Christy Pickering's 18-year-old daughter is dating Jerry Bethlehem, a man twice her age. Christy sensed something shady and sinister about him, so she hired a private investigator to look into his past. But the PI isn't returning her calls. Will Jack find out why?
Jack learns there's a very good reason for the unreturned calls: The PI is dead, victim of a bizarre water-torture murder.
As Jack delves into Jerry Bethlehem's past, he finds connections between Bethlehem and the Creighton Institute. The Institute, a government-funded facility, is researching a newly discovered and frightening variation on human DNA. Jack learns that Bethlehem is not the man he pretends to be.
Who - and what - Jerry Bethlehem really is will have a devastating effect on Jack's life and future.
And as the bodies pile up, Jack finds another piece of the puzzle about his own identity and why he's been drafted into a cosmic shadow war.
©2008 F. Paul Wilson; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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I bought this book against my better judgement. No.
By the Sword. In as much as it has the same narrator, it is torturous to listen to.
He has never been a good narrator. Occasionally, a few of his main male characters start out with reasonable voices. However, all of his male characters wind up sounding like Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy, though often with a voice up one octave. The females always sound like bimbos with high squeaky voices. His volume is all over the place as he overly dramatizes. His angry voice goes from screaming to a swallowed whisper. He is a very bad actor. I don't know what the judges were listening to when they gave him recording awards. I avoid any book that he does. There are many series books I have skipped for just that reason.
Bring back Alexander Cendese, or any of the previous narrators, It was all so much more enjoyable before- I liked the characters then.
I would find Jack and see if he could fix this by having Dick Hill removed and Christopher Price read in his place. Hill has no sense of the character whatsoever.
When I had to stop listening and just read the book was my most memorable moment.
The narrator detracted from the book by opening his mouth and reading.
Any other Jack book is great excepting the two Dick Hill read.
Please allow a reading of Bloodline and By The Sword by Christopher Price.
The Dick Hill reading is a farce.
I'm a big, big fan of the Repairman Jack series and have waited for years for the books to be available on Audio. Why the publishers have to start with the two latest entries in the the series is anyone's guess, and too, too bad. The first five or six Repairman Jack books are much less serialized and the story can be picked up at any time, but the final entries really require some dedication and to be read in order.
I've never much cared for Dick Hill as a narrator although his voice is bland enough not to be a major issue. In this case his thick Rust Belt accent is totally inappropriate for Jersey-born Jack and even worse for Iowa-bred Gia, but the production values are fair and the book moves along fine. Still, overall disappointing to true diehard RJ fans.
I truly hope that this confusing offering doesn't turn off potential RJ readers, who should really go back to "The Tomb" and get the story from the beginning.
It is a testament to how much I've been enjoying the Repairman Jack series that I would not skip the two narrated by Dick Hill. A Pox on whoever made the choice to use him as a replacement!! So many other choices out there if Mr. Price wasn't available. WHY did you pick this hideous voice actor?? As a rule I avoid ANY books narrated by him, but how can I miss out on 2 whole books in a series? I need to know what happens! I may have to give up and take the time to physically read the books. *sigh*
Oh, let me count the ways.... He's overly dramatic, his accents are awful. He's too nasal. His female characters all sound like stupid whiny twits. He can't pronounce entirely too many words, and comes across as sooo smugly superior, I want to reach through my earbuds and smack him! I cannot imagine how this man has won any narration awards!
Yes, anger,sadness, disappointment-- it's all about the horrible narration. I resent having to struggle through this gawdawful production to get to the real story hidden in there, somewhere!
I have been enjoying Repairman Jack's Stories. It's well written and not the same ol' stuff. He's a likable, though not too perfect character. I'll be happy to get back to the Christopher Price versions so I can relax and enjoy again.
I didn't read the print version
All of the other Repairman Jack books have been great to listen to, however this one has a lousy narrator. Instead of the manly voice for Jack, here we have someone who sounds like a 'wiseguy' from an early Dick Tracey type of 1940's movie. The narrator also fouls up Abe's accent. Instead of sounding like New York Yiddish, he sounds like a transylvanian vampire.
The story is great, but the narrator ruins it.
Dick Hill was a poor choice for narrator.
Yes, this was one of the better plots.
In my opinion, Alexander Cendese who did the 3 prequel volumes is the best, Christopher Price is also excellent.
Yes, ultimately I had to get over the distraction of the narration but the story was a keeper.
I know there are many people who like Dick Hill. I am not one of them. The way he does the voices makes every person sound like they are stupid. Even the hero of the story. I can't tell one from another. I find my mind wandering in thought about that and miss the story. I gave it 3 stars, but seriously, I don't even recall what it was about.
I've listened to every one of the Jack stories and in this book especially did not care for how predictably the characters made obvious bad choices that would end up in catastrophe for them. I really hate it when characters don't act as reasonable humans would act but instead seem to behave like they're puppets on the authors strings.
Also didn't care at all for the new narrator. His voice work for other characters was OK - but for Jack? No way. Jack's voice sounds like a complete wimp under the new narrator.
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