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Mazurka: A Gus LeGarde Mystery | [Aaron Paul Lazar]

Mazurka: A Gus LeGarde Mystery

When Siegfried receives a puzzling invitation to visit an ailing relative in Germany on the eve of Gus and Camille's wedding, their honeymoon plans change. Siegfried - Gus's socially challenged brother-in-law - can't travel alone, sothey gather the gentle giant under their wings and fly to Paris. After a dazzling tour of Paris, Gus and Siegfried witness a neo-Nazi parade that dissolves into a brawl.
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When Siegfried receives a puzzling invitation to visit an ailing relative in Germany on the eve of Gus and Camille's wedding, their honeymoon plans change. Siegfried - Gus's socially challenged brother-in-law - can't travel alone, so they gather the gentle giant under their wings and fly to Paris.

After a dazzling tour of Paris, Gus and Siegfried witness a neo-Nazi parade that dissolves into a brawl. The leader, Kirk Muller, is accidentally shot by a member of his own group while he battles Siegfried on the Champs Elyses. Due to a flawed broadcast, Siegfried is credited with the killing, thereby sealing his death warrant from the notorious Nazi factions.

The action escalates. Gus and Camille are attacked and chased through the underground Parisian Catacombs. Siegfried is spirited away by Interpol to his aunt's home in Denkendorf, where he learns he is the descendant of master composer, Frederick Chopin. Gus and Camille travel to Vienna for their honeymoon, but their false sense of security is shattered when Aunt Frieda's home explodes. Siegfried is assumed dead, and the grieving couple tries to return to America. Their plan is thwarted when they are pursued through Austria in a high-speed chase that lands them in an Alpine lake.

After spending weeks as prisoners in a Nazi compound in the deep woods of Austria, Gus discovers the leader of the compound is Billy Cummings, an American terrorist from Utah. Tension builds as more and more troops arrive. The compound is scaling up for a massive attack and Gus knows their hours are numbered. They escape when Interpol forces attack the compound. A massive battle erupts. Caught in the crossfire, Gus releases all of the prisoners in the midst of a raging fire. The last prisoner to discovered to be Siegfried.

©2005 to current year Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2011 Aaron Paul Lazar

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"I could feel the texture as a French loaf was torn apart, and taste the crumbs on my tongue. I could see the flowers and hear the birds. And in a heartbeat, I was part of the confusion and fear all around as events transformed LeGarde's beautiful haven to a terror zone." (Sheila Deeth)

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    Beryl S. Bissell MN 03-24-13
    Beryl S. Bissell MN 03-24-13 Member Since 2007

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    If you could sum up Mazurka in three words, what would they be?

    Relevant (the current growth of hate societies), engrossing (plenty of excitement and engaging characters), enlivening (warmhearted telling). Better to read this book, however, than to listen to it. The narrator over interprets character voices which I found quite disturbing.)


    What other book might you compare Mazurka to and why?

    The other books in the LeGarde series. Not in plots, which are diverse, but in character development. The reader is always delighted to encounter his main characters as they are most often persons you would like to know. Would be privileged to know.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Thomas Fraser’s performances?

    Perhaps, if he sticks to reading the story rather than trying to interpret voices.


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

    I would have listened in one sitting but had to take frequent breaks to tolerate the narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Does Lazar get to audit the narrator? Would be a good idea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 02-06-13
    Eileen 02-06-13 Member Since 2010

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    Where does Mazurka rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank Mazurka story near the top that I've listened to so far. The story had both a love story between Gus and Camille and high octane action adventure interweaved in the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mazurka?

    Gus and Camille being chased through the Parisian Catacombs.


    What aspect of John Thomas Fraser’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr. Fraser's child voices could have been a little better. Overall a pleasant listening voice.


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

    The relationship with Siegfried.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely read more books in this series and other books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna United States 06-16-13
    Donna United States 06-16-13
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    "Poor narration !!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only listened to the beginning


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Thomas Fraser?

    Anyone - This narrator mispronounced so many words that he destroyed the audio book for me. Buy it from Kindle; it's worth a read.


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