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Spamming inboxes provides Baxter Cruise with easy college money after his parents die. But when he trips over the corpse of a murdered professor, his cozy world explodes.
Avoiding the police, Baxter's professor friend, goes on the run. Is he afraid? Or was he the hitman?
When a student asks Baxter for help on a project, Baxter finds out that his friend was working for the cartel. Drug running isn't in the same league as spam, but unless Baxter agrees to finish the project, they'll kill him.
While an FBI agent hunts the professor's brutal assassin, every angle of her investigation points to Baxter. He's hiding something, but he's in too deep to trust her with the truth.
The cartel needs Baxter's robotics expertise for a single lethal project. After that, there's no reason to keep him alive. Kidnapped from his ivory tower to work on weapons of destruction, he just wants to go home.
It's not Baxter's war. But he's the only one who can stop it.
Recommended listening order:
All of my thrillers race through the same story world, so characters from one series may appear in the others. You can listen by series or by the order of publication.
The Masters CIA Thriller Series:
-3 Lies -The Masters' Key-Dead Storm
The Cruise FBI Thriller Series:
-Ocean of Fear -Spider Games The Fender Hacker Thriller Series:
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By Lia on 08-06-17
Complicated But Interesting
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Talk about complicated characters! Baxter Cruise is a student of robotics, paying his way through school with his spamming business, not a pure hero. His teacher is not a wonderful person either, but when the teacher goes missing, Baxter looks for him and winds up in a dangerous world. It was quite an interesting technological adventure and I am looking forward to other books in the series.
Patrick Nolan was excellent with the delivery of the story
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Jan M on 07-24-17
I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. I really enjoyed how fast paced this story was. Although the characters were not perfect, they were endearing. This book is a standalone listen, yet it is listed as part of a series. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I leave it up to the professionals to write the synopsis as they are much more eloquent. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. Regarding the narrator, I thought that Patrick Nolan did an excellent performance was able to put so much emotion and tension into the book that one would not get just reading it. This was the first book by either author or narrator that I have listened to, and I will look for more by them as both are very talented.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Norma Miles on 08-04-17
"Into the realm of pirates ..."
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A taut and exciting thriller with a feel of authenticity made more real by the excellent characterisations and narration.
A young robotics expert finds himself involved in more than he expected after his mentor asks him to look after his dog and deliver a flash drive to one of the campus professors. He finds her dead, just murdered, and awakening fears for his own life become reality.
Well written, Helen Hanson's story is atmospheric and gripping from first to last. Narrator Patrick Nolan, reads with clarity and with just sufficient emotional cadence to make him a joy to hear, plus his voicings of the various protagonists is also good, each individual and distinctive. The narration enhances this already excellent book.
Although completely stand alone, this is the first book of a series, fortunately, as it would be a great shame not to find out more about the ongoing lives of the main protagonists, so real do they become to the listener. I was very fortunate in that I was gifted with a complementary copy of Ocean of Fear by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you very much. My acceptance of this gift carried no conditions, but my enjoyment of it is why I can rate it highly and recommend it to all enjoying good thrillers.