Friday, March 30, 2018


Patrol Log:  11403302018

Audiobook Review On The Dispatcher 

Rated it

One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.
Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge a supposed wrong.
It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late...before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

The Dispatcher is a great futuristic story, in a world where people never really die. Dispatcher Tony Valdez reluctantly takes a journey into the underground world of Dispatcher's along with Detective Langdon in order to find his fellow Dispatcher Jimmy Albert. Will they find Billy dead or alive? Will Tony survive the hunt?

The concept of this story reminds me of a the Twilight Zone. The world is just so odd, and really screws with your mind. Dispatcher's are a part of a government run program, like part of the police department. They wield an applicator that when used on someone who has just died, it brings them back to life. The success rate is pretty high, but there are times when it doesn't work and the person is really dead. There are rules that the Dispatcher's have to abide by, so when they take side jobs, (which is legal for them to do) the gray area of the rules are pushed to the limits.

Tony is a straight shooter when it comes to his work. He has in the past worked private gigs, but when the waters started getting muddy, he left. But not before introducing Billy to all the extra money he could earn. Turns out Billy was more about the money than his own morals, and that is what got him into trouble. While investigating Billy's disappearance, Langdon lands on Valdez's front door. They use to be partners, and Langdon wants to know everything Valdez knows. Langdon is a sneaking bitch though and basically blackmails Valdez into helping her with the investigation. Well blackmail may be the wrong term, but she forces his hand. The investigation takes Valdez way beyond his comfort zone, and he uncovers just how seedy the side jobs can be. It was really fascinating how people managed to work around the rules to their benefit, and profit. I enjoyed the hunt as much as I enjoyed the concept of the story, which led me to loving the character Valdez. Although he was on the up and up, he knew how to kick ass too!

Narrator Review

Zachary Quinto did a fine job with his narration. His tone was the perfect blend of masculine and soothing, with a touch of sensitivity when called for. He never once took me out of the story, and the sound quality was excellent. Great job Zachary! ~ 4 Fangs ~




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