The American : Ryan Kealey

  • by Andrew Britton
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • Series: Ryan Kealey
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At 33 Ryan Kealey has achieved more in his military and CIA career than most men can dream of in a lifetime. He's also seen the worst life has to offer and is lucky to have survived it. But being left alone with his demons is no longer an option. The CIA needs him badly, because the enemy they're facing is former U.S. soldier Jason March. Ryan knows all about March - he trained him. He knows they're dealing with one of the most ruthless assassins in the world, a master of many languages, an explosives expert, a superb sharpshooter who can disappear like a shadow and who is capable of crimes they cannot begin to imagine. And now, March has resurfaced on the global stage, aligning himself with a powerful Middle East terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total destruction of the United States.Teaming up with beautiful and tenacious British-born agent Naomi Kharmai, Ryan intends to break every rule in order to hunt down his former pupil, whatever the cost to himself. As Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle, and as the elusive March taunts him, always staying one step ahead, he discovers the madman's crusade is personal as well as political - and Ryan himself is an unwitting pawn. With the clock ticking down and the fate of the country resting uneasily on his shoulders, Ryan is caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he's ever faced, one who will never stop until he's committed the ultimate act of evil - a man who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.

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Great story, way too much detail as it drags.

A wonderful chase story with many twists and turns. Great characters, but the detail in the book goes on and on. The author explains many situations to a degree that I found frustrating. It is a great book, with surprise? ending.
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- Montanan

A little bit thrilling, but very predictable

Ryan Kealey is the classic spy hero. He is a bit of a bad boy, extremely skilled at almost EVERYTHING, smarter than everyone else, is a tough guy, anti-bureaucracy, all the ladies immediately are attracted to him, and several other clichés. Only in his early thirties, he has to come out of retirement to track his terrorist nemesis. In all of the government, Ryan is the only one having success in the hunt and his success is primarily through hunches and bit of information gleaned when killing and torturing. I spent the last 3 hours of the book trying to decide how the author was going to handle two key telegraphed plot twists that were going to set up the remainder of the series. Sure enough, I guessed the ending.
Being predictable and cliché does not have to prevent a book from being entertaining and exciting. Heck, I like Clive Cussler books. The American is OK in that respect. The specific terrorist hunt and chase are good. I was not buying the villain and terrorist conspiracy, but it is no worse than many other novels. I can see this book would be great for those that like a macho hero and they will enjoy it. I was not a fan of the narrator who worked hard to give recognizable voices to the individual characters. While I give him credit for this, many of the accents and speech cadences did not work for me.
A word of caution are about the female characters. Heck, I am a guy and they were still written way too much from a guy’s perspective. The girls all attracted to the moody Kealey. We hear about how stylish the women are dressed with perfectly coiffed (impractically so) and later Kealey says that one of the things he loves about his fiancee is that she never thinks about her appearance or spends any time looking in the mirror, but she is totally beautiful.
Finally, the book ends the immediate threat, but more than sets itself up for the next chapter. I meant chapter because this feels like an episode of a themed television show. It is a book that I would not feel bad reading on a long flight, but think there are way better series to get connected with for the long term.
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- Harvey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio