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)
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.
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!
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
Scary, Spine-tingling (Is that one word or two?), Unique
This book was really unique, I can't make a comparison.
***Spoiler**** When Harper started talking to the killer on the computer.
I pretty much did.
Great Book! Even though the technology is ten + years old, the book is still edgy and relevant. Highly recommended.
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!
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.
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.
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....
I want everything but all I need is you!
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
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"
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
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.
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.
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.
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 can honestly call myself a Greg isles fan. I read the entire "Cage" series in addition to "Blood Memories" and "True Evil" prior to "Mortal Fear".
I must say that this is the first time I ever found his main character to be such a pathetic man. He came close once before in "The Turning Angel" but even then, I pitied that certain character's short comings for the most part and only disliked him a little.
In blood memories I took a very strong dislike to the main character. I found myself hoping and praying for his comeuppance for his breaches of society protocol and selfish ways.
However I also admit that it was an altogether refreshing spin on the main character as a paragon of virtue.
Almost like a "Bonfire of the vanities" by Tom Wolfe where all the main characters were morally...lacking.
Bravo for getting under my skin! Bravo for all your stories being real and your characters so alive! I look forward to your next work!!!
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