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Burning Man | [Alan Russell]

Burning Man

When LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog partner, Sirius, are assigned to the Special Cases Unit (SCU), Gideon knows their work lives will be anything but ordinary. SCU gets the cases no one else wants, the unusual and bizarre crimes that need special handling and special investigators. When a high-school student is found crucified in a local park, Gideon and Sirius must face up to the gruesome tableau and the motivation behind the murder. Complicating matters is a nightmare from their past, the scars of a terrible fire that nearly cost them their lives.
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When LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his police-dog partner, Sirius, are assigned to the Special Cases Unit (SCU), Gideon knows their work lives will be anything but ordinary. SCU gets the cases no one else wants, the unusual and bizarre crimes that need special handling and special investigators. When a high-school student is found crucified in a local park, Gideon and Sirius must face up to the gruesome tableau and the motivation behind the murder. Complicating matters is a nightmare from their past, the scars of a terrible fire that nearly cost them their lives. The blaze left Gideon ravaged by PTSD - and yet somehow imbued him with an eerie prescience that gives him unusual insights into the crimes he investigates.

©2012 Alan Russell (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    karen 01-28-13
    karen 01-28-13
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    "Best book in a long time!"

    Perfect, just perfect. Horrific beginning, as LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog, Sirius, are trapped in a burning forest in pursuit of a killer. The killer shoots at them, hits Sirius, but Gideon forces the killer to help him carry the wounded dog out through a wall of flame. They all survive, the killer is sentenced, and becomes an eerie presence in the book. Both Sirius and Gideon are badly burned, but both go on to become the protagonists of what will -- I hope - become a new police procedural series for Alan Russell.

    Burning Man is one of those "just five minutes more" books you can't find a place to stop listening. The cases Gideon and his "partner" Sirius get are fascinating -- a newborn baby abandoned on church steps, a teen-aged bully crucified on a tree in the park. There's a romantic interest, but just enough to make Gideon a real person. I like how Sirius is included in everything -- he's not a "sleuth", like some of the cat books, but not since Carol Lea Benjamin created PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull companion 'Dash' has a dog played such a significant -- dare I say 'meaty'? Sirius is addicted to In 'N Out Burgers -- role in a book, and done it so well. Nothing cutesy here, just a really smart police dog with a brave and interesting human.

    The narration is excellent -- thank Gd for a narrator who can pronounce California place names correctly! Couldn't be better.

    Can't praise this book enough -- more, more!!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas More Billings, MT USA 02-09-14
    Thomas More Billings, MT USA 02-09-14 Member Since 2012

    Unafraid to read from any genre.

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    "Adequate mystery let down by narrator"

    I liked the story, and in the hands of a good narrator, I think it had some nice potential. But unfortunately, Jeff Cummings was not the man for this job. Because of a serious lack of variety in voicing characters, he fails in setting the mood of tension and mystery this book demands. His delivery is flat and strangely pedantic for most of the minor characters. As a result, the story loses what little depth and texture it possessed, becoming as light and inconsequential as an hour of Hawaii Five O.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tiyanna West Bloomfield, MI, United States 01-04-15
    Tiyanna West Bloomfield, MI, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2011

    Everyone has to have that "Thing They Love!" This is how I find and keep up with mine!

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    "Corny cop, seeking love - must love dogs.."

    The book was okay I guess I would have rather read the tic tock of Patterson but maybe it's not a fair comparison. Don't think I'll spend a credit on book 2. I'll wait for a sale..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Oceanside, CA, United States 04-25-15
    Cheryl Oceanside, CA, United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    The story was interesting and well-paced. However, the narrator mispronounced several names of places and things making it hard to listen to at times.

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    Gregory Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-27-15
    Gregory Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "There is potential here"

    I found the story to be interesting and this kept me engaged throughout. Though the dialogue, at times, bordered on "corny." Added to this the reader's falsetto voice for women was a distraction throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee DeNigris Derby, CT United States 02-25-15
    Renee DeNigris Derby, CT United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2013

    Reading books while riding on the back of Pegasus' wings

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    "K9 spiritual guardian helps his cop"
    Would you listen to Burning Man again? Why?

    Not bad series. Yes. I loved interaction with Sirius.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burning Man?

    Creepy Ellis Haines, the serial killer. Who reminds me of Hannibal Lecter, the weather man version. Haines called and sings to Gideon on his house phone.


    Did Jeff Cummings do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a great job of making me feel Michael Gideon as a cop voice. But is very bad in any female characters! Mr. Cummings did try his best. Would be better to have a 2nd female narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. I hope there will be more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Golden San Francisco, CA 02-24-15
    S. A. Golden San Francisco, CA 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too many words & forced humor"

    The base story, a man struggling to recover from a significant trama is clouded by hravy handed snappy dialogues anf narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patty Christiansen Palo Alto, CA United States 02-11-15
    Patty Christiansen Palo Alto, CA United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Story Great - Voice Acting, Meh"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Burning Man to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burning Man?

    The evolution of the character and his relationship with his dog.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The reading could have been much better. Always heard the Long island in the voice even when changing accents.


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

    The Rose brick was hit my heart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chalise 02-03-15
    Chalise 02-03-15
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    "Love Jeff Cummings!!"

    It is a good book. The sarcasm was a bit much, but I'll put up with a lot to hear Jeff Cummings perform.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CO United States 09-04-14
    Amazon Customer CO United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved finding a new author to follow"
    What did you love best about Burning Man?

    I wasn't sure about this book is was an impulse buy after reading a general description. I am glad I gave it a chance, I now anxiously await the sequel to this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Burning Man?

    Even though it is based on a fictional character the insight into what people go through after surviving a horrible accident.


    What does Jeff Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Giving life to the characters from a different perspective than how they may sound in my head. Would listen to other books read by Jeff Cummings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If given the time I would have listened to it in one setting, but I accomplished it in three. From start to finish there were no long dry periods where I lost interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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