• The Secret Weapon

  • Alexander King, Book 1
  • By: Bradley Wright
  • Narrated by: Jarret Lemaster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (985 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The CIA keeps a lot of secrets. None more deadly than him.

After a covert mission became personal, the only way elite counterterrorism operative, Alexander King, could keep his loved ones safe, and the eyes of Washington's enemies blind to his existence, was to disappear.

A year after his family buried a body they thought was his, King saves a young woman from a car bomb in London, and that's when his work in the shadows becomes complicated. Because she's not who he thinks she is, and the web that King is pulled into is tangled with enemies that reach the highest levels of the United States government.

But this web being spun by a sadistic terrorist isn't your average one-time explosive attack. Saajid Hammoud is aiming higher. He isn't trying to cripple the greatest military in the world, he's looking to control it. And owning the presidential candidate with a clear path to the White House gets him all the way to the top.

When politics fail, and the might of the world's most powerful nation hangs in the balance, it's secret weapons like Alexander King who scour the alleys and back avenues that often make the difference.

Unfortunately, King isn't the only secret in this high stakes game of war. But for the sake of the free world, he sure as hell better be the best.

If you couldn't put down Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Brad Thor's Scot Harvath, or David Baldacci's Will Robie, fans of Bradley Wright believe you won't be able to put down the addictive Alexander King.

©2020 Brad Wright (P)2020 Bradley Wright

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Wright's best book yet!

I have read all of Bradley's books, and have listened to all three audiobooks. This one is THE BEST!! You can feel the renewed energy around Xander and his evolving story. I love the new direction and can't wait to see what he has in store for the rest of the series. I also loved Lemaster's narration. He doesn't quite have the Kentucky twang but he has a strong, clear voice needed for X and does a good job switching characters also.

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Finished it in 2 days

What a captivating story. Bradley Wright hit a home run with me on his character X. Can’t wait until the next one comes out!

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Meh

I tried to like this book. Gave it a few hours before bailing.

Despite being advertised as the first book in a series, it was littered with references to what happened the year before and history (never really explained) between the major characters. I feel like I missed a book or two. The story had a few bright moments, but the action got stopped shortly after a great opening hour and dragged on through minor moments for hours with far too many references to storylines we weren't privy to as a listener.

The narration was hit and miss. He did pretty solid accents and made King seem both tough and disinterested at the same time. Solid action thriller sort of thing. The pronunciation errors highlight a lack of production help. Someone should have caught the narrator and edited this. It's Bruges, Belgium ("Brooje" not "Burgess"). Once this happened I couldn't stay focused.

I bailed after several hours of trying to like this more.

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Disappointing

One can tell that this was probably his first book. Everything was predictable. I don't want to give anything, but I will say that the character's decision to continue being in the shadows was unnecessary. I read a lot of these types of books and the main character is boring. The author needs to bump up the character to have similar grit as Mitch Rapp, Pike Logan or the Gray Man.

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Another good series..

Wow! Great book. All about terrorists and the United States Secret Weapon, Alexander King and his handler Sam, who had to stop them.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 4 times.

As for the narration: I thought Jarret Lemaster did a great job, on the voices and his emotion as he read.

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This is a great new book

This is a great new book but it is only book 1 my other assassin series are starting to fade (the Gray Man Book 10 has fallen in love and agent Zero's daughter is running around telling everyone her father is agent Zero book 8) this a a great get the job done agent I hope to have more soon

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Xander King does it again!!

Any fans of Mitch Rapp, Scott Harvath or Jack Reacher jump on board. Bradley Wright has got the guy for you!!! The Alexander King novels are awesome. Once you start these books you won't put them down. Narration was very good!! Highly recommend!!

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New author for me, really enjoyed it

Really enjoyed this book on a long car ride. there were a couple unrealistic moments that pulled me out of the storyline a bit, but other than that it was totally engrossing. Action packed with some sweet moments and characters you fall in love with.

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Not a fan

I love the action shoot 'em up books and the genre is wide open for great storylines. I kept feeling as if I missed several plot points because this book reads as if it's not the first of the series. The narrator is also very annoying and I just couldn't get into it at all. If you're looking for a standby until the next Mark Greaney novel comes around, this author and narrator isn't it in my opinion. Try some Scott Harvath, Mitch Rapp, or Dewey Andreas for a great story in this genre.

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Wanted to like it

Ugh. I really wanted to like this, but it just wasn't working for me. It was so disjointed. As another reader mentioned, it feels like you missed the first book or two. It keeps making references about things that you are supposed to get from the past, but it just felt like it was all over the map. I really had to work at finishing it. Also, I found the narrator a little dry.

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  • 02-01-22

Worst narration ever!

I think the story might actually be quite fun but unfortunately the narration is utterly painful that I can’t quite tell if it’s a good story or not.

The reader has the flattest, dullest voice imaginable and frequently gets the emphasis wrong in sentences so the meaning is altered.

His reading is truly atrocious! He’s also as thick as pig poo but doesn’t know it - he didn’t take a second to research London place names. I’ve never heard Leicester Square pronounced Lie-Chester square. It took me ages to figure out where he meant!

Do yourselves a huge favour and just buy the book to read yourself so you don’t end up poking needles in your ears to take the horror of the reading away