From New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Tyler, writing as S. E. Jakes....
Everyone knows that Prophet - former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass - works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph's past. Suddenly he has to confront both head-on.
Tom Boudreaux - failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck - is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he's determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE's most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.
Together Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts...or pay the price.
©2013 SE Jakes (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Audio edition, narrated by Adam North
8 hours and 3 min
I was excited about this whole series being done in audio, and they were all released recently this December. I originally rated this book 3,5 stars (the ebook), but I've bumped up my rating, since I've read the whole series and have grown to love Prophet and Tom and I feel this first book deserves more than 3,5 stars.
The Hell & High Water series is the only work of Adam North on Audible, so he's a new narrator for me. He does a good job narrating. His voice is deep and rough, so it fitted with the characters.
I liked it, but I didn't quite love it. Or, it's more mixed. I think he does a great Prophet voice, and overall narration. Tom's voice isn't very good, though, in my opinion. He should have had more Southern drawl. North just draws out the words instead of having a drawl to the words. I don't know how to explain it better.
All in all, I enjoyed this audio, and I recommend it.
Although this is very popular series and I enjoyed the audio book much more than the e-book, I'm still not sure I'm going to continue the series. I just didn't connect with either MC or them as a couple, which they are and are not. This may be one of those series where it takes a couple of books to get into the story. As it stands now, I like Tommy and admire him putting up with Prophet's crap, but at some point I was like "man, walk away." I know Prophet is all "tortured soul" but sometimes he is just an a**hole. Also I found the case they were working on kind of convoluted and I was saying "huh?" a lot. Again, this may be because the series has to read as a whole. The narrator does a great job but I wish he had done a Cajun accent for Tom, it would have added a great deal to his character.
I've read this series twice so I was excited when I saw it was becoming an audio book. I always hope the narrator is able to make the voices sounds distinct and true to the authors description. This narrator nails it. I love Tommy's cajun accent and how he has captured Prophets personality through dialogue. The plot is bland, but the characters make up for it just because they are so interesting.
Prophet and Tom are two men thrown together as mercenaries, forced to be partners when neither wants one.
Prophet is slowly going blind and won’t tell anyone about it. Tommy is “cursed” with the bad luck of killing his partners off but won’t tell anyone about it.
They both have a TON of chemistry and no ability to share their feelings.
In addition, Prophet and Tom are working on a case where Prophet knows the family and has a history with the victim.
People are trying to kill them – but that’s nothing new to either man.
In the end, they’ll have to let the other guy in or risk losing him and maybe their lives.
This is an absolutely amazing series written by SE Jakes. She’s a gifted character creator and has a strong knowledge of the military and the associated government agencies. She eventually brings in characters from her other series, Men of Honor.
In this series we find Tommy and Prophet coming together yet pushing each other away time and again and a mystery involving John, Prophet’s former friend/partner/lover.
Prophet’s decreasing eyesight and perpetual PTSD make him a complex and unique character whose inner workings are never exactly sane. Tommy’s voodoo Cajun mysticism make him a wonderful partner for Prophet and he adds a slight sense of the paranormal to these stories.
I love the chemistry with these guys – it’s scorching hot. My favorite aspect of the series. I get pretty confused by the mystery and sometimes lost in the action but I can always find my way in the end and I’m pretty invested in these guys and their romance.
The secondary characters get some play as well and they are very well developed and fun. Cillian and Mal, Blue and Mick each have their own books.
I highly recommend this book to fans of adventure and mayhem with a touch of rough and dirty sex thrown in.
We’ve been waiting a LONG TIME for these to come to audiobook format and I gotta tell you I was nervous since I wasn’t familiar with the narrator. Well… he did an AWESOME job! There are some annoying phrases and things he does now and then (his pronunciation of was for example…) but for the most part he does a wonderful Cajun for Tommy and a snarky and wonderful Cillian and Proph, Blue and Mick are all done well.
I highly recommend both the series and the audiobook and am looking forward to more!
5 of 5 stars
Probably. It's definitely good enough.
loved both of the leads
I think that's a pretty clever name so I can't think of a better one at this time.
I love alpha men especially when they are bad*** and have the hots for each other. Two highly trained men working together in and out of the bedroom may just be my favorite type of read. I’ll definitely be continuing the series.
I love to read any genre and most topics. I like diversity and engaging characters. I write, garden, cook,craft and chill with my furbabies
I am going to admit I have not read this series and do wish I had. The advantages of reading to listening are you can go back and read over parts easier. There is so much going on in this book that I am going to skip the run down, but I will add in a few more points.
Prophet is also engaged in a game of cat and mouse or should I say steal the couch with a spook that lives in the same building. While this is a fun part of the story and Cillian does have a larger role later in the book it is hard to figure out how Prophet keeps doing this with casts on both arms. Which brings me to another point, we begin with Prophet in casts, and there are other couples mentioned later in this book which makes me wonder if this is a spinoff. Now having said, that I really liked the book, like I said there is a lot going on, it seems confusing in parts, but by the end some of it fall in place other parts are tied up in a very intriguing cliffhanger that does its job making you want the next book!
Now for the audio part. I enjoyed listening to this book. Adam North is a good narrator. I will have to say I did not like his Tom's voice at all. It didn’t sound Cajun and didn't add anything to his character. The other character voices, the distinctions were slight, but I think enough to tell them apart. However, the actual telling of the story was excellent, and the sex scenes were smoking hot.
If you like espionage, secret agents, spies, lots of twists and turns, and some sweltering man-sex, this is definitely for you.
As I've already read the series and loved it, it was great to get to enjoy it again by listening to it.
Hearing Tom's Cajun accent and not just imagining it was pretty cool.
I'd rather be a fly on the wall observing Prophet and Tom bickering back and forth over what to eat before they just say to hell with it and attack each other. Yum, delicious!
Adam North did an amazing job with this entire series. I can't wait to listen to more books narrated by him.
Love Tom and Prophet even when I want to smack them especially Prophet.
That Prophet comes off so alpha male yet can be submissive to Tom especially during post migraine sex. Also, Toms voodoo sense.
His Tom accent. It sometimes made Tom sound slow and stupid. He needed to listen to guys with a Cajun accent and then mellow it somewhat, since Tom hasn't always lived in the bayou. He does a great job with Prophet though. Cillian voice is ok. Also instead of saying Helo with a long e for helicopter he kept saying it with a short e and sounded like "hel o".
Nope just get annoyed with Prophet sometimes.
Adam does a great job with Prophet but other accents not so much. His narration is good not fast and he puts emotion in where it's needed but doesn't get overly dramatic.
This book started out with so many similarities to Cut & Run that I wondered how there weren't any plagiarism claims...it would have been better if it stuck to that. It should be noted that Cut & Run is probably my one favourite M/M series ...like seriously it's my phone case. (well, up until Stars & Stripes it was one of my favourites and then it all just went to hell...but that's a different review)
**The narrator's voice for Tommy was HORRIBLE!!!!! I think it made me dislike Tommy even more** >=[
So in comparison to C&R:
Tommy, the character who is similar to Zane, was an annoying, overbearing, doesn't know when to back off, prick. Zane, I like a lot, but this jerk was a complete GAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Prophet, was a lot like Ty, so he was likable.
Cillian I liked a lot. I ship Cillian x Prophet sooo much more than Tommy x Prophet
So disappointing =(
"Wow. This book is not an easy listen"
Violent, tender and erotic.
We have two men with many personal demons, some from childhood, some from the many government agencies they have worked for and some from the friends they have lost along the way. They are partnered but neither does partners, but they don't have time to resolve this before the past come back to bite them. Welcome to the rollercoaster.
No, but he captured the characters well, they were distinct and he adapted from moments of pure violence to tenderness with aplomb,
Prophet's panic attack after sending Tom away again.
Just ordered the second book!
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