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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This was a fast-paced, spy novel that was pretty entertaining. It was a bit... off... that it was set in London, with characters who are English, but the narrator doesn't do a British accent. I think this would have been better if the narrator could do better accents that fit the story/setting.
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American narrator. English story. Absolutely nothing made sense. Plot was bizarre as in totally unbelievable with poor characters.
Jack West is a partner in a small law firm,'East West Law'. Since the birth of his child several years before, his marital problems have been increasing. So when he is approached by a gorgeous woman named Amber, he finds himself returning with her to an hotel room - and his troubles really start there. Troubles far more life threatening than the possibility of his home life disruption.
This is a fast paced thriller based in and around London as Jack tries to survive whilst trying simultaneously to find out by whom, and why, his life is being threatened. It is a good, almost classical (think The Twenty Nine Steps) action mystery, told in shortish, sentences written in the present tense which give it both an urgency and a feel of news reported immediacy. Quite well presented, there are some descriptive passages spoilt by over repitition of key words, such as wall, vine, gaps etc. The narration by David Loving follows the text urgency with a brisk reading, again emphasising the near news-like quality of the story, maintaing the almost deadpan, unemotional writing despite the man protagonist's fears and confusions. His voicings of the characters is differentiated and clear. The combination of story and reading give this book a distinctively visual, film like quality, different from many action adventure stories.
I was fortunate in being gifted a complementary copy of Red Mist, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you - I enjoyed it immensely. I did find it slightly strange that, given the book was set in England with the main protagonist himself living in the English countryside, the narrator was not English. Having said that, however, Mr.Loving's performance fitted well. The ending, too, was nicely done and not trite in the expected way.
A nice mystery spy action thriller for anyone who enjoys books in this genre.