The island of Oahu is skyscrapers and rainforests, beaches and boutiques - but Special Agent Lei Texeira is drawn into a shadow world connected by death and the Internet. Mysterious suicides draw Lei and her team, including tech specialist Sophie Ang, to hunt a criminal who plays with the thin gray line between right and wrong. Lei stirs up a hornet's nest on the investigation as her past reaches out in a twisted vine of old loves, new technologies, and dark vendettas.
"Toby Neal scores a royal flush in this fifth of an unmissable crime series for mystery fans!" (J. C. Martin, author of Oracle)
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Engaging Story and Fantastic Performance
A book about suicide, crime, and humanity...well written, well read, and thought provoking.
Lei...always a favorite, well written and performed. Lei's fighter spirit, vulnerability, and various layers make her a great read/listen. New character I liked Clyde Woo, well written and performed.
Clyde Woo was exceptionally performed by the narrator...Sara's attention to detail is great and her local sound is spot on. There's also an old guy on the phone with Lei who mentions Clyde Woo, too funny, i had to rewind to listen again, haha.
Yes, had to lengthen my commute to listen longer, ha! The story coupled with the narrator's performance make it go by too quickly.
I hope the narrator keeps narrating, love her work. As long as she does I'm gonna keep listening as she doesn't just read, she performs, and performs very well. It's hard to find a great narrator, most sound like they're just reading or are unfortunately annoying to listen to...and non-Hawaii locals slaughter books set in Hawaii, ugh...but Sara is clearly a local girl and fantastic across the board, easy to listen to with vivid storytelling. I've listened through to Dark Lava and look forward to listening to Fire Beach next. Keep'um coming pls!
- Allen B. Galiza
Good story/poor narration
I would consider another book by Toby Neal if it was read by someone else. The narration almost made me stop listening several times. I would be very unlikely to listen to another book read by Sara Malia Hatfield.
I really can't say. It is just not a remarkable book.
The narrator's voice was very slow and without nuance. She used some dialect but not to an advantage and her style is not at all compelling.
I really cannot envision that. There have already been too many cop/detective shows set in Hawaii and most have had more compelling characters.