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Inside: Bulletproof Trilogy, Book 1 | [Brenda Novak]

Inside: Bulletproof Trilogy, Book 1

Virgil Skinner served 14 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s finally been exonerated, but he can’t escape the gang he joined in order to survive. They’ll do anything to keep him from telling what he knows. And if they can’t get to Virgil, they’ll go after his sister and her kids. The California Department of Corrections needs someone to infiltrate another gang, one that’s taking control of the state’s most notorious supermax. Virgil’s the perfect candidate, and he’ll agree to do it under an alias - in exchange for his sister’s protection.
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Publisher's Summary

Virgil Skinner served 14 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s finally been exonerated, but he can’t escape the gang he joined in order to survive. They’ll do anything to keep him from telling what he knows. And if they can’t get to Virgil, they’ll go after his sister and her kids.

The California Department of Corrections needs someone to infiltrate another gang, one that’s taking control of the state’s most notorious supermax. Virgil’s the perfect candidate, and he’ll agree to do it under an alias - in exchange for his sister’s protection.

Chief Deputy Warden Peyton Adams is opposed to having Virgil in her prison. How will she protect him if things go bad? Besides, she’s far too attracted to him; she might even be falling in love with him. That makes her all the more desperate to keep him safe - and it gives him someone else to lose.

©2011 Brenda Novak (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 10-18-11
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 10-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    My first read for Brenda Novak--glad I found her. I have been looking for another writer who does suspense as well as romance--I found her in Ms. Novak. I am like the other person that gave her thoughts--the characters tended to fall in love very quickly (only reason I gave it a four), but I guess it can happen. No matter it was a good story and held my interest the entire time I was listening.

    But I have said this in more than one of my reviews, the narrator can make or break the book. Angela Dawe is one of my favorite readers--way up on the todem pole. She does a stupendous job with this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book about his (Virgil's) sister. Hopefully she will continue on with the series with the other character "Pretty Boy", since she it appears that Laurel and Pretty Boy did not hook up (at least I think that did not). I am downloading the second book as I am typing this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Gibs Bloomington, IL, United States 09-23-11
    M. Gibs Bloomington, IL, United States 09-23-11

    MagiMags

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    "Kept My Interest"

    This was a pretty good story. The characters kept things interesting. I suppose if I had to pick something to critique, it would be my issue with many novels and not this one specifically. It is the fact that people fall in love way too quickly. Admittedly, when it is centered around a respectable storyline it does help. It was also the first Novak novel for me. Having it read by Angela Dawe is a plus as she is one of my favorite narrators. I will definitely be getting Book 2 and Book 3 whenever it's released.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    2 Indie Girls 01-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved it!!"
    If you could sum up Inside in three words, what would they be?

    Great romance suspense!


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

    She's great at narrating! One of the best if not THE best narrator I've ever heard! She brought the story to life!


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

    Yes when virgil was hurt in prison at the end and peyton showed her real emotions and feelings for him


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! Brenda Novak has a new fan in me! The whole series if great! I definitely recommend this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Toman Eck United States 05-25-12
    Patricia Toman Eck United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2003

    I do my gardening listening to Audible books and, at times, end up sitting on my gardening cart sobbing away, while hoping no one's looking

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    "Not a mystery/thriller!!!"
    What disappointed you about Inside?

    I should have looked at the cover then I would have realized it was a romance, not a thriller or mystery. The author spent much to much time on the sexual tension rather than the plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Black Ops


    What aspect of Angela Dawe’s performance would you have changed?

    She did a fine job of narrating.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yuck!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calloway Des Moines, IA, United States 09-20-11
    Calloway Des Moines, IA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It!"

    Couldn't put it down. Fantastic in all three categories. Can't wait to read the other books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 04-29-13
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2006

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    "Not what I expected"

    I listened to and enjoyed all of the "Last Stand" books so I had high hopes when I started this book. Unfortunately it is nothing like the others. The "Last Stand" books are an even mix of romance and suspense with the suspense leading out and gathering throughout the book. This book had little to no suspense until the final 3 hours when the story finally got to the story that was in the description. Before that point what little suspense there was to the story was so spread out that that it might as well not be called suspense. Unfortunately the romance that dominates the book is of the sort that I don't care for where the heroine is inexplicably and continually drawn to a man who repeatedly pushes her away and treats her like dirt.

    Ms Dawe's performance unfortunately did not help the book. Though you could distinguish between characters her male and female characters sounded much alike. Even worse, there was little to no emotion portrayed whether the emotion was passion, anger or even fear. It seemed for most of the book that she was as uninterested as I was quickly becoming.

    If you're a fan of "The Last Stand" series be warned that's not what this is. If you are a fan of the sort of romance I described you may enjoy this book. I've already purchased all three of the books in the "Bulletproof" series when they were on sale based on my experience with Ms Novak's other series. Hopefully the others are more like her previous work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-23-12
    MickeyMarie Narnia 12-23-12 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Strong violence and hot sex"

    This story is about prison gangs so it makes sense there is violence. Good thing there is a good guy who is a hunk. He is also a strong well developed character as well as the other characters in the story, all of which contribute to a very good read.

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    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 12-23-12
    Andra Roanoke, IN, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A good read!"
    Where does Inside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is part of a series by Brenda Novak. The series is listed in my top 10. This particular book is in my top 20.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside?

    I liked the way that the main character processed her thoughts as she struggled with doing the right thing intellectually and doing the things that guided her heart.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this is my first time listening to Angela Dowe's performances. I like Allyson Johnson and Patricia R. Floyd, Simi Howe, Corey Hite, and I think she rates well among these narrators.


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

    No, I was able to listen, put it down, pick it back up. All in all, I enjoyed listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book and this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 05-16-12
    Curtis Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Romance disguised as thriller"
    What disappointed you about Inside?

    It was about a woman's love life. I only got a third thru and it hadn't gotten to the described plot.


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    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 12-10-11
    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Dull"
    What would have made Inside better?

    Very weak story. More like a bad romance novel than a mystery thriller.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing by brenda novak


    How could the performance have been better?

    Person narrating had no animation in her voice. Very monitone, dull and boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. waste of time and money


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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