As a corrupt oversight-exempt program drives him to soldier on, Havens struggles to hold on to what he has left of his formerly distanced life. Shock awaits as he learns who is friend or foe in the obscure domestic battlefield. To find sanctuary, he must navigate the intertwined shadows of underhanded proxy surrogate schemes, staged terrorism, and a long thought to be disbanded CIA rival--The Pond.
If Havens survives as both protector and punisher, will his soul be among the body count? Few will find safe haven amidst those seeking revenge and refuge within the twisted wreckage of covert eliminations and set-ups.
|Publisher:||Escape From Reality Press, a Donovan Black Holding|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
While writing primarily fiction and using a pen name, all of J.T. Patten's writings have been properly submitted to the appropriate federal entities for professional security review and authorization under true name to mitigate risk of information breech.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was at turns confusing. When I bought the book I was expecting this intelligent operator (read smart trained killer) who was being pulled home by some unmentioned tragedy that would require both of those talents to survive. The beginning of the book certain delivered on the intelligence part of my perception. I also started to get a hint that the second part maybe lacking in what my expectations were. As the story unfolds you get a very good picture of the opposition, the shadow players and what they are about. The brutal means they will to go to reach their goals. Throw in a very smart CSI investigator and you can see a possible road map of events to come. Unfortunately it seems that most of my assumptions fell a little flat. Don't get me wrong this was an enjoyable read but I think the author missed some opportunities. I expected Lars and Sean to be more of a team and to explore the facts left behind by the very well planned and written crime scenes. There were obvious indicators made by the author either by mistake or on purpose so it was surprising that it seemed like all that gold was just left in the bank and the conclusions were made out of sight of our literary eyes almost like the author realized too late and just told us that they figured things out. I would have liked to see the process. There was also a small annoyance at the beginning of the story where the author uses the mental ramblings characters I guess to give incite into the characters . This is really just a personal preference but to it does not really advance the story or give any value to the story. I generally skim over those parts when authors use this device. I also dislike when characters are built in a fashion then the author completely neuters the character with some external mask. In this case we are told how smart Sean is and what a brilliant tactician he is but then when it really counts he is blindly lead around on a leash under the mask of grief. Given all of this I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others especially those who enjoy more of the intelligence part of this genre and less of the body count story lines.
Wow, did this book surprise me! I had no prior knowledge of the author or narrator and chose to review it on a whim, I just liked the title, it intrigued me. I didn’t even read the summary, just jumped down the slide head first, exhilarated by every twist, turn, and drop the ride had to offer. Sean Havens was on an assignment in the Republic of Yemen when he got word from his wife, Christina, that their daughter had been raped and the rapist was threatening to kill her for going to the police. Sean was furious, and told wife he’d be home in a few days. After getting a shady passport from his employers, he ran into some trouble heading to the States, forcing him to make a detour through Dubai. Meanwhile, as Havens tries to figure how he is getting home, Christina and Maggie are attacked at their house killing Christina and putting Maggie in a coma. Upon arriving home, Sean is told by police the attacks on his family were gang related. Sean Havens wasn’t sure about that. Is it that simple, or is there something bigger there? He didn’t know, but what he did know what whoever was responsible will pay. The Havens are not a family to be targeted or toyed with. When it first got started I was a little put off by the narration. It read much faster than I expected. I don’t know if it was Charles Kahlenberg reading quickly or if it was an editing issue, but it was there. It got much better after the first few chapters, though there were points the performance felt a little rushed. That being said, Mr. Kahlenberg’s voice and presence were great. His resonance in the book was ear catching and held my attention. Great narration, with sub par production quality due to the speed. It won’t keep me from trying Kahlenberg’s work again though, hopefully on the next Sean Havens thriller. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint! This was a bit darker than I expected it would be and it was all the better for it. Charles’s voice lent perfectly to the almost brooding Sean Havens character. I tried to think of a comparison or reference a couple other characters out there that might come close to Sean Havens. The fact is, he’s his own entity, unique from other protagonists in the genre and very well done. A story full of deceit, conspiracy, revenge, and surprises around every corner, this is a story for all thriller fans, do not pass on Sean Havens. J.T. Patten is new on the seen and if the adrenaline pumping Shadow Masters is any indication, he’s going to be force in the genre. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]