Agent Zero: A Kent Steele Thriller Audible Audiobook – Original recording
In this much-anticipated new spy thriller series by Jack Mars, listeners are taken on an action thriller across Europe as presumed-CIA operative Kent Steele, hunted by terrorists, by the CIA, and by his own identity, must solve the mystery of who is after him, of the terrorists’ pending target - and of the beautiful woman he keeps seeing in his mind.
Kent Steele, 38, a brilliant professor of European History at Columbia University, lives a quiet life in a New York suburb with his two teenage daughters. All that changes when late one night he gets a knock on his door and is abducted by three terrorists - and finds himself flown across the ocean to be interrogated in a basement in Paris.
They are convinced that Kent is the most lethal spy the CIA has ever known.
He is convinced they have the wrong man.
With a conspiracy around him, adversaries as smart as he is, and an assassin on his tail, the wild game of cat and mouse leads Kent on a perilous road - one that may lead back to Langley - and to a shocking discovery of his own identity.
Agent Zero is an espionage thriller that will keep you listening late into the night.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 14 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 28, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,632 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#565 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,813 in Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,132 in Suspense Thrillers
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There is a knock at the door late at night and he is taken from his home by three Middle Eastern men. They interrogate him for hours and find behind his ear a "memory suppression" chip beneath the skin. Once the chip is removed and he escapes (without any idea of how he possessed the skills) the race is on with his only clue being a phone number found at the scene.
I have already given away far too much. Suffice to say that while reading Agent Zero, I was swept back to when I first enjoyed reading The Bourne Identity. Agent Zero is every bit as enjoyable as Robert Ludlum's signature novel. Well done Mr. Mars. There are already multiple Agent Zero stories available. I know how I will be spending the rest of my summer!
*I was provided this advance copy to read and provide an objective review. Objectively, I loved this book and would highly recommend this series.
An astonishing plot that keeps you guessing from one second to the next, with characters so well-developed you feel you are watching a movie play out before you!
If you enjoy thrillers, get this book into your hands Immediately! You will NOT PUT it down until the end!!
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As our hero goes on a journey of discovery trying to ascertain the truth and most importantly who is he really and who and why were his memories altered.
My big issue is that (mild spoiler ahead, but not concerning the plot specifically):
rather than this being set up as a recurring character with a different mission each book, it's clearly going to be an ongoing saga where he chases down a shadowy, far-reaching organisation bent on doing bad stuff and only 'Murica and it's brutal torture-happy one-man-army Agent Zero can stop them. That's a bit too sarcastic, admittedly, since it really was a decent read, and this particular villain and currently from the organisation was stopped - but if you want to see how the bad guys end up finished I suspect there will be a few novels before that happens. If you're up for it, you could do worse than Agent Zero. I doubt I'll pick up another though. If it was a trilogy, maybe, but it looks like it'll be ongoing.
*EDITED to add some other minor niggles. I'm British and even I'm fairly sure US Special Forces don't use AR-15 rifles. The closest they'd use is the M4 which is a derivative, but as I understand it the AR-15 is a civilian gun that often looks like a badass military weapon. In the setting the author takes us to, it seems more likely they'd be equipped with the SCAR weapons, though. Also, experienced CIA operatives will know the difference between a "clip" and a "magazine" - they are not the same thing. Perhaps there's a case for saying he lost his memory so might slip into the civilian vernacular, but it's a little jarring. Some other small details rang a bit false, too. But these are minor issues which the author might want to clean up.
The main protagonist is a widowed university professor living with his two daughters when one night he is abducted and flown to Paris for interrogation. This is by terrorists who seem to know more about him than he knows himself, and it is quickly established that his brain has been implanted by a memory suppressor – he is CIA Agent Zero – presumed dead. Convoluted flitting around the world chasing and being chased by assassins then takes the place of suspense, and tension is reduced to only Zero’s ability to violently murder adversaries and destroy whatever stands in his way.
As Zero ruthlessly sets about saving the world he realises both the terrorists and his own people want him dead – he cannot trust anyone – and he is himself not trusted. ‘Agent Zero’ is a complex and convoluted romp – but hey – it’s fiction – and a 3-star ‘average’ rating is probably fair.