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This book follows in the footsteps of quite a few vigilante protagonists that have come before with a very similar back story. Thomas Caine, he's ex CIA assassin, betrayed and now living off the grid in Thailand. He is loyal, has powerful connections, goes by an alias and although he has the skills, he wishes to remain anonymous but will intervene to right the wrongs that affect those he considers his friends. In this book there is a group of Russian mafia who are kidnapping young prostitutes with the intention of selling them into slavery. When one of Caine's friends (a bar girl/prostitute) goes missing he declares war on who ever took her.
This book has plenty of nonstop action and ends with a lead in to the next book in what is sure to become a really good series.
Although I have read some complaints about the narration I thought the narrator did a fine job and would most certain listen to him again.
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10 of 12 people found this review helpful
This short story is set in Thailand. The narrator does an excellent Thai accent; even the Thai girls speaking English sounded so good I had to check if there were other people doing them. Every once in a while you hear the falsetto, but overall, these voices and the accent are superb. The Russian accents are not so good. And then when Kang and Cain fight, you can't tell who's getting beat because the names sound the same.
However, the rest of the narration is awful, just awful. Mr. Anderson has no grasp of natural sentence intonation, emphasis, or the meaning of commas. Almost every a is pronounced /ā/, as if there were some intended emphasis. He puts a hard g on the ends of words like hang or sing, so that when the girl throws her bag over her shoulder, it sounds like: she slunk her purse over her shoulder. But the worst is the commas. When descriptions include two words separated by a comma, Mr. Anderson stops. Dead stop. Longer than is called for by a period, to wit:
He saw the short. (pause, pause) Stout man walk into the room.
With soft. (pause, pause) Slow steps, he traced the smell.
Her eyes traversed his tight. (pause, pause) Taut muscles.
This is so prevalent that it interrupts the story and causes confusion and great annoyance to the extent that it was actually hard to tell if the writing was good or amateurish.
But in the end, when you get over the narration, you realize it really is a good story with a good hero. It ends with the setup for the volumes to come. It does not tell us about Cain's betrayal and the reason he is off the grid, but we can expect that to come. We know that he now owes a debt which may cost more to pay off than he expected. And we know that the Russian mob and the Thai/Burmese gangs will be after him. So expect some great action and heroism! Just hope for a new narrator.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is pretty fast paced and attention grabbing. Good story line and good writing, it was a good novel.
The narrator was good, and keeps your attention, especially when a woman speaks and it changes narrator for a few seconds.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful