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Note: The books have been bundled into box sets. I listened to this as part of Volume 2.
After six months away in Detroit, Recker and Jones return their operation to Philadelphia. They’re almost immediately thrown into trying to prevent a cop killing. They also come back to find things aren’t quite the way they left them. One of the city’s crime leaders tries to force Recker’s hand, by using Mia as bait, in helping them take control of the city. Despite getting the cold shoulder from Mia initially upon his return, Recker works hard at freeing her from danger, taking her to the only place he knows she’ll be safe. It leads to a violent conclusion, one that finds Recker working with the police by his side.
Point of view:
3rd person. Various perspectives.
This is book 5 in Mike Ryan’s The Silencer series. These are best read/listened to in order, events in this book build off of what happened in earlier books, and this won’t stand on its own. As such this review may contain spoilers to books 1-4.
I felt this one had a little less action/suspense and was more focused on the personal aspect (not a complaint). This is set a little bit after Blowback and Recker is obviously frustrated by feeling like he doesn’t have control over his life, always hiding. Jones wants to keep things discreet and that just not Recker’s style.
Big changes happen and the duo finds themselves back in familiar territory and reengaging with past acquaintances that may or may not be allies. A close friend is threatened and unlikely alliances are formed.
This feels like a bit of a wrap up and potentially launching a new direction for Recker & Jones. I’m looking forward to seeing where Ryan takes them.
I like that while these are easy to listen to, they aren’t overly predictable.
Brian Hutchison continues to be a nice choice for the series. He does a good job with the various characters’ personalities and voices and I enjoy how he bring the banter between Jones & Recker to life.
About the author:
Mike is a USA Today Bestselling Author. He grew up and resides in Bucks County, PA. He lives with his wife, Liz, and four children. He also has three dogs–two Labs, and a mixed breed that was rescued from the woods as a puppy. He is an avid animal lover and supporter of animal rights.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family. They enjoy going to the beach, the mountains, riding horses, going to amusement parks, or just hanging out in the backyard. Mike is also a big sports fanatic and loves watching baseball and football. During football season, Mike can always be found sitting in front of a TV on Sunday afternoon’s watching the games. He is also a major Star Wars fan and is always willing to talk about it at the drop of a hat.
In addition to his novels, Mike has adapted several of his books into screenplays for TV pilots. He’s also written a stage play. He is always working on another book.
You can connect with Mike Ryan here:
About the narrator:
Brian Hutchison has appeared on Broadway in The Boys in the Band (TONY AWARD-Best Revival of a Play), Man and Boy (with Frank Langella and Adam Driver), Looped (opposite Valerie Harper), Exit the King (with Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon), Proof, and The Invention of Love. Off-Broadway credits include How To Transcend a Happy Marriage (opposite Marisa Tomei-Lincoln Center) Smokefall (opposite Zachary Quinto) Pocatello (with TR Knight) Regrets, Spirit Control, From Up Here, and Go Back to Where You Are among others, at such theaters as Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and Manhattan Class Company. In addition to performing major roles all over the country, Brian’s film and television credits include The Boys in the Band (Netflix-GLAAD MEDIA AWARD), Lisey’s Story, The Sinner, Madam Secretary, FBI-Most Wanted, Instinct, Elementary,Vinyl, Show Me a Hero, Killing Kennedy, Vino Veritas, Winter’s Tale, Love and Other Drugs, Do No Harm, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, etc. Brian holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego.
Brian has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, in most genres including westerns, romance, sci-fi, thrillers, young adult, and non fiction. In the past few years, Brian has received a golden earphones award for Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult , a SOVA award for Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus, and 3 Audie Nominations for Snowbound by Richard Wheeler, Clockwork Lives by Kevin Anderson and Neil Peart, and How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon, all of these in the Multi Narrator category. He has recorded titles for Recorded Books, Audible, Blackstone, ACX, and Simon & Schuster among others. I Still Think About You, which premiered at the HEARnow Festival in 2021, is Brian’s first audio drama.
You can connect with Brian Hutchison here:
My Favorite Quotes
“I just don’t want to keep staying here, wondering if they’re coming in another six months.”