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Drake, Allie, and Spencer reunite in Emerald Buddha, the second Drake Ramsey adventure - a quest to locate the lost treasure of the Khmer Empire, secreted away in a hidden temple somewhere in Myanmar. But nothing is as it seems, and their archaeological expedition soon turns deadly when desperate factions target them in order to safeguard a secret that could topple the US government.

©2015 Russell Blake (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Gayle Egloff
  • 2017-07-06

A Let Down

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Found it a little hard to believe what Drake, Allie, and Spencer all did differently with their monies. Allie taking care of her father's estate REALLY The man said everything was paid for and he was hiding out because of the Russians with no paper trail to follow in the 1st book. So what estate? Didn't you remember that part? Spencer was far to smart for some the incidents in this adventure. I feel Drake is getting whiny. Doesn't have the same charisma he once did. Allie having studied archaeology missed the mark several times. I love Spencer ! This book was not as intriguing as the 1st

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  • Kim
  • 2016-08-10

Slow Start But I Loved The Book

What did you love best about Emerald Buddha?

Joe. I really liked his character. He made me laugh all the way thru the book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Hmmmm......I would have been listening to Joe Ledger. This book was just fine the way it was. I enjoyed the whole thing. The tin foil hat twist that it took was awesome.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

It's RAY PORTER people. What ISN'T there to like about Ray Porter. Sheesh.

If you could take any character from Emerald Buddha out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably the Emerald Buddha.

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I've read all the comments making jest of this series. I have to say I like it. It's not rocket science. It's entertaining as all get out. AND it's narrated by Ray Porter. I'm glad I came into the series late. The third book comes out in a couple weeks. I can't wait.

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  • Scotty
  • 2017-06-29

The first book was better! This one is just ok!

Ray Porter's narration was excellent, however, the story in this second book of the series just ok! I enjoyed the first book much more!
Audible addict!
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  • C. Meredith
  • 2016-11-06

Fun read, but the characters are 2d

These books are great beach reads, but you can't go in expecting a lot of character development. if actually say the female lead is becoming more damsel in distress than she was in the first book. And Drake is even more winey. But hey, the gun fights are well written, the pacing is good, and the stories wrap up nicely in the end.

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  • Carol
  • 2020-01-01

Another adventure

The gang was back for the next adventure, though it seemed less of an adventure as before. Less Indiana Jones & more worriers and whining. Joe is a great addition. His character adds humor and grit.
Ally’s constant weirdness over lawyers etc took away from her character’s archaeology role. So those details felt like they were missing. Ok overall though because Ray Porter is the best.

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  • Vicki Perizzolo
  • 2017-07-13

Emerald Buddha

Great story, kind of odd characters made for fun, lots of violence of course, no one seems to get their shots first tho...lol...

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  • barry
  • 2017-07-12

first of his books i have read. cant wait to star

first one of his books i have heard. i really enjoyed it. one of those that you listen to over a weekend.

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  • Lauren G.
  • 2017-04-01

wasn't the follow up that I was looking for

the narrator did an amazing job, he makes most books I've heard him read better. I loved the first book and was excited to get into the second, but was kinda disappointed. I didn't feel the characters grew in the course of this book, and actually felt like their development went backwards. No real mystery for the Buddha and it was barely even a thing in the course of the book.

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  • E. Allison
  • 2019-05-17

The title is very misleading.

After finishing the first book, I was very excited to start the second... except that it significantly differs from the first book. You're over 6 hours in before any treasure hunting is actively mentioned, and another hour before anything comes of it. The actual recovery of the statue is tagged on the end - the book instead is all intrigue, espionage, politics and a rescue mission in hostile lands, so if you thought it would be like the first book, it's not.

The reader does his usual fantastic job, his staggering variety of accents of many cultures make listening a joy. Never fails to impress. Let me just mention how much I adore Spencer - both as a character but significantly, due to the exceptional reading of his character. Spencer's drawl just makes my day.

It isn't a bad book, it's still very good, but it's a huge departure from what you expect - the titular statue is in the book for probably less than five minutes in total, it's an excuse for a rescue mission, not the point of the book. Given how much I enjoyed the first book, I'll admit to being very disappointed - though if you shake off the desire for the treasure hunting storyline, it's excellent. It's still very enjoyable thanks to the familiar trio, and it's fantastic to have Spencer back, but the profound shift in focus is not very welcome. Since I already bought book 3, I really hope it's a return to the adventure/treasure hunting focus of the first book.

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  • r_r67
  • 2017-05-05

great listen

loved this story. russell blake is an awesome writer and keeps you guessing. ray porter is just a great narrator and will look for more of his work as well.

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