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Pamela Dale Foster

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  • House Rules: A Joe DeMarco Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mike Lawson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    First there was the bomb meant for the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel; then a private plane headed straight for the White House is shot down. An atmosphere of fear and panic overruns the country, and when a senator proposes to run background checks on all Muslims and deport any who aren’t citizens, his bill gains surprising traction. John Mahoney, the Speaker of the House, is not pleased. But Mahoney has a connection to one of the attackers, one he wants kept a secret....

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Terrorist's from US and non-US"
    "Terrorist's from US and non-US"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time spent listening to this book was an okay listen. The narrator did not do a very good job as far as my evaluation. The narration seemed to slow down the book. I had a difficult time listening to the book but I did finish. It's the third book in the Joe DeMarco Thriller series and I had listened to the first two. Therefore, I wanted to continue listening to the series in the order established.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mike Lawson before, how does this one compare?

    Yes, I have listened to books by Mike Lawson before. I read the previous two books in the series. Scott Brick was the narrator for those books and Joe Barrett narrated the third book. I would have enjoyed the book more if the narrator had stayed the same. However, the fast pace, action and excitement in House Rules was not evident as it was in the previous two books. The story didn't contain enough suspense for me.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

    Joe Barrett's performance was not good. His interpretation of the character's did not provide a voice that was character appropriate. He attempted to provide different accents for the character's. However, these accents were not consistent. Joe Barrett did not make his narration exciting. Thus, the story as narrated by Joe Barrett was dull. His interpretation of a female voice was lacking. Overall, my theory is that if Scott Brick had narrated this book, I would have given the book a better rating.


    Could you see House Rules being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think House Rules should be made into a movie or a TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    The remainder of the books in the series are narrated by Joe Barrett. I will try the fourth book but I'm not going to put it as the next book I purchase. Maybe the narrator will improve with the next book, I surely hope so. I do agree with the author that terrorism is a fact in the world of today. I have read various books concerning terrorism and maybe that has slanted my view on the quality of this book. There was no text in the book that emulated any necessary research. Terrorism is as terrorism is, was what I took away from reading this book. I am not being fair and I don't judge the author. His story was a comparison and contrast of two forms of terrorism. With this in mind, read the story and enjoy it.

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  • The Night Stalkers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

    Robert says: "A book that does justice"
    "Warriors of the 160th SOAR"
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    This true story is about the birth of the superior helicopter pilot's of the US. The dream of one man became a reality when he was able to convince the hierarchy of the Army that there was a need to establish the best of the best helicopter pilots to fight anywhere and everywhere that they were needed. These elite helicopter pilots were the Night Stalkers.

    There are individual stories that are told of the courageous men who served and serve the Night Stalkers.

    When the Night Stalkers began there were no night vision goggles. These men learned to fly in the night. They also fly in the day but still want the darkness for the stealth that it provides against the enemy.

    These pilots are the best of the best. They try to tuck their fear away when on a mission. They will fight to the death for the warriors they drop in any and all places in the world to fight for the freedom of the United States of America. These pilots understand the meaning of brotherhood, One for all and all for one.

    The narration is great, the stories are without question, memorable and well written. I have learned that there is another segment of the armed forces that put themselves in peril for their country. They are one of the bravest segments of our nation who will give their lives for me and you.

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  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (292)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Ed says: "Amazingly good for a debut book"
    "Mystery Remembered"
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    This is the first book of Michael Kortya that I have read. I enjoyed the mystery and did finish listening in two days.

    A mother and child run because of "fear." But just who actually caused the fear that made the mother run? Her husband Weston lies dead on the living room floor and she has to gather their daughter and disappear.

    Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard are hired by the father, to find the killer of his son, Weston, and to find his missing daughter-in-law and six year-old granddaughter. He can only hope that they will be found alive.

    Lincoln Perry will have to make a decision due to what was written, "Tonight I Said Goodbye."

    Scott Brick does great as the narrator. The moods, emotions and voices are definitely distinguishable. The story keeps you guessing and was filled with action and suspense. You won't make a mistake if you purchase this book.

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  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "Survival"
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    A young woman, during WWII, in Japanese occupied Malaya, led a group of women and children, who traveled 1200 miles before finding a place where they would live and work until the end of WWII.

    There were 800 women and children when the long and arduous journey began. When they found a place to settle, only 30 of them survived.

    While working in a Japanese rice paddy, two men passed by who were also prisoners of war in Malaya. They worked as mechanics and fixed anything on four wheels. The woman was quite interested in the gentleman and during one of their infrequent discussions was told that he lived in Alice, Australia. She informed him that she would be returning to England when the war was over.

    The man and woman became great friends. However, the woman was always seen carrying a baby on her hip. The man understood this to mean that she was married.

    The men passed through often and the Australian would bring things such as coffee, sugar and other commodities that were extremely in short supply because of the war. He over stepped his stealing one too many times and had to pay an extraordinary price.

    The narrator was great and made the book a great listen. The novel had no guns, soldiers fighting and killing. Instead, it explained how two people met and their journey through life.There were no complaints about the concentration camp that the man lived in. However, the Japanese had no place for the women and children to be properly housed and they were left to travel mile after mile on foot, attempting to find food, water and a place to rest and sleep for a short time before continuing on their journey to find a camp in the wind for women and children.



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  • Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Johnny Walker, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    >In this illuminating and informative memoir, an Iraqi translator who risked his life working with American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the Navy SEALs tells his remarkable and inspiring story, offering a refreshing new perspective on the Iraq War. As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp" - an interpreter - with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name.

    K. Holley says: "Not all Heros wear our uniforms"
    "Interpreters are Terps"
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    Johnny Walker, in America, is a brand of scotch, red or black label. However, in Iraq it was the name the SEALS used for an Iraqi interpreter.

    This memoir was a good read. I was happy to listen to a story that had as its protagonist an Iraqi man who understood why the American's were in Iraq. He found a good way to provide help and to earn badly needed money to support himself and his family by accepting an interpreter's job.

    Johnny lingered by the SEALS camp and was seen coming between a confrontation and settling it without anyone being hurt. He had been asked if he'd want to become a terp, by the SEALS who had witnessed the event.

    Johnny had been practicing his English, having heard that interpreter's were needed. He accepted their offer without a blink. He started work that very night. Johnny knew that American's did not hate Muslim's, their religion, customs or anything about them. They wanted to rebuild Johnny's country of Iraq, allow free and democratic elections and teach them how to fight properly as an army thus being able to protect themselves when the American's left Iraq altogether.

    However, Johnny and the SEALS knew that eventually Johnny would have to immigrate to America or bring death to himself as well as his family. Immigration was something Johnny would have to think about later. Right now, he had to go on another op with his SEAL brothers.

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  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
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    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Julie Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "To a Mother From Her Son"
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    This true story is about a toddler, who was 3 when taken from his mother from a Catholic home for unwed mother's. He was sold to a woman who lived in the United States for an undisclosed amount of money. The transaction was done to make a profit.

    This same little boy went with a toddler when she was 2 and they were adopted by the same family, These two were very close and the adoptive parents had actually only wanted a girl. However, she had noticed their closeness and with her husband's consent, the two children left Ireland with their adoptive mother. She paid extra for the second child.

    The reception upon arriving at their new home where they discovered a man, who would be their father and to complete this strange newness. their were 2 teenage boys and a younger boy of 9. Their welcome was not a warm one. Mary wet herself while Antony held the airplane his mother had bought for him as a going - away gift, clutched tightly to his chest.

    Neither of the adoptive children had been around men or such big boy's.. The place where they had lived had a large room to play in with toys and lots of children and infants, too. There were many children who slept together in separate cribs but slept in a single, large room. They had never slept alone.

    The years passed and both the mother and son were searching for one another. However, they were never given permission to open the secured papers referring to their adoption.

    The story is filled with wonder, happiness, love, anger, resolve and most important, let's not forget searching. The narrator is excellent and does a superb job with dialects and the voices of men, women and children.

    This book will provide knowledge about a child who grows up wanting to understand why his mother gave him away for adoption and another side of a child who is content to live her life without a desire to know anything about her adoption, She would like to find her mother perhaps but it actually wasn't important, as far as she was concerned.

    The plot was continued with ease throughout the story. It was a well written book and was an easy listen. There were both good and bad themes running throughout the book. This is a must read one. I felt with my emotions at times, discovery, understanding and had questions answered what it had been like to adopt a child in 1952 as compared to 2014. You will be glad that you purchased the book and was given the opportunity to listen.

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1390)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "The Struggle to Grow Up"
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    The coming of age can be a very trying and painful journey. Charlie definitely needed friends like Patrick and Sam to guide him through the beginning of his tumultuous journey.

    Sometimes, such intelligent kids like Charlie have a more difficult time enjoying life for the fun that life has to offer. People called him a nerd to his face and while walking up the halls after seeing him. However, the kids that Charlie did unknowingly become a part of his freshman year of high school, was a part of his preparation for growing up.

    The narrator, Noah Gavin, was absolutely wonderful. He brought Charlie to life. Noah gave me the opportunity to know Charlie and the many struggles that lay ahead for such an emotional and mentally unstable young man.

    I don't know who his " friend" was but Charlie was quite wise about himself when putting words on paper. But then, he wanted to "grow up" and become a writer. Books were his refuge.

    Charlie did have a supportive family which many kid's do not have. They were available when Charlie needed them. Although Charlie did have a difficult time asking anyone for help, his friends, who liked him for himself, were wise to those times when Charlie was in trouble.

    This book is a straight forward novel that holds nothing back. The listener gets to know Charlie so well that I was amazed.

    Gifts were important to Charlie. He chose what he considered the "perfect" gift for each of his friends and family. He was able to understand who they were at the time and matched a gift to who it fit. Charlie was thoughtful and kind.

    I don't think the book could have been as riveting if I read it. Listening brings a person to life. I've watched children who have had this same struggle and it is not a pretty sight. Stephen Chbosky wrote an excellent book that could prepare a parent or child of what lay ahead. Not everyone encounters such travails as Charlie. However, his courage is the magnificent part of Charlie that pushes him forward. He wants to grow up and I know that he will.

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  • Fault Line: Ben Treven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley's nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

    shelley says: "Excellent! Better then the Rain series."
    "Warrior Tactics in the Suburbs"
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    Alex and Ben, brothers, have been estranged for 8 years. Alex is a lawyer and Ben is in the military but cannot reveal where he is located.

    Alex is able to get in contact through the army base and Ben returns home to evaluate Alex's plea for Ben's help.

    The novel is exciting and I wanted to keep listening until I reached the end. Fault Line kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a lot of action that kept me wanting more.

    The narrator was the author, Barry Eisler, who did a good job. There was one word, " to", when used at the end of a sentence made me cringe. Don't ask we why because I actually don't know but my ears were offended.

    I've read many of the John Rain series written by the same author and I've enjoyed them. There are two books in the Ben Treven series. I don't if there are more books but I'm sure that I would read them, too.

    The book is enjoyable and worth your money or credit. I think this book was quite inexpensive. I'll purchase and listen to the second book, too.



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  • A Clean Kill in Tokyo: John Rain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn't care about why… Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.

    Tarike says: "Beautiful Flaws"
    "Plus A Lonely Resurrection"
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    These two books are the start of a new John Rain series when he has grown older but not too much wiser.

    John Rain learned to kill when he served in Vietnam. He was chosen to run recon operations and did them well. He found that after his first kill in Vietnam, although he didn't enjoy killing the man, he had no remorse. John did not have the nightmares and PTSD that can follow the men home from war. John never grew to love killing as a sport but as a profession, murder for hire fit him perfectly.

    He had a Japanese father and an American mother. Until John's father's death he had lived in Japan. He was the kid bullied because of his mixed heritage. Upon moving to America soon after the death of his father, John once again became the odd kid out and the bullying started again.

    John started becoming involved kin the martial arts at a young age and learned to defend himself. He was no longer the kid who could be used as a punching bag. He turned around and fought only when someone tried to fight him. The boys started to leave him alone because of the new skills he was learning.

    John's mother died while he was in Vietnam and he went back to Tokyo instead of the states to live after serving his time.

    The first two books are centered around murder for hire and his inability to having an extended relationship due to his job. There are ideas that run around in his brain once in awhile and John considers retiring. However, when the last job is finished there is always someone else who needs his services.

    The stories are full of action and suspense. I don't think that there are good or bad guys. Maybe it's bad and badder guys. I've read the books in the original series and enjoyed all of them. I actually like John Rain and even feel bad for him at times. Although he does put himself in a jam in, A Clean Kill in Tokyo.

    The books are an easy listen and go fast. The characters in this series have been well developed from the original series. There are always new characters are they are well developed. The book does bring a new listener up to date throughout the book about what took place in John's earlier life and beyond.

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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (402)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Elephants Humble a Man"
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    Lawrence Anthony is the proprietor of a game reserve in Zululand, Africa. The name of the game reserve is Thula Thula. He is asked to take a herd of wild elephants who have been causing numerous problems at another reserve. What determines his decision is the fact that if he doesn't "rescue" them, they will all be put down. He also likes the thought of a challenge.

    Lawrence had a way with all animals and he was counting on this to save the elephants from certain death. He knew he had to give it a try.

    This is the memoir of a man who loved all animals and was taught by the elephants to become a listener. Lawrence worked long and gently with the elephants and was rewarded with a shared kindness.

    This memoir is a good and gentle read. I thought the narrator, Simon Vance, did a great job and made the story flow. The characters were well developed and that included some of the animals. There is humor, warmth and sadness. Listening to the book was a pleasant one. I don't think you would be disappointed if you were to purchase this memoir.

    The listener is also provided with some education about Africa, its people and its land. I think the words, do unto others as you would have others do unto you would explain Lawrence Anthony's memoir. Enjoy a great listen.

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  • Black Fridays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Sometimes a man can be redeemed. But not in the way he expects. Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed. But it’s not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, "the Kid", from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Outstanding Narrator; Excellent Plot"
    "Kid Needs Father"
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    Black Fridays was an excellent listen.The characters were well developed. Listening to the book made the characters come alive. There was a sense of deep love and caring.

    Jason left prison after two years and had to report to his disgruntled patrol officer on a regular basis. If Jason did not appear he was assured that he'd be back in jail He was not able to leave New York at anytime.

    His son, who had been named Jason, would become quite upset when anyone used that name. Jason preferred to be called, "The Kid." Jason was Jason to the kid and not dad.

    The kid was three when Jason went to jail. Jason broke his parole soon after his release to go to North Carolina to bring his son back to New York. The kid lived with his grandmother and was locked in one room at all times because of his uncontrollable behavior. His mother visited him once a week but often failed to appear. Jason was horrified and he was not stopped when he put the kid in his rented car to leave for the airport. The grandmother accepted that the kid needed to live differently. She did not argue with Jason when they talked. Her and Jason did have a good relationship and she was accepted the kid leaving with Jason. She stood on a step to watch them leave.

    The kid had not been given a diagnosis after consulting many doctors before Jason left for prison. Jason took him to another doctor when back in New York. The kid was autistic. That was all Jason had wanted to know. The doctor was able to explain just what autism was. The doctor also talked to Jason about the care that the kid would need.

    Black Fridays was when the kid wore black to school. Each day, the kid picked out the color of clothes that he would wear that day. His clothes were arranged in the closet in perfect order by color.. Jason gave the kid a life.


    He found a school for special need kids and found that the kid loved going to school. Jason was overjoyed to have the kid with him. No more locks and being shut away from the world That was until his mother came and snatched him and took him back to North Carolina.

    I encourage you to read, Black Fridays, because it such a memorable book. You will be educated on autism and how someone with autism needs to be treated in order to become a part of society. Autism was difficult for Jason but he was happy to learn how to know and manage the kid in a way that enhanced the kid's walk through life. When all is said and done Jason's love for his son was paramount. Jason needed his kid to live a life that was complete. Jason couldn't survive without the kid.

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