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DEFCON One

By: Joe Weber
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
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Summary

DEFCON: DefenseReadiness Condition
DEFCON Five: normal peacetime activities
DEFCON Four: increase intelligence watch and increase security
DEFCON Three: forces on standby, awaiting further orders
DEFCON Two: forces ready for combat
DEFCON One: forces deployed for combat

In this explosive best seller, the United States and the Soviet Union are poised on the brink of Armageddon. Glasnost has failed, Russia is economically desperate, and Gorbachev's successor has launched the first strike in what may become World War III. Only one man knows the full extent of the impending horror - a CIA operative trapped in the Kremlin.

Written by a former Marine Corps pilot, DEFCON One is a blistering scenario of men and war - exciting, tense, and frighteningly real.

©2012 Joe Weber (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Worst narration

I’ve no idea if the book is any good or not because I couldn’t listen beyond the first 20 minutes due to utterly painful narration.

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Not for me

A weak story that lacked imagination in my opinion. I also didn't like the narration. . Just not for me.

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Irritating narrator

Good book but spoilt by the narrator heavy inhalation after every sentence was very irritating

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Nail biting tension and potentially very real

I have not heard Joe Weber before this story. I found it to be very scarily plausible. Lots of tension that left me desperate to hear what happened next.

Excellently written. Loved it.

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Nail Biting

Action packed all the way throughout. Good characters and believable situations all brought together with one of the best narrators I’ve heard. Really enjoyed this book.

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Exciting

I really enjoyed listening to this. I don’t feel like I was fully invested in each character. But perfect to listen to whilst driving :)

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Bad narration, okay story

If you can get past the narrator sounding like he’s just run to catch a bus, then this is okay. He gets less breathy eventually.

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I really enjoyed this title

"Defcon One" by Joe Weber is a thrilling military novel that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The book is fast-paced, with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. The action scenes are expertly crafted and incredibly intense, making it a true page-turner.

That being said, I must warn you that this book is quite complicated. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and the political and military jargon can be difficult to follow at times. However, if you're willing to put in the effort to keep up with the complex plot, the payoff is well worth it. The attention to detail and authenticity of the military and political aspects of the book is impressive and adds to the overall thrill of the story.

Overall, "Defcon One" is a must-read for fans of military thrillers. It's not an easy read, but if you're up for the challenge, you'll be rewarded with a thrilling and unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!

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Captivating read

Good story gripping and believable great base line, and good execution and good performance by reader

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Gripping Technothriller

First of all, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers. The first part of the audio book leaves somewhat to be desired; it is read too fast ( a little bit like reading a shopping list, to my mind) and the narrator's breathing is a little heavy.
BUT, stick with it! This settles down.
The book develops into a rattling good yarn in the style of Tom Clancy et al. There are some excellent combat descriptions along with suspenseful depictions of espionage and decision-making at a high level.
The original book is quite old, so the reader ( listener!!) will need to bear that in mind.
All in all, a great story.

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