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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This new author should go far...

Debut author Ellison Cooper has written an outrageous police procedural. So glad I decided to give it a try.
The protagonist Sayer Altair is a strong, African American woman, neuroscientist who also happens to be a special agent with the FBI in Washington DC.
In this book young women of different nationalities are disappearing. They have other commonalities but I won't divulge what that is. Anyway, one woman is found murdered. She's in a basement , in a cage, starved and dehydrated with a dog in with her on the brink of death. The house is booby trapped and kills one cop and seriously injures another.
The next woman is found barely clinging to life along with a kitten. Then another goes missing.
The is a very well written book. The characters and the environment are both described vividly and the characters are believable.
Danielle Deadwyler does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

What goes around comes around...

I really like Gregg Olsen and have enjoyed every fictional book of his that I've ever read/listened to.
The Weight of Silence is the second book in the Nicole Foster series. I don't think it really matters if they are read in order. It's been almost two years since the first was released and I did not go back and reread it.
This is a story right out of headline news. Father goes to work and forgets infant daughter in back seat of car. Hot summer weather, interior heats up like an oven and baby's fate is sealed.
I actually saw a story like this in the news, that father was convicted of murder. Do people really believe the average person will swallow this??
The other storyline deals with Nicole. She's raising her niece as her own. Her sister murdered her own husband the child's father) along with a few others. Nicole's ultimatum was for her to disappear and give Nicole guardianship. He sister did and Nicole told the child her mother was dead. Now her sister has reappeared and wants to see her daughter. Why?
Nicole's internal struggle through out the book is palpable. Should she turn her sister in, risk prison herself and admit to her niece that she lied... or should she just kill her sister? I think the author made an excellent decision on his ending!!
Karen Peakes does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Her issues have issues!!

Well, this was certainly a real edge of your seat kind of book. I've never been a huge fan of Loreth Ann White but her Angie Pallorino series should not be missed. There are three books so far in this series and I don't really think they have to be listened to in order but I do think it helps since they are referenced.
This book brings back some bad memories for Angie who is struggling to earn a living and move on with her life. She approached by a retired judge and offered a job as a PI to find out what happened to her dead granddaughter. She wants to know if it really was an accident. But Angie doesn't yet have her own PI license. She first had to finagle a job out of someone she knows who doesn't want to hire her.
This book takes you places you'd never thought you would go! From where it started to the ending this story does so many 180* turns it will keep you going in circles. The conclusion completely blew me away.
Julie McKay does an excellent job narrating however a little slow and I had to listen at an accelerated speed.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Wolf has got some issues in this one!

First I have to say I think Jeff Carson has written an excellent addition to the David Wolf series with this book.
In Drifted David Wolf is really having some difficulties. Since his fiancé has left him with her daughter in the previous book, Wolf has started drinking again and it's affecting his work. Not to mention his home and health. And oh yea, memory... he forgets a visit with his son and his girlfriend and they have a few surprises for him.
So he gets a one week suspension and must go for counseling. And while all this is going on he's heading up an investigation that his subordinates don't think he's up for.
You think you know what's going on but in the end Carson throws in a super twist that changes the whole direction of the case Wolf is working on.
Sean Patrick Hopkins does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

As expected-excellent solid addition to series...

This is such a great addition to the Advocate series. The publisher's summary gives a very good overview without giving away too much of the plot. All of the characters are well developed and believable as well as the storyline.
The one vein that held my attention was that of a 12 year old girl forced by the church into a marriage to a much older man. Someone in the church calls child protective services after the wedding is announced. The child runs away and cannot be found. Sabre tries to make a case before a judge regarding child abuse/endangerment vs a voluntary church sanctioned marriage but without the girl it's almost hopeless. So glad too see this topic being written about even in a fictional setting.
The other cases are all interesting as well. Things really heat up for JP Torn, Sabre's boyfriend when someone from one of her other cases tries to kill him/her.
John Bell does an excellent job narrating. Easily distinguishable character voices.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

So many books - so little time left!

Written in Blood by Layton Green turned out to be such a pleasant surprise! Green's writing has never pulled me in, but with his new book I will definitely be watching out for him
In the future.
I also enjoyed the narrating by Peter Berkrot. His voice was perfect for this story. At times he speaks low and gravely giving the impression of retelling a harrowing tale.
After reading the publisher's summary I thought this book sounded interesting. I found this more then interesting, I found this captivating! This storyline revolves around a decades old, multilayered mystery with too many twists to recount.
The protagonist starts out the in this story basically broken and seeing a psychologist. As the book progresses he becomes convinced that he's been beaten and someone's going to get away with murder. Every time he gets a clue there's another obstacle in his way. But there is a turning point...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

This book was totally unexpected. I found Jane Doe to be a uniquely entertaining psychological thriller. It's very down to earth with believable characters and storyline.
The story is as the publisher's summary states. Jana returned to the United States when her best and only friend (Meg) commits suicide. She does this after getting into a relationship with Steven. He hones in on Meg's weaknesses and breaks her down. Both Meg and Jane come from abusive families. Jane grew up strong Meg, not quite so strong with inhibitions and self doubt. Jane wants Steven to pay for what he did to Meg, she wants revenge.
This book is very well written. The characters are fleshed out. The story is complete and the ending is satisfying.
Nicole Zanzarella does an outstanding job narrating.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99 to purchase when you borrow the kindle edition.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Hooked me from the beginning...

I was so glad to see this book as a kindle first pick so I was able to purchase the audiobook for $1.99. Honestly, I would have paid a credit for it regardless, this book is that good. I listened to Mike Omer's Glenmore Park mystery series and he instantly became an author I watch for.
This book has similarities to to his previous series. A police/FBI procedural with the protagonist having a younger sister who needs protecting and a deranged serial killer who initially appears very innocuous.
The story is told from different points of view including the killer's. You don't get to find out the why until almost the end.
Brittany Pressley does a great job narrating. She does speak kind of slow so I had to listen with the narration speed increased.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

JB TURNER is on his way UP!!!!

I'm a huge fan of the Jon Reznick series. Now I think I'm an even bigger fan of the Nathan Stone series.
Once again the publisher's summary gives almost too much of the plot away, if I say anything else you wouldn't have to get the book.
From start to finish this is high octane adrenaline rush! Talk about fast paced, this book just doesn't stop. I like the way the author fleshed out the protagonist quite a bit more in this book. In the previous book Stone's character was basically a killing machine. In this book he has a personality with not only strength but weaknesses as well (not too many).
Although this can be read as a stand alone I would suggest listening to book one first to better understand what is going on in this book.
Jeffrey Kafer does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Could turn into a very good series...

I really like the author James Swain and I absolutely love his Billy Cunningham series. If you have never read/listened to anything by this author I would like to suggest starting with that series first.
I think is a very good plot driven book. That being of an ex navy seal turned unlicensed PI and an FBI agent teaming up together to catch pedophiles and serial killers. The FBI agent is also a former victim who got away. I found this book (unlike his others) to be little bit predictable. It had some nice twists and a few red herrings to keep it interesting.
If this were Swains first work I probably would have given it a five star review. However, based on the complexity of his previous books (especially SUPER CON) I am giving this a four star review. I think the protagonists in this book have tons of potential and I look forward to the next in the series being released in August 2019.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is only $1.99 to purchase.
Patrick Lawler does an excellent job narrating.
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11 of 13 people found this review helpful