his only chance at redemption pits him against his shadowy employers. Can Herron prevail in a battle of killers? 

In a fight for control of the shadows, only one side can prevail. The explosive Mitch Herron series is perfect for fans of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, and David Archer.

©2018 Steve P. Vincent (P)2019 Steve P. Vincent

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  • ZOE R
  • 09-09-2019

Mitch Herron

These are 3 related books in one. From medical murder attempts through the destruction of a master assassination group/ There are always surprises around the corner.

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  • Brian
  • 22-04-2019

A Pretty Good Series

Book One: The Omega Strain

3.75 out of 5 stars

While reading The Omega Strain, I could tell that the book was going to be shorter than the average thriller novel I read. I paused it and quickly realized it was only a slightly longer than 3-hour book. I don’t mind that at all, I enjoy books that can complete a full arc in a short amount of time.

The problem that I had with The Omega Strain was that it didn’t really complete the arc. Sure, there was a beginning, middle, and “an end” but only sort of. The real ending appears to be coming in at least another two books.

Now, thankfully, I’m reading this as a box set – so I can jump right into book two. But when you need another book to make the first book feel okay – it’s a strike in my book.

But, onto the things that I did enjoy. The virus chat was pretty good – Vincent didn’t dive too deep into it alluding to a lot of things (and making the reader infer/guess some others). But, I still enjoyed the premise and I thought that the systematic assassinations of the carriers were pretty freaking BA.

Mitch Herron as a character is someone that I’m still getting used to. I think I’ll like him, but right now there just isn’t enough going on and enough character building to know how I really feel.

Overall, it’s a book that feels like it needed a bit more, but still, a book that I enjoyed. Vincent could have doubled the length of it and really added some good detail in it that I felt was missing.

I’m a little curious how much of a full arc each book will have, or if the full box set will have a better overall arc.

Book Two: The Shadow Enclave:

4 out of 5 stars

So, The Shadow Enclave is the second book in the Mitch Herron series – and each book clocks in around three hours. While this is more than enough time to write an amazing book – sometimes you’re missing some things. I mentioned in my review of the first book that I didn’t really feel like I got to know Mitch at all. I honestly didn’t feel like I got to know him much more in book two, but there were a few scenes where he described “what he would have done” and how he was going against his wiring.

We also learn a little bit about who trained him along with what he’s probably considered (a beta). I infer this because he ends up meeting the only two Alpha’s ever created (and they were all created by the same group – The Shadow Enclave).

The Enclave feels like this shadow government “they have hands in everything” kind of group – and that’s exactly how Vincent wants you to read it. It feels like he’s trying to spark some interest by including the group the way he does – and he even strikes a nerve with Mitch (who seems to have very little emotion) when he realizes that he’s just a puppet and he’s not just killing “bad guys”.

The Shadow Enclave as a novel was a blast to read – a lot of action and a lot of back and forth compared to The Omega Strain – but still some hits and some misses.

The biggest scene that bugged me in Enclave was the farmhouse scene. It just reminded me too much of that scene in The Bourne Identity where he has to shoot the gas tank to get to cover. Honestly, Vincent could have even taken some liberty here and written something like “it felt like overkill in The Bourne Identity, but honestly, it works” or something like that. It just felt almost like a shot for shot rip off. Another similarity to the Bourne story – he was a government assassin who has gone off the reservation and the government will stop at nothing to kill him.

Overall, an enjoyable 3-hour novella – and one that I’ll keep reading. I want to figure out who the heck Mitch Herron is and I want to see where his death spree will take him.

Book Three: The Lazarus Project

3.5 out of 5 stars
The Lazarus Protocol has Herron jet setting all over the world in search of The Master (who he thought he’d already killed). He wants to put an end to the Enclave but The Master is seemingly the only one standing in his way.

I was hoping while reading the other two (which kind of just ended) that Vincent was going to wrap up book three with a neat little bow. Unfortunately, he didn’t. That’s not to say that this book or even this entire series hasn’t been damn entertaining, it’s just a little bit of a bummer. I assume that just means that we still have some more Herron waiting in the wings… maybe?

Lazarus was definitely the most action-packed book of the series to date. It had Herron almost lose out numerous times and there were a few times I thought “is Vincent really going to do that!?” but then only to prove me wrong. I do enjoy when a book has me so into it that I don’t know what’s going to happen next. The Herron series has felt that way from the beginning.

The fact that the trilogy now is lacking some sort of finality of the arc (or really of each story) I still wonder if there are more books waiting to come out. Vincent is an awesome writer and I hope that he’s able to devote some more pages to Herron if he ever decides to write a book 4.

Overall, some hits and some misses – a book and a series that I enjoyed but didn’t love to death. Not every book is going to get that distinction!

Tom Jordan nails it with his narration though. He definitely made these books jump off of the page!

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  • txdoc
  • 10-09-2019

Non-stop thrill-ride...

These 3 books are all wonderful examples of what a thriller should be. Each book is a captivating story featuring Mitch Herron, a former special forces operative turned assassin for an organization called “The Enclave”. None of the stories are particularly long but all are overflowing with hard-hitting action and pulse-pounding thrills. The narrator, Tom Jordan, offers an exceptional audio performance of these books. He skillfully distinguishes each character using cadence, tone, and inflection to insure that you can always tell one character from another. He adroitly conveys tension, stress, anger and various other emotions by altering tempo and vocal characteristics to perfectly reflect the situation in which the characters find themselves. A narrator can make a significant impact, either positively or negatively, on a story and Mr. Jordan, without a doubt, was a stellar choice for these wonderful fast-paced thrillers.

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  • Janice Deane
  • 15-04-2019

Edge-of-your-seat action!

A true high-speed, edge-of-your-seat series of books that kept me captivated from start to finish. From bioterrorism to secret agent-gone-rogue, this series has all the elements I enjoy in an action thriller. I was happy to see that the narrator, Tom Jordan performed all three works – he does a great job delivering the fast-pasted action that you won’t want to end. I’m ready for book four! Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 27-04-2019

Action Thrillers!

This was my first Steve P. Vincent's book. This is a great Series: The Omega Strain, The Shadow Enclave, and The Lazarus Protocol. These three action thrillers are fast-paced, action packed, suspenseful and captivating. Tom Jordan did an amazing job with the narration. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.

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  • mwdiver
  • 27-08-2019

Great Read

For those fans who enjoy thrillers like the Mitch Rapp or Scot Harvath genre, if you haven't tried the Mitch Herron series, you need to do so. Herron is similar to the others as a bad ass that takes on all comers, albeit in a character that doesn't appear to be operating within the realm of government sanctioned activities. Herron operates outside of the "law" in a manner in which Rapp and Harvath have not ventured. There is no government backing Herron, even as loosely as Rapp and Harvath perform their duties. As a listener (rather an a reader) of audio books, the narrator can make the difference between a book being an "easy listen" or one that struggles to keep your interest. With that said, Tom Jordan is an outstanding narrator. His reading style brings the characters to life, and definitely makes for a good listen. This being the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Tom Jordan, I must say, he is well on the way to becoming one of my favorite narrators. As I've listened to all of my favorite authors book, I'm looking for new books to enjoy, while my favorite authors get with the program and get me some new material. To that end, as I enjoyed the narration of this book, I am now searching specifically for titles narrated by Tom Jordan. If the Mitch Herron series is any indication, I am definitely looking forward to discovering many more titles with Tom Jordan as narrator.

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  • Petro van Vuuren
  • 03-04-2019

Remarkable story

The Midge Herron series was quite remarkable. I enjoyed every minute.
well written and excellent narration

I would recommend this book to everybody who loves thrillers. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end

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  • Chris
  • 21-08-2019

Unlistenable - it’s like having a Mac from 2002 read you a story

Very robotic narration, no emotion, disappointing. My fault for not testing sample - lesson learned. For reference, I made it approximately 30 seconds into the story.

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  • John White
  • 24-07-2019

No moral code!

I really did not like the fact that the protagonist had no moral code. I like my heroes to be good guys and Mitch was not!

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  • Ray
  • 27-03-2019

amatueristic

I have little good to say about this series. I could not even finish book one. If you like the more established authors like David Baldacci, , Iris Johansen, or Mark Greaney; this will not meet your standards.

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  • Helen
  • 07-09-2019

amazing box set

Herron is a deadly assassin. No stakes are too high for his unique set of skills,
this book got me hock from the start it was amazing

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  • J Smith
  • 01-04-2019

3 for 1 action adventure!

Great! Thought it was entertaining, full of action and adventure and was just what I was hoping for!
Really well written and very well read.
I thought Tom did a super job with Mitch and handled all the action pacing really well! Some of his accents might be a bit sketchy and would have preferred actual ‘voice distortion’ when a character uses it on the phone, but other than that, loved it and hope there’s more in the pipeline!! Off to check out some of Tom’s other works!
This is my honest, unbiased opinion of a free review copy.