We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery | [Chris Grabenstein]

Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

Regular Price:$17.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. When it turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case, Ceepak and Boyle realize that the corporal might have been privy to information that opens up a much larger conspiracy - one that strikes at the heart of our involvement in the Middle East and puts them on the wrong side of some very unpleasant people.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including (in order) Tilt-a-Whirl, Mad Mouse, and Whack-a-Mole.

©2008 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Grabenstein again shows his intimate knowledge of Jersey shore towns, whose populations swell in the summer....But this series offers far more than a beach-book romp; Hell Hole is taut and satisfying crime fiction." (Booklist)
"Hell Hole - named after an amusement park ride, like his other novels - moves at a brisk pace...The relationship between John and Danny, how each grows and learns from each other, continues to be the heart of Grabenstein's four novels." (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Jeff Woodman's natural exuberance is a fine fit for Hell Hole's ingenuous, smart-alecky cop, Danny Boyle....Additionally, Woodman creates a perfect foil in Boyle's NJPD partner, hard-nosed, by-the-book John Ceepak....Chris Grabenstein writes a tight, well-constructed mystery, and Woodman's performance keeps the interest high and the listening upbeat." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (678 )
5 star
 (274)
4 star
 (260)
3 star
 (93)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (23)
Overall
4.1 (376 )
5 star
 (162)
4 star
 (140)
3 star
 (50)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (10)
Story
4.4 (380 )
5 star
 (228)
4 star
 (96)
3 star
 (33)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (12)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Susan bergenfield, NJ, USA 07-30-08
    Susan bergenfield, NJ, USA 07-30-08 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"

    I've read all of the Ceepak Mysteries and was not disappointed by Hell Hole. The anticipation and mystery unfolds at a nice pace and I really enjoyed the ending. Based on the ending, I'm looking forward to the next book. Of course, I always enjoy Jeff Woodman's narration too.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathy United States 08-10-08
    Kathy United States 08-10-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    296
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1437
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love that Ceepak"

    If you are a John Ceepak fan, you have to listen to this book. It isn't as good as the first three books (mainly because there is less Ceepak and more Danny Boyle) but Grabenstein still spins out a smart, funny and dependably entertaining story

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-05-12
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    157
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    382
    85
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Comic book dialog ruins an otherwise good mystery."

    The mystery itself is pretty good, but the dialog is unbelievably bad. Danny Boyle talks like a teenager who is immature for his age. I don't know what Cheepak is supposed to be like, but he talks like a computer with a limited set of stock answers to all questions and situations. Even when Cheepak encounters his father, where there ought to be some emotion, he has none. It's like a comic book. Very good, Danny! Wow, how did Cheepak figure that out? Use logic, Danny! Here's a pat on your head, Danny. The narrator turns Cheepak into a blockhead, but I cannot fault him too much. He isn't given much to work with. The whole is LESS than the sum of each part. I will not be reading any more in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-05-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-05-10 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1726
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    368
    262
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    559
    8
    Overall
    "Stronger story than books 1-3"

    This is an excellent addition to this series. It has the same tone and humor and setting as the first 3 books but the story has a bit more punch to it (i.e., it's quite "serious" in nature, and believable, and... well, kinda sad too).

    It's probably a bit far-fetched in that I don't think so many people in real life would be complicit in such bad goings-on, but it's all believable within the story, and very suspenseful...

    It's fast and enjoyable - though I think it has more swearing than the other books so that might put some people off, but it all fit with the storyline. The narration is very well done.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dageff N J 08-22-08
    Dageff N J 08-22-08 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Worth the wait!"

    I really enjoyed this one as I did the three that preceded it. I thought it was very well thought out and it left me going until the very end. I think Grabenstein gets better at this with each Ceepak mystery he writes. I highly recommend this. I'm going back to read Hell for the Holidays but hope that Grabenstein releases his next Ceepak mystery real soon!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SSMITTEE SEABECK,WASHINGTON 98380 08-03-11
    SSMITTEE SEABECK,WASHINGTON 98380 08-03-11 Member Since 2010

    Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    220
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "awesome story too much profanity"

    the story move fast and holds your interest..but it is totally ruined by the LARGE amount of excessive profanity. I would rate it 5 stars if the profanity level was missing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-05-08
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-05-08 Member Since 2002

    marlin515

    HELPFUL VOTES
    238
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    418
    71
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    "Grabenstein turns out another great one"

    I really like Grabenstein's books. They are suspensful and interesting but not in a creepy way. The background characters are interesting and cover the real life spectrum. Having spent lots of time in beach communities I can see how these characters could be among us.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Chicago, IL, United States 09-16-08
    James Chicago, IL, United States 09-16-08 Member Since 2007

    NA

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    194
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Best one yet"

    The story line in Woodman's latest effort develops and culminates better than any of the previous books.
    Very entertaining and good fun.
    Jeff Woodman, again, is absolutely brilliant in his portraying of the characters!
    I can enjoy listening pretty much anything if the narrator does it right, and Woodman makes all the right choices - so good I forget he's reading. It's like watching a brilliant actor, forgetting they are reciting a script, and really believing in the character.
    If you like a listen for the good narration, this series is a must.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lawrence Troy, MT, USA 11-22-08
    Lawrence Troy, MT, USA 11-22-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Golly jee wiz Batman what do we do next?"

    This is a book written for grade school kids if it were not for the story line. I was very disappointed and could hardly finish it. I would not recommend this book to anyone. The storyline was good but the way it was written was not, very childish and boring. Don't waste your money on this one, or your time!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary North Hollywood, CA, United States 11-17-08
    Mary North Hollywood, CA, United States 11-17-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Unbelievably wooden main character"

    This is the first Grabenstein book I've read/heard. It will be my last. I bought it on the half-price sale and I don't think it was worth even that. John Ceepak is a wooden, one-dimensional, incredibly inauthentic character. In fact, he's just the idea of a character, barely a character at all. The narrator's reading of this character's voice only makes the character more flat and unbelievable. The author also has a bad habit of talking about how brilliant this character is through his sidekick Danny's commentary. Even if your plotting or your detective's deductions really are brilliant, it's not a good idea to say so overtly. If they really are--and they're not in this case--your readers will make that judgment. If they're not so brilliant, you just look foolish for claiming they are. To Grabenstein's credit, there are a few interesting moments in the plot. But overall, this is not even mediocre quality mystery writing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 25 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.