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Mortal Fear | [Greg Iles]

Mortal Fear

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 on-line service that guarantees total anonymity to its rich and famous clientele.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Spinnaker 03-28-15
    Spinnaker 03-28-15
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    "Fake Cajun and Southern accents are insulting"

    The narration is so grating it's painful to hear. The story is insipid and ridiculous. Gruesome is okay when well crafted and it contributes essentially to the story; unfortunately,the gruesome violence in this story is just gross and far-fetched. Technology is a major focus of the story; consequently, the very dated references to ancient computer technology adds a ludicrous air to the story. Greg Iles has written some good novels, but this isn't one of them.

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    Mary M. Pompeo 03-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Riveting"

    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

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    william clarksville, IN, United States 02-28-15
    william clarksville, IN, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2014

    hooked listener cant believe it.Great way to pass time truck driver

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    "Greg Iles"

    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

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    DJdrill 01-17-15
    DJdrill 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book and story"

    Great story and thriller but a bit to much smut for me. A bit different than his other books. T

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    Cw4 08-17-14
    Cw4 08-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not My Taste"
    What disappointed you about Mortal Fear?

    I had several issues with this book. The narrator of this novel annoyed me to the point I could not finish it. When he read a computer generated messaged in a 'computer' voice, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard. Another issue I had was the dated technology. When a character asked another if he knew what AOL was I knew there was going to be a problem. Then when the story started heading into the direction of private chat room role play sex I turned it off. This book just wasn't for me.


    Has Mortal Fear turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I typically love mystery and thrillers.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric G. Dove’s performances?

    No, I am totally done with him. I found his reading to be monotone with a limited range of voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 09-18-13
    Daniel 09-18-13
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    "Best book I have read in years!"
    What did you love best about Mortal Fear?

    Keeps you guessing and on your toes throughout the entire book


    What other book might you compare Mortal Fear to and why?

    Any of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. They have a very similar creative mind and writing style.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just can't pin any one scene down. It was all great!


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

    Yea from beginning to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edith KAMUELA, HI, United States 05-08-13
    Edith KAMUELA, HI, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "EXTRAORDINARY"
    Where does Mortal Fear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the best...completely gripping!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the battle between the brilliance of good and evil.


    What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is able to "cast" a character through changes in his voice and able to step out of the "narrator's" position...as an external force, and get deep into your mind!


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    JACKIE 02-11-13
    JACKIE 02-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Kept me guessing"
    What did you love best about Mortal Fear?

    The fact that it kept me guessing till the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drew. She was so strong and real.


    What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    gave it more depth


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

    yes, but read the unabridged addition and way to long to do that in.


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Nancy Hot Springs Village, AR, United States 07-07-12
    Nancy Hot Springs Village, AR, United States 07-07-12

    There is nothing more entertaining than to listen to a book while doing chores. Always have one going.

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    "Very Explicit Sex"

    this book has a great premise. Online sex. Although I enjoyed the book, I was tired of listening by the end. Finished but was not interested in the outcome. About 4 hrs. too long.

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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 06-04-10
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 06-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Two or three stars - I couldn't decide"

    I didn't like MORTAL FEAR. I have found many of Iles' books brilliant, extraordinarily well-researched, coherent and gripping (Black Cross, Spandau Phoenix, Blood Memory and Dead Sleep). While MORTAL FEAR had its moments, it wasn't as good as his other books (imo). Somehow the incestuous relationship underlying the serial killer's history didn't explain much of the killer's pathology except as the origin of his hemophilia and therefore the focus of his medical "research." Yes, Harper Cole (hero) is a commodities trader (I know a fair amount about commodities so was really looking forward to the book) but it explained nothing except how Harper earned a lot of money to get back his family's estate (which does reveal that Mr. Cole is a talented highly ethical person). EROS is well-designed credible and very interesting. I don't regret listening to MORTAL FEAR but I multi-tasked while reading this book (which I do in general) but I was only motivated to go back and listen again to those parts when I had no idea of what was happening. I expect more from Iles, which may be why I'm so negative about MF.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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