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Redemption

Ryan Drake, Book 1
Written by: Will Jordan
Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
Series: Ryan Drake
Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A major new thriller series featuring Ryan Drake - a British CIA agent on his most dangerous mission yet - for fans of Lee Child, David Baldacci and Vince Flynn.  

Ryan Drake is a man who finds people who don't want to be found. Once a British soldier, he now works for the CIA, leading an elite investigation team that tracks down missing agents. But his latest mission - to free a prisoner, code-named Maras, and bring her back onto US soil within 48 hours - is more dangerous than anything his team has attempted before. 

Despite the risks, the team successfully completes their mission, but for Drake the real danger has only just begun. Faced with a terrible threat, he is forced to go on the run with Maras. Hunted by his former comrades, Drake is left with no choice but to trust a dangerous woman he barely knows.

©2012 Will Jordan (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“A tense heart-pounder with plenty of detail and pace...this book’s a winner." (Jon Wise, Weekend Sport)

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  • Henri
  • 19-02-20

An attempt was made

Took quite a while to get me to care and the first time I did it was for an A-hole, take from that what you will

Also when the end comes and all is revealef this insane convoluted plot doesn't quite add up

It's not bad but I don't know who I would recommend this book to or why

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  • J.Brock
  • 11-03-20

Couldn’t finish

I hate leaving reviews like this, but this book is painful. Nothing about the story is followable. From the start, it’s awful. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything else to say. I tried to stay with it, but only lasted 4 hours. Maybe someone else will have better luck.

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  • Simon
  • 20-01-20

A Modern Good Old-fashioned Adventure!

This is story telling like the good old days all wrapped up with modern-day twists! You know, like in the old days when men were men and all that, well actually also it seems when women were real women because the dominance here isn't male oriented at all!

Ryan Drake, a unique operative as a Brit in the CIA with a chequered past is given a seemingly impossible mission to rescue a mysterious woman from deepest darkest Russia where she was being held in a top security prison. Jordan is happy to switch POVs between the characters but most of the book focuses on Drake himself and the enigmatic 'Maras'. There is lots of juicy back story to get your teeth into as both of them have lived fairly tortured existences in their own way. Both become larger than life and there are bundles of suspicions, betrayals, loyalties and of course violence of pretty much every sort.

It's written very much like an action picture and if you can get into it it's a really entertaining ride that leads up to an extended and action-packed conclusion with everything from knife fights to drone strikes thrown in for good measure. And you know I liked these characters, Jordan isn't scared to give them frailties as well as super operator skills. Maybe he plays a bit fast and loose with them at times and the dialogue does creak on occasion but it's none the wore for it.

One thing I have to mention is Sam Deveraux's performance. It's something else, he's got a voice that's generally easy to listen to but also quite a range of character voices and some of them are seriously big voices and I suspect his vocal chords have some kind of artificial enhancement, either that or he spent two weeks without speaking to recover from producing the book! For sure some who require good accuracy in their accents may have a thing or two against it but for a book like this I think he was ideal.

So, it is in many way a good old-fashioned kind of adventure story, with big and special characters and lots of action and intrigue. The plot is clever enough to carry it all and it's well set as the start to what could be a real fun series.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 15-03-20

Excellent Read

First time I have looked at this author and wow! was i impressed. A fantastic read. well written and presented. The characters felt real and storey was very easy to get into. Had to go buy the next two in the series immediately