The Jason Betrayal

Written by Jack Bowie⎮ Narrated by Alan Philip Ormond

Author: Jack Bowie
Narrator: Alan Philip Ormond
Length: 9 hours and 8 minutes
Series: An Adam Braxton Thriller, Book 4
Publisher: Jess Lederman
Released: May 6, 2020
Genre: Political Thriller

Synopsis

Someone is selling America’s secrets on the dark web. And they’re willing to destroy anyone who gets in their way...
For over 50 years, America's greatest scientists have met in secret to advise the government on issues of national importance. Their recommendations have changed the course of history.
When cyber-consultant Adam Braxton is asked to brief this group, he is flattered, but then, he learns he has not been asked to inform them, but to help them locate a turncoat. One of their members is selling national secrets to the highest bidder. And his search cannot involve the government.
Enlisting the aid of his new partner, a beautiful ex-DIA agent, and his investigator, a crusty ex-cop, Braxton digs into the history and lives of this clandestine group, unaware that the CIA is already following a different path to the traitor.
Both cases lead to a familiar enemy, and the investigators are drawn into a deadly game of deception and revenge.
Can Braxton find the traitor and stop the leaks before his friends pay the ultimate price?
The Jason Betrayal, the fourth novel in the Adam Braxton Thriller series, weaves contemporary events and cutting-edge technology in a nonstop international thriller that will challenge your understanding of the relationship between politics and science.

Meet the Author: Jack Bowie

Jack Bowie was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio, then headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend MIT. After graduating, he held technical management positions in public and private sector organizations in Massachusetts, Virginia and Connecticut.

During these years, he saw firsthand the successes and failures, friendships and rivalries, and alliances and conflicts that build our high tech life.

A lifelong reader of classic science fiction and espionage thrillers, Jack's writing began as a break from professional duties and grew into a passion for storytelling.  His Adam Braxton series follows a tenacious cyber-security consultant into the opportunities and dangers of high-tech.

Jack splits his time between homes in New Hampshire and Georgia where he lives with his wife Sharon and two loveable, but very demanding, Shih Tzus.

Benjamin's Review

4.5 Stars

In the last week, I’ve listened to Kitty Hendrix's narration of the 100 year old novel Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. The writing is certainly personal and engaging. Ms. Hendrix narration matches it perfectly. Ostensibly, Main Street is in a way about every Main Street in America, viewed through the lens of one character, Carol Kendicott, on one fictional town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. As the story begins, Carol is a college graduate, soon to be librarian. She has grand plans to make some small town a place worth living, in her own meaning of the term. She, in due course of time meets Dr. Will Kendicott & moves to the town of 3000 in high hopes of accomplishing her dreams.

Main Street of Gopher Prairie unfortunately isn’t ready to be molded by the young idealist. The main body of the story is Carol gradually coming to terms with who she is, who she wants to be, and where exactly that fits in a very slowly evolving society.

Whenever I read or listen to a book, I make comparisons in my mind and question what the author’s purpose was. In a sense, Sinclair Lewis in this book is an American Charles Dickens. Statements are made, sometimes overtly and sometimes less so about some of the injustices of our society (or in this case, the American small town society of the 1910’s). But unlike Dickens, there is no deep plot as it were. Ultimately, this story is a snapshot of one woman's life, becoming a wife, mother, community member, rebel, nursemaid and so forth. Though Lewis extensively paints the picture of Gopher Prairie and the sometimes caricaturized inhabitants, ultimately, I felt like this story is about 1 person – Carol, who is a stand in for Sinclair Lewis himself. Main Street is inevitable (kind of like Thanos?). It will be what it will be. Society will go on much as it has.

But where does Carol fit? Where do I fit & where do you fit? Again and again I was struck with the conflict that was Carol. My biggest takeaways are to 1- know yourself, TRULY know yourself, 2 – Be TRUE to yourself. Figure out what that means and be authentic to yourself & those around you, and 3- Accept others as they are. They have ambitions, doubts, things they’re passionate about & things that will never interest them. But in this book, Carols assumptions about others and her assumption that she can change others creates unhappiness and dissatisfaction.

There were several times when listening to Main Street that I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. It’s a book that makes you think. And it makes you think about how you might think you are better than others and where you’re wrong. And even a century later, it's incredibly relevant. Technology may have made it much easier to connect with anyone, anywhere, but ultimately, Main Street is still seen in every small town to whatever small community you are a part of. I especially liked Carol's realization that in the big city, she would be interacting with a similarly small community of people ultimately. We are who we are, and it has less to do with the setting we are in and more to do with how comfortable we are in the shoes we've chosen to inhabit.

So – Rating the book – Writing – 5 stars. Plot – 3 stars. If you’re looking for an engaging page turner, mystery, or action, the plot is not what drives this book. It just follows Carol and Main Street through several years. If you want a book to make you think, check out Main Street.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by Kitty Hendrix & she did fabulous on it. Sometimes I found her male characters a little caricatured, but that was as much the writing as her narration.

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