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The Swan & the Jackal was brilliantly paced with twists and turns that shocked me, ripped my heart out and made my jaw drop. The last 40% of my listening experience took place into the wee hours of the morning because there was no way I was stopping. Fredrick’s story is far from over and maybe I am sick, but I cannot wait for more.
Fans of dark, gritty, complicated romances wrapped in the world of assassins for hire will find The Swan & the Jackal to be a brilliant addition to the In the Company of Killers series. Redmerski has this incredible gift for bringing these dark, damaged characters to life and weaving them around your heart.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Not a lot I can say without giving anything away.
It doesn't have as much action, suspense and thrills as the first two books but this book focuses on the relationships between Fredrik, Cassia and Seraphina; and Fredrik and Izabel. There are several twist, turns, surprises and why didn't I see that coming.
I enjoyed this book because I'm intrigued with Fredrik and wanted to know more about his past, his demons, what makes him tick.
The pace moved well without a lot of internal dialogue which also kept me interested.
The performers were just a perfect as books 1 and 2. Luke Daniels is Fredrik, Andi Arndt (in my top 5 female performers) is Cassia and Kate Reinders is Seraphina.
I will Absolutely recommend this book as an essential building block to the series which also makes it worth the credit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This story is so full of dramas and graphic descriptions of torture. It's definitely not for the faint hearted. I thought the first two books of the series were dark and twisted but they were nothing compared to this one. Also unlike the previous 2 books this one offers minimal humour and absolutely no redemption whatsoever. What a very depressing story.
I'm not complaining about author J.A. Redmerski's writing though. I think she's a great story teller. I just found it hard to enjoy a story so dark and hopeless like this particular one. But that's just me.
Narration wise, both Kate Reinders and AndI Arndt are fantastic voice actresses who interpreted Cassia and Izabel very convincingly. Luke Daniels on the other hand sounds a bit ridiculous with a woman's voice but otherwise he is reasonable as Fredrik. I still think however with a story so full of angst and emotions I'd have enjoyed it more if I had read the eBook instead of listening to Luke Daniel's narration.
This story was just OK, to much in your head type story, it's dark and twisted, story that plays out more in the Jackal's head then in life itself. When I listen to a story l like to feel like I'm in the story, feeling the emotions that roll along something like a ride of life. This didn't quiet do it.