The Black Bullet : Sean O'Brien

  • by Tom Lowe
  • Narrated by Michael David Axtell
  • Series: Sean O'Brien
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Glenda Lawson believes her husband was the only US serviceman shot and killed on American soil during World War II. But in 1945, investigators ruled that Billy Lawson died in a “mugging turned ugly.”
Sean O’Brien is learning the ropes of commercial fishing when he gets his anchor caught on something underwater. He discovers a German U-boat partially buried in sand, and inside is a frightening cargo. The media pick up the story, and a 35-year-old woman who has a haunting tale visits O’Brien. Her grandfather, Billy Lawson, was fishing one night on a Florida beach when he saw something very disturbing.
The Black Bullet is a thriller that combines an unsolved murder from 1945 and a modern-day discovery connected to America’s entry into nuclear weapons, the Manhattan Project. The last thing Sean O’Brien wants is to investigate a 67-year-old murder. But Billy Lawson’s granddaughter and his cancer-stricken widow are desperate for closure. For O’Brien to bring it to them he has to pry the lid off a secret buried with the Manhattan Project. It’s information that got Billy Lawson killed, and O’Brien soon learns the old murder and his new discovery at the bottom of the sea are inextricably knotted. O’Brien is thrust into a world where nothing is as it appears, and everything is riding on a secret Billy Lawson took to his grave.

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Most Helpful

Great narrator

We listened to this book while on a road trip… The story was engaging, and the narrator was excellent at telling the story and performing the many roles. Well done!
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- Jacqueline

Really did not work for me.

I barely made it through this book. The logic failures and writers conveniences for advancing the story were rough. The train wreck in progress aspect of the book is what made it painful enough for me to consider not finishing the book. I can see why Audible reviews for further books in the series drop way off.

To sum up the story without spoilers. Scooby-Doo and his Mystery Machine friends stumble on an odd situation which triggers a chain of events that gets a lot of decent people killed, but we can expect our bungling heroes to prevail in the end. Eliminate the humorous aspect of the cartoon and you get pretty close to the slow motion train wreck of this book.

Tom Lowe might do better as a fantasy author (Though he keeps selling books in this series, so what do I know?). Real world events are not his forte in my opinion.
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- David Burke Grenfell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios