The Long Lost War by Jeff Walker is one of those unique stories that would only improve with length. Attention to detail, Walker tells the story of John 999801. John is a clone but a clone with questions and dreams. Relegated to the front line of the war, John discovers answers to his questions … questions better left alone. An action-packed adventure with unique and developed characters that bring the story to life.
This is one of those rare stories that would only benefit from being longer, as a novella it is too short. While it works ok, the story could have gone in many different places. And yes, Walker is a bit into the “big” words but that comes with the territory, I think.
Jack de Golia performs the audiobook very well. Like most male narrators his female voices sound less feminine but overall his performance was very good. De Golia is well versed in moving a story along with tone and appropriate emotions.
There were no issues with the quality of this audiobook or production.
Star Rating: ****
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Dirty Deeds by Armand Rosamilia and narrated by Jack de Golia is a well-crafted book. It keeps the listener’s interest with fully developed characters with a unique plot. Most listeners will be hooked from the first few lines and want to go on this adventure with James Gaffney to see what happens next.
The main character is James Gaffney; a man who will take care of your problems for you. If you have a mistress and have a kid with her and you don’t want to pay child support he will make the kid disappear. That’s right he is paid large sums of money to kill kids to solve people’s problems. But he has a secret, using a one-way network he will take the kid and get him to a loving family who will raise him. Nothing’s ever as easy as it sounds. There is also an FBI Agent Keen who has been chasing him for years.
Running his sports card memorabilia side business James spends most of trying to appear above-board with the help of his long-suffering assistant Marissa. His assistant Marissa handles his day-to-day activities, online activity, and keeping Mr. Gaffney afloat in this technological age. James is what Marissa calls a dinosaur when it comes to anything electronic. All is well until one of his early cases, the son of one of a New Jersey Mob Boss Chenzo appears to have come back ‘from the dead’ and to the attention of the FBI.
This story does a great job of holding the listener’s attention with the great cast of characters. The plot moves at a good pace, and the dialogue is really great between these interesting characters. At times you don’t know if you should love or hate some of the characters with that changing as the chapters advance as the story evolves. The author had crafted a fun world. It a great place to get lost for an afternoon.
The narration is provided by Jack de Golia. Mr. de Golia does a stellar job narrating this audiobook. This is the fourth time I have heard a performance from Mr. de Golia and he always delivers an outstanding performance. The characters are diverse and each unique in this audiobook. The production value is of high quality. The book was clear and crisp throughout the entire program.
Star Rating: * * * * *
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