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When I read the synopsis for the “Whistleblower,” it sounded like a great idea for a mystery thriller. The fact that the trilogy was offered as a boxed set made it even more appealing. Anytime you can finish the whole story without having to wait months or years to get all the volumes is always a good thing. Unfortunately for me, the trilogy just didn’t hold up to my anticipation of it. Author Jim Heskett is definitely a talented writer. I’ll gladly give him that. The setup for the story was excellent. Mr. Heskett had me exactly where any author would want to have his readers. I was totally hooked and if you’re like me, you will be too. At least, in the beginning.
The “Whistleblower” opens with average guy Tucker Candle being warned by a total stranger in a bar not to take a business trip. This stranger also seems to have what appears to be supernatural powers or at the very least, first rate magic skills. Either way, Tucker ends up on a business trip he had never planned to take and all hell breaks loose. People die, his very pregnant wife is kidnapped, he is forced to kill someone and that’s only about a quarter of the first book.
My problem with “Whistleblower” is that the rest of book one and book two is just a never ending repeat of the same with no explanation of what’s going on. I hung in for two of the three books without learning much of anything. At a certain point, the very things that hooked me and had me eating out of the author’s hand have now become just annoying, manipulative plot devices that don’t seem to be advancing the story. If there is a story, an actual reason for everything that has happened to the protagonist, I can’t tell. Even after backing up and listening to the multiple chapters over again I can’t find any answers in book one. In book two, the author just introduces more characters and more situations without answers. At this point, I just don’t care to listen to book three. My plan was to let some time pass until I’m not so irritated by all the manipulations to stretch the story out, I would go back and finally finish book three just to learn what everything was all about. At least, that was my plan until I learned there is a book four. There is just no way I’m sticking with this story for four books. Although I’m usually not a big fan, I will occasionally read a story that needs to span more than a trilogy of books to tell its tale, I must say when that happens, the author usually has enough of a story to warrant all those books. “Whistleblower” does not feel that way for me. If I hadn’t discovered it as a three book, box set, I know I never would have gone past book two.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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What an intriguing, action pack, mystery, thriller that is fast moving and holds your attention. Just when you think you have a handle on things they change, nothing is as it seems. What you will find between these pages is excitement, murder all wrapped around one man who has something they want and are willing to kill to get it.
Mr. Coon does a good job of delivering the excitement and thrills. His male voices are as good as his female ones. At times he sounds a little flat when I thought there should have been some excitement in his voice. There are no repeats of wording, no background noise or any volume changes. If a break was taken I could not tell. You have no trouble knowing who is talking, some of their emotions are delivered a little to flat for my liking but all in all the narrator does a good job. The audio is very clear and clean. This was a very enjoyable listen.
The plot is good leaving you guessing as you go along, at times it can be confusing but I believe that is what the author wants. It does keep your attention with some powerful story lines. It is kill or be killed to get their hands on merchandise they believe is theirs. The author does hold the cards close taking awhile to reveal the what and who of it. There were a few places I thought dragged on but I really did enjoy this. I loved the mystery, the twists in the plot. There are a few places where I went waooo I didn’t see that coming. I think you really have to read all 3 books to get the full impact of the story. I think most people will enjoy this. If you like mystery, rollercoaster rides, action thrills and lord have mercy moments I hope you will give this a listen.
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