By day, Harper Cole trades commodities over the Internet from his isolated Mississippi farmhouse. At night, he is systems operator of E.R.O.S., an exclusive, sexually explicit online service that guarantees total anonymity to its rich and famous clientele.
But now someone has penetrated E.R.O.S.'s state-of-the-art security...someone who has brutally murdered six celebrated women. Each time, the weapon and the city are different. And each time, the killer has claimed the same horrifying trophy.
For Harper Cole, who has suddenly become the prime suspect, there is only one way to lure the elusive madman into the open. But Harper Cole has dangerous sexual secrets of his own. His daring plan will place everything and everyone he loves in the path of a brilliant, unstoppable killer.
©2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©1997 Greg Iles
"If you thought that stalking a killer on the Internet had been done to death in books and bad movies, this one will have you pushing the reload button on your browser." (Amazon.com review)
"While Cole's obsession over this guilty secret makes him less than likable at times, a nailbiting climax erases any doubts about his character-and any lingering questioning about the storytelling abilities of Iles, who here uses rich first-person narration and clever plotting to tell a sizzler of a thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
PB Gardens, Fl USA
Move over Hannibal Lecture , the villain in this book is terrifying. Mr Iles surpasses himself getting into the head of his character and taking his readers on a wild ride between the safety and security of a powerful Ole Miss family, and the mind of a psycho sexual seriel killer. Definitely not light reading, but if you're looking for a page turner that will keep you riveted until the last period, this is the book for you. Mr Dove brings it alive..I loved it
Professional editor, writer; prolific reader; mother; grandmother; amateur watercolourist.
I stopped listening to this book, and I'm sorry to say that, because I have become a huge fan of Greg Iles. The subject matter bored me to death, and so did the plot. I only listened to about a quarter of it; but in that first quarter, at least, the story seemed to rely heavily on technology. Technology WAS the story, almost. That's fine, but the technology is old and stale. THAT would be okay, but not when it is such a central part of the plot. I listen to books while I'm driving on quiet highways, often for an hour at a time. They sustain me. But I found myself turning this one off. It seemed fake and oh, so BORING.
I will probably listen to other Greg Iles' books. I think he's a tremendous writer. In my opinion, "Mortal Fear" just happens to be a dud.
I don't know narrators well enough to suggest another. Eric G. Dove did a pretty good job, really. I couldn't tell if the story made his voice boring or if his voice was just boring, period. I'd definitely listen to him again with a better story and give him a fairer assessment then.
Because I only listened to a quarter of the book before giving up on it, the one thing that sticks in my mind was a long section in which the voice of one of the characters was digitally produced. The narrator had to read it as if he were a computer -- so not his fault. But I found it to be so irritating -- and it seemed to go on so long!
I think Greg Iles is a first-class writer and storyteller. I have read all his "Penn Cage" novels and then "Blood Memory". I enjoyed them immensely. They have stayed with me -- not just the characters and the plot, but the history and geography of Mississippi. So I feel badly about giving "Mortal Fear" a bad review. My suggestion to other reader/listeners? You might not like this book. Other books by Greg Iles should definitely be on your "must read/listen to" list, because they're magnificent.
hooked listener cant believe it.Great way to pass time truck driver
Greg Iles really hit the mark in this book reminds me of an Alfred Hitchcock movie great suspense and I couldn't guess it I think it's his best book ever but I still have a few to go
I have read others by Greg Iles and will again.
This book was SO SLOW ... NOTHING HAPPENS. NOTHING. I just kept listening thinking surely something was going to happen. If you are a tech geek, you might like hearing about how computers operated in the 80's because that is ALL THEY TALK ABOUT, except sex chat on line ... all of which is just un-interesting. There is also a lot of "poor taste" comments and dialogue. I have read two others by Greg Iles, Black Cross (which was excellent) and Devil's Punchbowl (which was mediocre). I have another one by him ready to load ... I hope it's good ... if not, this will be my last Greg Iles book. I was very disappointed in this book ... so much so that I deleted it from my library with about 14 hours left to listen. I just couldn't do it ...
Do not waste your credit on this one. You will wish you hadn't.
Overall, most of this story was enjoyable enough. Yes, it was at least 4 hours too long and the ending was "overdone" to nth degree! With that said, I guess that if I had known just how much "fluff" this novel had and the much, too-much drama at the end, I wouldn't have listen to this one. Nevertheless, there was enough suspense and drama, and the calm narration by Eric Dove helped to get me though to the end.
I won't soon forget the premise of this novel. It's about illicit sex, lies and video tapes with a few murders thrown in for good measure. Much of the story involves an online "virtual sex" site which was quite boring. It was the illicit sex committed by the main character that grabbed my attention .... which boils down to a question of morality or the lack thereof. For me this is the part of the story that held my interest waiting for that part of the story to be fully revealed ....***spoiler alert*** .... how does a husband tell his wife that he has impregnated her sister and their little "niece" is really his child. This dilemma was hinted at from the very beginning and I soon realized the who... but the author dragged the dilemma through more than half of the story before fully revealing the who, the how and why the dilemma came about in the first place...
As I mentioned, the ending was a little too absurd which pushed the entire novel into the negative category for me . There were way-way too much dialogue about How a computer program worked rather than just telling the reader What the program does.
Eric Dove did a good job, but another more energetic reader probably could have done a better narration.
I have bought this book since I really enjoyed the Natchez series with Penn Cage. The writings style of this book is really over the top and sometimes it's actually making me laugh out loud. The story is quite slow going and all characters are rather unlikeable. Definitely spend your money on a newer Greg Iles book.
Love the penn cage novels. This was not the quality of them in my opinion. Some of this book had interesting points but overall I didn't like this particular book. It was a bit overdone and a bit long.
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