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Birds of Prey: A Novel of Suspense | [J.A. Jance]

Birds of Prey: A Novel of Suspense

The Statfire Breeze steams its way north toward the Gulf of Alaska, buffeted by crisp sea winds blowing down from the Arctic. Those on board are seeking peace, relaxation, adventure, escape. But there is no escape here in this place of unspoiled natural majesty. Because terror strolls the decks even in the brilliant light of day...and death is a conspicuous, unwelcome passenger. And a former Seattle policeman, a damaged homicide detective who has come to heal from fresh, stinging wounds...
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Publisher's Summary

The Statfire Breeze steams its way north toward the Gulf of Alaska, buffeted by crisp sea winds blowing down from the Arctic. Those on board are seeking peace, relaxation, adventure, escape. But there is no escape here in this place of unspoiled natural majesty. Because terror strolls the decks even in the brilliant light of day...and death is a conspicuous, unwelcome passenger. And a former Seattle policeman, a damaged homicide detective who has come to heal from fresh, stinging wounds, will find that the grim ghosts pursuing him were not left behind...as a pleasure cruise gone horribly wrong carries him inexorably into lethal, ever-darkening waters.

©2001 J.A. Jance; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A great mini-vacation." (Publishers Weekly)
"Birds of Prey is as much a tale of human frailty as it is a page-turning mystery." (Tampa Tribune)

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    Kelly Beaverton, OR, USA 03-19-09
    Kelly Beaverton, OR, USA 03-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining"

    I listen to at least one book a month and this was a great book. The narrator was great and the quick humor fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. M. Reece Seattle, WA, USA 03-26-14
    K. M. Reece Seattle, WA, USA 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Cotter Smith’s performance?

    It was seriously lacking in performance. I couldn't tell the different characters apart. I don't know why they changed narrators but this one did a terrible job!


    Was Birds of Prey worth the listening time?

    I'm not sure. I was listening and following along with the Kindle book. But when I bought the audio I didn't realize it was abridged. So, I had to keep stopping the audio to read the parts that were missing. The audio was missing a very large part of the book. A lot it were the types of things I have come to enjoy about the J.P. Beaumont books.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're going to butcher the book then why bother doing the audio! It left me wanting my money back! I'll continue reading the books but I don't know about the audio part, even if it is available as immersion reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 09-09-13
    Sherry 09-09-13
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    I have really enjoyed Beaumont books until this one, when the narrator was changed. He is not as good as gene engene. Story was inf, but it really annoys me when the narrator changes and then future books do the same. I can't understand why it is not understood that the narrator is critical to the enjoyment of a book.

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    "Good, but needed more"

    Too short, did not have enough intrigue, ebb and flow. As always Gene Engene did a great job telling the story.

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    TBear Stoughton, WI 09-19-12
    TBear Stoughton, WI 09-19-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Reasonably good...but not overly complex"
    Where does Birds of Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was interesting to listen to, and J.P. Beaumont is on his new "retirement" tract. Unfortunately, it was very short (abridged is the only format available). However, it does a reasonable extension of some of the key characters from the J.P. Beaumont earlier series. There are a few oversimplified twists and quirks. If you enjoyed the previous books in the Beaumont series, this fits in well with the flow of those stories and J.P. takes on some good schemes about how to investigate crimes committed in an isolated situation where no one can really remove themselves from the investigation that J.P. is undertaking, and where no new person can be found responsible for the interesting actions that take place in the main story.


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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 08-01-12
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to audio books, I average 6 to 7 per month. I am never without my IPod even when I sleep LOL! Favorite author Lisa Gardner

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    "Huge Disappointment"

    I have listened to all 14 previous JP Beaumont novels. They were great!! I could NOT believe the disappointment (to put it mildly), I felt when I began to listen to this horrific tragedy. Who ever decided to change narrators and not offer the unabridged version should be shot!!!! This was disgusting!!! The narrator was horrible not too mention not even close to Gene Engene as JP Beaumont. I am contacting Audible for a refund and the author to find out who is responsible for such a devastating decision. Don't waste your money or a credit you will be sorry.

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