Burning Bright : Peter Ash

  • by Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by Stephen Mendel
  • Series: Peter Ash
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, "an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne" (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman's life in his hands - and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine.
War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of Northern California, but the trip isn't quite the balm he'd hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn't favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling.
There he finds something strange: a climbing rope affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another and another, up through the giant tree canopy, ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots.
Just days ago investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they're after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what's going on and help from someone with Peter's particular set of skills.
Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudomilitary organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.

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What the Critics Say

"Readers can expect some good twists on the way to a hair-raising finish. Another fine thriller in what's shaping up to be a hell of a series." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A suspenseful high-tech ride, complete with a steadily mounting body count and a compelling protagonist." (Booklist)
"A top-notch series of thrillers marked by a considerable sympathy for veterans.... Aficionados of Lee Child's Jack Reacher will enjoy getting to know this new action hero." (Library Journal)

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If you like the F word this one is for you.

Not for those of us who do not think vocabulary should be limited to F...
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- Robert

Riveting initially, but then the let down

I listened to, and enjoyed, Petrie's first book, The Drifter, so my review may, or may not, be colored by that fact. Peter Ash is an engaging, resourceful protagonist and that helped elevate my rating (to 3 stars) for the book. It starts off with a bang and is, for the most part, engaging throughout. I was riveted for probably 3/4 of the book, and then, not so much. Reviews of the written novel have been stellar, but I don't think I'd rate this much higher if I had read the book, instead of listened to it. Some of the dialogue is corny and laden with bad similes ("he folded like a bad hand of poker") - at least to me. As usual, per this type of book (in the realm of Jack Reacher), one must suspend some disbelief about how fast characters fall for one another - but perhaps it's the life-and-death circumstances that cause the almost "love at first sight" reactions. Regardless, overall, I'm disappointed in the book. I was really looking forward to it and started listening as soon as I bought it, so perhaps that led to my inevitable letdown; I may have expected too much. The ending was VERY anti-climactic and the lead up to it (the last 2 hours or so) was as well. The female protagonist, June, is okay, but did some really dumb tech things for someone who is supposed to be quite tech savvy and knows (after a short while) that the entire reason she is being chased is due to a technology breakthrough. Plus she makes a choice at the very end that I found unbelievable for her character based on all of her actions throughout the story. Louis (from The Drifter) an amusing, ex-gangster, makes a fairly lengthy appearance and it is a welcome one. The narrator does a good job with him, but overall he was just - sigh... adequate - perhaps on some of the days the narration was recorded, he was a little more "into it" than others. Not sure what it was, but , he didn't "add" anything to the book - which, let's face it, is what makes an audio book special. So my advice is to take a listen and perhaps be pleasantly surprised and throughly entertained. I really enjoyed the bulk of the book, but as I already wrote, the ending killed it for me.

SPOILER: Peter wasn't involved in the climax, just the baddies? What gives? Shouldn't the whole point of a suspense book like this be to have your hero take part in a great battle at the end? That killed it for me. And we are going to send the psychopath off into the sunset too! Nope, made me mad.
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- C. Vincent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio