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This is an excellent sequel to I Am SAL. O would suggest listening to that book first. Although this is a good stand alone, reading the first book will give you background that you won't get by listening to this book alone.
In this book Sal is living in Thailand and getting involved in MuayThai fighting. Although he doesn't need the money he chooses to live like the local fighters and only live on what he is earning with his fighting. Because he is such a good fighter he is given the "gift" of a 14 year old girl for a week. Sal does not want sexual favors from her and treats her like the child she is. After the week he purchased 2 more weeks with her. In the meanwhile the child sex trafficking goes on and little or nothing is done by law enforcement who are paid off by the pimps to look the other way.
What happens next is heartbreaking but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say the following action puts what Sal does in the ring look like child's play.
Paul Heitsch does a fantastic job narrating. There are a few emotional scenes and he nailed them perfectly.
I'm not sure if it's because this book is written with Abraham Falls or because of the character, but I will say that it is not the usual family friendly David Archer book. This doesn't bother me at all, I think it gives the story a little more credibility.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Author Abraham Falls follows up with his wonderful I Am Sal with You are Precious. When I reviewed I Am Sal i could not discuss who Sal Johnson is without spoiling the plot. Sal is a clone of another man. His brain is a computer. In this book we also find he has real human emotions.
I Am Precious is set in Thailand and Precious is the assigned name a 14 year old Cambodian girl sold into prostitution at age 7. The story is gut wrenching. Audible classify it as a suspense thriller novel; it is that and it is also contemporary science fiction because Sal's computer brain allows him to store vast amounts of data and think very rapidly. It also sends messages to his muscles so quickly that he can react as if time slows down for him.
This is a well written and narrated novel that tugs strongly on the heartstrings. It is about Sal and his dealings with the seedier aspects of Thailand's criminal gangs where the value of human life is low, specifically of very young girls forced into a life of prostitution.
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