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KnockOut: FBI Thriller #13 | [Catherine Coulter]

KnockOut: FBI Thriller #13

Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: she can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father's ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, she witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying a pile of dead bodies in the middle of the night.
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Publisher's Summary

Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: she can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father's ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, she witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying a pile of dead bodies in the middle of the night.

They head to Titusville, Virginia to seek the help of an old family friend, but Autumn senses they need assistance on a grand scale. Using her telepathic powers, Autumn calls a man she'd only seen on TV: FBI Agent Dillon Savich. But before Savich and his wife and partner, Agent Lacey Sherlock, can get on-scene, Autumn and Joanna flee, fearing the retribution of her Uncle Blessed.

A huge manhunt ensues, with Titusville Sheriff Ethan Merriweather racing to reach the girl before Blessed can get his hands on her. Blessed's got big things planned for Autumn and her gift, and he'll stop at nothing to force her into his growing army of exploited children. Savich, Sherlock, and Merriweather face their most elusive foes to keep Autumn out of harm's way - before it's too late.

Listen to another FBI Thriller.

©2009 Catherine Coulter; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 07-23-09
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 07-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Predictable all the way"

    In other episodes I've read from this series, Coulter used some restraint and kept the supernatural element to just a dash of spice. But in this one, she takes the hoodoo way over the line, letting it overwhelm the story and turn it into a shapeless mass. No plot-worthy parameters remain.

    The characters flop, too. Coulter has always been noticeably cartoonish, but didn't run amok until this one.

    She's also maddeningly repetitive, not just with statements, but with actions and events. Worst of all, the plot was so predictable that I found myself skipping large chunks, only to tune in later to find that things had gone exactly as I'd known they would. In fact, I fell asleep -- again -- just before the end, and couldn't stir up enough interest to rewind and finish it.

    AUDIO:
    The producers chose to do that awful thing of swapping between readers. Including this novel, I've never seen that done well. Rather, it's
    disruptive and distracting. Costanzo has a high pitch, almost adolescent, which saps strength from the story. Raudman is awful beyond belief. I thought I'd experienced the worst overacting possible in audio, but she trumps them all.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Woodland Park, CO, United States 10-01-09
    Regina Woodland Park, CO, United States 10-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Too imaginative"

    This is the first of the FBI series that I have not enjoyed. I like to at least think I can believe in the plot and the characters, but this one is too imaginative. Over the top on the mind power and the bad guys are totally unbelievable. Would not recommend or read again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-26-09
    Leslie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "FBI Series is the best"

    It is a pleasure to experience the character development that Ms. Coulter has cultivated throughout the FBI series. I just love Savage, the tough, vegetarian, tea-drinking FBI agent who married his partner. This offering explores some 'paranormal' activity and throws in quite a few surprises. A fast read, there is something for everyone!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Amarillo, TX, USA 08-17-09
    Marsha Amarillo, TX, USA 08-17-09
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    "Hard to finish"

    The story was strange, but the narrators were what really got on my nerves. The female voices were whiny and the little girl's voice was just downright irritating. Could have definitely skipped this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carole San Diego, CA, USA 07-31-09
    Carole San Diego, CA, USA 07-31-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Should have listened to Marjorie's one star rating"

    Coulter is one of my favorite authors, so I didn't put much credence in Marjorie's review. But boy was she right. This is Coulter's worst. She was way over the top in the supernatural, the two story lines were difficult to follow at times, and the only reason I finished the book is because I paid for it. Do not waste your money on this one. I was very disappointed. It did not deserve one star.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Dillon 08-25-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Story not bad, narration - awful"

    The story is a bit predictable and too much supernatural elements for the series. However, it was the narration that was the worst, the female narrator was so distracting it made it difficult to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley San Antonio, TX, United States 02-09-10
    Shirley San Antonio, TX, United States 02-09-10
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    "Really Bad"

    Maybe the book was good, but the narration was awful. The voices were exceptionally irritating. This was the first audible book I could not finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Reno, NV, USA 08-25-09
    Sandra Reno, NV, USA 08-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Thrilling!"

    Great book with a mystical twist.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 06-19-14
    Carol 06-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I should have heeded the warnings..."
    What would have made KnockOut better?

    Listening to the whining voice of the female characters was simply torture. Also, the storyline wasn't that great either. Many times, I nearly stopped the book and returned it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I disliked Renee Raudman's entire performance. I nearly stopped the book because of it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from KnockOut?

    Near the end when Autumn mentally reached across the distance to get Victor.....There were many more, but that one took the cake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 05-28-14
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Less Than Stellar"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too wordy, poor character development, Slow pace and boring


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    Yes! Only one more to listen to and will have listen to them all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes! He may have saved to story.


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

    Bored!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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