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The Negotiator: The O'Malley Series, Book 1 | [Dee Henderson]

The Negotiator: The O'Malley Series, Book 1

Best-selling author Dee Henderson's acclaimed novels are an irresistible blend of suspense, romance and spirituality. More than a million copies of Henderson's books are in print, and she has won many prizes, including the Christy, the RITA and the National Reader's Choice Award. FBI special agent Dave Richman loves hostage negotiator Kate O'Malley. But keeping her safe is another matter entirely, one that requires deep trust in God.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Dee Henderson's acclaimed novels are an irresistible blend of suspense, romance and spirituality. More than a million copies of Henderson's books are in print, and she has won many prizes, including the Christy, the RITA and the National Reader's Choice Award. FBI special agent Dave Richman loves hostage negotiator Kate O'Malley. But keeping her safe is another matter entirely, one that requires deep trust in God.

©2000 Dee Henderson; (P)Recorded Books, LLC

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    Teresia southeast TX, United States 06-17-13
    Teresia southeast TX, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The O'Malley Clan - one at a time"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 05-19-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 05-19-13 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "Do not let this book fool you!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia SIMI VALLEY, CA, USA 01-25-09
    Cynthia SIMI VALLEY, CA, USA 01-25-09
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    "The O'Malleys"

    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

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada 11-13-05
    Dennis Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada 11-13-05 Member Since 2003
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    "well yeah but..."

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Raphael Parkville, MO, United States 06-21-09
    Raphael Parkville, MO, United States 06-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Worth the Listen"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    McKenna 06-26-14
    McKenna 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Caught me from the beginning to the end"
    What did you love best about The Negotiator?

    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


    If you could take any character from The Negotiator out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jennifer or Sarah. They are both my kind of gals, and I think I would get along with them


    Any additional comments?

    Great book from beginning to end. A little preachy in some parts, but all around an excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User Carrboro, NC, United States 06-20-14
    A User Carrboro, NC, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to The Negotiator again? Why?

    I just finished reading the book for the second time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate was my favorite character b/c as a hostage negotiator she is able to do her job with a natural calmness


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    I liked his performance as Dave and Marcus


    If you could rename The Negotiator, what would you call it?

    Hostage Negotiator


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading the series for a second time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChicklitChick Ottawa, Canada 06-13-14
    ChicklitChick Ottawa, Canada 06-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I wanted to like it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 03-22-14
    Lesley MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Series"
    What did you love best about The Negotiator?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Negotiator to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kate O'Malley was hilarious. I found myself laughing at this character often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Salem, OR, United States 09-02-13
    Marilyn Salem, OR, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fine if you like romance novels"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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