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Lust, Money & Murder Audiobook

Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2, & 3

Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.
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Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana.

But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?

©2011 Mike Wells (P)2013 Mike Wells

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    Jan United States 06-11-15
    Jan United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "If anything can go wrong, it will"

    Starting life as a beloved daughter is a good thing, isn't it? Until it's not. Going to a classy school as a teen is a good thing, isn't it? Until it's not. Saving for college is a good thing, right? And being tagged for modeling if a few classes are taken is good, right? No. But finding a purpose and a goal (revenge) is invigorating. Finding what you need to major in and doing well in college and FBI training is good, right? So is being sent abroad and finding out that you are uniquely qualified for special tasks is good, right? Until it's not. Well, you get the picture, but that's less than half of of this complex tale. So, no more hints or spoilers here. Just get a copy and get into it.
    Ms Sharp did a fine job of audio interpreting the characters, their smugness/ambivalence/joy/rage and all, greatly enhancing the writer's work.
    I received this book courtesy of AudioBook Blast

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    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 05-15-15
    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 05-15-15
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    "The title says it all ..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    While Elaine did have some 'duh' moments, she was a woman who could take care of herself. Her time in Secret Service training comes in handy thru out the book. Her determination to get into the Service in the beginning of the book and her later quest for the truth made Elaine a stronger woman.


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

    Ms. Sharp did wonders with the accents and the foreign words. I would have never been able to pronounce them. Ms. Sharp made the book even more interesting and kept me wanting more.


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

    At over 10 hours, this would be hard to do in one sitting. It is really 3 novella length books packaged altogether. You could break it up by book and not lose any of the suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    Lust, Money and Murder, Books 1, 2 & 3 is the story of Elaine, a girl from the rough side of Pittsburgh and her determination to avenge her father. As the story progresses, we see Elaine make the decision to enter the Secret Service and what it takes to get there. Her attention to detail attracts the attention of a few people and Elaine is drawn in to 'the other side' of the law. Can she escape and get away from it all? Listen to find out.

    Mr. Wells writes a well rounded story of intrigue and suspense. While there were a few cliche moments, all in all this is a story that I would recommend to my friends and family who enjoy a good mystery/suspense novel. Appropriate for ages 17 +

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    Deborah Ormond Beach, FL, United States 05-04-15
    Deborah Ormond Beach, FL, United States 05-04-15
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Where does Lust, Money & Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My reading/listening tastes vary between several different genres and authors. Lust, Money & Murder very quickly made it to my must read/listen list. I am very impatiently waiting for the second part of this trilogy to be completed and available on Audible.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There are several twists and turns and as soon as you think you know the way the story is going to go, it changes again. Definitely a book I had a hard time putting down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of book 3 was amazing and took me by complete surprise. Although the entire book was amazing, the ending was my favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Elaine's initial sexual experiences had me laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.... "Go Rodriguez Go!"


    Any additional comments?

    Let me start by saying, I came across this book because the author sent me book one for free. About 20 minutes into the book I realized that was not going to be enough so I immediately purchased books 1-3 from Audible. Although I had never heard of this author before, he very quickly made it to my top 10 list. I was not disappointed and you will not be either. This series has all of the major elements needed for a good crime/mystery/thriller with some added humor and romance for a bonus.

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    Ashley 06-08-14
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    "Good listen for the road"
    If you could sum up Lust, Money & Murder in three words, what would they be?

    It keeps your interest for a long drive. I didn't want to stop the car the last 45 minutes of the book.


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    Robert L. Nussbaum 05-27-14

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    "Unbelievable and dumb"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. This is a stupid story with unbelievable characters and plot


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sue Sharp’s performances?

    Sure


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

    Shame for having been sucked into buying and listening to it.


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    David 04-30-14
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    "NOT A THRILLER"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    One chapter of crime for every 10 of romance.


    What could Mike Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it a crime/thriller story.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT A THRILLER!

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    cynthia riverdale, GA, United States 04-10-14
    cynthia riverdale, GA, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "i loved it!"
    If you could sum up Lust, Money & Murder in three words, what would they be?

    i thoroughly enjoyed listening to every moment of this book. the narrator was perfect. the story line kept me holding on to every word. i was praying i wouldn't drive off the highway, i was just that engrossed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lust, Money & Murder?

    i liked the ending. the villians body was never found, leaving open the possibility of a sequel and i liked the lead character was a strong woman who could take care of herself in just about any situation.


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

    i like her voice and the pace of her reading and the accents of the different characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i was completely glued to every word.


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    Ed Becker 03-20-14
    Ed Becker 03-20-14

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    "On the edge of the chair"
    What did you love best about Lust, Money & Murder?

    Great plot, surprise, but hoped for, ending


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elaine Brogan, a dedicated servant caught in a web of evil not seen


    What about Sue Sharp’s performance did you like?

    She kept her characters very real


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

    yes!


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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-14-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 03-14-14 Member Since 2016

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "This one will leave you alert!"

    The first time I've heard of Mike Wells was on Twitter, when he gave me the first ebook volume of Lust, Money and Murder. I read the first one and couldn't stop reading it. That's when I found out there was the audiobook version for the trilogy. I bought it and couldn't stop listening. It took me two days to finish the whole thing. WOW!

    The first one is basically the story of Elane Brogan and how she started on the secret service. The second one is about how she was used and how her life was turned around by other people. She was a good person and an honest agent. How could she have fallen into this web of lies and deceit? And the third one is the story of Girgio Cattaretti and his empire, and of course, the great ending to this intertwined, fast paced, well written thriller!

    Sue Sharp, the narrator, does a top notch job on the voices of the characters, especially in the ones with the Italian accent. Magnifico!

    I highly recommend it.

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    John 02-26-14
    John 02-26-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly good listening"

    I do intend to listen more to Mike Wells. He is a good author and the narrator Sue Sharp put the story across.
    Thank You
    John K

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