• The Savannah Project

  • Jake Pendleton Series, Book 1
  • By: Chuck Barrett
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,025 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The truth can be a dangerous thing.

Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick's Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely "coincidences," he sets off a veritable avalanche of secrets, violence and treachery. Aided by an unlikely partner, Gregg Kaplan, the air traffic controller who was the last person in contact with the airplane that crashed, Jake sets out to untangle the webs of deceit and to find a vicious killer. Nothing is as it seems, nobody is who you thought them to be. Nothing is sacred. Nobody is safe.

©2010 Chuck Barrett (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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I stopped because of the bigotry.

Story was OK sleepy pace with useless detail. I was offended that although professionals, the only women in the story spent their time naked waiting to be screwed. I tried to soldier on but after 2 hours a "docile" Black man appears with "grinning" "white teeth". Although he is also a highly educated and trained NTSB investigator his only qualities are his docile grin similar to the highly trained White women who just wait to be screwed. Is this author from 1929 or has he been under a rock the past 20 years. His sexism and racism ruined the book for me so I stopped at 2.27 hrs. Shame on the publisher and editor. This is my first negative review.

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Even Scott Brick couldn't save a story arc

It's not so much a bad story, as just badly told. Scott Brick does a fairly good job narrating it, but you can tell that even he has a really hard time figuring out where to build tension. The story reaches a sort of ending then stretches on into a different story. It's like the author had a few different story ideas and sort of munged them together. The level of coincidental path crossing is almost silly. I've never gotten this far through a book and abandoned it with just an hour or two left to go, but I found I just don't care about anyone or anything in it.

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Great start to the Jake Pendleton series.

I found this author and this series looking through audiobooks narrated by Scott Brick. Also, I read this series two years ago and since I only began seriously writing reviews a few months ago after 7 years as a Audible member, I am now catching up with reviews of some of the best books in my Audible library (which is why I'm writing lots of reviews recently).

In The Savannah Project Jake Pendleton is an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board called to Savannah to investigate an airplane accident. He finds lots of criminal activity which involves both local and federal officials. With the help of Gregg Kaplan (who shows up as the hero in Barrett's 4th book BLOWN) and at great risk to himself Pendleton seeks to unravel the mysteries and bring the law breakers to justice.

The Pendleton series is three novels and although The Savannah Project is the weakest of the three, it is an excellent thriller. Scott Brick is the perfect narrator!

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Hard to put it into words...

It's nowhere near the worst mystery to which I've listened. The plot line gets unnecessarily convoluted. It's much like "Mad Magazine's" Spy vs. Spy. Scott Brick made the listen tolerable.

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Skip the first 6 min. for a better story.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Great reader...

Any additional comments?

I will say this again. The First six minutes of the book tells you about a part that is 2/3 of the way through the book. It was very distracting to me to know that part was coming up. I enjoy the book but it would of been better not knowing where it was all going.. I will skip the pro-log on book 2.

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Not Scott Brick's best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall, the story was good. One of those 'person seeks revenge and feels that a dozen deaths are a fair exchange for the wrong committed against them' stories.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

I'm a fan of Scott Brick. I think he's amazing. This book, though, was made so hard to follow because the voices weren't distinctive enough. I kept getting lost in the story because I was associating voices with the wrong characters. I couldn't keep them straight.

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Don’t underestimate this book!!! It’s amazing!

This book was a real surprise!!! It’s on par with any of the superstar authors!!

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Worth reading

The start was a little hard to get into as the narrator started off very monotone. This improves quickly and the story is excellent

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Jake has arrived

Story keeps you at easel The twist and turn of the story or roller coaster of emotions.
Watch our Jack Reacher , Jake Pendleton has arrived.

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I enjoyed the story

I chose this book because I enjoy nearly everything narrated by Scott Brick.

This is the first book I have “read” by Chuck Barrett and I really enjoyed it. I am from Savannah and there were some inconsistencies or issues with a few of the scenes but the story was entertaining.

I only wish that Scott Brick had put a little time into researching the proper pronunciation of the cities in the book. Specifically, a minute or two calling a local in Dahlonega would have gone way.

This issue continues to the next book in the series. I have no doubt attention was paid to getting the pronunciation of cities and locations in other countries right, I only wish the same effort was paid to the cities and locations closer to home.

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  • 03-23-22

not much above boring

I couldn't finish with 4hrs to go.
not what I thought it was going to be.
story line all over the place,I kept going to sleep then not bothered to go back to see what I'd missed.