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Lethal Pursuit

Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 11
Written by: Will Thomas
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins

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London, 1892 - Cyrus Barker is brought into a game of international espionage by the Prime Minister himself in the newest mystery in Will Thomas's beloved series.

Private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn receive in the mail an unexplained key stamped with the letter Q. Barker, recognizing it for what it is, uses the key to unlock an anonymous door in the alleyway, which opens to an underground tunnel leading to Downing Street.  

The Prime Minister has a small task for Cyrus Barker. A Foreign Office agent stole a satchel in Eastern Europe, but was then himself murdered at Charing Cross. The satchel contains a document desperately wanted by the German government, but while the agent was killed, the satchel remains in English hands. With a cold war brewing between England and Germany, it's in England's interest to return the document contained in the satchel to its original owners and keep it out of German hands.

The document is an unnamed first century gospel; the original owner is the Vatican. And the German government isn't the only group trying to get possession of it. With secret societies, government assassins, political groups, and shadowy figures of all sorts doing everything they can - attacks, murders, counter-attacks, and even massive street battles - to acquire the satchel and its contents, this small task might be beyond even the prodigious talents of Cyrus Barker.

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  • The Fat Man
  • 15-11-19

Another great story on the series

I'm a huge fan of these books. They are well researched, and the narration is outstanding

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  • Jackie
  • 01-12-19

Love the Series and the Characters

I have read/listened to all the books in this series and I always look forward to the next release. The characters are all interesting, even some of the minor recurring characters. The stories are interesting and seem to be well-researched. The narrator is excellent and the transition between the characters is seamless. Some of foreign accents are perhaps not perfect (e.g., the German and Austrian characters in this one). However, this doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the narration. Each time I start listening to a new book in this series, I have to remind myself that the character of Thomas is narrated with an English accent, even though he’s supposed to be Welsh. There’s no trace of a Welsh accent here. Since the narrator is an English actor, I’m assuming that he chose not to use a Welsh accent because it would have been 80-90% of the book as it’s written in the first person from Thomas’s perspective, and it might have been harder to understand for an international listening audience. So five stars from me, because the overall effect is just fine. The writer is clearly not British - I’m guessing Will Thomas is American and there are just a few Americanisms in the text which might Be noticeable for a British reader (I’m British). I’m a little surprised the American expressions weren’t removed in editing, but I can’t fault the author or narrator. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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  • dmeriweather
  • 15-11-19

Love this series!

Yet another great storyline & performance. It’s very difficult to wait on the next one, I hope Barker’s lady is included in the next one.

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  • KMS
  • 02-03-20

Complicated with irritating aspects

This review is for those familiar with Barker series.
I found the overall mystery a bit complicated with a ridiculous number of characters. But overall I found the story satisfying. There were, however, some things I hated.
1. Rebecca- she is sickening sweet and irritating. I could live with that, but there is an absurd scene where Thomas captures a young man who intended to attack Thomas with a sword. Rebecca steps between Barker/Thomas and this man, squeaking about evidence, justice, and advocate. I could have screamed. It was stupid and positively infuriating. There is no way Barker would put up with such drivel.

2. Thomas seemed befuddled the entire book. He’s no closer to quickly solving mysteries, but now that he’s a partner, he says childish things and constantly reminds friend and foe alike that he’s no longer just an assistant. Ugh.

3. Monroe- He embarrasses Barker too many times, and even puts his hands on Thomas twice. There’s no real comeuppance, and the final chapter shows that Monroe is getting more, not less power.

These little details were fairly glaring. And they impacted my enjoyment of the story.

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  • deDee Illa
  • 02-03-20

Marital Discourse

don't knead the "wife's" showdown. drearily dulled the panache ‼ decidedly against future secondary performance

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  • Janie
  • 14-02-20

Very disjointed

I adore this series, but I felt this book was very disjointed. There were a lot of places where I went back to re-listen because the segue into the next scene was non-existant and I thought I must have daydreamed or skipped ahead, but no..... The story was ok, but there were many minor subplots or “scenes” that felt like filler instead of plot enhancement and even by the end of the book I was still going “why was that even in there?”

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  • Watson H. Rhodes
  • 10-02-20

Subtle and Continual Humor

Out of the 11 full novels in this series to date, this is my favorite. Definitely not because it involved intrigue on an international scale--but rather because it has continual moments of subtle humor sprinkled throughout. For me, humor that arises from the nature of the characters is always best, and this novel has more than any of the novels that came before. It also has plenty of action, lots of intrigue, and a satisfying solution. Well done!

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  • Jacqueline Seavey
  • 01-02-20

This series NEVER disappoints!

I listen to these sagas religiously (no pun intended). Always a good story , characters, and plot! Keep them coming!

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  • John C
  • 20-01-20

Satisfaction

It was well worth the wait but I can’t wait to sink my teeth into more mysteries from my favorite inquiry agents.

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  • Ann
  • 09-01-20

Love it!

Another Barker and Llewelyn hit. An excellent story with minimal violence. The narrator is fabulous!

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  • Joseph
  • 12-01-20

Well done

Another well written book from Mr Thomas who continues to keep the franchise rolling
Well read by Mr Ferguson