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Publisher's Summary

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of $5,000, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.
Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.
When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.
©2018 Michael Patrick Hicks (P)2018 Bleeding Ear Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Fujiyama Mama on 06-28-18

Relatively short, but a helluva listen!

This was my first book of Hicks' that I've experienced, and I am happy that I did so in an audio format. I'm amazed how much character development Hicks was able to squeeze into a story that is relatively short. The protagonist and the antagonist feel like fully fleshed-out people that you can empathize with. I contribute this both to the thoughtful details in the book and to the soulful performance provided by Justin Thomas James.

The swapping of the narrative between character perspectives and the story itself is reminiscent of some of my favorite King books The story has plenty of surprising moments, although a couple are arguably cliche, but the ride overall was enjoyable, always wondering what was coming up around the corner (sometimes literally!).

Justin Thomas James' portrayal of the characters completely brought the book to life. He not only expertly swaps between voices, but also retains the appropriate character moods and tones. He brings all of the emotional expressions to life, which is not always something that audio books delivers on.

Now the rough stuff: The audio book isn't seamless, but to be fair the ones that are have been few and far between! There is one moment in the audio production at a chapter break where it is apparent that the recordings were done separately (slightly different tone and sound quality). Although it jarred my immersion a bit, it was quickly forgotten as the narrator swiftly moved back into the cadence of the characters' personalities.

For a quick story with thoughtful, fully-expressed characters (written and performed) I would definitely say this one is worth a shot!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-11-18

Beware of junk mail!

I was going to say this was a fun story, but that just doesn't sound quite right given that it's a horror story, so instead let me say it was an enjoyable story. Broken Shells is a rather brutal/graphic horror story and I enjoyed it right from the start. Antoine was a great character and felt like a real person. I really loved how Hicks used the hook of the junk mail flyer to draw Antoine into the craziness of the story. If I have any complaints it would be that I wanted more. I really wanted to know more about the creatures and their lore, as well as Jon Dangle and his family's role as caretakers.

Justin Thomas James does a fantastic job with the narration. He captured the character of Antoine perfectly and really did a great job of pulling me into the story.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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