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Tier One

Written by: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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In a world violated by terror, the old lines have blurred. Meet the next generation of covert ops.

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

But how does a man torn between duty and revenge walk the line and preserve his soul?

As Dempsey struggles with the games of spies, the case propels him across the globe in a desperate effort to prevent a new, horrifying attack on American soil.

Once, John Dempsey followed orders blindly. Now he sees behind the curtain, and the security of the civilized world rests on one question: Can a Tier One Navy SEAL adapt and become the world's most lethal spy?

©2016 Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Tier One

Just stumbled across the title and took a shot, turned out to be quite the listen. Enjoyed the story and characters, moving on to the next book now.
I enjoyed it, and voice narrating wasn’t annoying like most audio books.

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Surprisingly good

The one thing that this Genre constantly does that annoys me is the need to explain military garga. This book uses plenty of it and never explains it once. Thank you. If readers/listeners like military fiction either they have herd and understand the lingo or are willing to look it up on their own.
The story itself is good enough and move along in an entertaining way.
I’ve never been a big fan of ray porter’s narration in the past, however lately I’m starting to come around.
I recommend listening to this book. !

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Good become great halfway through

I picked this up on sale. It's not exactly my favorite genre. That is American tier-one alpha dudes saving the world. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy me a good military action story where things like realism and physics are given a backseat to imaginative storylines and pacing that generates sweat on the brow just through the act of reading words on the page.

I’m pleased to report that while the first half of this book is your formulaic SEAL team awesomeness at the mid-point there’s a twist that makes the story more complex and much more enjoyable. I won’t say more about the twist, only that it does a great job of setting up the second act, which delivers.

While the main character is your typical SEAL team alpha due who could be pulled out of any similar novel, in the second half of the book the authors did a great job of surrounding the MC with several other interesting and complimentary characters who are used to interesting effect. In particular, I really enjoyed the main secondary female character and her storyline. This was well done.

Overall, I recommend this book if you’re big into tier-one fiction novels and if you like military-team novels that have solid espionage elements. The writing is tight and as mentioned, the pacing clips along perfectly.

Re: the narration, it’s done by the GOAT Ray Porter. I don’t need to say more.

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Surprisingly compelling

Chose the book mainly for the narrator then became engaged by the story. Solid for the military/spy genre and as a first installment in a series. I quite like the characters and how they grew. Looking forward to more!

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Wow great story great performance

great action thriller , super performance , didnt want the book to end... you feel like you were right there with the characters

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Great narration and really good story

Not your typical seal story and quite believable... Enjoyed it immensely and immediately went to look for book 2 after finishing book 1

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Surprised

I haven’t really listened to a “war” book I enjoyed until this one. I look forward to more in the series

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Entertaining But Ludicrous

This Seal Team action story that evolves into a formulaic Black-Ops espionage narrative is straight-up silly. To be certain, Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson provide an interesting, conflicted protagonist (an ex-Special Operator reluctantly recruited to a secretive new fictional Off-The-Books Intelligence Agency named 'EMBER'); adrenaline-fuelled encounters; authentic-sounding combat and covert tactics; all the Jargon and Acronyms a military junkie could ask for; and a tech-geek's wet dream of death-dealing hardware.. but the plot is unoriginal (cartoonish vengeful West-hating Islamists setting up an elaborate international terrorist plot to get retribution for murdered sons - *obviously* not daughters🙄) and loaded with "jihadist" action/dialogue stereotypes straight out of a Michael Bay screenplay.
Likewise unfortunate, the authors fail to recognize the "fun" inherent in this Espionage Action-Technothriller crossover.. taking themselves far too seriously (crafting elaborate backstories to inform character motivations, for example). In addition, their sense of pacing is terrible: filling the book with abruptly-concluded action scenes punctuating looooong stretches of mission set-up and character-building mundanity.

On the fortuitous side: having listened to a goodly number of audiobooks narrated by the prolific Ray Porter, I can confidently declare that this is one of the better performances on his resumé. Mr Porter reads a little bit too slowly (setting playback speed at 1.20X yields the most natural experience), but exhibits his characteristic spot-on diction, timbre, cadence, and voice-acting.. and a genuinely praiseworthy interested tone. He clearly enjoys the text.

Altogether, 'Tier One' merits 5 stars out of 10. Despite aspiring to "cerebral" spy fiction, it's obvious brain-candy - this stuff will rot your mind if you overconsume it - but provides a rollercoaster-ride romp of a distraction if you can manage to check reservations at the door. Obviously, I personally won't be continuing with these Andrews/Wilson offerings - but you're not crazy to do so if you fall in love with the 'Jack Kemper/John Dempsey' character and his team of tech-weenies, tactical geniuses, explosives experts, and marksman operatives.

Regardless, if you can get this first installment in the series as a 'Plus' selection, it's worth a download.. but if Audible asks for a Credit, I suggest you're better off spending it on some Greaney or Flynn.

[Note: the description of what it feels like to get shot while wearing body armor is one of the best that I have ever read]

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If you took a shot every time they say tier 1...

Well, good luck to your liver then.
Bro vet “look how badass we are” bs at it's best.

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Robotic Narration

I found the boring and monotonic narration too distracting to follow the storyline. I could only listen for the first few minutes. Others may find it great. Just not for me.

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