There's a smartphone app capable of crashing a commercial jet. And it's for sale to the highest bidder.
Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize: After eight years of long hours, she's about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up. Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. She gears up for the inevitable civil lawsuits. But, as Sasha digs into the case, she learns the crash was no accident. She joins forces with a federal air marshal and they race to prevent another crash.
People close to the matter start to turn up dead. And Sasha's next on the list. She'll need to rely on her legal training and Krav Maga training in equal measure to stop a madman and save herself.
©2011 Melissa F. Miller (P)2012 Brown Street Books
A high powered attorney on a major case for a huge law firm hears on the phone that a contact she's never even met is accosted and screaming after he conveniently forgets to hang up. What does the attorney do? Call the police to investigate? No, she jumps on a red eye flight to go to his apartment and investigate it herself.
Unfortunately this is not just one stupid contrivance, but rather one of the dozens in this idiotic book. I will stay away from this author forever.
I prefer mystery/thriller genre including YA with some non-fiction. I dislike and attempt to avoid novels that include the paranormal.
Irreparable Harm is the first book in the five novel Sasha McCandless legal thriller series. The book is just OK and so is the narration. That is a disappointment after Melissa F Miller's Aroostine Higgins series. Looking at the ratings for the other four books in the series it appears that those books are much better. I will likely purchase the Kindle + Audible versions of them at Amazon because the Whispersync for Voice option costs less than half the cost of the Audible version alone.
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The main character is likeable and feisty, but this series needs more interesting supporting characters and a much, much, much better narrator.
Probably not. Not to be mean, but I definitely will not listen to anything narrated by Karen Cummins ever again. Listening to her was a real chore.
Very little difference between characters. Read super slow, at times she sounded robotic. She also missed many opportunities where, with just a little different tone or inflection, she could have nailed the context/intent/character, esp. Sasha.
I'd never heard of Melissa Miller before but I'm glad I purchased this book. The protagonist is smart, funny, caring, and can kick butt. I'll be purchasing other books from Miller.
Great story, with an interesting technology/legal background, but this is really a well written tale about greed. It is hard not to like the main characters, and dislike their opponents.
I enjoyed this audio book. It kept my interest but was very predictable. I was a little frustrated hearing an in-depth account of how Sasha tied a knot. Seriously?
I received this book free from the narrator, Karen Commins. Thanks Karen, for the chance to try out a new author and narrator.
First of all, a couple of caveats: #1 - I'm not a fan of law/courtroom procedurals. At all. Especially dry, texbook-like procedurals, which this was and I felt like the author was 'telling' instead of 'showing'. Add to that, the delivery was so slow and dry even during the few action scenes. #2 - I compare every single narrator I listen to to Anna Fields/Kate Fleming whose gift was to effortlessly give genuine and artful characterizations to every player in the books she read no matter how big or small their part may have been. I think anyone who narrates professionally or wants to, should study Anna/Kate at length.
Not to say that this narrator is not enjoyable. I do like Karen's voice and tone overall but for this type of book, I thought she was a poor choice. Even during the action scenes or more emotional parts, there seemed to be no real change of the tone or meter of her voice. Also, she read very, very slowly. I somewhat fixed this by upping the speed of my Audible app to x1.25 which I felt helped. Also, several of her characterizations were either totally wrong for the character (e.g. Irwin) or just plain old over the top (e.g. Naya, Flora)
While the plot itself wasn't half-bad the writing was sub-par in my opinion. I am not a fan of the 'See Spot run' method of writing and an awful lot of this book was formatted in that way, unfortunately. Law is number one on my list of those professions that are hard make interesting though many authors have succeeded in doing this such as Scott Turow or John Grisham, etc. Unfortunately, Ms. Miller didn't show too much imagination regarding events not in the courtroom or in Sasha's offices and totally irrelevant minutiae (legal stuff and even the decor) gets in the way of the story. Readers are treated to the same lack of color and imagination on the outside of the courtroom as they are on the inside.
Pet peeve number one - using canned voices for phone conversations. Hate, hate, hate this.
Pet peeve number two - Why, oh why, do some authors insist on creating characters who are nearly perfect: Sasha is apparently a hot little number (half Russian and half Irish) who not only is a kickass lawyer but also an ass kicker. She is very proficient in some sort of martial arts and even disarms an air marshal, breaking his nose and finger in the process. Um...wow?
A last pet peeve of mine - the title which apparently was thought up based on the Turow method of naming a book. Too easy and frankly, lazy.
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