Friday, March 17, 2017

Audio Book Review ~ The Old Man by Thomas Perry, Narrated by Peter Berkrot

The Old Man
by Thomas Perry
Print Published January 3rd 2017 by Mysterious Press
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins 
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:01-03-17

Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry writes thrillers that move “almost faster than a speeding bullet” (Wall Street Journal). The Old Man is his latest whip-smart standalone novel.

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don’t have multiple driver’s licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape. Armed mercenaries, spectacularly crashed cars, a precarious love interest, and an unforgettable chase scene through the snow—this is lethal plotting from one of the best in crime fiction.

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Dan Chase is always on guard…always on the run – needing to hide out from the government that betrayed him so many years ago.  Armed with multiple aliases and the paperwork to back them up, Dan is always ready to move at a moment’s notice.   It’s been awhile since he has had to move on, but one fateful night, his safe house has been discovered and his life threatened, so with his two trusty, adorable dogs, Dan Chase must run yet again.  This my dear reader is just the beginning of an action-packed thriller that will have you turning each page in a feverish attempt to find out what will happen to this man and to see if he will be able to spend the rest of his life enjoying the retirement he so desperately deserves or end in a horrible death.

The Old Man was my first experience witnessing the amazing talent of Thomas Perry, and I can’t believe I have waited so long in discovering this author.  The Old Man is a non-stop thriller that had me in its grips the entire time.  Perry’s writing technique drew me into the story with its descriptive writing and well-developed characters and the action ensured that I wouldn’t put this book down even for a second.  This fast paced thriller took me on an amazingly crazy ride with its suspenseful, engaging plot that was filled with so many twists and turns, it had me mesmerized throughout. 

The narration….
The Old Man is narrated by Peter Berkrot and I thought he did an excellent job narrating this book.  At first, I didn’t think I was going enjoy this performance because of the voice of the main character, but as I continued with the story, it was apparent that this was the perfect choice for this novel.  With his gruff and gravelly voice, I could totally picture the ‘old man’ perfectly in my mind. The other characters ‘voices’ were satisfactory, but the female voices lacked just a bit – but I suppose it is somewhat difficult for a male to sound like a female.  Despite that, I think Mr. Berkrot did a fantastic job with this story.  The production quality was top-notch and the pacing was just right.  Overall, I was quite pleased with this performance and thought it added a lot to the story.

In conclusion……
I thoroughly enjoyed The Old Man and although I really would have liked to know what happened to some of the secondary characters, the ending was satisfactory and ended on a happy note.  The action was exciting and intense which kept me on my toes throughout. I wanted the story to go on, and was extremely sad when I got to the last page – wanting, no NEEDING more.  With this first introduction of Perry’s writing, I will definitely be purchasing all of his previous novels….I just have to find a way to pay for them all!  But I MUST have them!  Fans of fast-paced, high-stakes action thrillers will LOVE The Old Man and this is one book that I would highly recommend!

Story – 4.75
Performance – 4.5
Overall -  4.62

A special thanks to Mysterious Press for providing me with an advance copy of this book.  The audio book was purchased by me.

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

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