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If you could sum up Part & Parcel in three words, what would they be?
I can't think of just three! I would summarize it as "The past defines who you are"
What did you like best about this story?
Nick and Kelly and how fiercely they love each other. They have lost their way, but just a little. It was such fun to listen as they rediscovered what drew them to each other.
Have you listened to any of Brock Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have. I will say that I didn't care for his narrations for the Sidewinders but that is not to say I didn't care for him. It's hard when You've listened to NINE books that gave these characters different voices. I just got used to the Cut & Run narrator, so Thompson just didn't nail some of the characters right for me.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was and yes I did!
Any additional comments?
This is it, the final hu-ra for the Sidewinder team. Nick is still on the mend from being stabbed and damn near killed while he, Kelly and the rest of the Sidewinder team did everything in their power to bring down the Vega cartel before they could kill Nick's best friend Ty, and Ty's husband Zane. By now Zane has pretty much become an honorary member of the team, having bled for them all more than once. The knife wound, subsequent surgery and long road to recovery aren't the only things hanging over Nick and Kelly. They've both lost their way, each of them were a compass for the other to light their way, all the secrets and lies has driven a wedge between them and Kelly is not sure he will find his way back to the love he feels for Nick. It's a letter from the only member of their psychotic team of misfits to meet an untimely demise that brings the whole of Sidewinder back together and quite possibly remind Nick and Kelly why they depend on, care for and love one another more than life itself.
Written fabulously by Abigail Roux, characters brought to life by Brock Thompson, the final book in the Sidewinder and Cut & Run series' does not disappoint. I was a little worried about this group of men I have come to know and love having to go through another rough and tumble ordeal, but thankfully, Roux lowered the body count and anxiety level of this book dramatically from the others in these two series. Part & Parcel brings the one character in the books we never really got to know to the forefront, Elias Sanchez. Through a series of letters and instructions, Sanchez takes his team on a trip down memory lane, making them all remember why they love each other like brothers, why they would put their lives in each other's hands, and in doing so he also reminds Nick and Kelly that their love for each other is what matters, not the jobs or the missions or the bullshit, just love.
I will say that I don't care very much for Thompson's narration, but that is solely because I've listened to all the Cut & Run books and gotten used to a particular voice for each character. That being said, Thompson did do a great job with the story including changes in inflection and tones to suit not only the character he was voicing at any given time, but to suit the situation at that time as well. I know it's an investment, but if you haven't listened to these books, I recommend that you do. It is literally an epic saga, but it is so much fun to take the ride with all these guys. Murder, Mayhem and Destruction is tampered by Love, Honor, Trust and Loyalty with these guys. Definitely a must read and/or listen series in my humble opinion. I'm really quite said to have to say goodbye.
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Man, I've laughed and cried so much throughout this book. My favorite quote is still "Lumpy plains" :P But.... "Prepare to be loved from beyond the grave" Damn you, Eli for breaking my heart! ;~; I feel like Sidewinder, and Zane, needed this book a lot.
And Abigail... I want to thank you for Digger's confession towards the end. As someone who finds herself in the same position that really warmed my heart. I think I've had almost word by word the same thoughts.
I also really like Brock Thompson as a narrator. Finally everyone gets their proper accents and he really makes the characters come to life.
I only wish there was a little bit more of Digger and Owen. But I do see why they don't fit in as PoW characters.
All in all: I absolutely adore this book!
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