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I really like the character of Widow. He is smart and the typical rouge ex-military guy. It was a little slow however the picture was painted very well with all the detail. Widow’s mother is murdered and he takes to the streets and hitchhikes as a nobody to find the culprit. I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next Widow book. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This was an entertaining and well narrated action adventure story. It definitely had a Jack Reacher feel to it but mixed with Walking Tall. I'd definitely be open to more from this author/narrator duo.
Sixteen years earlier, when Jack Widow was just eighteen, he and his mother had argued and he'd left his small town home not to return until now, his mother in hospital, a bullet in her head. She was the local sheriff and someone had lured her to a deserted point in the road, shot her and left her to die in a ditch. Jack had been in the Navy, then a special ops unit of the SEALs. He was going to find out who killed her, and why.
This first book in a new loner-drifter series (think Lee Child's Reacher) is well written and, at times, almost poetic in it's atmospheric descriptions of both place and the inside of Widow's head. Told in the first person, it is an easy book to read, the sentences short and uncomplicated, like the man himself. But seeing through his eyes it is easy to empathize with him.
This is further enhanced by narrator Aden Philip Ormond's excellent interpretation of this lead protagonist. The reading is well paced, not too fast, not too emotionally imbued but just right for the military trained loner rediscovering his past and his understanding of just how much he owed to his mother in the last precious moments they are able to have together. Her death is his new beginning as sets out in search of her killer. With expression and good intonation, Orson's pleasant rough velvety voice also gives individual life to each of the other characters in the book also. Writer and narrator in harmony together.
Although this is a thriller, the main focus of the book is to establish the character of Jack Widow. Several other of the protagonists are also given a three dimensional appearance, also, but none as clears as Widow himself. The story which projects him into the world in this adventure is initially intriguing, if a liitle predictable towards the end and the fight scenes felt fully believable. Jack is good but he's not superhuman.
My thanks to the rights holder of Gone Forever, who freely gifted me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. The production was good with just an occasional word unexpectedly missing but nothing to inhibit the enjoyment, whilst the text and narrations seamlessly worked together to give an inclusive picture of a new hero to watch out for in the future. Recommended.