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action-adventure, greed, situational-humor, verbal-humor, amateur-sleuth
Talk about starting with a bang! You wouldn't believe me if I told you. But you might believe that the two inebriated writers accumulate an Uber driver, and another writer with connections to help find a fortune in diamonds. Add in some nasty Russian mafia types and some really awful humor, and you have a really great read! I totally loved it.
Andrew B Wehrlen did a great job as narrator, and gave the quirky characters even more interesting depths.
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“Chase Baker and the Dutch Diamonds” is book 10 in an 11 book series. This time Chase is at a conference for thriller writers in New York, called Suspense Fest. At the conference, Chase runs into a fellow author, Les Edgerton. After a few drinks, the two end up talking about the 1930s gangster, Dutch Schultz and the legend of Schultz's hidden treasure. One thing leads to another and soon the two men are ditching the conference to pursue Dutch Schultz’s treasure. There is action, almost immediately, as the adventure unfolds, as well as the usual cast of characters one has grown to expect from a Chase Baker story.
Although the scale of this Chase Baker entry isn’t as grand as some of the previous entries in the series, the entertainment factor is still what a reader/listener has come to expect from the series as well as the excellent narration. One should have no problem enjoying book 10. I can only hope the author, Vincent Zandri will continue to write more Chase Baker stories. Finally, this audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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Chase Baker and another writer escape from the Suspensefest convention they are attending and, over a few drinks decide to abandon boredom and instead search for the missing Schultz treasure that Edgerton had heard about. After a poor start, and an unfortunate encounter with a Russian father and son team, they are joined by another writer, this time of true crime, who claims she knows the real location, not that previously expected. How does she know? She is a defendant of Schultz's close servant at the time the treasure was hidden.
This is a fantastic Zandri romp with great throw away dialogue, adventure and fun. Much more fun than the Suspensefest and with the hope of enormous financial reward. The characters are great, the search exciting and, predictably, filled with difficulties and betrayals. One of the best in the Chase Baker series. As always, Andrew Wehrlen's narration is superb, well paced, each individual voice distinctive and appropriate, the whole a delight to the ear. He breathes even greater life and amusement into the text than that already present on the writing.A really enjoyable book.
My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of Chase Baker and the Dutch Diamonds, via Audiobook Boom. This is a great series, always exciting, constantly surprising and different. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a well performed easy listen of a light hearted, thrill filled book.