Phoenix: Guardian Security Shadow World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Her exceptional memory was gone.
Aspen Kennedy almost died in the explosion that decimated Guardian Security’s Washington, DC, complex. When she woke in the hospital bed, survival was her mantra. But the very thing that made her who she was had been stripped from her. Plunged into the center of the New York Mafia war, she called the only telephone number she could remember and left a message begging for help. Guardian wouldn’t let this happen, that much she did remember.
The assassin known as Phoenix was adrift.
Guardian was adapting after the organization was crippled by an almost fatal strike to its heart. Phoenix knew what he had to do. Find the woman who’d uttered his code name when Guardian’s building had collapsed. He’d tracked her to the hospital where she’d been treated, and that’s where her trail disappeared.
She called him for help.
Phoenix responded, rising from the ashes of Guardian’s recent war. He headed to New York to incinerate the ones that dared to hurt a Guardian. His Guardian. He was hell on earth personified as the assassin Phoenix. The people who had Aspen were the same ones that had created him.
Fate, it seemed, had come full circle.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 01, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #51,803 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Phoenix is one of the darker assassins and now we know why. He was created by evil and Guardian saved him. Now, we will stop at nothing to destroy those that made him the assassin that he is. These same people will also try to destroy Aspen, better known as Operator 247.
Ms. Michaels has done it again. Yes, Pheonix is a bit darker than some of the other Shadowes. Phoenix touched my heart though. Ms. Michaels has a way of doing that. Her characters may be dark but they are so much more than their jobs. Aspen, or Operator 247 as she is also known, is amazing and her memory is staggering, but above all, she has risen above her family to become a Guardian.
More than enough twists, turns, and rabbit holes to keep me glued to the pages. Phoenix and Aspen are amazing characters and well I can't wait to read about the next Shadow.
First of all, how does an assassin fall in love? Usually, he/she does not. But like two ships sailing in their own separate paths in the ocean, they “connect” via the phone, following formal protocols designed to keep each safe. Over the years, the protocols start to fade and blend. Operator 274 becomes “his” guiding light whose bright beacon brings him home safely to “port” in DC. However, “stormy seas” exist after the multi-faceted Siege attacks Guardian in hopes of dismantling it forever. This horrific incident sends the two ships adrift, floating aimlessly away from the other. Operator 274 is whisked away and cannot be found. Phoenix is willing to burn down everything in his path in an attempt to find and save her.
When they do meet, a bombshell awaits them. They have no idea just how their lives are intricately connected… and will lead to a dangerous mission for them both: together. As usual with a Kris Michaels’ novel, you fall in love with the main characters while you hang onto the edge of your seat for all the plot twists and turns. Enjoy the ride!
~~~~~~~Kelly Wolf, PhD 6/1/2022
The disembodied voice of Operator 247 became a source of comfort in his lonely world. They'd become friends and maybe even more during their months of late night conversations. What was never revealed was what either of the looked like yet they instinctively knew one another when Phoenix pulled Aspen from the rubble of Guardian Headquarters. Then she disappeared. When frantic searches produced no results, Phoenix goes to the Guardian Hierarchy for help. Once found it is readily apparent that there is more than friendship between them. The more information that is gleaned about the Siege it's clear that Phoenix and/or Aspen's families had a hand in the attack. A plan is formulated and to stop their family's plans to annihilate one another in order to reign supreme.
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No potential triggers
There are no grammatical or editorial errors that I can recall.
There are a couple of sex scenes lightly written and plenty of swearing.
I have loved Phoenix since first meeting and right from the beginning of the series I have been intrigued by operator 274.
The emergence of his character is lovely, such a damaged personality finding the right balance to allow the light into his character.
Aspen is well crafted and very likeable.
As ever, the characterisation is absolutely perfect.
The plotline is engaging, with twists and turns leading in one direction only to be over ridden by the next plot twist.
I do have to say that the reader needs to suspend belief in order to obtain the best reading experience, some of the scenarios stretched belief a little too far, not wanting to give any plot spoilers away so not saying anything more on that.
The one niggle I have that doesn't give anything away, the issue with NYPD and Jared's unease, isn't resolved. Maybe it will be picked up in the next book.
I am looking forward to reading the next release from Kris Michaels and have them all on my wish list.
If you are a fan of the genre I have no problem highly recommending the series, but would advise reading from the beginning to obtain the best reading experience.
Yep, that’s the problem I have with Phoenix. I love the blend of old Guardian characters, Shadow operators, and a couple of newer operatives as well as finally getting to know Operator Two-Seven-Four!! she’s been in the series for quite a while now and it’s been fun in previous books when the shadow assassins wonder whether she’s AI or not…Well she’s real, alive and in danger.
Phoenix is a continuation of The Siege duet, after rescuing operator two-seven-four from the attack, Phoenix then loses her amongst the emergency crews, as an assassin for guardian, it’s a lonely world, his only constant is the operator he talks to, operator two-seven-four.
I would say this is friends to lovers, they are both in high security positions, their journey to HEA is fraught with danger, tense situations and a suspenseful storyline, they are both dedicated to Guardian but what they find when the come together is completeness and a home.
This story builds to an engrossing fiery completion, however, for Guardian fans who have read the series be prepared for the reemergence of a Guardian enemy!l
This books is set directly after The Siege and they need to be read in order to understand the story line.
Over the years Ms Michaels changed quite a bit how she describes the Shadows, the first books were more lone-wolf guys and I am glad she now moved them to having the Kings and other Shadows at their back.
Phoenix and Aspen are great together, the story is solid and I liked that there was updates on other characters.
His issues with his preferred way of killing and food were confusingly described. It felt like some bits were victim to either editing or the editor didn't spot that there were gaps.
But the unveiling of the actual backer of the attack? Really? I so hoped we would never see them again as they. were one reason. I stopped reading her books. Let's hope it will be solved quicker than last time.
Aspin and Phoenix had never met but formed a connection. Their first official meeting was at the start of The Seige. Aspin was injured and Guardian was brought to its knees. Now Phoenix will stop at nothing to find her, but in finding her he will have to uncover his and her past. As well as old enemies.
A great story as much as I finished like both these character the background story of the other Kings and Guardian coming back is great. I would nit mind another crossover to deal with the fallout. Though I think vengeance will take another form. Great continuation of the story and big messages are sent.