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When US DEA Special Agent Lelisa Desmond refuses to follow an order to bury evidence in a high profile case, her superior hires a hit man to forever silence her deep in the ocean off Grand Cayman Island. Lelisa survives the first attempt on her life, but someone close to her is mistakenly murdered in her place.
With no one to trust, Lelisa enlists Inspector Alec Dyer for assistance but soon learn she's his number one suspect in the homicide. She sets off on a daring mission to bring down the man who ordered her execution - a man in a high position, with powerful friends; a man who will stop at nothing to keep his son hidden.
©2016 Dianna T. Benson (P)2017 Dianna T. Benson
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4 out of 5 stars
By trixie on 04-09-17

Volume 1

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

The Hidden Son kept the twists and turns coming as I tried enough to find out what was happening next. It was like watching an action movie as the brilliantly-described pictures blossomed in my mind. Since this is a trilogy-I’ll definitely be back for books 2 and 3.

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

Joe Hempel's narration is clear and perfect for the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cyn on 08-11-17

Thrilling exciting listen

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Since I listened to this and did not read it I didn’t have the issues some posted about. The author may have fixed the issues they talked about. For me it was a very enjoyable audio filled with mystery, excitement and danger. Believable hum I am not sure some parts yes and others maybe not but it does give you a page turner full of excitement. I do not think I have ever seen a hitman with such bad luck lol.

I thought Mr. Hempel’s narration was very good, his voice holds the emotion as the characters go through their day to day lives from fear to excitement. I had no trouble hearing Lelisa’s fear of the unknown not knowing who to trust, where to go or what to do next. His male and female voices where very enjoyable. I do believe there was one place where the volume changed but there are no repeats of wording and no background noises. I thought he carried off each character and their demeanors very well. He really adds and brings a lot to the story delivering a very clean and clean audio. I really enjoyed listening to Mr. Hempel’s work and look forward to listening to more of it in the future.

I thought the author did a really good job in laying out the plot with excitement, danger, thrills and a few chilling scenes. When those you trust turn against you it is hard to put your trust in anyone. Finding out your friends, co workers want you dead is very shocking. Finding the man you have been dating, one that you trust for a long time died in your place is devastating as it goes on you wonder if he is in on bring you down. My mind is blowin away when you know you must get home to clear your name with a hit man hot on your kneels wanting you dead and a cop who wants answers and wants to know what you are hiding what is a girl to do but run for her life. At some point Lelisa going to have to trust someone but who? The cop from the islands is hiding something he isn’t being up front, could he be out to killer her too? This was a fun and exciting read from the danger to the romance. Alec is one hot cop who has been to hell and back and will most likely revisit it before this story is over. The author gives you a story inside a story that really pulls you in with its mystery as well. The answer comes to you about the same time it does to Lelisa leaving you in shock wondering how anyone could be so cruel. The ending is wonderful maybe not so believable. It does leave you shocked and smiling at the same time. There are twists after twists in a dangerous game of hide and seek. Some will end up dead others will wish they were. All in all this was a very exciting read that holds your attention giving you a page turner you can’t put down.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 05-03-17

"Where's the evidence, agent?"

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The opening passages to this book are rivetting: a young woman, Lelisa Desmond, is deep diving in the beautiful waters of the Cayman Islands when she realises that her dive buddy is no longer behind her. An increasingly panicked search finally reveals him, not breathing, and she is forced to rise up too quickly through the ocean in an attempt to get him to the surface and onto their boat in an attempt to save his life. What had happened to Rick, her dearest friend? And why had the mysterious lone diver she saw not responded to her frantic below water appeals for help?
The book throughout is engaging, written with an immediacy which adds excitement and a growing tension to Lelisa's fight to save her own life and bring justice down on a man, her much respected mentor and superior, who's desire to save his son from punishment has blinded him to everything else. Lots of action, unexpected plot twists, a second old mystery playing alongside the main story, and an encouragement to turn to prayer and God in time of need (although this latter is gently done, without ongoing prostelisation). And, as always, Joe Hempel's superb narration carries it all forward, helping bring to life the various characters encountered. Reading briskly but clearly, the changing intonation of his very easy to listen to voice reveal the emotions written into the text, whilst each protagonist is given individual personality. Any book read by Mr.Hempel is always going to be a pleasurable experience.

I was gifted my copy of The Hidden Son by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. Whilst the plot did not quite live up to the expectations created by the introduction, this was still a very worthwhile listen with two quite complex leading protagonists, interesting side characters, a thrilling, plot twisting, rush for justice and a superb narrator. I look forward to future books in this trilogy.

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