Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CCB Audio Tour ~ Blown Circuit

Welcome to my stop on the Blown Circuit Audiobook Tour!

*Book source ~ Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title ~ Blown Circuit
Author ~ Lars Guignard
Narrator ~ Russell Jonas
Publisher ~ Fantastic Press
Published ~ 11 December 2013
Genre ~ Thriller
Length ~ 7 hrs 40 mins

My Rating ~ 3 bites and a nibble out of 5
Narration ~ 4 bites out of 5

Michael Chase is a reluctant spy for the CIA. All he wants is to find his dad, but trying to locate him in China turned into a whole other mission that he barely survived. Now, credible intel puts his dad in Turkey, so Michael heads there with hopes of finally finding him. Instead, he comes up empty except for a few obscure clues and yet another mission to save the world from bad things. Will he survive this time, too? And will he finally find his father?

This is an exciting scavenger hunt and a race to find the pieces to the Tesla device  before the bad guys do. The race is heart pounding, the clues mysterious and Michael has no idea who to trust. It’s an enjoyable thrilling ride. However…Michael is just too knowledgeable about everything. He knows every kind of weapon, boat, ship, vehicle, helicopter and just about every fact from ancient history to the present in every subject under the sun. Ok, maybe he doesn’t know everything, but it sure seems that way. It gets to be tedious listening when everything is explained in painstaking detail and it slows the pace of the story down. Also, for a rookie agent he has an incredible amount of good luck. Now, some people are just that way, lucky in most things they do. But I find it hard to believe that the bad guys are such terrible shots. Did they learn from the A-Team or the Storm Trooper School of Firearms? Just sayin’. All-in-all though this thriller has a decent plot and several twists to keep the reader guessing.

The narration for this story is pretty good except for a tendency of the narrator to sometimes drag out the end of a sentence. It sounded weird. Other than that I give the narration a thumbs up.

About the Author
 Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!

About the Narrator
Russell Jonas is thrilled to make his audiobook narrator debut with “Blown Circuit.”  Russell has worked in commercial voice over and television since 1999 and has appeared in forty stage plays in New York City and in 46 states, including the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company. Russell teaches The Art of Acting at Southern Methodist University.

Tour sponsored by CBB Book Promotions


  1. I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this one. I think because of the type of book it is I was able to suspend my disbelief. He might know too much to be realistic, but I kind of like that kind of character. The kind that is kind of a genius on accident. I can see how it's something that might bother some though. Thanks for reviewing for the tour!

    1. I don't need everything explained to me as to why or how he knew about it. It slowed down the pacing for me. It is mostly fast-paced though.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts. That's good you liked the narration overall. The "bad guys can't shoot" type of thing makes me think of movies. I guess if you can look over it, it might be fun! lol

    1. It's non-stop action. Michael barely gets a chance to rest in an effort to stay ahead of the bad guys. :)

  3. heh I seen some reviews for this, it sounds exciting. Sorry that the audio book was a bit weird thought

    1. It was exciting. The audio wasn't bad, just sometimes the inflection was strange. Not terribly off putting though.

  4. Ooo this sounds like an intense thriller. This type of reads are often far-fetched but I love the intense action and twists.

    1. Definitely intense. I think you'd enjoy it, Kimba. :)