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Jane

Jane Chicago, IL, United States Member Since 2010
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  • "Wonderful intellectual suspense."

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    Intricate, smart plotting. Excellent ending.

    This is a classic - a great experience. I’m frequently smiling at the smart and unexpected actions. Leading the investigation is homicide detective Lebel. He is short, rumpled, quiet, unassuming, and blinks a lot when criticized. There are no scenes with his wife, but we hear that he is henpecked. Don’t expect a charismatic hero. This is a humble man doing smart things in a methodical manner. I loved the nuanced characters. I was sympathetic to some of the bad guys and disliked some of the good guys. Jackal is a bad guy but he does not humiliate or do despicable things to people. He just kills anyone who threatens him. I admired his intelligence and competence. The OAS guys are bad guys, but they have idealistic motives, even though warped. They’re not out to kill masses of people. They just want to kill one guy.

    Government officials learn that the OAS hired a foreigner to assassinate the French president. The killer’s code name is Jackal. They cannot talk to the OAS because they are hiding in another country. Lebel is brought in to lead the search to find the Jackal. I’m shaking my head thinking where does he start? What can he do? And then I am so impressed with the method of investigating and uncovering clues. On the other side, I was impressed and intrigued with many smart things the Jackal did.

    CLASSIC WRITING STYLE:
    I love this method of writing - classic. There is no jumping around in time. Things are told in a logical and linear method. In many cases when a new character is introduced, a short background is given showing his motivations, and then the current day story continues. This works well. And all scenes have natural endings. The author doesn’t stop a scene in the middle of a sentence. (Stephen King are you listening?)

    MAINTAINING SUSPENSE:
    I am frequently annoyed with other authors who leave scenes before a natural end and jump to another character, place, or time. For example, Mary walks into a room, hears a noise, and is hit. The next sentence is about another character in another place. This is not story suspense. It’s manipulation to create artificial suspense. I am angry at the author. My anger takes me out of the story. Forsyth does suspense perfectly in this book. For example, Lebel gets a clue about the Jackal. I feel hopeful. POV switches to Jackal who is doing things according to plan. He hears that Lebel learned something, so Jackal changes his plan and does something different. I’m impressed. POV then switches to Lebel’s guys who arrive at Jackal’s location but don’t find him because Jackal left an hour earlier. I’m thinking oh no what will they do next? Even though the POV is switching, the actions flow in a logical time line. The result is a chess game - watching each player respond and make his next move. This was a perfect way to maintain suspense throughout the book.

    CAUTION MINOR SPOILER:
    I had only one complaint. I wanted to see revenge and consequences for Jacqueline and the man she seduced. It probably happened but I didn’t get to see it.
    END SPOILER.

    Genre: suspense thriller.
    Ending: Excellent and feel good.

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    The Day of the Jackal

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    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
  • "4 ½ stars. Excellent suspense thri..."

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    I didn’t want to stop reading. It’s a long book. I had a hard time putting it down. Lots of suspense. Many times I was saying come on, come on - eager to find out what was going to happen next. John Corey is a smartalecky, arrogant cop working for the FBI. He has many entertaining one-liners and jokes. I liked his humor, but humor is subjective and some readers may not like it. There were a few surprises along the way. Some parts were a little slow, but the last half was the best. The ending was good and complete enough for me, although the killer Asad was still alive and un-caught. The story continues in the sequel “The Lion.”

    Asad was a well done bad guy. He’s a stealthy smart killing machine. I consider “The Day of the Jackal” by Forsyth as great. Lion’s Game reminded me of Jackal, but LG was missing the following. I wanted to see how Asad got his information, how his sources got information, and how Asad and those sources communicated.

    Asad interacted with many people. It was hard to believe they did not recognize him. Asad’s picture was all over the TV and newspapers.

    One negative - a stupid event: Two guys know Asad is in the area with a sniper rifle. So why are they walking outside alone with no bullet proof vests or other protection?

    NARRATOR:
    Scott Brick did an excellent job as John Corey because Scott does cocky arrogance well. John Corey’s arrogance was written in an entertaining way so it worked. But I’ve given Scott Brick 1 and 2 stars for his narration of other books where he was too arrogant, and it detracted from the book. Scott narrated females nicely here.

    Genre: suspense thriller

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    The Lion's Game

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    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
  • "This was fun because it was different."

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    Dexter is a psycopath. He likes to kill people and feels no guilt. His sister is a cop. Dexter is a great help to cops investigating killers, because Dexter thinks like them. One fun scene was Dexter saying the killer likes a cold room (pause) and narrow. His sister asks “why narrow?” Dexter doesn’t know but it just feels right. Then he says narrow like a refrigerator truck. And that’s their first clue. In another scene Dexter is thinking about the killer taunting Dexter saying do you want to play? Normal people would run. Dexter eagerly smiles and thinks “Yes I do.”

    Dexter’s foster father imprinted upon him a golden rule - never kill the good guys, only bad guys. So in that way Dexter is one of the good guys. (But he does kill and mutilate people in this story.) This is the first book in the series. It’s a crime mystery with some suspense. There’s a happy ending for the good guys. I liked it.

    I did not like the major crisis at the end because I didn’t know what happened. I had to guess. There were no details about how someone died, how someone was wounded, and how someone got away. I almost gave this 3 stars because of that.

    I have not seen the TV series.

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    Sadly I did not like the author narrating this. He was ok as Dexter, but he was annoying when he did two females, the sister and the lead detective. He used a weird, nasal, unpleasant voice for women.

    Genre: crime mystery suspense

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    Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

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    Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

    Jane says: "This was fun because it was different."
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    Claire Roth is a professional art forger, and works for the fictional reproductions. Her specialty is Degas, although she can copy other masters and genres. Claire is an artist in her own right, but she has been a pariah in the art community for three years. The reason she has been cast out is a key part of the story.

    Claire is aproached by art gallery owner Adrien Markel to make a reproduction of the stolen Degas painting, and Markel promises her a one woman show in exchange.

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    I would listen to the narrator of this book, X.E. Sands, read a grocery list. She is just that good, and she was an ideal choice to narrate this book.

    I found that the plot, although definitely a tangled web, was predictable in the last third or so. I would have liked to have known more about Gardner herself, and I hope B.A. Shapiro writes more about her, either fiction or non-fiction.

    This is B.A. Shapiro's first novel. It's made several best seller lists, and is an Indie Book Dealer Best of 2012. I learned more about oil painting than I ever expected to know - or even thought I'd be interested in. The book isn't teachy, but I learned a lot.

    [If you found this review helpful, please let me know by pressing the 'helpful ' button.]

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    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

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  • Cut and Thrust: Stone Barrington, Book 30 (






UNABRIDGED) by Stuart Woods Narrated by Tony Roberts

    Cut and Thrust: Stone Barrington, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Stone Barrington has traveled to Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention and finds that the political scene has been shaken up. First Lady Katherine Rule Lee is running for the party nomination, a loyal senator has died and left her seat vacant, and the Secret Service has received a credible threat toward Kate. It will take all of Stone's discretion and powers of persuasion to help arrange things for a desirable outcome.

    mike gagnon says: "The thrill is gone..."
  • Pines (






UNABRIDGED) by Blake Crouch Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia

    Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1425)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
  • A Man's Head: Inspector Maigret; Book 9 (






UNABRIDGED) by Georges Simenon, Frank Wynne Narrated by Gareth Armstrong

    A Man's Head: Inspector Maigret; Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon, Frank Wynne
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Set in the in the atmospheric and squalid streets of Paris, Maigret sets out to prove the innocence of a man condemned to death for a brutal murder. In another one of Maigret's unconventional and audacious plans, he arranges the escape of the condemned man in an attempt to prove his theory. The presumed murderer goes on the run across Paris and its suburbs, dropping misleading clues along the way and leading Maigret into the labyrinthine twists of the mystery.

  • What You Wish For (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Edwards Narrated by Ralph Lister

    What You Wish For

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Edwards
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
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    Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth….Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key. But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger. Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in….

  • Hitler's Girls (






UNABRIDGED) by Emma Tennant, Hilary Bailey Narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown

    Hitler's Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Emma Tennant, Hilary Bailey
    • Narrated By Billie Fulford-Brown
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    Adolf Hitler's secret mistress, an upstanding member of the British aristocracy, gives birth to a daughter. The child is whisked away at infancy and raised as an orphan. She is protected from the truth concerning her origins, but that doesn't prevent the remnants of Hitler's scattered empire from seeking her out as part of a plot to reignite their dream of conquering Europe. Enter into our drama the starchy, conservative Jean Hastie, an art historian and official for the Scottish National Trust.

  • The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Parsifal (






UNABRIDGED) by Damian Stevenson Narrated by Wayne Farrell

    The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Parsifal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Damian Stevenson
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    In the dark world of political assassinations, 17F has become code for ruthless efficiency. He stopped Admiral Darlan and General Bock from forging a dangerous alliance in Operation Armada. Now he must do the unthinkable: save the life of Adolph Hitler to ensure an Allied victory. A stunning young German woman holds the key to solving the enigma of Parsifal, but she may be a double-agent working for the psychopathic diamond billionaire Wolfgang Krupp.

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  • Circus of Lost Souls (






UNABRIDGED) by Riley J. Ford, Rebecca Hamilton Narrated by Gillian Vance

    Circus of Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Riley J. Ford, Rebecca Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
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    (0)
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    Cirque du Lune is killing off teenagers, but it's all part of the act. Or is it? As the body count rises with each performance, one girl at this renowned theater-based summer camp finds herself contemplating what's real and what's not. What if it's not just a horror show, but a live snuff performance perpetrated by real-life, infamous serial killers? What if the murders... are real?

  • Crossing the Line: Paris Homicide, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Frédérique Molay, Anne Trager (translator) Narrated by Daniel Jokelson

    Crossing the Line: Paris Homicide, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Frédérique Molay, Anne Trager (translator)
    • Narrated By Daniel Jokelson
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    (0)
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    Imagine Christmas in Paris and an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong in the case you are investigating. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky returns to work after recovering from a gunshot wound. He's in love and rearing to go. His first day back has him overseeing a jewel heist sting and taking on an odd investigation. Dental students discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head. Is it a sick joke?

  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Tom Wood Narrated by Daniel Philpott

    The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
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    (0)
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    The mysterious assassin known only as Victor is locked in an uneasy alliance with the CIA. And he has a list: Three names, three victims. Worst of all, Victor is given just two days to take down his targets, forcing him to compromise his usual extreme care. With each name Victor crosses off his list, the game grows far more complex - and far more lethal. A conspiracy begins to unwind and suddenly this perfect assassin becomes the perfect target.

  • The Proof (






UNABRIDGED) by Cheryl Colwell Narrated by P.J. Ochlan

    The Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cheryl Colwell
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
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    Shrouded in mystery, a precious relic known as Il Testamento, or The Proof, circulated among the early Christians for centuries. Before their deaths, its guardians hid it from their adversaries, leaving only a crude map of its location. For centuries, it lay in darkness. Until now. Reports of its existence have resurfaced, inciting an ancient rivalry between a ruthless group that seeks to destroy it, and a secret association that lusts for its power.