Review: Pandora’s Grave by Stephen England
Pandora’s Grave is the first book in the Shadow Warriors series of thrillers by best-selling author Stephen England and I’m really glad to tell you that he did a fantastic job with it, setting the stage like an old master of the Adventure genre, instantly pulling the reader into a riveting and thrilling plot. It reminds me of the old Clive Cussler books and that’s a really good thing.
The story opens with a tragic event that took place thousands of years ago in what’s now Iran and after that it picks up in present days. The main character is Harry Nichols, a veteran paramilitary officer with the Clandestine Service sent to the Alborz Mountains of northwestern Iran as part of a black ops mission. The action moves blazingly fast from the US to Iran and to Israel, keeping you on the edge of your seat with lots of twists and turns. We meet an US president who will do everything to be reelected, an Iranian leader set on destroying the World as we know it and a team of special forces sent to rescue a group of captives.
Pandora’s Grave is an immersive book about religion, an ancient evil, biological weapons, black ops, politics and brave men. Be warned! Start it when you have time on your hands because you’ll not be able to put it down. I really enjoyed the mystery behind the story, the lifelike characters, the interesting locations, the suspense and the covert operations. I must point out and applaud the respect Mr. England showed towards the special operators, it’s clearly how much he admires and respects their work and service.
The audiobook version of Pandora’s Grave is performed by Michael C. Gwynne. He is a good narrator, acting the entire book with passion and enthusiasm, using a multitude of different voices and accents to bring all the characters to life. Sadly, sometimes he seems to be overacting everything…
I’m convinced that a lot of research has gone into writing Pandora’s Grave and I think that all Thriller and Adventure fans will enjoy this 1st book in the Shadow Warriors series. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, Mr. England delivers a thrilling and unputdownable adventure similar to those written by Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum and other amazing ”fathers” of the Thriller genre..
Pandora’s Grave: Shadow Warriors Series
Written by: Stephen M. England
Narrated by: Michael C. Gwynne
Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
Publisher: Stephen England
About the Author:
Stephen England is the author of the bestselling Shadow Warriors thrillers, including Amazon’s #1 Bestselling Political Thriller, Pandora’s Grave, and its long-awaited sequel, Day of Reckoning–a novel hailed as “the perfect spy thriller for our time–chaotic, cynical, with only a few good men keeping the barbarians from the gate.”
An American president who will do anything to win reelection. . .
An Iranian leader who will stop at nothing to bring about apocalypse. . .
An ancient evil, only waiting to be reborn…
High in the Alborz Mountains of northwestern Iran, an archaeological team disappears. American citizens are among the missing…
Days later, imagery from U.S. spy satellites reveals detachments of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps descending upon the site…
With the presidential election only months away, President Roger Hancock authorizes a covert CIA mission into the mountains of Iran. Their objective: rescue the archaeologists and uncover the truth.
With fifteen years in the Clandestine Service, paramilitary operations officer Harry Nichols is unquestionably the man for the job. He’s a tough, ruthless veteran operator. He’s led his men into harm’s way time and again. For him, it’s all about the mission. It’s all about the team. He’s never seen anything like this before…
Drawn into a web of conspiracy that reaches half-way around the world and into the highest levels of the U.S. government, he soon finds that nothing is as it seems. The mission itself is suspect. His team can no longer be trusted. And a misstep means world war…
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