©2000 Dee Henderson; (P)Recorded Books, LLC
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.
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.
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 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.
My husband and I enjoyed all of the O'Malley series. This was a great series to show several aspects of our relationship with God. We laughed and cried through every book along with the characters.
You find yourself entwined in the lives of the O'Mally family. You want to know their history. You want to be at the family gatherings.
This is a start to a series of intrigue and excitement. It is so easy to identify with the charaters and grow to love them, you actually become so involved you become part of the book and they become "your" family. The thread that continues through the series is so involving yet each book is completely stand alone capable. It is well researched with lots of details about the government agency that each works for and the thought provoking text is very well written. I am glad that I didn't find this series until all the books were available because it would have driven me crazy to have to wait for the next one. I strongly suggest if you like an exciting, involving and truly romantic story, that you choose this book as well as the rest of the series. This series is a combination of intrigue and excitement with the knight in shining armour fairytale that we all dream of.
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 was very disappointed in a book that got 4.5 stars! I didn't enjoy the reader and when the story line got into so much "If she were christian then .......". This was just not my book and I feel cheated by the Publishers Review. Do NOT shove your religious beliefs down my throat. I would like my book credit back.
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