• The Bomb Maker

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences - half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds.

The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Having just returned from a grueling job in Mexico, Stahl is reluctant to accept the offer, but senior technicians he had trained were among those killed. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb outside a gas station. It quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with the same mastermind behind the weapon that killed 14 highly trained men and women barely 24 hours before - and that the intended target may be the Bomb Squad itself.

As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of terror puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry's biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet.

©2018 Thomas Perry (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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I hope there's a sequel coming!!!!

Leave it to Thomas Perry to write himself out of the ball park again! One thing about this author is you can count on consistency. His plots are very realistic, his characters are believable and likable and the situations are human.
This book has a bomb maker who for reasons of his own has hired out his services to the highest paying to completely destroy the bomb squad in LA.
His first bomb takes out 14 people (half of the bomb squad). With a madman reigning terror over the city, former commander of the bomb unit (Dick Stahl) is recruited to fill in until a permanent replacement can be found. Stahl has no idea who the bomber is but he has a knack for diffusing the bombs and circumventing the failsafe switches rendering the bomb useless.
Meanwhile , he begins a relationship with one of the women he is working along side of. This only gives the media more fodder for the benefit of their own careers. Then someone in the media is bombed and Stahl becomes a suspect.
Super book with a great ending.
Joe Barrett is one of my favorite narrators. He does an outstanding job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Bomb Maker- Life Taker!

Thomas Perry turns everything he pens into sheer adrenaline pumping, heart pounding, riveting masterpieces! This, the newest release from Mr. Perry, is a mixture of all the things we seek in books, and very rarely find all in one novel. It is one of those anomalies which flawlessly intertwines the perfect mix of psychological, romance, hold on to your hats thrill rides, and raises questions in regards to many of the characters, who are allusive and mysterious, leaving me questioning their motives. This mysteriousness combined with all the other facets meant I was not going anywhere I didn’t have to till I heard: "audible hopes you have enjoyed this program.” That’s an understatement!
Invest a credit, you will be glad you did, and it will not disappoint! ( : 0 )

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5 star effort by Thomas Perry!

I've been a fan of author Thomas Perry since the 1982 release of his first novel titled The Butcher's Boy. Since 1982 he has released 24 more novels all worthwhile but only half earning 5 stars. After one of his weakest efforts with the release of Forty Thieves in 2016 Perry followed up with the outstanding The Old Man in 2017 and now with another 5 star winner titled The Bomb Maker in 2018. The Bomb Maker may be as good as The Butcher's Boy! I definitely recommend The Bomb Maker! With The Old Man and The Bomb Maker he does his best job of character development in a stand alone novel since The Butchers Boy (The Butcher's Boy became a 3 novel series but with Books 2 and 3 written more than a decade later). His timing with action and suspense are near perfect. Perry has a PhD in English and has been a professor of creative writing for most of his adult life. Now that he is 70 years old and retired his productivity has increased and the quality of his novels with it.

Joe Barrett narrates The Bomb Maker superbly.

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...are we sure this wasn't ghost written?

I've long been a fan of Thomas Perry's, so it pains me to leave a bad review for one of his books. It was so awful that I wasn't a quarter of the way through when I began to question whether it was really Mr Perry himself who had written this book, or if he'd hired a ghost writer to do it for him.

The book starts off interestingly enough. Unfortunately it wasn't long before the eye-rolling began. Large chunks of the book read like instructions for a manual. "First he did this thing. Then he set that aside and looked at the thing. Then he moved the thing. Finally he did something else to the thing and was done." I wish I were exaggerating, but no, it really was that boring.

Sadly, the characters were also a disappointment. Five minutes after our male protagonist meets our female protagonist she's throwing herself at him and they're having sex. Not that I care about sex in a book, mind, but this sex didn't even make any sense. There was no indication that these two characters liked each other or that there was any sort of connection. (small wonder, as the only scene they'd been in previously was one of those same "instruction manual" type chunks of time. The mediocre flavor of both characters' personalities persisted through the rest of the book. Except, perhaps for a bit of inner dialogue angst the female lead treats us to about 3/4 of the way through the book. (as a woman, this was almost insulting it was so unrealistic)

Finally, and this will only bother some reader types (unfortunately I'm one of them) but the technicalities in this book are also unrealistic. Yes, I know this is supposed to be fiction, but I prefer a modicum of realism in good thrillers.

All in all it was a frustrating read. I did finish it, because I've enjoyed Perry's work in the past. That said, I've never before read a book of his that makes me want to hesitate before purchasing another. This book has done that.

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Great beginning, good middle, lousy ending

This book starts off so well. In fact it is incredibly intriguing, but the plot gets muddled the longer you go in. The anonymous terrorists, the gun shows...it all drags down an otherwise excellent story line - the BOMBMAKER and his bombs.

The ending is dreadful. It seems like it was thrown together at the last minute...I remember finishing the book and saying out loud in my car, “Are you SERIOUS? After all of that, THIS is the ending?!?!?” Anyway, don’t want to ruin it if you haven’t read the book / just don’t be surprised when you get to the end and have to shake your head in disappointment.

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another Tom Perry great

This was an old story with new twists. I loved the action and suspense. As usual you can't go wrong with this author

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I miss only one thing, but that's a quibble.

Tom Perry has written another fantastic thriller, which is superior in every way you can think of to virtually every other book in the genre. I only have one quibble with it, and I have to say that that amounts to nit-picking. His two greatest books, IMHO, are The Butcher's Boy and The Old Man. In these two books Mr. Perry pulls off something astonishing. He makes the protagonist, a multiple murderer, into a man whom you eventually come to actually forgive and understand a bit. I can't explain how he does that, but he does it, in a way that no other author can even begin to try. Both of those men are beyond unusual: each has killed many victims, but the way that Mr. Perry tells both of those stories is beyond explaining: you just have to read them to see it happening, and even then you might not believe what he is doing.
In any case, the only complaint that I have with The Bomb Maker is that the bad guy is just your regular bad guy. He makes bombs that kill people. Many people. And there is absolutely nothing about him that you can sympathize with, or identify with, or feel any human warmth toward. He is simply a mechanical monster who builds bombs to wreak maximum mayhem. The good guys are great: Richard Stahl and Diane Hines are cops who meet while they are working on the LAPD Bomb Squad. They fall in love, which of course is a no-no these days (since he is her supervisor) but they are both so good at their jobs (particularly Stahl) that the LAPD is forced to overlook their all-too-human passion for each other. The plot gathers steam slowly, at the beginning. I do have another complaint here. There is way too much detail about how bombs work and are created. I got a bit bored with all this detail, a thing which I hardly ever do when reading Mr. Perry. However, when these details are explicated, at too great a length, the plot is free to dominate the book, along with the star-crossed lovers' affair, and you are gripping the arms of your chair by the end.
I was disappointed by Forty Thieves, the first Perry book that I was not able to finish. A radical and revolting development, in my view. However, The Old Man was next, and it was so great that I was relieved, not having to entertain the horrible thought that Mr. Perry might be aging and losing a step or two. The Bomb Maker demonstrates that Mr. Perry definitely still has it, even if he (and who among us isn't?) is getting along in years. It is definitely worth your time and a credit. Joe Barrett is once again terrific, although I felt at various places along the way that he was being made to read much too quickly. By the end of the book all misgivings are forgotten, as Mr. Perry rules the roost of thriller writers all over the globe.
I hope you enjoy Mr. Perry as much as I do. If you haven't read The Butcher's Boy (his first book, almost thirty years old) or The Old Man, which is recent, please go get those two books, and settle yourself down to a stretch of the best writing that you can find. Enjoy.

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Could not stop reading

Great read. Fast paced. Another winner for Thomas Perry. Bombs, sex, and intrigue. Hope this evolves into a series.

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Loved it

Im looking forward to more books by this author. The story was good and kept my attention up until the end. I didn't care for the ending, not bad ,but not what I was expecting after the build up. I would purchase with the narrator again Mr. Barrett did an excellent job.

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Wrong Wrong Narrator

The narrator, Joe Barrett, has a unique voice and is terrific for light-hearted or whimsical tales. He was a terrible selection, though, for this mystery about a bomb maker and death. I could never get into Perry's story because Barrett's voice grated against the tenseness and solemnity of what was happening. I had to stop listening half-way through the audiobook.

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