• Going Dark

  • By: Neil Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Guy Mott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Going Dark is the debut crime thriller from former covert specialist Detective Sergeant Neil Lancaster. 

Tom Novak is a troubled soul with a dark and bloody past. A former refugee, Royal Marine and member of the elite Special Reconnaissance Regiment, he now finds himself struggling with the deadening routine of day-to-day policing. When he is deployed undercover to infiltrate a gang of people traffickers, things go badly wrong. Faced with an impossible choice, his cover is blown, and he finds himself on the run from the Serbian mafia and even his fellow police colleagues. With no-one to trust, and his enemies using all the resources of the state against him, Tom has only one option: to Go Dark. 

©2017 Neil Lancaster (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"If you like your thrills fast, gritty and authentic as all hell, then Going Dark should be top of your reading list." (Tony Parsons)

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Better than I expected

This was good. I was surprised by what I thought was going to be more of a police procedural. Instead, it was a former Royal Marine special forces police detective who gets caught up with some bad people during an undercover assignment. Tom is very resourceful and has some even more resourceful friends. It was refreshing that the most helpful, a computer expert named Pet, was a smart young woman and there was no romantic entanglement. But what will happen in subsequent books?

I was a bit put off by the audiobook. I’m not sure if it was the narrator or the dialogue that sounded very staccato and artificial. It wasn’t bad enough to stop listening but it was a tad annoying. Otherwise the narrator did a great job with various accents.

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Zee narrator ees terrible 🤣

The story is fine but the narrator us terrible. It ruined the book for me

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Enjoying this series

I've been at a loss to find something new in this genre and am happy to have found Neil Lancaster. I started with his other series featuring DS Max Craigie and was impatiently waiting for the 3rd book to come out on audible. While waiting, decided to give this series a try, which I am enjoying as much as the other. Check Neil Lancaster out on Google. He was a cop in the UK for 25 years, a detective.

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  • Chris Arrowsmith
  • 05-20-20

Terrible narration

The most stilted, broken and oddly syncopated narration I've ever listened to. It is like somebody put the words together using different clips and forgot there was a story to tell. I am really disappointed as I the story looks amazing!

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  • Toby Orme
  • 01-19-21

wish I could of listened with a different narrator

story was OK but terrible narration detracted from it. won't be purchasing any others with Guy Mott narrating.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-17-20

Just couldn’t connect

Thought I’d give this a listen, but found the narrators style a tad bizarre and the authors writing style way too descriptive which made it difficult to get any flow going.

A real disappointment for me that I cut short.

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  • Miles Manning
  • 12-20-19

Clearly knows his stuff

Enjoyable and from a former NSY DS, accurate in practically every detail. You will enjoy this if stories about ex-SF turned Cop appeals to you like it does to me. I liked the main character, he was believable, not to super human and had a few flaws which made him personable. A good read for sure

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  • Tony Swinton
  • 01-25-20

Great new author

After seeing that Stephen leather recommended this book on social media
I decided to give this a try and was not disappointed plenty of action and found i wanted to take the dogs for longer walks to find out what happened next
Well written agree Tom needs fleshing out a little bit more but if you want a listen that you will enjoy this has to be one to download

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  • Andy Q
  • 01-02-20

An excellent debut

I’d not heard of the author but the book was recommended to me so I downloaded it and am glad I did. The plot is well thought out and has a few interesting twists and turns. The characters are well developed and the range of voices used by the narrator are superb, he manages to avoid the trap that a lot of readers fall into whereby when narrating East European characters they sound like extras from the Borat movie. The suspense builds up to a high adrenaline climax which left me heading straight to the audible catalogue for more by the same author.

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  • The Chicken Lady
  • 03-05-21

Everyone was too good!

although I enjoyed it , it did seem a little far fetched - at every stage he met just the right contact with just the right equipment at just the right time . I didn't feel any real jeopardy- if something went wrong he spotted the trap , overpowered the baddies and barely broke sweat . Unique special forces assassins popping up to save his skin , nodding knowingly and disappearing conveniently with the bodies .I was more concerned for the health of James Bond fighting the rubber alligator

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  • Steven Ryan
  • 11-24-19

Fabulous new author!

Great book - can’t wait for the next instalment. Good twists and turns from an author who knows his subject. Good to get SRR into a book too...

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  • Alan Gardner
  • 11-22-19

Better than Reacher

Absolutely brilliant. There are more twists and turns than you could imagine. This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours. More of the same please Mr Neil Lancaster.

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  • Glen Johnstone
  • 01-17-21

Great story, tension sometimes diminished by accents

This is a great story, full of tension and action but why don’t he narrators need to adopt such dreadful accents is beyond me. Embarrassing effort to make the German character sound German, made her sound like someone from the someday series Allo Allo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-22

Novice with potential

Having listened to the Max Craigie books prior to this one, it’s apparent that Neil Lancaster’s writing has improved since this first outing. There are some very obvious writing problems such as word repetition, clumsy phrasing and the very odd use of ‘was sat’ when sitting was required. Given his background, the author relies a little too much on procedural detail and physical descriptions rather than character dialogue
to drive the narrative, however it is also the authenticity of the action and process that makes this an interesting book.
Having said all of the above, it’s still an engaging listen, despite the aggravating narration. It’s a good thing that Angus King reads the Max Craigie books, as the narration on this one was bizarre with very strange inflections and some horrendous accents.

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  • Deborah
  • 03-04-22

Do not recommend

pretty lame and bad accents. narration was average to say the least. Story was ok. I did finish it but it was an effort

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  • Anne Sinclair
  • 08-18-21

Good story

Great story and well written. Unfortunately, the narration let it down. Flat and monotonous overall, which made it difficult to get into. Some of the characterisations were good though these were few and far between.

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  • Peter Romeijn
  • 08-01-21

Kept you guessing

Loved the fast pace of this book. Kept you guessing. Very gritty. Loved the characters.
Looking forward to book 2.

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  • Grahame
  • 11-18-19

Fast and Action packed

I like this book. I tend to listed to authors such as Tom Wood and Greg Hurwitz. This book was interesting right from the start. I found it hard to stop listening including waking up early and listening. Was sorry when it ended but still enjoyed it immensely.
I can't wait for the next in the series.

It was believable and the primary character was not invincible so very believable. Good to see that whilst Tom was seriously impacted by the trauma of his childhood he was still a high functioning human with strong feelings and loyalty to his family, even though they were his adopted parents.. His loyalty and was demonstrated again at the end of the book and it is refreshing to see people who are principled and proud and not tempted by status and money.

As I said I liked this book.