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Shady Cross Audiobook

Shady Cross

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Publisher's Summary

In one hand small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--$350,000 of it.

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money, they'll let you take me home."

From best-selling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

©2015 James Hankins (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-14-15
    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast paced, very entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Shady Cross the most enjoyable?

    This is a good fast paced book. Nonstop bad luck the whole way through.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it certainly did! This book moves right along starting from probably the first 10 minutes or so and doesn't stop the whole way through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Surprisingly I did! For most of the story I did not, I found some of it to be a little far fetched. How much and how many things can happen to one man in a day? This guy just went from one situation to another. Like I said, it was entertaining. Anyway back to the question. The final scene did give me such a melancholy feeling, I was so surprised! I love when a book has a great ending...


    Any additional comments?

    If you're on the fence- get the book. It is a little different then the typical rainy day nothing to read, short on attention span book in that our hero isn't such a hero but a rather shady character himself and at times not too likable. He is shockingly redeemable giving it this memorable ending.

    47 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    JP 03-05-16
    JP 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A story that doesn't try harder than it needs to."

    Good in the sense that you really feel you're getting the story from Stokes' point of view. From word choice to his actions you see it from his eyes. and in that, the choices he makes, make sense to you. I enjoyed it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    judy ann fogg st. john, usvi United States 10-18-15
    judy ann fogg st. john, usvi United States 10-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it so much I woke my husband!"
    If you could sum up Shady Cross in three words, what would they be?

    buckle up and prepare to be hooked, you won't want to turn this one off!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shady Cross?

    the ending killed me it was great but i had to listen twice just to make sure!


    What about Bon Shaw’s performance did you like?

    his voice was perfect for the stokes character I really saw it all in my mind because of him!


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

    yessss ! The ending what are you kidding me ??? I know it was a great ending but still floored me!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I got hooked on this by the 3rd sentence. I stayed up till 3am to finish it then had to tell my husband all about it I hope they make a movie out of this one please make a movie! I see mark wahlberg as the lead!

    36 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-21-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Near constant sunspense; great entertainment!"

    James Hankins does not write great literature, but he does write very entertaining novels. Anyone who loves fiction has learned to suspend disbelief in order to get very involved because most fiction involves the unlikely.

    Stokes, the protagonist in Shady Cross, is a minor league criminal who repeatedly risks life and limb to try to save a kidnapped 5 year old girl he has never met. He has a teenage daughter himself. He feels very guilty about not seeing her since she was two years old and thoughts of her drive him.

    The list of unlikely circumstances that occur in this novel are is staggering in number and irony. They include the kidnapped girls father being killed in an accident delivering the money to kidnappers, the girl's stepmother setting up the kidnapping, a small time criminal finding the $350,000 and cell phone used to communicate with the kidnappers, the protagonist having worked with the kidnappers on criminal activity in the past, etc, etc. But I have already said that lovers of fiction already know how to suspend disbelief in order to be entertained.

    Shady Cross is an immensely entertaining page turner that I listened to well after I should have been asleep in order to finish it. I could not put it down. The finish was worth the wait. Entertainment and constant suspense make this a 5 star book. Shady Cross is NOT great literature, but it is an entertaining novel well told. I love this book!



    38 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 02-26-16
    Ken 02-26-16

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    "I Listened In Basically One Sitting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to friends. I, also, suggested that they listen via Audible and read it physically at the same time. No, I do not work for Audible.


    What other book might you compare Shady Cross to and why?

    I have no comparison for this book due to it's story-telling structure, if you will.One might be tempted into a bad habit of calling the plot points in this book "plot twists". I shall try to describe what I mean without giving away any spoilers:There are multiple and fantastic plot points in this story. There are numerous situations that require the protagonist to re-think his strategies, feelings, motivations and actions. The craziest of them might not be feasible but they sure keep you 'on the edge of your seat'. The plot is full of numerous 'enjoyable to read/listen to moments and situations'.Now, with that said, some of these moments indeed provide plot twists. Heck, in another person's mind, maybe they are all plot twists.

    OK, don't read this review anymore ... just go get the book.


    Have you listened to any of Bon Shaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I may or may not have listened to this narrator. Bon Shaw freakishly sounds like R C Bray, of "The Martian" fame. Either the same person under different names or brothers. The Protagonist was smart-mouthed and sarcastic and Bon Shaw has the perfect voice for portraying such a man.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    With the exception of spending 15 minutes with my doctor, I listened to the book from beginning to end in one setting. I bit my nails a bit today before I realized it. The action is non-stop in this thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    It might a bit passé to say that I rooted for the Protagonist but I did, not for things to turn out well for him, but that he find sure success. You also know that he should pay for all the illegal things he did along the journey. You truly want this criminal to change his wicked ways. Listen to the book and see if he does.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    Pretty good listen. Great narrator. I will definitely buy his next book. kept my attention.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 09-09-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 09-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The end made it worth it"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not especially, I was interested in the story, but there weren't a lot of surprises or twists and turns as we went. I think there was a good amount of building tension as we got to the end of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end. I can't say why, but the end is what made me like this book more than I would have expected.


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

    I did breeze through this book pretty quickly, even though there were some graphic parts that made me cringe.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GiiWiz Orlando, FL, United States 01-14-16
    GiiWiz Orlando, FL, United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2005

    GiiWiz

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    "Highly entertained!"

    I really enjoyed this one. I was rooting for the anti-hero until the end. Definitely worth the listen.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Lesli 01-09-16
    Lesli 01-09-16 Member Since 2015

    avid bookworm

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    "what a ride!"

    another brilliant narrator. the story kept me on the edge of my seat eager to find out what was going to happen next

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Pacific Northwest 01-26-16
    Julie Pacific Northwest 01-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great ride! "

    Smart & witty. Fast paced, fun & hard to put down. I plowed through this book in a few days!!

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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