• Black Gold in North Dakota

  • Cooper Smith, Book 2
  • By: Joe Field
  • Narrated by: Ward Paxton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-26-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Paul Bunyan Publishing
  • 3.9 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the granddaughter of a prominent North Dakota state senator goes missing from her hometown of Williston, law enforcement has a couple leads on out-of-state roughneck oil workers - but with the holidays approaching and the trail growing cold, each day that passes decreases the chances that she will ever come home. Reporter Cooper Smith is chasing a story about the Bakken oil industry for Minnesota Public Radio when he learns that the missing woman is his wife's best friend. 
Leaving the story behind, he puts his investigative skills to work to help rescue her. His pursuit takes him to the Deep South, where he learns that this may be one story too big for his Northern britches to come back from in one piece.
©2017 Paul Bunyan Publishing (P)2017 Paul Bunyan Publishing
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By blueskies982 on 01-17-18

Narration does not much intonation or modulation.

I got a copy of this book via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't read the first book in this series, so I don't have the back story. The story starts out with a young woman being kidnapped by two thugs in the parking lot of the town gym. It's an oil boom town with a high population of roughnecks - what an amazing backdrop for a mystery. So much potential. Then I met Cooper Smith and I was like, "Oh..."

I'm willing to suspend disbelief for a lot of things, but this book was a bit too much. How does a person who works for NPR get a month of vacation time for his honeymoon? Why is the NPR boss such a cranky pants when his workers are doing their jobs well? What police officer will take the word of a man in jail for fighting that he's a credentialed reporter AND let him stay his basement? What police force doesn't make a missing prominent citizen a top priority - especially if her grandpa is a political leader? No police force is going to cut their force back over the holidays. It's one of the most high-crime times of the year. Cooper's whole family are cops. Yet, he completely ignores the direct command of police officers?

I feel like the plot promised a lot, but then I got distracted by the trees and didn't see the forest anymore.

I frankly don't get why Cooper is the hero of this story when his wife kicked a creeper's butt and Gabby has to use her wits to survive a kidnapping. I'd happily read about strong, clever women.

The narrator was pretty wooden and rote - not much intonation or modulation.

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By kelly lauffenburger on 12-29-17

Great Mystery

I recommend this mystery to everyone. It kept me interested thru out the story. Narration was great. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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