Blackmailed into working for the cartel, a brilliant robotics engineer helps them deliver drugs. When an FBI agent learns the truth, will she arrest him or recruit him?
Spamming inboxes provides Baxter Cruise with easy college money after his parents die. But when he trips over the corpse of a murdered professor, his cozy world explodes.
Avoiding the police, Baxter's professor friend, goes on the run. Is he afraid? Or was he the hitman?
When a student asks Baxter for help on a project, Baxter finds out that his friend was working for the cartel. Drug running isn't in the same league as spam, but unless Baxter agrees to finish the project, they'll kill him.
While an FBI agent hunts the professor's brutal assassin, every angle of her investigation points to Baxter. He's hiding something, but he's in too deep to trust her with the truth.
The cartel needs Baxter's robotics expertise for a single lethal project. After that, there's no reason to keep him alive. Kidnapped from his ivory tower to work on weapons of destruction, he just wants to go home.
It's not Baxter's war. But he's the only one who can stop it.
Recommended listening order:
All of my thrillers race through the same story world, so characters from one series may appear in the others. You can listen by series or by the order of publication.
The Masters CIA Thriller Series:
-The Masters' Key
The Cruise FBI Thriller Series:
-Ocean of Fear
The Fender Hacker Thriller Series:
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"Into the realm of pirates ..."
A taut and exciting thriller with a feel of authenticity made more real by the excellent characterisations and narration.
A young robotics expert finds himself involved in more than he expected after his mentor asks him to look after his dog and deliver a flash drive to one of the campus professors. He finds her dead, just murdered, and awakening fears for his own life become reality.
Well written, Helen Hanson's story is atmospheric and gripping from first to last. Narrator Patrick Nolan, reads with clarity and with just sufficient emotional cadence to make him a joy to hear, plus his voicings of the various protagonists is also good, each individual and distinctive. The narration enhances this already excellent book.
Although completely stand alone, this is the first book of a series, fortunately, as it would be a great shame not to find out more about the ongoing lives of the main protagonists, so real do they become to the listener. I was very fortunate in that I was gifted with a complementary copy of Ocean of Fear by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you very much. My acceptance of this gift carried no conditions, but my enjoyment of it is why I can rate it highly and recommend it to all enjoying good thrillers.
- Norma Miles