Tuesday 29 August 2023


The Import by J.T. Baier
Book 1 in the Matthew Riker series
Narrated by Jay Snyder
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About The Import:
Some skills you never lose. Killing is one of them.

Matthew Riker keeps to himself, doesn't cause trouble, and never talks about his past.

But after a chance encounter with a woman and a small child on the run, Riker will have to make a choice: use his hard-won skills to protect two innocent victims, or stay in the safety of his quiet life.

What follows is an adrenaline-soaked thrill ride that will take Riker on a cross-country chase, through the seedy underbelly of a New York criminal empire, and into the darkest places of the human heart.
Source: Info in the "About The Import" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53882190-the-import on 20/08/2023.

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My Thoughts:
Our hero, Matthew Riker, is MacGyver, Rambo, and Sarah Connor rolled into one. The book is action-packed from the get-go until the end.

Some of the fight scenes though, did not seem plausible. But, me being an urban fantasy fan and not really of crime fiction, I am quite tolerant with impossible fight scenes. Having said that, I still wished that the fight scenes are done in a more believable way.

For a crime fiction, the plot was quite straight forward. Crime organisation kidnaps little girl. Riker rescues girl. Lots of violence all the way and that's it.

I didn't like it that the author placed the end of the story at the start as a prologue. I understand that it is a good selling technique but it does not make for a good reading. It kinda ruins the plot. Then you would know that this bit of the story would definitely happen.

I like the way Jay Snyder reads and his deep baritone of a voice suits our main protagonist's character.

Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (10 hrs listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Matthew Riker Series:

Meet The Author

About J.T. Baier:
J.T. Baier is the author of the Matthew Riker series of thrillers.

A life-long lover of stories, J.T. has worked in the publishing industry, film production, and even real estate. When not behind his keyboard writing pulse-pounding action scenes, you’ll find him in the backcountry with his bow, on an adventure with his family, or kicking back with a good book and a glass of bourbon.

The Narrator

About Jay Snyder:
Jay Snyder, also known as Dan Green, is an American voice actor, voice director, and screenwriter. He co-narrates the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom audiobooks as Matthias Helvar. He is best known for being the voice of Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, the anime series version of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well as all of the character's U.S. series appearances. Jay Snyder has also performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theater, on television, and in film. He works regularly in the voice-over industry.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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