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Backfire: FBI Thriller #16 | [Catherine Coulter]

Backfire: FBI Thriller #16

San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.
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Publisher's Summary

San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.

Savich and Sherlock receive news of the attack as a mysterious note is delivered to Savich at the Hoover Building: FOR WHAT YOU DID YOU DESERVE THIS. Who sent the note? What does it mean?

As Ramsey Hunt’s life hangs in the balance, Savich and Sherlock race to San Francisco to answer the question: Why would anyone shoot the judge? When they discover one answer, more questions arise, until Savich and Sherlock face the final shock.

©2012 Catherine Coulter (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Brycia 05-19-14
    Brycia 05-19-14
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    "Not a Bad Story, But..."

    The story line wasn't bad, but a bit predictable. It certainly didn't have me riveted to my earbuds. The thing I really didn't like was the canned "Eve said", "Harry said", "Sherlock said", etc. of the narration. I suppose the both male and female narration added to the audiobook and the text had to be read verbatim, but it sounded as if the "So and so said" phrases were recorded separately as inserted as needed. I found this very repetitive and distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 04-20-14
    Tara 04-20-14
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    "Obviously I didn't read the other reviews..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Catherine Coulter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    Don't think I would.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ’s performances?

    Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't get past the first few chapters. The story was awful and the narrators were worse. The voice of the kid.....I had nightmares.


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    Judy PRESCOTT, AZ, United States 03-08-14
    Judy PRESCOTT, AZ, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth your time"
    Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ?

    Bad story, ridiculous dialog - really don't waste your time.


    What could Catherine Coulter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    People don't really talk like this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen NARBERTH, PA, United States 03-07-14
    Helen NARBERTH, PA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Meh. Not really worth the money."
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This book was simple and predictable, and there was barely any suspension of disbelief.


    What aspect of Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ’s performance would you have changed?

    Mediocre story-line aside, I probably would have enjoyed it more if the female narrator was better. I couldn't get over the children's voices... they sounded like the way I talk to my cats... whiny and high-pitched; no child actually speaks like that.

    I wanted to give the narration 2 stars, but settled at 3 because Jim Meskimen wasn't bad, and he actually had some inflection and fun character personalities. If he had performed the entire book, I might have given it a higher rating.


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    Oscar 02-23-14
    Oscar 02-23-14
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    "#16 in the series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was frustrating. It was too long for such a feeble storyline. The worst part was the female voice actor. I do not wish to make anyone feel badly but her main character voice and voice personifications of several characters were brutal. It would have been better without the silly personifications. The author's attempt at humor and colorful description at times was poor. She is no comedian and her dull humor was completely out of place. I will not pick up another Catherine Coulter book. I did finish the book but at the end I could not figure out why I did.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Coulter? Why or why not?

    No. It would be a waste of time and with so many other good books to read why would I?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator did detract so much from the book. I already do not like the feeble attempt to guide me as I hear a book. I prefer one voice reading without personification of characters. Just read me the book.


    Do you think Backfire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Stop at 16. Please!!!!


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    stacy 01-10-14
    stacy 01-10-14
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    "not worth listening to"
    Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ?

    I don't think so


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ?

    The narrator was okay, but the kids voices were so annoying


    Any additional comments?

    The dialog was lame and the plot was ridiculous. I would not recommend this book.

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    Big El 01-01-14
    Big El 01-01-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Better options"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    May have turned out to be a good story, but I couldn't get past the reader's baby talk in the first thirty minutes when doing the children's lines......if an author must put three and five year old kids in a book and include conversations with them, the editor should NEVER let the reader try to imitate with baby talk. No child actually talks like this. Gag


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    Santhosh India 12-18-13
    Santhosh India 12-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator: chalk on board"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have someone else read the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I really couldnt listen past 3 hours.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ’s performances?

    Jim Meskimen - yes. Deanna Hurst - never again, unless she promises to never do a child voice again in her life


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    Victoria A. Gray 12-08-13
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    "Easy listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Backfire to be better than the print version?

    A little slow moving. The reader bugged me at first....a lot of He said She said which I am not used. Overall not great but good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Coulter? Why or why not?

    Yes going to listen to the book that tells what happened to Emma next.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorrie H NC USA 12-04-13
    Lorrie H NC USA 12-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Ruined by narration"

    First book by author and the narration was awful! The story may have been good, but the narration was so irritating I just couldn't get past it.

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