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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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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 09-20-10
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Sick but Great"

    I was thinking about not downloading this book due to some of the reviews but preious books by Greg Iles told me to go ahead with it. I was not wrong on going ahead with it. Some of the subject matter and graphic description were disconcerting but I felt totally relevant to the entire story. I like detail in a book and Greg Iles provides that and you came to know the principle characters pretty well. All of that helps the entire book in my estimation. I had never heard Eric Dove as a narrator either but he did a fine job on this. I have no intention of giving away the story line. I just recommend it. A Lot!!!! The killer is a mind bender and does it well. I'm not sure I will read this one again in the future though. Some of it was truly mind boggling and makes you stop and think about the computer world we live in today that can cause extreme harm to people. The whole book was good but the last few hours of this book caused me to shut off my phone and get on with it. It's worth listening to in my estimation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Grace Thomasville, GA. United States 05-06-11
    Jim Grace Thomasville, GA. United States 05-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Held my attention!"

    I have to admit it, the man can write! This one held me until the end. I loved all of the characters (loved to hate a couple of them!) and the plot had plenty of twists. My husband and I both listened to this one and both thoroughly enjoyed it. One caveat- please read the premise of the book. If you are offended by sex in audiobooks, or hate dark murder mysteries, don't download this one. If on the other hand you love well written dark mysteries well read by a pro, enjoy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    03-19-10
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    "WOW!"

    I saved one of Greg Iles' first books until last. It is a little dated with reference to the computer technology but this is a great listen. It starts out fast and keeps going. Plan your listen for when you have some time When you start this one you won't want to stop.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-22-14
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Hidden Gem!"
    If you could sum up Mortal Fear in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, Spine-tingling (Is that one word or two?), Unique


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

    This book was really unique, I can't make a comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ***Spoiler**** When Harper started talking to the killer on the computer.


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

    I pretty much did.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book! Even though the technology is ten + years old, the book is still edgy and relevant. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-27-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Greg Iles where have you been all my life???"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yessssssssssssss!!!! Some of the best writing I have ever read or listened to. The story was a thriller and the narration was mesmerizing. I could not stop listening. I had to force myself to stop to be able to get some sleep. It was long but I did not want it to end...every word had meaning.


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

    I have listened to one other Greg Ilse's audiobook that was very similar in it's intense and breath-taking subject matter and story line.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved Harper at the grave sitting, playing his guitar and singing the song he had wrote but there were many favorite and memorable moments like the dialogue between Harper and the FBI psychiatrist....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I want everything but all I need is you!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 03-07-13
    John tallevast, FL, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "It was an hour away from brilliant"

    I was almost discouraged in the beginning, but then it took me on one of the best pychological roller coaster rides I've ever enjoyed. If you're into a psyhcological mind _ _ _ _. This is a great book. The only disappointing part of this for me, was the ending. Normally I would say - Don't bother. After 20 hours of great - I had to endure 1 hour of over done. Too much of a dramtic ending played by the wife. Too much of a lot of stuff at the end. So this may be the first time I am over-riding my instinct to say "Don't bother" and say instead "It's really good"

    J

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 05-05-10
    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 05-05-10 Member Since 2009

    Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.

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    "You don't want this to happen to you!"

    Greg Iles weaves another great tale. Totally believable and really will make you think about what your family means to you. The technologe is a little dated but does not effect the story. The ending was shocking, you never really know the people who you really love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Springville, IN, United States 03-23-10
    Heather Springville, IN, United States 03-23-10
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    "A must listen."

    This is a book that I had read previously but
    I still enjoyed listening to it. The narrator really brought the charaters to life. This book has what it takes to keep your attention: sex, murder and everyday struggles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Waco, TX, United States 09-18-13
    Daniel Waco, TX, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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