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By Wayne on 03-08-16
Excellent action and suspense thriller!
I'm going to express some criticisms, but first I will note that Threat Warning, Book 3 in the 7 book Jonathan Grave series, is an excellent novel and may be the best of the series.
My major criticism of Threat Warning and John Gilstrap is a tendency that has become a too frequent occurrence in the espionage thriller world: major acts of terrorism are routinely portrayed as being caused by Christian fundamentalists. This is untrue and unrealistic. I wrote in another audiobook review that enjoying novels often requires the ability to suspend disbelief, but in the 21st century believing that Christians are the major perpetrators of terrorism is too counter to the facts. To make it worse in Threat Warning John Gilstrap has the Christian fundamentalists committing acts of terror in order to blame the acts on Islamic extremists.
My second criticism of Threat Warning applies to all of Gilstrap's Jonathan Grave novels. The author has Grave miss an opportunity to partially resolve an issue in order to build up suspense for later. Grave and his people had the opportunity to save the kidnapped teenager but decided to wait in order to set up the glorious rescue of the teenager and his mother. That would NEVER happen in the real world; neither would it happen in a true 5 star thriller.
My third criticism is true of all of Gilstrap novels. They read like TV or movie screenplays rather than novels.
My final criticism is of narrator Basil Sands. His narrating pace is uneven and inconsistent. Sands has the right voice for the material and his narration is very clear. Although he varies pace erratically his average pace is very slow. Using the Audible app compensating for slow narration is easy, but erratic pace detracts from the listening experience. I am aware that the issue could have been caused by editing rather than Sands, but books from Audible Studios are usually extremely well edited.
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By Allen Anthony on 05-04-16
Great story, 3 story lines going on here!
Very fast moving story, jumps right into the fray, lots of Misdirection, religious zealots, power plays, and corruption on all sides.
But unlike many books this book explores paybacks for blindly letting others lead you around, with out thinking your responsibility for your actions.
You actually rejoice with some of the characters when justice is enforced.
You cannot do bad thing without reckoning
2 of 2 people found this review helpful