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Hot Start Audiobook

Hot Start: The Cordell Logan Mysteries, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

Hot Start, the fifth volume in the Cordell Logan series, is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride filled with plenty of unexpected twists and full-throttle action.

A notorious, international big-game hunter and his beautiful, former dental hygienist wife are gunned down at long range late one sweltering summer night, while swimming naked on their seaside estate in opulent Rancho Bonita, California. Police investigators are convinced that the killer is a strident, outspoken animal-rights activist, with both military experience and a criminal record. The evidence against him would appear overwhelming - until rumors begin to surface that others may have had their own reasons for committing murder.

The last thing flight instructor, aspiring Buddhist, and ex-government assassin Cordell Logan wants to do is become involved in the investigation. He and the accused, however, have mutual friends. Reluctant at first, Logan finds himself caught up in an increasingly confounding enigma, one that swirls around a popular congressman with close ties to the White House, a European call girl ring, and a ruthless Czech crime boss who'll stop at nothing to protect his interests. Pursuing the truth will take Logan to places few others would dare go, exposing him to dangers that even he may not survive.

©2016 David Freed (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-20-16
    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-20-16 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm a new fantastic of David Freed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without a doubt, the whole series actually.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just finished listening to Cordell Logan series and the only thing I would change is that I think the books are too short. The stories are great and the plots are well constructed with an easy to follow course of events. There are no super human heroics and no surprise characters that jump out at the end of the book to blame the crimes on. Instead what you have is a mystery that is so well crafted that you won't guess who done it until the author reveals who.
    In this book a husband (who runs big game hunts)and wife are shot from long range. Logan's ex father-in-law calls him because he believes his nephew (an animal rights activist) has been framed and railroaded.
    David Freed has a great sense of humor and sprinkles some really hysterical lines throughout. Many having to do with his cat Kiddiot.
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    If you are able to guess who and why then you are better than I am because I couldn't.
    If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
    Thank You.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 09-06-16
    Diana 09-06-16 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "excellent narration combined with great story"

    Wry observations, self-effacing humor, a cat, a great landlady, and other well-formed characters make this world a reader's delight. While the action and activities can be dark, the writing still manages to lighten it up. Based on other reviews, I did skip book 4, not being in the mood for dark reading yet and book 2 based on comments about the narration. This book was not dark, and the life and people observations scattered throughout spiced up the story. Ray Porter did a perfect job on narration, again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 09-04-16
    Patrick 09-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A fun 1st person mystery thriller"

    If you like the escape and pace of mystery thrillers but wish that most weren’t so trite and disengaged, then try David Freed. The Cordell Logan series is intelligent, solid storytelling. The first person narrative strikes the right balance between the lead character’s superheroism and his humble struggle to become a better man. Fun references to Buddhist and other philosophers are scattered throughout giving the story charm and a deeper human context. Narrator Ray Porter is excellent as always making this a solid, entertaining read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 09-05-16
    Cary Little Rock, AR, United States 09-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    Fun book Logan does it again, Ray Porter brought life to this book. I highly recommend any book read by Mr. Porter...I look forward to the next Cordell Logan book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 09-22-16
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best but enjoyable! We love Logan!"

    The mystery here is overshadowed by the relationship between Logan and his landlady. She is a gem, and the center of the most touching parts of the story as she ends up in the hospital in critical condition.

    The plot is a bit far-fetched--Logan's ex-wife's nephew is accused of the murder of a totally unlikable man and his generous, delightful wife. And Logan still refuses to accept ole ex-dad-in-law's money for his efforts, and he really should since he never has enough. And then there's Alicia, Logan's cop squeeze who lives 250 miles away. She's whining that Logan doesn't appreciate her, and doesn't want to see her badly enough. I thought she had had enough in the last book! And then the president sends Logan to make the congressman resign? I'm sorry, that was just too much. Love the Samoans though.

    Nevertheless, the story is entertaining, and we get to spend time with Logan again. Ray Porter is always a pleasure to listen to, as he voices everyone perfectly, accents and all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Indiana United States 12-01-16
    David Indiana United States 12-01-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome narrator"

    Love his delivery and style. One of my new favorite narrators. Thank you Ray for bringing the story to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 12-01-16
    Rhonda 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "nice voice"

    loved it. excellent voices. such a pleasure to want to hear it more and more.

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    Kim BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 11-25-16
    Kim BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 11-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Cordell has REALLY grown on me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hot Start to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version. And this is RAY PORTER. Common. RAY PORTER.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Cordell. I flat out like like him. He reminds me of Joe Ledger (without the team). I love his landlady and the stupid cat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes where he explains the moves he uses to disable / kill / he's not as "verbose" as Joe, but he does a darn good job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Hot Start and why?

    I hope he gets back together with the reporter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sad there aren't any more books and probably won't be for a year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laislandhopper 11-08-16

    Sassy M.

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    "Best series ever!!"
    What did you love best about Hot Start?

    I love Cordell Logan, who is sharp, witty, sarcastic and smart. The narration by Ray Porter is exquisite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cordell Logan!!!


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of the Cordell Logan books and Ray Porter IS Cordell Logan. He is perfect. Makes me want to meet him!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Part about Savannah and also Mrs. Schmulowitz


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to all of these books, they are fantastically entertaining. David Freed is a very talented author. Please write more of these books!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Douglas Donnelly 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Another great book by David Freed with narration by Ray Porter who is flawlessly spot on as he imbibes the quirky, sarcasm of Cordell Logan, a character becoming one of my favorites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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