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I love Mark Westfield’s narration for this series! From his character voices, to his audio effects, to the performance as a whole, I loved listening to his narration of the THIRDS series. It’s got great pacing and it's just an entertaining listen from beginning to end.
The action in Tried & True is heavy with plenty of twists. Fans of the series have been waiting a long time to see a lot of the ongoing threads tied off, and the answers are sometimes blindsiding. It's not all action though. Told from both Sloane and Dex's points of view there are some very passionate encounters between Sloan and Dex, as well as some very sweet one-on-one moments between the two affirming just how perfect they are for each other.
I'm really hoping this isn't the last time we'll see everyone together.
Tried and True is the tenth and final novel in Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series. There is also a novella (Gummy Bears and Grenades) between the ninth and tenth novels. This series will lead to a spin off series, as the main characters move to international law enforcement as part of the undercover agency TIN. It could be likened to moving from the FBI to the CIA and, based on the THIRDS series, promises to be an action packed, funny and highly addictive new series.
When Dex Daley first joined THIRDS, in book one of this series, it would be hard to imagine a more inauspicious beginning. His unique brand of crazy was at first grating on team leader Sloane Brody and the entire Destructive Delta team. They were in mourning for a lost partner, and the heart of the team had been broken. Dex was relentless in his determination to bring fun and joy back to this broken team and they were ultimately helpless to resist his charm. Over the course of the series this eclectic group of men and women have fought evil and bigotry as one. There is no divide between the humans and their Therian partners and they fight as one to defeat those who would try to destroy them, and a harmonious society.
In Tried and True we find our main protagonists, Dex and Sloane, excited and very ready to marry and move forward with their lives together. In true Dex style there will be hijinks, mishaps, karaoke and, of course, guaranteed drama. There has been at least one mole in THIRDS since it was first formed and, through the course of the series, Destructive Delta, and the other members of THIRDS, have been bringing them and their minions down, one man at a time. In Tried and True we find out the identity of ‘The Chairman’ and all the teams at THIRDS will need to combine their strength if they are to have any chance of finally catching and defeating him. Naturally this all comes to a head just as our gorgeous protagonists are preparing for their wedding and departure from THIRDS. Nothing is as it seems and betrayal in their ranks will bring heartache before this series’ stunning resolution and conclusion.
The THIRDS series is extraordinary beautifully written. The world building and characters are some of the best I’ve ever read. Listening to this book, and series, in audiobook format is a whole other level of awesome. Mark Westfield makes the characters come alive and his voice characterisations are spot on to my ear. There are stand outs of course. I love the way he bought Dex, and his unique brand of fun/crazy, to life, Sloane is quietly authoritative and sexy and Ash is just perfect with his barbs, gruffness and underlining loyalty and love for his friends. I loved every character’s voice and the only thing I found slightly less than perfect was his story narrator voice. To my ear it was a little robotic. This may have been a deliberate choice given the storyline however, and other listeners may not have the same issue. It was a minor flaw for me, and once I’d become completely absorbed in listening I forgot everything but the world I was immersed in.
This audiobook, like all the others in the series, is superb. It will draw you in and have you completely riveted from beginning to end. There is laughter, tears, and edge of your seat action that will take you away from the real world for the entirety of the story. One burnt dinner and a ‘lost’ day should attest to Tried and True’s excellence. This is an audiobook series I’m very happy to own in its entirety, and one I know I will be relistening to many times in future. Highly recommended.
Although it breaks my heart to see the end of the thirds series, Charlie rounded things up with a bang!! I cried a lot like I knew I would cus you know it’s the end (or is it lol) of this awesome series. I have loved watching these characters grow and develop and will continue to listen to the series over and over again. Thanks for the awesomeness Charlie x