"The woman's cries floated down the passage and bubbled out through the front door in helpless, anguished, tortured spasms. It was a sound that echoed down the ages. The horror of mothers from any species that might ever have lived on the planet. A parent trying to deal with the impossible: the death of her young ones. It was a sound to chill the blood." A notorious killer escapes from prison. Heart-rending scenes show the kinds of trauma faced by victims of crime. The thrilling action takes place against a tapestry of courage and heroism in daily clashes between the forces of law and order on the one hand and brutal crime on the other.
©2015 Ian Steadman (P)2016 Ian Steadman
Outstanding action thriller
Yes, all the way. Every twist and turn you can think of takes place and just as you think things are OK it hits you hard from another direction
No. Never heard his voice before. This is excellent: good voice, good accents, good atmosphere
Both. Definitely. There's a heart-stopping moment in a number of places, but especially in the last chapter. Oh boy. Hold on to your seats and have the tissues ready.
The detail of the places in and around Durban is fantastic. The research clearly has been done, and very well. There's a dog in this story that reminds me of my own dog. Brilliant animal. Just like mine. Listeners will love this.
The last chapter, without doubt. There is a devastating scene that will have you sitting bolt upright.
Nice easy fluid narration and very good accents
Yes, although I didn't because of other interruptions.
Really, really, really good.
I used to live up there where the action takes place and it is so accurate. It is really scary to see how crime has escalated especially in that region, and this audiobook tells it as it is.
Am I allowed to say that my favourite character was a dog? If not, then my favourite character is Mavis, the young constable. Brave and intelligent woman.
I liked Jeremy Ryder, too.
Yes, I'd like to listen to it on a long drive from George to Joburg. Safer than reading it in bed, as I did. That was scary, because every sound in the house made me worry.
I liked the accents of the characters.
Yes, actually. The voices made it even more compelling
Yes. Very balanced between action and emotion and real characters behaving in plausible ways
Very dark and mysterious. And very professional.
Oh yes. The things that happen to that family that are described in the dust cover are even more amazing when you hear it read.
The detective characters are all very entertaining and believable at the same time.
The dust cover says it all: the traumatic encounter of innocent families with evil criminals, and the valiant cops that try to deal with a tsunami of crime. very well written and very well performed.
The scene in question with the family was very, very powerful and emotionally gripping.
Actually, the character of Mavis was great. I liked her a lot. But Jeremy Ryder is the real hero. An action man like Jack Reacher, all the way. With a no-nonsense wife to keep him in check. And both support my rugby team so what's not to like?.
Good against evil in the fists of a no-nonsense detective.
A great scene with the dog at the end.
The villains are bad and the good guys are real. Liked all the characterisations. Very exciting last chapter especially.
The dog is wonderful. Like my own. But I liked the character of Mavis, too. Enterprising and cheeky detective in the making.
The last scene is amazing. The dog takes over. The rest of the guys fall into place. Brilliant.
The canine unit takes charge
The narrator could have had a woman doing the women's roles, but apart from that he does a really good job. Nice accents and rich tones.
Top of class
Jeremy Ryder taking out a group of baddies
The cops investigating an attack on a middle-class family
Yep. That scene did it to me. For sure.
Very, very, very good.
I haven't heard many but this was really excellent
The characters are so believable and the action is very compelling
Mavis was the best. I loved her. Then the villain with the matchstick in his mouth was fascinating.
Yes, but I was happy to listen to it over three or four days too.
Detective Ryder and his wife - oh, and his dog - are lovely.
"Heart-warmingly exciting thriller"
Most definitely. It is thrilling all the way with such lovely human (and canine) dimensions that kept me glued to the earphones.
Anything from Stieg Larsson or Lee Child or James Patterson or... you name them... the top thriller writers. This is right up there with all of them.
I like the hero Jeremy Ryder. Just like Jack Reacher. Is it coincidence that they have the same initials? Maybe. But then there's also John Rebus, I suppose. And Jack Ryan. And... ha! now I can think of quite a few JR's.
Canine Force in the fight against crime
I really liked the balance of human drama and crime-busting.
"What a nice surprise"
Don't know. Haven't read it. Just listened to it.
The final chapter is breath-taking. It has incredible action but breathtakingly good moments of emotion, too.
I liked Mavis, I have to say. But Ryder is as good as Jack Reacher, in my view. More interesting, in fact, because he has a personal life on display (instead of us just hearing about it), in his interactions with family and colleagues.
Man and dog against crime.
Makes me think of my own beautiful dog, who happens to be a border collie.
I'll definitely listen to this again. It really is captivating. It draws you in with a nice easy domestic family-life kind of drama and then Bam! it knocks you between the eyes. Sensational action and really intriguing characters.
A fantastic character called Sugar Bear. He's the best. Intelligent guy. Very intuitive, sharp, watches everyone closely, and keeps an eye on everything and everyone. He's the man, for sure.
No. Not yet. I look forward to listening to more by him. I have to say that his narration is very good, but the voice could have been adapted more for the women characters.
For sure, but it's not possible. There's a lot to do in life. So I heard this in about four or five chunks.
None, really. Very good. Highly recommended.
I don't know. I haven't read it. Only listened to it. But the story is excellent.
I go with others whose reviews I have seen. The dog is the best character.
I liked his voice very much. Very authoritative, knows what he's doing. But there were a couple of slow bits, I have to say.
Oh boy. For sure. Quite a few. Can't give things away, but the last chapter is to die for (hee-hee).
This is really different and really nice. I now realise that I've listened to the last book in a series of four. It didn't really matter. I didn't need to know what happened before. But I'll make an effort to go and get the earliert books now.
"Very gripping and filled with trauma"
Yes, oh yes. This was amazingly powerful.
Very traumatic and sad in places but hugely uplifting as well. Lots of action and excellent characterization
I loved the rich timbre of the voice and the interesting accents.
There's a scene where a family is attacked by burglars. Can't expose what happened but oh my goodness that was powerful drama
Nice easy flow to it and really gripping.
Right at the very top
The taking down of six very bad criminals in a park. That was one of the most electrifying scenes.
Haven't heard him before.
The aftermath of a brutal attack on a family. That was very touching and very real.
Nice plot, characterisation and underlying moral dilemma. Oh, yes. And the dog. A great character.
"Unusual and very powerful"
It was so different from the norm and so totally satisfying. An exciting thriller set in an exotic location, with high drama and intricately woven relationships.
Jeremy Ryder is a Jack Reacher character with as much power and charisma as Jack but oodles more morality and sensitivity. He can put down the baddies without bblinking, buit he holds his punches when there are important principles at stake.
Nice and easy and very clear, with good use of accents and tone and feeling.
The final chapter is very, very moving. That really got me going.
Listen to it alone. It is very beautifully moody and descriptive and full of action at the right moments.
Yes. Very powerful and engaging. The plot is intriguing and keeps attention all the way.
Mavis the young policewoman was very interesting. I'd like to see her grow in the series.
Nope. First one.
Without doubt, the traumatic experience of a wealthy family at the hands of thugs.
Detective Ryder is great. As fine a creation as Jack Reacher any day.
"Very real and in your face"
I couldn't help thinking of a holiday I spent in this area of Africa so many years ago. It was so real. It brought everything back to me.
I suppose the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because it is so exciting all the way through and doesn't let up for a moment. Brilliant descriptions and believable action.
The accents were reall good and the voice and speech were very mature
The traumatic incident in the family home was something NOT to write home about, for fear of scaring the kids. This was such a moving scene.
Very different and really nice.
I was intrigued by the accents, both of the narrator and the characters he portrayed. Very clear diction, rich timbre, exciting drama yet intimate story-telling, a very good listen, this was.
Detective Ryder is a marvel. I like him better than Jack Reacher, actually. He seems more vulnerable, yet just as powerful and relentless in the pursuit of moral justice.
Haven't heard any other.
I prefer to listen in healthy chunk-sizes. The book is nicely structured to allow one to do that.
A different kind of crime thriller, this is. Exotic and terrifically exciting.
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