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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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"Hidden Son" really had me going for a while. The murder mystery element is satisfying to unravel, there are several strong female characters, interesting plot and locations. Where the book started to lose me is when it turned into a romance story. I was far more interested in the DEA murder plot than I was a budding romance between the two main characters. I decided to forgive this element, however, as the plot was still pretty good. Ultimately, the book did lose me though. Towards the end the book turns preachy and talks about the necessity of the Christian God in one's life. I did not expect prosthelytizing in my murder mystery, nor was it welcome. The final scene in the book talks about the protagonist's new found faith - a complete right turn from the story. The take away from this book had nothing to do with the murder, the mystery or even the romance. The take away was - accept god into your life. Not cool, murder mystery book, not cool. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as I don't support surprise dogma in my thrillers.<br/><br/>That said, Joe Hempel is always a wonderful narrator! <br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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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?<br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/>