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Before you listen to this great book, PLEASE read "Danger in the Shadows" first (winner of multiple book awards). You will better understand people that come in and out of this story after reading that book.
Kate O'Malley is a negotiator, and the first story of the O'Malley "family," orphans who met in a home and who made the decision to become a family...they chose their own last name, and the books slowly reveal bits and pieces of how they came to the home, met, and became family. I love every single book...I read them when they first came out, but hearing them just adds another dimension to the great stories.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - The Negotiator is an inspirational book but, foremost, it is an excellent mystery/romance. The excitement starts early in the story and doesn't let up. There is a complex crime, interesting investigation, emotional hostage negotiations and an engaging romance. Sprinkled through the 10 1/2 hours there is about 30 minutes of religious conversation, but it fits with the story line well and is not overpowering. The language is clean and there is no sex or alcohol, but do not mistake this book for wimpy religious chick lit!
NARRATOR - The narrator is okay, but there are much better ones out there. He doesn't do female characters well, and occasionally I got confused who was speaking. Sometimes he pauses midsentence and then reads the rest of it like he lost his place, but these minor irritations don't detract from the total experience.
BOTTOM LINE - This is a very good book. I'm moving on to the next one in the series.
This is the kind of book you hate to see come to an end. It's exciting to know there are more in the series! My husband enjoys these as well and so on our long trips to visit the kids we listen to these. Makes you not want to stop for dinner
I agree this book series is a little trite, but actually, Ms. Henderson has obviously done good research into the individual careers of her protagonists. I like the stories. I just ignore the trite-ness and I'm glad that the world of relaxation literature has some good interesting Christian stories. What an awesome way to explain the gospel and the proofs of Jesus and the church. That got the extra star handsdown.
This is the first installment in the O'Malley series. I enjoyed this book, it was suspenseful and it had a great christian theme. I think there could of been a little more romance but the book was still good. I have listened to the entire O'Malley series and this is one of the best, though the entire series is very good. I think it is good to see christians operating in these type of roles.
It had a great storyline, well built characters, and a certain emotion to it that made me want to get to know the story better
Jennifer or Sarah. They are both my kind of gals, and I think I would get along with them
Great book from beginning to end. A little preachy in some parts, but all around an excellent book
I just finished reading the book for the second time.
Kate was my favorite character b/c as a hostage negotiator she is able to do her job with a natural calmness
I liked his performance as Dave and Marcus
I am reading the series for a second time
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.
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