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I might be inclined to read the second book written by Bobby Cole. Jeremy Arthur could have put action into his narration. He might have used emotions relevant to the scene. There was no real distinction as to how the character's felt. His different narration voices were good.
The most interesting aspect of this story was that when guns are used for the right purpose, in this book hunting, they have a legitimate use. However, when men with crime as their trademark, guns eventually lead to needless death. The least interesting aspect of this story was the calendars hanging in the sports hall that were meant for guy's eyes only. The calendar's were used two if not three times in the story. One time, maybe, more that that, never.
The pace of the story was quite slow. Maybe that was created by the fact that certain subject matter was repeated over and over. Elizabeth having the sprained ankle that slowed the escape process. The need for Jake to put his daughter, Katy, who had left her boots in the trailer when her and her dad first started fleeing from gunshots, up and down every time the three, Jake, Katy and Elizabeth, had to stop and rest. I lost count. He put Katy on his back, on his shoulders and helped Elizabeth by moving slower, using the protected barrel of his shot gun as a crutch or helping her with his hand.
The Dummy Line could use a follow-up book, I suppose. I did notice that there is a second book that is to follow. I certainly hope that no one goes on an adventure that requires another search and rescue.
The Dummy Line needed some different dialogue used between the character's that would have created thrill and excitement. The text was dull. I knew the ending quite early in the book. There was no mystery to be solved. The book read in slow motion.
Dana worked as a newscaster in Minneapolis, Mn. She loved her job and dreamed of what her future held. All of her dreams were shattered when she was abducted by a serial murderer while walking to her car to drive home from work.
The serial killer was known as, Doc Holiday, and had been abducting women in the Midwest states of the US. Dana had a number 9 carved deeply into her chest. Perhaps she was his ninth victim. However, the public thought that he had killed many more. They would never know because Dana was his only living victim. The side effects from a severe brain injury would definitely change Dana and no one could predict how much better she'd ever become.
Her mother, Linda, brought Dana home to Indiana, after 8 long months. Dana had been a beautiful, blond haired and blue eyed woman. Now she would wear hoodies and bring the hood up over her head and with her head down, pull the sides forward to hide her face as best as she could. Still, some people would stare or gasp out loud when they saw her scarred face.
Dana began to wonder about her best friend Casey, who had disappeared 7 years before. Maybe she had been abducted by Doc Holiday and tortured and murdered. Speculations stirred inside of Dana and she would not let it go. Since Dana had suffered her brain injury she had been unable to think before she spoke. Therefore, her thoughts about Casey were being spread throughout their surrounding neighborhood. Not realizing how bringing up the past would affect so many lives, was yet to be seen.
The character's in this book were developed sufficiently enough that I was able to understand their personalities. Even the dog had his own special place as a character. The author wrote this novel in an attempt to help other's to begin to understand how a brain injury can change a person. People with a brain injury will have to discover her or his own best way to fit back into society. Perhaps one will benefit from therapy while another will not.
The story was interesting and I wanted to continue to listen. There was suspense and action throughout the book. The book did open my mind and explain how brain injuries can change someone you love, from the person they once were into someone who will never be the same as before. You will not be making a mistake purchasing this book. I read the reviews and decided to try and found it to be a good listen. Give it a try and return the book if you find it not to your liking.
Robert Puller was convicted of treason and national security crimes. He was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Robert was in a military prison where no man had ever escaped. However, Robert did escape and set out to prove his innocence, something that he had never thought would be possible. His brother, John Puller, has a formidable investigation ahead of him. He is considered to be at the pinnacle of his career as an Army investigator. However, John would now be hunting for his own brother, who he has sworn to find and bring in.
John Puller had been in Afghanistan at the time Robert had been charged and convicted with treason and national security crimes. It was only when John returned from being overseas did he learn of John's fate. He visited Robert often but they never discussed his guilt or innocence.
John had only been on the case for a few days when Veronica Knox approached him. Veronica informed him that she would be working with him until the investigation was over. John didn't know what to say without expressing his disbelief that anyone would consider that he couldn't manage the investigation on his own. He had some concerns about her intentions while the investigation was in operation. Was she a spy and would she harm Robert and himself if she thought it was necessary? He was confused about this because she could be very convincing that she was on his side and then another situation would arise and he'd be questioning his trust of Veronica.
The book, The Escape, was well written and a very good listen. The story was not a straight forward who done it mystery. There were many twists and turns that made the book quite interesting. There was suspense and action. The book involves characters of the three lettered abbreviation units of the government. The main character's were well developed but many of them were not but they were important to the story. The narrator's did a fair job. I was unable to distinguish the male character's, especially John and Robert. I would encourage other listener's to purchase this book. It took me a little time to become invested into continuing the book but once it gets going you'll want to continue listening until the end. I enjoyed the ending.
I listened to this book all in one sitting. I stayed up all night and into the morning. I just couldn't stop.
Adam is a 16 year old teenager who is in high school. He and some of his other friend's begin to frequent a club that encourages kids who are too young to bring any prescription drugs that they can find at home. Adam's father is a transplant surgeon who has prescription pads in his study.
Spencer, a friend of Adam, commits suicide and is found on the roof of the high school. Pictures were taken while they were up on the roof. Someone, who is seen in the picture, is stopped by Spencer's mother as he leaves school.
Tia and Mike, Adam's parents don't understand what is going on with their son. He doesn't talk, he's losing weight and stays out late on any day of the week. His parent's talk heatedly about what they can do to help Adam. There is one solution, to have someone put a spy program on his computer. Adam's dad repeats over and over that spying is an invasion of his privacy. However, his mom convinces Mike there is no other solution.
There is a message left on the computer that disturbs Adam's parents. The message reads, there will be a party at a friend's house, who lives just a few houses down from them. Adam's parent's do not like the friend nor his father. What will Tia and Mike do? Maybe one of them will call the friend's house to speak with Adam or go to the friend's house to get Adam and bring him home.
The book is filled with action and suspense. Hold Tight, kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book until the end. There were many character's and each with personalities that were well developed. Scott Brick, the narrator, did a great job. Brick did get a little carried away but I've listened to many of his narrations and I've heard this one before. I settled back and listened. I've read quite a few of Harlan Coben's book and this book was one of his best. Don't miss listening to this book because you'll be making a big mistake. There a many things happening but let me tell you, many of those things made me sit up in disbelief. Purchase this book!
The book, Keeper of the Light, was quite a listen. I'd have to say that each character had his or her need to be in the book. There were quite a few and I got to know all of them and enjoyed getting to know them. Some of them were nice and other's were not but that always makes for more excitement, edge of your seat listening and suspense. I wanted to know the ending before I got there.However, I've never submitted to that desire. The book is always more suspenseful if you are able to wait.
There is lots of love going on in the book. The most loved one is Annie. However, some loved her more than other's. The story takes place in Nags Head, South Carolina. Yes, the book travels back and forth in time but it's not at all difficult to follow. The character's were well developed and I got to know them all of them, even Annie's wicked parent's. The narrator, Arielle DeLisle, did a great job. She was able to jump from one character to the next with ease. The narrator plays an important part when listening to a book. I don't think that if you purchase this book you'll be disappointed. Although, the genre of this book is probably more to a woman's liking. Enjoy!
Jack Rhodes found his fiance dead from suicide in his back yard. Jack doesn't know why and goes on a 15 month alcoholic binge before he is able to realize the futility of what his life has become. Jack has always wanted to be a writer. He moves to Pasadena, Ca., gets a job as a dishwasher and starts to write his first novel. OMG he thinks, while taking stock of what has happened, the first book is a success.
Jack leaves again, moving to Featherton, Vermont. He lives alone but isn't lonely. He continues to write and has come to the final book in the series. Jack will tell his readers who the serial killer is. However, a body has been discovered buried in a shallow grave and her name is, Grace Beverly, the same character who died in a book he has already written. Who is the, Killer, the name of his final book in the series?
The book, Killer, wasn't a long book and wasn't filled with pages of unnecessary information. The mystery moved along and I found that I didn't have to move back and forth because the mystery continued smoothly and followed the plot without interruption. The narrator, Noah Michael Levine did an excellent job with the character's voices and emotions. A good narrator makes for a better listen. There's romance included but doesn't overtake the mystery. I don't think you'll make a mistake if you purchase this book.
The Vietnam mantra was that the body count was the measure of success, that was when Harry Constance did his first and second tour in Vietnam. Harry went back to Vietnam for his third tour but the war had become a political quagmire whereby Harry and his best friend, Gallagher, were unable to fight a war to win.
The Tete Offensive was initiated by the NV during the most celebrated day of Vietnam, Tete which could be compared to Christmas Day in the US. There had been a truce between the NV and the SV. The truce was broken by the NV and what followed was the most fierce battles fought in Vietnam.
The men of SEAL Team 2 had to defend the bunk house where the Navy, Army and Marines had all come together, unknowingly, for a much needed respite. The first round of 300 strong NV soldier's pounded the American Compound. Every man present fought hard and were, after 7 very long days, still in control of their designated property.
Both Harry and Gallagher were members of SEAL Team 2. They participated in the Phoenix Program and for them it was a great success. They were able to train and work along with the VC defectors. The men were sincere and capable, when needed to participate in heated one to one combat. There was one female in the group who was the interpreter and was excellent at her job. However, during the ferocious battle she came forward and was able to prove her worth as a warrior. Her entire family had been murdered by the NV and she no longer would bow to their rule.
Both Gallagher and Harry treated the warrior's with equality. When one of the warrior's was in the hospital due to injuries inflicted by war, Harry would give the weekly earnings of the injured to his wife. There was comradeship among the NV who fought with and beside Harry and Gallagher.
The Phoenix Project was another political failure for the United States. Harry and Gallagher were called back and assigned other duties.
The book, Ready to Go, was the best of all the memoir's I've listened to and there are many. I did not want to book to end. Listening to Harry Constance's remembrances of his times in Vietnam were excellent. I was able to gain much more understanding of the war in Vietnam than ever before. Harry told his story with honesty and clarity. The narrator, Todd McLaren, was excellent. I would never have enjoyed reading the memoir more if I had read it instead of listening to it. I was able to feel emotions throughout the book. I did not cry but felt anger, love, disgust and so many other's. I'm sure that I will revisit this book one day and enjoy it more than the first time. There was action, edge of the seat occurrences along with suspense. I am certainly glad that a friend, after listening to Harry's story over time, realized the importance of sharing it with the public. I'm sure if you are interested in a memoir of one of our nation's warriors, this book will be the best choice to select. I can only hope that you are able to gain the knowledge of how a man can tell his life with honesty and clarity.
There is a serial killer who is strangling women with his bare hands, sexually assaulting them postmortem, leaving behind a Trojan condom and a yellow balloon with a smiley face. It isn't until Detective McRyan is given charge of the investigation, replacing Detective Riles, that a break in the case finally presents itself. The women he is murdering are unassuming, short, plain and easily manipulated by someone who is in good physical condition.
However, concurrent with these killings, other women are being murdered. These women are different from the other's. They are self assertive women, who dress well, look attractive and have high stress jobs. Senator Mason Johnson is also murdered. These murders deviate from those being executed by the serial killer.
The police are trying to put all of their evidence together, trying to make out what is happening in their small town. The murders taking place have been occurring in the same jurisdiction. Long hours are ahead.
Witnesses are found by arduous, dedicated policemen. The men have to go door to door, revisiting the same people at times. The work can become tedious but must be done. Witnesses can help to solve crimes, not even being aware of what they saw was of any importance. That is the reason for sifting through the information given and if there may be a need to revisit the same witnesses more than two times. Who knows, there may be someone never talked to that may come to their attention.
The book was interesting and I did enjoy the listen. The narrator, Johnny Peppers, did a great job with the many voices and emotions. Greed can rule some people's lives. Then there are lawbreakers who don't fit the mold until someone starts to dig deep into their lives. Criminals come from all walks of life. The book was an exciting listen. One murder or two? I think anyone who enjoys listening to a good mystery would enjoy this one. I'll purchase the second book in the series.
New Orleans is known for its policemen. The time is 1974 and the rule came down allowing women to enter the force, the policemen did not concur. There were many ways the policemen used to deter women from entering the force.
The uniforms were too big in three ways. First, the hat fell down over the policewoman's eyes, obstructing her view, second, the shirt was so big that the emblem was almost to her elbow and third, the pants were so long that if they were not hemmed, the policewoman would trip and fall flat on her face.
Gail had been on the force the longest. She would meet any challenge head-on. Maggie had been trained by Gail and was good at her job. Maggie had family that were also members of the same police force. Her Uncle Terry continued to bully Maggie to make her quit the force. Uncle Terry went so far as to punch her in the face, leaving quite a few bruises. This beating was done in front of her other family member's. They were definitely not supportive. Her brother, Jimmy, didn't associate with her. Then came Kate, the newbie. Yes, the first day that she arrived, she was not only tormented by the policemen but also the policewomen.
The policewomen gave her a difficult time in the locker room before report. Initiation was the word her fellow policewomen used. They laughed at how the uniform fit. She was criticized for not having a combination lock for a locker, making it necessary for her to use a locker with someone else. They wanted to know where her notepad and pencil were that was needed to take notes that could be critical to a case. Those weren't the only hassles that Kate had to confront.
Everyone had to show up for report, unless otherwise excused. That was a special treat for Kate. Eventually, the policewomen would ease up if she was able to prove her worth but not the policemen. Their eyes always stared at Kate above the waist, would bump into her and always take any opportunity to touch her butt and any other place on her person if she didn't smack him down with words or actions. They would find other ways to get in her face and make her feel as if she wasn't worry of the time and effort that would be needed to teach Kate. The policemen definitely did not want her in the car with them.
There was a cop killer on the loose. He didn't have a pattern as to what cop he would be going after next. Although, the cop usually worked in the worst areas of the city. However, his killing began to escalate. He was becoming bolder and had to be stopped.
Gail, Maggie, and Kate began to plan a strategy on how to bring the murderer to justice. While they planned at Maggie's house, the men were outside drinking beer and getting drunk They didn't want anything to do with the women. They were stupid and any and all of what they tried to discuss with the men went in one ear and out the other.
Strategically speaking, hunting down and bringing the cop killer to justice involved quite a few stumbling blocks, that proved to be exciting. Police work jeopardizes men and women with every call they make. The police are one aspect in our society that are needed. Society can't control how they will react and act out in particular situations. Without someone to enforce and protect, people would have no rules and chaos would rule the country.
There was quite a bit of action throughout the book. There was no love story evidenced throughout the book. The narrator, Kathleen Early, did a good job. Speed, distinction of characters and enunciation were well done. The language was a bit over the top but I've become almost immune to it. There aren't many books that I've read that don't have such language used. However, if you do have a problem with foul language, this book wouldn't be for you. There were other prejudices discussed throughout the book. The 1970's were quite a whirlwind, where prejudices were concerned. Karin Slaughter wrote a novel for the first time that didn't follow her usual type of book. I have read her serial books that I enjoy. This wasn't bad for her first try.
Andy Carpenter is quite a lawyer. He has a humorous personality and is an all around good guy. When he takes on a client, Andy Carpenter will get the accused out of jail and back to living again when he knows that his client is telling him the truth.
I totally enjoy listening to the Andy Carpenter series. I think I've gotten more laughs in his stories than in any of the other books that I've ever read. His books are a great listen because they are enjoyable and fun. The narrator, Grover Gardner, does a wonderful job. The voice I hear belongs to Andy. The mysteries are interesting and show how a good lawyer tries to find the truth. He has the same character's in each book and the reader gets to know all of them. I would highly recommend reading the series. If you want to relax and laugh, be sure to listen to these books, you won't be disappointed.
The Pit Bull was left at the animal rescue shelter by a man who had called ahead the day before, explaining that he had found a stray and would they take the dog. This man had trained the Pit Bull himself and had even given him a name, Ranger Chuck.
The rescue shelter became more than frustrated when it became apparent that the Pit Bull, whom they named, Wallace, was quite aggressive. Wallace eventually became what is known as, unadoptable. Unadoptable dogs, at times, can be faced with euthanizia.
The couple, Clara and Roo, short for Andrew, had adopted a dog from the rescue center and became volunteers at the shelter. They worked with Wallace tirelessly, in order to decrease his aggressiveness. Society has the misconception that Pit Bulls are always aggressive. What society doesn't realize is that Pit Bulls can be trained to be aggressive by its owner but are not born aggressive.
Eventually, Clara and Roo had to take Wallace home to be his foster parent's. While at home with Wallace, Roo found a Frisbee-like toy in his basement. Roo took Wallace outside and in an attempt to decrease some of Wallace's enery, he attempted to throw the disc like shaped toy across the yard. Wallace was a born player. Now, if Wallace could be taught how to not snap at other dogs, not chase after people wearing shoes and not have to always be crated to keep other's safe.
That was the day that began the rest of Wallace's life. Wallace didn't just have a foster home, he now had an everyday home with Clara and Roo. Roo taught himself how to do team disc playing with a friend, Josh, and of course, Wallace. Success would take time. However, Roo was determined to make the impossible, possible. The Pit Bull, Wallace, would have to be taught how to play with a disc with two people. Remember, no Pit Bull had ever been known to play, team disc. Roo had another thing to prove, that Pit Bulls were dogs that could be trusted and loved like any other dog in the country. He wanted to bring Pit Bulls back to places that had banned Pit Bulls from living. He and those who loved Wallace had a rough road ahead to make other's believe as he did.
The book was a great listen. The narrator, Sean Runnette, was excellent. He made a great listen even better. I found the book a learning experience. I had never known that dogs played with a Frisbee anywhere but in their backyard or at the beach. Disc tournaments are played in many places and many dog's are their owner's participate in the sport. Trophies are won, no money is involved. I love dogs and have had a beginning lesson in how to not fear a Pit Bull. I have never owned one or known anyone who has owned a Pitt Bull. I was aware that some owner's of Pitt Bulls raised them to participate in dog fights. These fights are what have brought such a bad name to the dog breed, Pitt Bulls.
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