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Compound Fractures: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 20 | [Stephen White]

Compound Fractures: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 20

In Compound Fractures, Alan is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him. He is compelled to reconsider what he has long believed about trust and about love while he is trying to cope with overwhelming loss and grief.
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Publisher's Summary

For more than twenty years, in nearly a score of best-selling crime novels, Stephen White's stories of Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory have captivated millions. Now, Compound Fractures provides a riveting last chapter to the series.

In Line of Fire, Dr. Gregory found himself assailed by danger from every direction as he struggled with circumstances beyond his control. Authorities were closing in on Alan and his friend Sam Purdy for their roles in a woman’s death years earlier. Alan was struggling to deal with the emotional breakdown of his longtime friend Diane after she discovered evidence of her husband’s infidelity. By the end, Alan’s personal life and his career were in danger of complete collapse.

But Line of Fire merely set the stage. In Compound Fractures, Alan is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him. He is compelled to reconsider what he has long believed about trust and about love while he is trying to cope with overwhelming loss and grief.

To protect himself, Alan must revisit the cruel ethical dilemma that turned his life upside down as a young psychologist. He has to judge whether the people reentering his life after long absences are friends or foes. He has to make sense of echoes of distant tragedies while he decides if there is anyone he can really trust. And as the clock ticks down, he must solve a deadly mystery in Eldorado Springs that has been brewing for more than a decade.

At times full of pathos, at other times replete with White’s distinctive wry humor, Compound Fractures delivers the entrancing characters, the suspense, the intricately plotted story lines, and the unexpected twists that readers have come to expect.

©2013 Stephen W. White (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Quotation credit from On the High Wire, by Philippe Petit, reprinted by permission of the author. Recorded by arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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    JuliaRose NY 10-26-13
    JuliaRose NY 10-26-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic Series, Disappointing ending"

    I have followed this series since book one. I adore these books. Sadly the ending just didn't do it for me. I thought it was one of the weakest books of the series. The plot never fully came to a conclusion. After 20 books I think I deserve a damn conclusion! I didn't think the twists and turns in this book were realistic (not that any of them are- but I'm talking book world here). I also hated that after all this the series ends with him talking about which girl he's having sex with. And he doesn't even tell us! I wanted the kids to be in the final prologue. It ended with what was perhaps meant to be a cliffhanger but kind of just annoyed me. Why bother throwing in one last problem if this is the end of the whole series? Especially such a mundane little problem all things considered. The final book felt anti climactic and had so little to do with the main people of the series. The second to last book was far more exciting in my opinion I hoped this book would bring that whole saga to a crazy final end but instead it brought it to a random less eventful end. Really? It's hard to say more without spoilers!


    Also, I have to get this out... I HATE LAUREN! Has anyone else hated Lauren since the very beginning? I never liked her. Not as annoying mousy girlfriend, not as bitchy wife, not at all not ever. Phew it feels good to finally get that out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne Sula, MT, United States 03-15-14
    Dwayne Sula, MT, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dick Hill was a HUGE distraction from the story!"
    Would you listen to Compound Fractures again? Why?

    I'd only listen if someone else read it. He was such a distraction, it almost ruined the story. I've listened to 25-30 books the past couple of years, and Dick Hill is the absolute worst.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved the Alan Gregory series of books from the start... sorry to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine VOLCANO, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Katherine VOLCANO, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Glad I'm done..."

    I looked forward to this book but wonder now if I would have been better off without reading it. I've read all the books in this series and generally liked them a lot. This book was a bad end to a pretty good series. I thought it overwrought - too much angst, and moral rationalization. There was too much thinking on Alan's part, at least to put it all on paper and have a reader follow it and not get tired of it. I usually enjoy Dick Hill as a narrator but in this case his narration was tainted by a badly done story. Aside from the ridiculous 'plot twists', a great deal of it was just a rehash of the last book. I listened to the book instead of reading it so I was not able to skim over the parts that I found overly analytic and annoying without the possibility of missing some detail that would mean something later. All in all I was glad when it ended and with the last couple of books I'm glad to see the end of this series.

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    Ken Corvallis, OR, United States 01-05-14
    Ken Corvallis, OR, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another winner"

    Compound Fractures is another winner! Offering mystery and intrigue. Dick Hills narrates it perfectly, as usual. A very good listen.

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    wendy bear, DE, United States 11-26-13
    wendy bear, DE, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved them all - except this one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd only recommend it to those who have followed the series. I found that Elliot's connection to the 9/11 bombings and the Bin Laden family was absolutely ridiculous. I was also disappointed that there was no grieving for Lauren. Everyone, including the children, just went along like nothing happened. I think she deserved more. Ending with Allen having sex with some random person was not a very fulfilling way to end the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm headed in a completely different direction. I need to listen to the last Hunger Games book. Don't laugh.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick is perfect for the part. He always has been.


    Did Compound Fractures inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed, Stephen. You could have done so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zana Winston Salem, NC, United States 11-06-13
    Zana Winston Salem, NC, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's a WRAP!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I disagree with many of the reviews on this one. Chick lit? If only women have brains and hearts and souls - maybe. Steven White's flawed characters are refreshing - and yes they do question themselves ad-nauseum, but don't we all?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Compound Fractures?

    Jonas hiding the guns - smart kid


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

    Great narrator


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    Carol Arlington Heights, IL, United States 09-19-13
    Carol Arlington Heights, IL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2001
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    Would you try another book from Stephen White and/or Dick Hill?

    I have read previous Stephen White books and enjoyed them, this one has no similarities. Dick Hill--never. He sounds like Walter Cronkite and has the most awful Chicago accent for Sam (or I believe that is what he is trying to convey). Painful.


    Has Compound Fractures turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from Stephen White.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    A younger more interesting voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately this often happens in long running series--the author stops writing stories and becomes completely engrossed in "character development". Nothing but unrealistic drama and ridiculous scenarios. How about a doctor whose last name is doctor? Yes, Dr. Doctor. Come on....

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    laura warrensburg, mo, United States 08-23-13
    laura warrensburg, mo, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book by Stephen White"
    Would you listen to Compound Fractures again? Why?

    Not quite finished yet but a good read as always.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Compound Fractures?

    Always a good story.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Love Dick Hill


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

    Not quite finished yet but a good read as always.


    Any additional comments?

    The author/editor surely means Sarah Jessica Parker when referring to designer shoes- but keeps saying "Mary Louise Parker' and that doesn't make sense. Seems like I remember that mentioned in the previous book as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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