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Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17 | [Catherine Coulter]

Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17

FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?
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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author is back with an electrifying new entry in the FBI series featuring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock.

FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

Meanwhile, back in D.C., FBI Agents Savich and Sherlock have their hands full when the grandson of a former Federal Reserve Bank chairman is found murdered, every bone in his body broken, his corpse frozen at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. Was it revenge against his grandfather for the banking crisis, or something more insidious and personal?

It’s a bitter winter, and in the endless cold, evil lurks.

©2013 Catherine Coulter (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Susan 07-17-13
    Susan 07-17-13
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    "Typical Catherine Coulter"

    The storyline is typical of the author...not very deep...you need not think too much about what's going on. Unfortunately, Paul Costanzo is a rather bad narrator and Renee Raudman isn't much better. (We get spoiled by the really good narrators.)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Canton, GA, United States 12-05-13
    Tom Canton, GA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to listen to!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the Narrator!


    Would you recommend Bombshell to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not particularly


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narration was so distracting, I had a very difficult time following the story. If the Narrator is a professional, why would he be so dull, so choppy and do such a bad job adapting his voice to the male characters??


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would probably need to read the book first - to see if I enjoy the story.


    Any additional comments?

    HELP! My ears are protesting!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 12-02-13
    Ann 12-02-13
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    "Poor Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration


    If you’ve listened to books by Catherine Coulter before, how does this one compare?

    It is hard to get past the poor narration. It changes the whole timber of the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ?

    Jim Meskimen and Deanne Hurst. Actually I have been happy with all the narrators up until this one.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration can make or break a book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Erhartic N Chelmsford, MA, US 07-13-13
    Lee Erhartic N Chelmsford, MA, US 07-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration so bad I wish I'd bought print version"

    I've loved all Coulters previous FBI books, but the narration is so bad in this one I put it down after a half hour. I'll wait for it to be available through the library.
    I see the same team has done some of the others, but they must have been the ones I read in print.
    This team sounds like amateurs reading to an elementary school class and I will not buy another book with these narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Babara Saint James, MO, United States 06-22-14
    Babara Saint James, MO, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "No Character in the Narration, Too Precise"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story line was pretty good though expected. Narration was too precise, no character, no emotion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harriett Fair Oaks, CA, United States 01-05-14
    Harriett Fair Oaks, CA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bombshell the most enjoyable?

    Paul Costanza did an excellent job as one of the narrators but Renee Raudmans voice was very annoying because she has a hissing sound to her "S's" I would have preferred if Mr. Costanza had read the entire book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

    If Ms. Raudman would stop hissing, I would be happy to listen to both of them. This problem was especially obvious when the consonant "S' was at the end of a word.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruby Goshen, NS, Canada 07-12-13
    Ruby Goshen, NS, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Poor narration by Paul Costanzo"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Because the male narration was so awful, this was a book I would have preferred to read.


    Would you recommend Bombshell to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book yes, but I would never recommend the audiobook. The male narration was stiff and unnatural, more like reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

    No


    Did Bombshell inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The male narration was so bad I will avoid books narrated by him in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-14-14
    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "THRILLER? SERIOUSLY?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Catherine, baby, work with me here! A cheesy line...for an even cheesier story line and extra cheesy narration!


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

    Catherine Coulter has always been one of my favorite authors with books that grip you from beginning to end. This book, however, was so full of unbelievable characters and silly situations that I just could NOT get into it. I get that the main character was attractive, but does every character in the story have to drool and swoon over him....even his sister comments about his looks...get over it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was so over the top, with so many accents thrown into the mix, it was hard to focus on the actual story. From the syrupy southern belle to the Pink Panther french accents
    and the sister that sounded like a ten year old child, it was hard to imagine any of them in this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bombshell?

    UHH! Where do I begin....to cut scenes from this book, I would have to give away too much of the story to other readers.


    Any additional comments?

    When the book is listed as an FBI thriller, I'm excited and expect to be thrilled.... this was not a thriller. Somewhere in among all the silly character portrayals there was probably a good detective story at most. Will still watch for the next Catherine Coulter novel, but please....choose another narrator who will not deter from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 12-14-13
    Kim BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not My Favorite In The Series"
    What did you love best about Bombshell?

    I like this series very much. I like the continuing story of Sherlock & Savich. I love how she brings new characters in and creates relationships with established characters. I even like seeing Sean grow. Her spin off characters are wonderful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    Absolutely.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't have a specific answer for this. I'm just not overly impressed by either narrator in general.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Paul Costanzo is a little "over the top" in my opinion. Rene Raudman's slushy "s" sound irritates me. I have no idea if it's actually HER inflection or what she uses for Sherlock and it's a small thing, but it never fails to make me cringe.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been my least favorite in the series so far; the story just didn't grab me, but I'm re-listening right now in anticipation of listening to Final Cut which I just ordered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JB 10-29-13
    JB 10-29-13
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    "Bad, worse, terrible"
    What would have made Bombshell better?

    No plot, no story line. Author fail.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

    Not really. Renee is not a good narrator. This is my first Paul Constanzo. Will try him again


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I fail to understand why this author continues to publish in hard back. Has not had an original story line since Savich/Sherlock were first introduced

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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