Portia Barrington, the precocious 15-year-old daughter of prominent defense attorney Myles Barrington, has been kidnapped. Portia's bodyguard, who doubled as her chauffeur, is missing. Myles paid, but the kidnappers demand another ransom. When he paid a second time, they ask for a third ransom. What's going on? Why would kidnappers ask for three ransoms, knowing that each time they collect, they risk being captured by the police, Phoenix Perry wonders, when she's asked to investigate her first child abduction case. When the kidnappers call again, they make it clear that they are getting inside information. They know that Phoenix and her partner, Kelly McPherson, are running the show. Is the kidnapping a hoax? Did Myles Barrington do something so hideous to his daughter that he has to fake a kidnapping to cover it up?
Former president Palmer Davidson, who picked Phoenix to find the murderer of his Supreme Court nominee, Jennifer Taylor, is a personal friend of Myles Barrington. Now Davidson is wielding his considerable influence once again to find the truth. The clock is ticking.
After talking to fellow lead agent, Jack Ryan, Phoenix is stunned to learn that the bodyguard works for her husband's private detective agency. Now Keyth is being investigated too.
©2010 Keith Lee Johnson (P)2015 Keith Lee Johnson
Enjoyed the story after being offered to read for review but the narrator was soooo slow and plodding with pauses that made me want to light a fire under her. I hate giving a poor review because of the narrator but it happens so often that the performance ruins a good storyline!
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I like this book. There were so many twists and turns that it kept my mind active, trying to figure out "Who did it". I would say this is a fantastic book. i think it would rank around 4,4 out of 5. So that is close to perfect! Flesh: The Disappearance of Portia Barrington by Keith Lee Johnson is that book.
Lucinda Gainey gives us 11 hrs and 47 min of good narration. She is good, a bit dry at some places, so not perfect score. She is around 4,4 out of 5! So she is more then able to give you a entertaining book read.
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Very well developed plot, story takes turns till end. Porsche is a wealthy, smart and mentalist woman in her early age and as naive as any high school girl would be. She manipulates everyone that comes in her life.
I believe this is my first book where a black woman is leading lady not happed so often. Her strength, family values, discipline are amazing.
Narrator Lucida Gainey thumps up!!
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If you thought this story about a kidnapped girl being tracked by the FBI would make a good read, you would be wrong. Very annoying sexual dialog as told by a women but written by a man. Just horrible, dont bother
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Narration - Lucinda Gainey - OK. Honestly, I think Lucinda is a good narrator and storyteller, but she sounded a little too old for the character of Phoenix - just my opinion - but when I listened to her, I just couldn't envision Phoenix with her voice. Other than that though, I thought she did a fine job.
The story is a pretty complicated mystery with several side plots. It was ok. I liked Phoenix's no nonsense character. It seems that before this was done that darned near every person was somehow involved in the kidnapping of Portia Barrington and most of the crime solving seemed to fall into their laps a bit.
The 'bad guys' seemed to offer up all the details a little too willingly (especially Turquoise) so that part was a little bit Scooby Doo.
It's an ok read/nice listen for those who enjoy mysteries!
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I liked the well developed complex twisting and turning plot. There was no boring spots in the novel.
This was an original plot and I can't recall a similar book just this moment.
When Phoenix and her daughter finally had their long overdue mother and daughter sit down and talk session.
The Kidnapped Madam
Overall this was an exciting listen with a well developed plot, unique characters and excellent narration. I had some minor philosophical issues with the book. For instance when The daughter Savannah got into a fight at school Phoenix tells the school principal that he can paddle Savannah and then she also asks her husband if he strapped Savannah with his belt. Phoenix is suppose to be a well educated criminalist. I just can't see a well educated criminalist using this type of violent punishment on a young teen girl. If it were a less educated working class mother, then maybe because she would never of been educated to alternate more effective and appropriate forms of discipline. Also the author goes on some personal tirades from time to time. It isn't too overboard, however I almost gave the book 3 instead of 4 stars because of these factors.
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This is an extremely well written, well plotted story, with excellent character development. The mystery elements are engrossing, and watching the plot unfold kept my interest until the very last word. In addition, this author has a very sensitive ear for natural dialog, so her characters speak (and act) in entirely plausible ways. There are sever simultaneous stories being told here, mostly concerning relationships, and each of them is interesting. These things make this, essentially, a very good book ..but there are some things that seriously detract from it.
First, this author uses the story rather obviously as a platform to allow him to express his own personal views on various topics. I have seen other authors do this, and my reaction is the same in all cases. If I want to read an editorial or an opinion piece, I’ll read the appropriate section of any good newspaper or magazine. I am always left with a feeling of being deceived when an author wraps his or her personal views on politics, society or morality in a layer of story. I, the reader am drawn into the story, and, if I don’t want to be lectured, I must either try to skip those parts, or stop reading what had been, up to that point, a satisfying book.
In addition, some of the motivations of at least one of the villains is trite, and, at least to my mind, rather shabbily managed. It explains the actions of 1 of the main characters, but again, given the quality of much of this book, it came across to me as shallow clichéd and obvious.
One thing I very much liked about this book, though, was that we see a strong, capable and powerful black female heroine, who is never used to make a point. Her attitudes to what she must deal with as a minority in what can be a hostile society are on point, sensible, and, from my experience both as a woman and a physically handicapped individual, healthy and positive.
The narration was also excellent. The narrator was particularly good at voicing very young girls, making them both mature and “girlish” at the same time, just as girls just coming into adulthood usually are.
I’m not sorry I read this book at all, despite the things I disliked, the writing and the story were well worth it.
I give the book 3 out of 5 stars, and the narrator 5 out of 5 stars. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from AudioBookBlast dot com.
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an HONEST review. Portia Barrington is the 15-year-old daughter of a high-powered defense attorney, and she's been kidnapped. Those who took her have demanded and been paid two ransoms, but now they are demanding a third so, despite the kidnappers' warnings to the contrary, the FBI has been called in. Enter Agent Phoenix Drew-Perry, a woman of color with her own daughter in turmoil.
The story is told in a combination of third person and first. Half of the story is Phoenix' personal first person recollections. The other half is from an omniscient third person point-of-view; a technique I personally find distracting. Pick a PoV and stick with it, I say, but I understand that this is becoming a popular story-telling modus. I just find it off-putting and lazy.
The author relies heavily on cliches. I swear I heard the phrase "Off the hook!" more times in the first chapter than a Mel B outtake-reel from America's Got Talent. Also the book references the sex act so frequently that the author often relies on such over-used erotica standards as "get all up in that," and "on fire down there."
There are a number of other weird aspects to the book. It's clearly written to titillate, but at the end, the heroine goes into a long puritanical aside about how over-sexed and debauched Americans are. Another example of the book's weirdness is that a character in the book is named Christopher Chance, and one of the protagonists assumes it's a false identity because it's such a cheesy name. This in a book with characters named Phoenix, Portia Barrington, Topaz, Vanderbilt, Myles, Palmer, and Savannah.
In another example, the story makes overly specific use of the story-line of a 1970 film called The Grasshopper starring Jacqueline Bisset, or as the narrator, Lucinda Gainey, calls her for some unexplained reason, Jacqueline Bay-set. The narration also has a somewhat sterile almost-documentary-style feel to it in several places, which is odd considering how hyper-sexual the book is. Other than that the voice narration was competent, although there were a few moments where the longish sentences taxed her breathing.
One thing I did enjoy about the book was a clever plot element where the FBI agents were able to determine the reason why the kidnappers kept demanding more and more ransom. But then, by the end of the book even that became a plot hole. I don't want to post a spoiler, but suffice to say you don't lead a horse to water if you don't want him to take a drink.
Overall, I wasn't impressed with the story or the writing, but apparently I'm in the minority. The author has a substantial following, and numerous glowing reviews on this title alone in the paperback and eBook listings at Amazon. Personally, I'm not recommending it, but what do I know? Twenty plus horny housewives can't be wrong.
I would recommend this book to a friend if the genre interested them.
This is my first book by Keith Johnson
I enjoyed her narration very much. Great casting as I thought her somewhat "gravelly" voice was perfect for the character and the plot.
A few parts of this book seemed a little "preachy" and "Long winded". Between those parts this was a good story.
Well thought out & well written. Suspenseful who done it.
Portia getting killed. I didn't see that coming.
Mr & Mrs Barrington being interviewed just before the arrest.
Molly & Portia taken advantage of by the nun. You never know who will prey on you & how childhood scars perpetuate from generation to generation.
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