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Publisher's Summary

Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force who now works as a protector for those rich enough to afford him and his team, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a powerful drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least, that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe.

After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evasion, the unthinkable occurs: Cavanaugh's team is viscously attacked and entirely wiped out, and Prescott seems to be in collusion with the attackers. Now Cavanaugh must fight against his own tactics and anticipate his enemy's every move while suffering the consequences of the real secret Prescott is hiding: a unique weapon that induces fear.

David Morrell is one of America's most popular and acclaimed storytellers, with over 18 million copies of his books in print. His thrillers have been translated into 22 languages and turned into record-breaking films and top-rated TV miniseries. His 1972 debut novel, First Blood, became the basis for the Rambo movie series. A former professor of American literature at the University of Iowa, he now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

©2003 David Morrell (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The story unfolds quickly, accelerates to warp speed, and hurtles on to a stunning climax. And amazingly, in the midst of all the mayhem, Morrell draws more than a few complex characters imbued with layered motives and capable of intelligent dialogue. A wonderfully entertaining action adventure." ( Booklist)
"As one would expect from a veteran pro like Morrell, there are plenty of twists, several impressive action set pieces and a narrative that speeds like the souped-up Taurus (combining power and anonymity) that Cavanaugh likes to drive." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Degenerated into too much angst

Started out being intelligent, but there was too much angst in the last part. It seems nowadays that all characters have to be tortured souls to instill drama into a story. Thought this was going to be different, and was a great battle of wits until the hormone became the story.

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Didnt even finish

Good premise, but the writing style is poor. You'll be asking yourself, 'How can he (the main character) be an ex-Delta Force bad-ass AND YET still be so naive that he falls for every single trick and deception?' It got so annoying I didnt even finish the book.

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Cool story

Really cool store with some awesome twist and turns. Great character development and well worth the listen!!!

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Great story, interesting premise

I enjoyed this book for the story and the character. The narration, however, was painful. Not sure if the accent was supposed to be regional or what but it definitely adversely affected the book for me.

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it was ok, for a free book. the narration wasn't very good, very halting. towards the end the story got pretty draggy and I just wanted it to be over.

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Well Trained Hero Becomes Incompetent!

An expert in protection presents strong professional experience and leadership for 40% of the story and not only becomes fearful after exposure to a drug but becomes paranoid beyond belief. I was enjoying the book and premise and then the hero suddenly looses all of his training and turns into a Person with a Superman complex. I lost interest once the hero begin to think that none of the 3 groups seeking both him and a bad guy are unable to arrive at the same conclusion as he did about where to search for the bad guy. Very disappointing.

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The musical score between parts is lame. Other than that, very good work and great story.

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This book could have been much more enjoyable if the story wasn’t so redundant and predictable. It was so obvious what was going to happen next I nearly quit reading it about a quarter way into it and then several times thereafter.

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Good, but…..

I really enjoyed this book. My only issue is how one character totally outsmarts a Delta Force Team, and specifically the lead character, over and over again, by someone with absolutely no military training what so ever. Of course this book is fiction but with that being said, even fiction has its limits.

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Great book that feels real!

This was an amazing book. I am now a fan of David Morrell’s writing. Stefan Rudnicki did a fantastic job narrating! As soon as this audio finished, I searched for more books by David Morrell, that was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. Awesome truly awesome.