A Blast. A New Favorite Series.

5 out of 5 stars

I think one of my favorite parts about picking books based on narrators as much as authors is that I end up finding books that I love that remind me of other books. Gary Bennett is one of my favorite narrators, and I’ve been particularly enjoying another assassin story from him when this one popped into my radar. True Conviction, an Adrian Hell novel. The cover doesn’t give too much away and even the description/synopsis doesn’t either. But let me tell you… what a book this was.

I’m used to an author being able to pull the wool over my eyes. I go into most books like I do movies with my “movie or book goggles” on — meaning I just try and enjoy the book. I’m not looking for missing pieces or trying to figure out “who did it” within the first few pages. But, True Conviction may hold the record for the amount of times in a single book that I thought we were going left and we took a hard right. I just didn’t see anything in this book coming, and I’d bet I spent the entire end of the book with my jaw unhinged.

Adrian Hell is a likeable character. A sort of anti-hero and someone who is a pretty broken individual. His ability to stick to the “morals,” if you can say that for a hired killer. But, when he smells something funny, he has to stand up for the greater good instead of just getting in and out. That ends up biting him in the rear end in True Conviction – but what a story it was.

Overall, as you can tell, I enjoyed the heck out of this story. Bennett’s narration was PERFECT for this story. He was able to become Hell, seemingly without trying. And every scene where Adrian had to be emotional/vulnerable, I could feel it coming off of Bennett. And Sumner, I have been warned. You are on my list now. I can’t wait to see what other stories you come up with.

Perfect for those that like assassin stories with lots of twists and turns. Government cover-ups and secret organizations. And just over-the-top action (think Jason Bourne).

Book Description:

A legendary assassin becomes the target when faced with the threat of a new Cold War.

He’s about to learn a valuable lesson:

Every action has consequences…

Adrian Hell is hired to take out a corrupt businessman, but quickly realizes the job isn’t as straightforward as it first appears. The more Adrian learns about his target, the more he becomes one himself. Caught in the middle of two powerful enemies, Adrian must use every tool in his deadly arsenal to survive.

The story unfolds through the eyes of a bad man with a good heart, and seeing his moral compass might even make you question your own…

If you love Jason Bourne and John Wick, you need this series in your library.

True Conviction by James P. Sumner
Narrator: Gary Bennett
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Series: Adrian Hell #1
Published by Self Published on February 16th 2023
Genres: Thriller
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Hunter's Games, One Last Bullet, Deadly Intent, A Necessary Kill
Also in this series: Hunter's Games, One Last Bullet, Deadly Intent, A Necessary Kill

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