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Six years previously, John had been a member of an elite Department of Defense team under its then secretary, Charles Perthweiler, and had been told that Senator Clarence Brown was a traitor giving security intelligence to the Iranian government. He undertook the orders to terminate the senator believing that the order came directly from the president himself. Now, in Washington, D.C., Perthweiler meets with his former under-secretary and current director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Edward Raymore, to frantically ask how a five-year-old boy's claims of a past life can be unraveling the conspiracy that both men have been part of carefully maintaining. Now that Iranian hitmen have failed to eliminate this threat to their part of an international conspiracy, the two men agree to take the necessary steps to tie up any loose ends.
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By Brian on 11-03-16
Action-Packed from start to finish
A seemingly routine session to cure his niece's aquaphobia turns up an operation that was so dark no one but the operatives knew about it. This sets into motion the people who called for it and the people who were involved in it to either hide what happened or blow the whole thing open with unknown consequences.
The narration of The Dead Have Secrets was done by Stefan Rudnicki, who does a stand-up job. His deep manly voice helps set the John Powers character. And his ability to change his voice helps set the others that were featured in this book. I enjoyed the narration of this book quite a bit and will be looking for other books narrated by Rudnicki. I particularly liked his rendition of the asthmatic character who always seemed to be out of breath.
When I first looked at this book I wasn't sure if it was a zombie book (based on the audiobook cover I just saw a hand reaching out), but it is not at all. It's a great story about a deadly operative who's old mission is coming back to haunt the people who originally called for it. I thought that the premise of the story along with all of the characters was really interesting and different.
There were parts of Dead Have Secrets that reminded me of the Bourne books and movies because of the way that Powers is able to take control of a situation. Also the "he's incredibly dangerous" and he keeps eluding our best teams really reminded me of the was Jason Bourne was. There is nothing wrong with that. He was one of my favorite all-time characters and if a new author can write a book that feels like that with a totally different premise is a winner in my book.
The story inside of The Dead Have Secrets was well written. Each twist and turn were a surprise and every time I thought I had things figured out, I was surprised. John Powers is a great leading character too. Powerful and caring, a nice combination of both makes him one of those leading protagonists that you feel good reading about.
Overall, I loved The Dead Have Secrets. I will now be on the lookout for the other John Powers novels and other books by Owen Parr. His combination of action and realism really made this story enjoyable.
I was given a copy of this novel by the author which has not affected my review in any way.
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By Jan M on 05-20-18
Espionage at its finest!n
I really enjoyed this book by Owen Parr with it's non-stop action and machinations. The story kept me gripped from the very beginning. I loved how many of the characters interacted and the ending was spectacular! Stefan Rudnicki added so much to the book with his distinguishable voices for various characters. One could hear who was speaking. I thought the author wrote an original storyline that had some very thought provoking elements. I loved the unexpected twists in this book too. Without giving away spoilers, the ending was spectacular. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.