In his Washington DC office, his door reads: Shaw, Attorney at Law, but he has never fought a case in court. He has no known residence and barely anyone who he can count as a friend. He works for a clandestine agency with no name and no real ties to the government. His true identity is cloaked in mystery.
Tease, once an assassin for a powerful crime lord, now works for an agency no one knows exists. Her face and body has been changed, along with her identity. As Sphinx, she was trained to be a better killer and brought down an operation marketing a deadly new drug called Grandeur. Always a loner, she is forced to work with a team who does not have a problem cutting her throat if she ever steps out of line.
The chase for two deadly men who control nuclear devices nears its explosive end. The tables have turned on Shaw. For years he was the hunter, but now he has become the prey. Assassins from around the world have been commissioned to take him down at any cost. Fighting to stay alive long enough to complete his mission, Shaw knows the clock is ticking ever closer to a nuclear explosion unless he succeeds. With hundreds of thousands of lives at stake, failure is not an option. To make matters worse, a familiar enemy of Tease's reemerges from her past, rekindling their deadly rivalry. This time the killing isn't for business, it's personal.
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My name isn't Shaw. It's ...
An ultra secret pro-Government organisation, which even the President knows nothing about.
Recruited members have highly defined skills, like assassins, but no pasts. These are erased when they join. They did not always join willingly. But they are committed, if not to their boss, or each other, then to their country - and trying to stay alive.
This story pushes all the right buttons: a man hunt, super spies, a salacious deposed monarch wanting revenge, an angry, obsessed terrorist needing to kill, missing nuclear bombs, a potentially near miraculous new power source, regret, retribution, assassination, gun fights and murders, double cross and traitors, conspiracy, jealousy and forbidden love and a bounty of ten million dollars. Oh, and did I mention mistaken identity? A great cast of quirky characters all thrown together, but well developed, in this so-fast-its-breathless action thriller.
And narrator Michelle Williams takes it all in her store giving a great performance as the voices of all, male as well as gorgeously sexy females, as well as carrying the text with perfect place and inflection. The accents of a Brit and an Aussie might be a bit suspect, but who cares? It was all so well done.
My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Bodycount, via Audiobook Boom. It was fast, brutal, funny, unusual and I really enjoyed it.
Give it a try.
- Norma Miles
Great story and great pace!
The narration was really good and it melded well with the characters and the story. The story is fast paced with a great amount of detail and interest in the main character, Shaw.
Rather than compare this to books you might not like, which would be unfair lets focus on what this is. It's action, drama, brilliant story and delivered at a pace that keeps you engaged.
I liked both Shaw and Tease but there's a focus on Shaw and his backstory that really brings him out well.
I thought it was cool and I'm interested in seeing more from these characters.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
- Tony Bough