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It depends...if they like "inspirational" novels, then sure. I didn't see the indicators that should have alerted me to the fact that this story is very, very preachy. The non-religious bits were VERY good. Dee Henderson's characters are credible in their roles as police officers. The religious bits were jarring ... they didn't seem to fit the rest of the story.
The listing in Audible didn't clearly identify this book as Christian or Religious fiction. I wish I had known. I'm not sure I'd have bought it. I don't think I'll buy any other books by Dee Henderson.
The Negotiator is probably one of the better books in the series. It's full of action and suspense, and that's what I loved best about this book.
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of suspense novels. Two recent novels come to mind, Indefensible by Pamela Callow and A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzer. Both full of action and suspense, without the religious theme.
The opening bank hostage scene was my favorite. One thing I can say about Dee Henderson, her opening scenes are always good. The novels may drag in the middle, but the beginning and endings are always good.
Kate O'Malley was hilarious. I found myself laughing at this character often.
I don't care for the Romance genre: too sappy, navel gazing and yak, yak, yak about feelings -- not for me. This was advertised as a mystery book, but I'd say 80% romance. I admit I've only listened to the first half (and am debating whether to continue) but the mystery seems very typical of romance novels: the heroine is being threatened/stalked/bothered by somebody not yet identified, and the hero happens along and together they save the day. Why bother giving it my time if I know how it's going to turn out and nothing that interesting or original has happened along the way so far?
For people who can stomach romance novels, the characters seem interesting enough, and the performance seems pretty good. The author does a good job for a romance book -- I'm assuming that audience likes all the angst and talking about feelings and doubts and attraction-resistance between the main characters that replaces a lot of the action you would get in a good mystery.
I loved the story. The male narrator just didn't do justice to the female voices. This was a real disappointment to me. Why use a male narrator with a female star and vice versa? I love to lose myself in these books. I couldn't with this one, because sometimes I wasn't sure who was talking. Don't mean to be cruel. To me it was a wonderful book that was spoiled, not to the point of returning it though.
I love Dee Henderson's dramatic but sensitive style and the wit that is always present.
I have heard other books and thought, "Wish I were reading this myself". However, not so with Tom. It was as if I WERE actually reading it. He picks up the wit and drama very well.
Love a good book and great wine!
I will listen to the Negotiator again and again. It is like a good movie that you will gleen something new each time your hear it.
The moment Kate was in church and realized what faith is.
I do remember him on any other books, but he has a voice that melts me to my soul.
Again the church - moment of knowing for Kate.
The characters could all be someone we know. The situation could happen, but the intergrating of the characters, explaining their emotions, the background of each person. was amazing. I feel as if I could see them in person I would know them instantly.
This is a Christian novel and first in a series. I enjoyed all of the stories. They had a little bit of everything, romance , action, drama, laughter, and saddness. If you like good christian novels you can't go wrong with this series. The narrator took a bit getting used to but didn't detract from the overall experience.
I personally prefer the print version of any book, but the audio version is great
Guy with Weird Interests
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun listen. This was the first of several Christian fiction books that I listened to while driving to work. I discovered this book, like most book in that genera are geared towards women. This is one of them. It is more action packed than most (gun fights, stand-offs, etc.), but it's still chick lit.
Seriously limited TIME! which is why I love audiobooks. I can do chores and ignore distractions by plugging my ears with my favorite authors
I have just finished reviewing Danger in the Shadows and as my personal headline reads I have limited spare time. I would like to say, refer back to my review of DitS and that will say it all. Dee Henderson and Tom Stechschulte make a crack team!
p.s. I would like to make a correction about the O'Malley Series #2 is The Guardian but #4 is The Healer, #6 is The Rescuer
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