Against the Grain : THIRDS

  • by Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by Mark Westfield
  • Series: THIRDS
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the fiercest defense agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta's Ash Keeler is foul mouthed and foul tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash's skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash's secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what's in his heart.
Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a recon agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he's ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn't the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

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Best one in the series yet!

I've enjoyed the whole Thirds series so far but this one has been my favorite. This book centers on the relationship between Ash and Cael. Ash has been one of my favorite characters of the series and his history comes out in this book and there is a lot of character growth. At the start of the series he comes across as a musclebound goon, but in this book he develops into a sincere loving partner to Cael. He has to come to terms with the fact that he loves another Man although he has been straight all of his life. Throughout the other books he goes back-and-forth with this issue and the history of why he has such a struggle with this comes out in this book with his back history. There was also a lot of character development with Cael as he goes from being Dex's little brother to a character with his own backstory. We hear about a previous relationship he had that went sour and how it affects his behavior. In this book he learns how to cope with his own issues as well as taking a stand in his relationship with Ash. Dex and Sloan are also prominent in this book but take a backstage to Ash and Cael's story. Lieutenant Sparks also plays a major role in this story and she becomes a fully developed character also. Mark Westfield does a great job narrating as usual also adding his special effects which adds a nice touch. A solid five stars in all categories!
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- Steven "I like sci-fy and fantasy. My favorite books are Karen Miller's Kingmaker Kingbreaker series and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles."

B+ rating...

My Review:
Overall...4.0
Performance...3.25
Story...4.25

Okay, I need to get this part out here first. I've adored Mark Westfield's narration of the rest of this series, including how he inflected Cael and Ash, and his voices haven't changed for them in this book. BUT that was when they were they were side characters in the other stories. There are a LOT of male voices to this series and Mark Westfield does an AMAZING job making them all sound completely different. My issue with this book is personal. Both Cael and Ash have softer, more...not really feminine...but ultra sweet, maybe even a little more swishy voices. And before this book, they totally fit the sweet moments between these guys. Having them as the leads in their own book though, that over the top sweet pitch to their voices just got to be too much, especially since these are hard-core soldiers. There were even times that the tone of the narration made the dialogue seem WAY too sappy and I don't think I would have felt that way if I'd been reading the book myself rather than listening to it.

But this book is so much more than just its audio (and again...if you like audio, give this one a chance. The narrator is GREAT. My personal taste just didn't like his voices for these characters...but that is probably just me).

I'm so happy that Charlie Cochet chose to write Ash and Cael's story and it's an action-packed story filled with SO MANY twists and turns. I was honestly shocked at how it all worked out in the end as I did not see so much of that coming...but YIPPEE...I love what she did there at the end. This book is also fantastic for this time of the year because Ash is thrown into the whole family dynamic during the holidays. Something that kept me laughing through so much of the story because Dex and Ash in the same space, there are going to be fireworks!

It was a fun book with a great addition to the story. I love getting to see the whole team and am really hoping that someday Charlie Cochet will write a Calvin and Hobbes story. I want to know so much more about these two. The entire series is filled with an amazing cast of characters and honestly, I'd be good with reading about all of them forever. Love the Thirds and am so happy for Cael and Ash!!
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- Smitten with Reading

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2015
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC