Shady Cross

  • by James Hankins
  • Narrated by Bon Shaw
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it.
In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."
From best-selling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

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Fast paced, very entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Shady Cross the most enjoyable?

This is a good fast paced book. Nonstop bad luck the whole way through.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it certainly did! This book moves right along starting from probably the first 10 minutes or so and doesn't stop the whole way through.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Surprisingly I did! For most of the story I did not, I found some of it to be a little far fetched. How much and how many things can happen to one man in a day? This guy just went from one situation to another. Like I said, it was entertaining. Anyway back to the question. The final scene did give me such a melancholy feeling, I was so surprised! I love when a book has a great ending...


Any additional comments?

If you're on the fence- get the book. It is a little different then the typical rainy day nothing to read, short on attention span book in that our hero isn't such a hero but a rather shady character himself and at times not too likable. He is shockingly redeemable giving it this memorable ending.

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- shelley

Near constant sunspense; great entertainment!

James Hankins does not write great literature, but he does write very entertaining novels. Anyone who loves fiction has learned to suspend disbelief in order to get very involved because most fiction involves the unlikely.

Stokes, the protagonist in Shady Cross, is a minor league criminal who repeatedly risks life and limb to try to save a kidnapped 5 year old girl he has never met. He has a teenage daughter himself. He feels very guilty about not seeing her since she was two years old and thoughts of her drive him.

The list of unlikely circumstances that occur in this novel are is staggering in number and irony. They include the kidnapped girls father being killed in an accident delivering the money to kidnappers, the girl's stepmother setting up the kidnapping, a small time criminal finding the $350,000 and cell phone used to communicate with the kidnappers, the protagonist having worked with the kidnappers on criminal activity in the past, etc, etc. But I have already said that lovers of fiction already know how to suspend disbelief in order to be entertained.

Shady Cross is an immensely entertaining page turner that I listened to well after I should have been asleep in order to finish it. I could not put it down. The finish was worth the wait. Entertainment and constant suspense make this a 5 star book. Shady Cross is NOT great literature, but it is an entertaining novel well told. I love this book!



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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio