Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi is the third audiobook in the Dispatcher series. I enjoy these action-packed, suspenseful stories involving dispatcher, Tony Valdez. Dispatchers kill those near death, giving them a second chance… but when Tony is asked to dispatch a fellow Dispatcher, he finds himself in the middle of a corrupt game.
by John Scalzi
Series: The Dispatcher #3
Narrator: Zachary Quinto
Length: 3 hours and 43 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Source: Audible Plus
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x
The Audible and New York Times best-selling "Dispatcher" series returns with a brand-new mystery, performed by Zachary Quinto.
The world has changed. Now, when someone is murdered, they almost always come back to life—and there are professionals, called "dispatchers," who kill in order to save lives, to give those near the end a second chance. Tony Valdez is a dispatcher, and he has never been busier.
But for as much as the world has changed, some things have stayed the same. Greed, corruption and avarice are still in full swing. When Tony is called to a Chicago emergency room by an old friend and fellow dispatcher, he is suddenly and unwillingly thrown into a whirlpool of schemes and plots involving billions of dollars, with vast caches of wealth ranging from real estate to cryptocurrency up for grabs.
All Tony wants to do is keep his friend safe. But it’s hard to do when friends keep secrets, enemies offer seductive deals, and nothing is ever what it seems. The world has changed... but the stakes are still life and death.
Scalzi writes engaging tales with characters who grab me and hold me to the end. I ended up listening to this in a single evening. While not completely necessary to have listened to the previous Dispatcher stories, I think you’d appreciate aspects of the story more and frankly, Scalzi writes good stuff.
Tony and the other Dispatchers are contracting mostly with the hospitals since the Covid outbreak began. In this world, those at death’s door are giving a second chance. The Dispatcher kills them and restores them. They arrive in a place they feel safe. Usually their home. When a fellow dispatcher throws himself from a moving car, he asks to see Tony. He is then dispatched by the Dispatcher on duty. Only he doesn’t arrive at home.
This was a fast-paced tale that saw interaction with previous characters as greed in the tech industry has people using dispatchers to their advantage. Poor Tony finds himself pulled in and questioned from all sides. I truly like Tony and find him to be clever.
This is a brilliant series set in Chicago, and the author weaves in current headlines & topics, giving the story a ground feel despite the unique concept of dispatching.
Zachary Quinto continues to narrate the voice of Tony and secondary characters. He enhances the tale using tone and pacing to keep me fully engaged. At just under four hours, these stories are superb for road trips and commutes.
I hope we see more Dispatcher stories. Fans of science fiction thrillers and mysteries will want to add these to their audio collection.
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Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)
So I’ve loved the John Scalzi I’ve listened to that is narrated by Wil Wheaton. Is this series kind of humorous like those? I think I’d enjoy Quinto as a narrator as well. Great review!
Love me some Wil Wheaton. Yes, there is humor. I think all of his books have his quirky brand of humor.
Rachel @Waves of Fiction
I listened to the first one a while back but had no idea there were more books. I’ll have to catch up!
Oh, I loved the first one, and downloaded the second to listen to, but then forgot. I need to get to that!
Ooo, yes you do. Enjoy!
Lover of Romance
Great review you have here. Love a author that can do well done world building. Clever characters always had something more to a story! Glad this one was such a hit.
Thanks Renee. I enjoy this author.
I like that this series is short and action-packed.
Me too. These are perfect size listens.
I’m glad to hear the series is so good.
Carole @ Carole's Random Life
I loved the first two stories and need to get to this one ASAP! I am so happy to see that you enjoyed it!
Yay. Glad to hear you are a fan too!
I enjoyed the first one. I need to get on the stick and get caught up, I see. 🙂
Yes, you will enjoy them!
Anne - Books of My Heart
OH! I really enjoyed the first one in this series. I’m pretty sure I have the second one but haven’t listened to it yet. I’ll have to try to catch up and listen to this one while it’s in Audible+ I’m horrible about taking advantage of that and KU when I have it.
I hear you and I feel you. I am the same way!
You piqued my curiosity. I think I need to check out this series.
They might all be in Audible Plus so check there first.