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Monday, May 18, 2015

LETHAL MISCONDUCT (CORPS JUSTICE BOOK #6) (audiobook) by C.G. Cooper



Published by Carlos G. Cooper in January of 2015.
Read by DJ Holte
Duration: 4 hours, 57 minutes

If you like military-type thrillers, C.G. Cooper's "Corps Justice" series may be of interest to you. This is a self-published series - and everyone who has read much by self-published authors is rolling his or her eyes right now. But, if you have read a lot by self-published authors you also know that while some self-published authors are really deluding themselves, some can really deliver the goods. In this case, C.G. Cooper is one of those that can really do the job.

Now, don't get me wrong, this is a thriller and that means it is fairly formulaic- like westerns and romance novels, military thrillers seem to have just a few standard plot lines. In this case, this book features an all-star team of experts who are working for a gifted leader with a great moral vision who is also independently wealthy. 
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This book is a great place to start in the series (it's where I started) because the team has just been assembled and it's clear that the series is moving off in a slightly different direction. In this case, this private, elite squadron is working unofficially for the President of the United States to take care of situations that cannot be officially handled on the books.

Now, normally this would be a problem (depending on your politics, imagine either of the last two presidents with access to an off-the-books elite military unit with almost no operational restraints and then shiver). In fact, the bad guy in this book pretty much operates his own version of the good guy's team. But, this is escapist fiction and it is better to not think about things like that and instead just sit back and enjoy the ride.

And, really, it's a pretty smart ride. Yes, this is a high-tech thriller with all of the stock characters (Gentle giant with an oddly "non-macho" skill? Check. Hacker guy? Check. Leader guy who does it all pretty well? Check.) and the stock plot points like stake outs and firefights but it also has a very tight and smart story. A lot happened in the 4 hours and 57 minutes of this audiobook. It didn't feel rushed (until it got to the end it was much too quick) and it didn't waste my time.

DJ Holte is the narrator and he has a great voice for action stories. It is deep and resonating and makes everything sound dramatic. Also, he created distinctive voices for each of the characters. His voice for the evil Colonel was perfect. It sounded world-weary but menacing, just like his character. A great reader can make it easy for the listener to imagine the character based just on his voice and Holte does that.

This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here: Lethal Misconduct: Corps Justice, Book 6

I rate this audiobook 4 stars out of 5.

Note: I received a free digital copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. It really is a fun listen.

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