A thriller that will take you on a heart-pounding, pulse-racing rollercoaster ride. Perfect for fans of James Patterson and Lee Child.
Erica Weisz, a new substitute teacher in the small town of Frosthaven, Florida, has a dangerous secret. When two gunmen attack the school where she works, it becomes impossible to keep the truth buried.
Wounded and running for her life, she must learn to trust the only person who can help her, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Justin Thiery.
But Thiery has his own personal demons to overcome if he is to save Erica and find redemption for himself.
©2015 Patrick Kendrick (P)2016 Patrick Kendrick
Because tales should be told.
Audio books are always better than print because you can listen while driving or doing chores. They are the ultimate multi-tasking chore.
That is a toss-up between Erica and Theory. Erica is a strong, resourceful character who survives multiple attacks on her life. She thinks quickly on her feet. She hides the children during the attack on the school and finds an opportunity to shoot back.
Theory is a police officer who embodies the nobility and bravery of police work. He is an honest and dutiful ex-football player who cares about doing what is right. He also has no patience for office politics.
The narrator gives a very good performance with unique voices for each character. This is a fast paced story that benefits from Ellis' style.
This is a great story. It is not political. It is not pro or anti gun. Both sides are presented in a realistic way without being the focus of the story. Rather opinions are organically and realistically expressed as part of the story (but not an important part). It is an action story with an interesting premise, good dialogue, intricate plot, and good action scenes with graphically realistic violence.
This book contains a two mild sex scenes and realistically graphic violence. The violence is an organic part of the story. I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Acoustic Shadows has elements of some of the "big name" thriller writers and characters that are more readily likeable.
I lived only a mile away from the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings in 2012 and worked a few miles from the 1999 Columbine High School rampage. I was horrified at the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre as I watched on television also in 2012. This book opens with a similar assault on a school. Though I am not a gun advocate, I always wonder what might have been... what if someone else was armed in these situations?
That was the hook. The book progresses through the situation. Why did the substitute teacher have a gun? And the story developed quite well from there.
This is the third or fourth audio book I've listened to utilizing Scott's talents. He is blessed with the ability to get the author's story across to his audience. Very listenable, a large range of believable voices. He develops excitement and drama appropriate to the books he chooses to interpret. Bottom line, he's very good at his chosen field!
I'll just run away.
This was a very good action thriller. excellent narration!
Thanks for the opportunity to review Acoustic Shadows!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator, with a promise to honestly review it when finished. As such, I put off listening to it, assuming (wrongly) that it might not keep my interest. However, it is a good listen, and while not compelling - that is, I did not feel the need to sit in my car to keep listening as I do with some outstanding books- I did look forward to listening each day. It's the story of a school shooting, the mysterious substitute teacher whose classroom was entered by a shooter, and the law enforcement agent who works to solve the case. At times it was a bit slow, but generally speaking the book moved at a good pace. While I enjoyed listening to it, there was nothing memorable about it- I like a book where I'm compelled to find another by the author when it's over. This was not that book.
The cover of "Acoustic Shadows" (2015) by Patrick Kendrick shows a woman peering around a corner obviously facing danger. However, she actually plays a supporting role in the story. The main character is a male law enforcement officer assigned to investigate a mass school shooting at an elementary school in Florida, where the woman shot the two assailants with a gun she carried in her purse. The story is somewhat interesting and the narration by Scott Ellis is effective but I was never able to get over the false advertising. Barely recommended. Book given free for an honest review.
The good guys (both major and minor) were indeed good if not flawed and the bad guys were irredeemable. The plot revolves around the efforts of the detective appointed to find the hero of a heinous shooting who disappeared with lots of unanswered questions. He is thwarted at every turn but will he prevail? Better yet will he get the girl? I was entertained for 12 hours in finding out . Good book made even better by sturdy and capable narration. Thanks for the opportunity to review a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
It was a great thrilling ride. I enjoyed the book a lot. Well developed plot and characters.
My only compliant would be the editing. There is a lot of background noise that is very evident when u speed up play.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in return for an unbiased review."
A young nurse named Millie, a desperate gambler, an angry drugs lord, damaged law enforcement agents, a witness protection, a prosecution gone wrong, hired hitmen - and murder, murder, murder.
To say that this story is one of constant action is almost to underestimate the fast paced excitement. But unlike many action thrillers which simply move swiftly from one incident filled scene to the next, Patrick Hendrick manages to infuse his various characters with solid, three dimensional life. This, of course, makes each harrowing attack, whether psychological or physical, that they endure so much more poignant and involving. It is a fairly long book but never for a moment does the tension subside.
The excellent characterisations are further enhanced by Scott Ellis's masterful performance. His voicing of each one is individual, distinct and pertinent to the person concerned. Hard to believe, sometimes, that this isn't a full cast but that he alone is reading. However, I did increase the speed slightly to 1.20, as the slightly faster narration seemed to better fit the pace of the book.
The overall experience was given an additional little tweak by the inclusion of background sound effects in the first and some concluding chapters.. Whilst adding atmospherics, these occasionalyy surprised or distracted slightly from the reading itself but mostly added to the intensity.
This is one very exciting book with flawed, real life characters and a complex plotting of the storyline. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy via Audiobook Boom. I enjoyed it immensely and definitely commend it to anyone who likes their thrills to come with a solid story and three dimensional protagonists.
80% of my day my ear has a story running it. *LOL*
wow, this was a tough story to get through. since this is such a heart wrenching and so close to life. I'm saying this book will bother u not because it's bad but because it's that good and so real and frighting. if realistic novels bother u then I think this story will play on ur mind. but I found it a edge of ur sest, heart beating hard and tears to ur eyes. honest review for the book to listen to.
: Patrick Kendrick
A fast paced twisting and turning law enforcement thriller. It all begins with a school shooting and grabs the listener by the collar, dragging them along on a wild ride. Backstory keeps nerves tingling.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Scott Ellis voices are riveting!
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
A pair of sound dampening headphones, My old tractor , and a good audible book puts me in grass cutting bliss.
A good audiobook usually produces laughter or tears. This produced groans over the sometimes corny dialogue and occasional factual errors. However the story was so entertaining and the action nonstop I still enjoyed this book.
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