• Killed in Action

  • An Equalizer Novel
  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,040 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Creator of The Equalizer TV series Michael Sloan reinvents the story of the mysterious Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer who helps desperate people in need of his unique skill set.

Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 

McCall’s first client is a distraught mother who is desperate to locate her young daughter, drawn into the shadowy world of white slavery. But this client may not be all she appears to be. At the time same, McCall is approached by a diplomat who works for the United Nations. Her son, an American captain in the US Army, is part of a contingent advising Syrian Rebel forces in their fight against the Jihadists. He has been reported KIA, but his body has not been found. His mother asks McCall to find out if her son is alive or dead. 

When McCall embarks on a suicidal rescue mission in Syria, he stumbles upon a terror plot aimed at the United States. The terrorists are being protected by mercenaries known as Momento Miro - Remember That You Must Die. McCall discovers the key to the terror attacks is his onetime boss, Control, the head of a spy organization called “The Company”. He is missing. His life has been deleted from all personal and intelligence records, as if he never existed. 

McCall has to find his old friend and stop these terror attacks from being carried out on American soil. McCall also has to deal with an “Equalizer” wannabe, a psychotic vigilante whose attempts to be a “hero” and rid the New York streets of violent crime are getting innocent people killed.

©2018 Michael Sloan (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Outstanding book! Hope there will be more...

I couldn't be any happier with the new releases this week! I have just finished listening to two fabulous books!! The first was HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz and the second is this one. I had completely given up all hope of Michael Sloan writing a second EQUALIZER book. Anyway this book is a must read/listen and is JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST BOOK!
This book begins with a near rape in an alley. A man calling himself the Equalizer neutralizes the two would be rapists, the woman gets away. The man calling himself the Equalizer leaves a business card identifying himself as the Equalizer but he's not Robert McCall.

McCall is actually in a different part of NYC rescuing a young woman. He's been hired by the girl's mother. When he points the waiting mother out to the girl she tells him "that's not my mother ".
This book has an eclectic mix of human sex trafficking, jihadists and ISIS terrorists, a wannabe Equalizer who doesn't mind collateral damage, a slumlord who is taught a valuable lesson and that's not all! To say this book is high action would be an understatement.
Jeff Gurner does an outstanding job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
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STOP THE “BREATH-IN” SOUNDS!!

Chapter 3 it began or I started to notice it and then it was over. I could not take it anymore. It has got to be the editing because I have listened to hundreds of books and had this happen only once or twice. Jeff is great and he has to breathe so someone please fixit so others can enjoy it. I can’t take it since it dominates the narration. I didn’t notice if the first hour and Maybe it stops later but 10 minutes of it in a row is enough. I was excited for this book too. Disappointing!

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Another "knight errant" thriller... A Good One!

I have listened to / enjoyed this series. Will definitely purchase the next one. If any "issue" it would be too many subplots in play that got confusing.

This genre niche - solitary knight errant w/ spec ops skills - is getting crowded with fine series such as Lee Childs' "Reacher" and Gregg Hurwitz' "Evan Smoak" and "John Milton" and others. It is a solid concept that has a strong audience.

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What a freakin ride!

Where does Killed in Action rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there.

What did you like best about this story?

It felt like I was listening to multiple audio books, well done. I pray this will soon become a series.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No haven't but I will certainly search for his work going forward

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, but I did laugh out loud a few times.

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Juvenile misogyny

This book reads like it was written by a teenage boy in 1960. Women are identified by hair color and breast size, men will do anything for a peek at a nipple, and the whole white slavery theme, used to justify a great deal of vendetta brutality, is a long wet dream. The narrator can’t pronounce some basic names. The book chugs along merrily enough, like background noise at the Playboy mansion.

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Good but exhausting

This is the second novel Mr. Sloan has written about "The Equalizer". I enjoy both. I gave this one four stars because it was an exhausting story. I understand that "The Equalizer" is a superman to some extent but even Superman could not have completed as much in a single week. Not only did "The Equalizer" have a five frying pans juggling in the air but he was flying all over the world to complete his task. The book really tested your suspension of reality.

The other problem that made the book difficult was the narrator. He must be inexperienced because he couldn't keep his characters straight. He breathed heavily into the microphone, a constant distraction. At times I missed some of the story trying to tuned out his breathing. Every sentence he sucked in air. This was coupled with mispronunciations and weird voice inflections.

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way too complicated and improbable

With over 50 characters and 12-15 scenarios playing out here, this story is all over the place. You need a cast roster just to keep who's who straight. You'd think the story was enough as our hero, Robert McCall, channels Orphan X with his "Got a problem? Call The Equalizer" ad in the Times, when the other plotlines kick in:

* a mom who turns out to not be the mom is looking for her runaway daughter
* Wall Street college boys run a sex-trafficking ring
* some guy is reliving his sorry childhood and the deaths of his brothers by the White Jaguars
* CIA Control has been disappeared
* a doctor is working for a cure for ebola in Africa, but you can tell he's hinky
* a special forces squad is overwhelmed in Syria, and may be dead
* paramilitary wackos in Texas are planning something
* a mom can't keep her toddler from being bitten by rats at night although she herself is not
* a nasty slum lord cares for no one then has a total change of heart and lifestyle
* some people live in the NYC understreets
* an impostor is actually claiming McCall's role as The Equalizer
* all the terrorist bad guys wear identifying rings, so that's nice
* a UN mucky-muck needs help
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* if the bras aren't already off, they will come off very soon.

After being confused by the changing plots and people for 12 hours, the threads begin to gather until there are only about 4 stories going on here. Then a vow of "I'll kill him" and a new call to rescue a supposedly dead buddy promise a sequel.

Don't get me wrong, some of the action was great, but eventually it was too good to be true. Most of the good guys manage head shots, and a cop and a lady PI do the dirty work for the SWAT guys. Now it's safe to go in boys, we've taken down the main perps.

Then there's the red carpet rundown of who's wearing what, from Fendi sunglasses, Andiamo Latosha bird cage sandals (I kid you not), Tory Burch purse, Tahari pantsuits and a Pamela Roland laminated lace trumpet gown (google it). These aren't even all that noteworthy as fashion. Okay, the purse is nice and the gown is the most expensive item in the book, but come on, either Michael Sloan has a teen-aged research assistant just for clothes, or he has no idea of true high fashion.

Jeff Gurner does a good job for most of the men. His women sound adenoidal, and he mispronounced "personnel carrier" as "personal carrier," not an acceptable mistake for a special forces operative narrator.

I will probably listen to the next book to see if he can rescue the "dead" guy, but I sighed and rolled my eyes a lot in this one.

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very good book

I really enjoyed the first equalizer book and this one was good too.
The only thing that I thought was too much is he had so many cases going throughout the book. I almost lost track of who was in what situation and what was what. I had to go back and get a few names straight.
except for getting a little lost and having to go back once, it was a very good story
lots of action and good listening. bring on the next one.

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Spy's, enemies, friends, thrills and chills !

Where does Killed in Action rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book! I reread the first book (Loved) and then dove right in. I enjoyed every action pact moment, The plots and the people lives became my own for a few hours, and I loved Granny! I can not wait for the next one, Please let there be a next one!!!!

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More plotlines than action

I bought this title because I really liked part 1, The Equalizer. This second part however has too many plotlines that are not interesting enough. It takes a LOT of time for the MC to work through all of them, but then the end feels hurried, as if the author suddenly wanted to be done with it and tie everything neatly with a bow. Compared to the slow plot of the entire book, this ending was way too abrupt. Or better yet, the novel itself was too slow.
I expected action and suspense, but found myself putting it away often, and feeling reluctant to finish it.

All in all a pretty average story, not bad but not good either. If you feel life is short and you have a long reading/listening list, skip this one.

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  • Graham R Williamson
  • 12-04-20

Another belter

Another well wrote and narrated book. Storyline was gripping and there was lots of action amongst other things

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  • spud
  • 09-06-20

Too many threads

I love the equalizer universe and really enjoyed the first book, this one was enjoyable also but it just had to many different plots going on at once

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  • dal
  • 05-17-18

To much

to much going on, to many side stories that are irrelevant. still if your a fan its ok

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