Charles Jenkins is a 60-year old former CIA case officer who is now married with a young family and a baby on the way. He owns a security firm that’s in financial trouble because a major client falls in serious arrears. When his former bureau chief approaches him about being reactivated for one assignment in Russia, Jenkins reluctantly takes it on as a means to salvage his business. However, once in Moscow, nothing goes as planned and he finds himself in the fight of his life to not only stay alive but make it back home, only to discover even bigger issues.
This story is one great cocktail with all the right ingredients to make it an exciting brew. Equal parts espionage and thriller, one part legal drama and the rest a gnarly mystery, it’s just an exceptional literary ride! I had no clue as to what to expect from one scene to the next and his Russian counterpart was as formidable as Jenkins. There are other interesting characters that rose to the proverbial occasion when needed but you’ll need to read this for yourself to learn more.
I chose to listen to this story (brilliant decision!) and I’m now an instant fan of the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, who I happened to see in an episode of NYPD Blue while in the middle of this book! He’s an experienced actor with awards for his audiobook performances and I can attest that if any of those were as good as this one, they were well deserved. He managed a host of accents, ages and genders and all rang authentic. He will be a tipping point for me going forward if he’s associated with a book I’m considering.
I enjoyed this story made even more exciting by the narrator. So many of my friends have raved about this author and now I know why. I’m also thrilled that this is the start of a new series because I want to see more of Jenkins, his cohorts and family. The end of the book came much too soon for me and it had nothing to do with an unsatisfactory ending…far from it.
- Release Date: April 9, 2019
- Series: Charles Jenkins #1
- Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 20 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
(Thanks to Brilliance Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)