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Spilled Blood: A Novel | [Brian Freeman]

Spilled Blood: A Novel

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.
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Publisher's Summary

A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire.

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

Reluctantly, Olivia’s mother summons her estranged husband, Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to come defend his daughter. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn’s murder and save his own daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over everything are the chilling, apocalyptic threats from a murderous psychopath known only as "Aquarius".

©2012 Brian Freeman (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Brian Freeman is, quite simply, a first-rate storyteller.” (Nelson DeMille, New York Times best-selling author)

“This guy can tell a story.” (Michael Connelly)

“Harrowing…. Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alan COOKEVILLE, TN, United States 09-23-13
    Alan COOKEVILLE, TN, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Hard for me to enjoy"

    Much of the action and dialog involves high school students....first strike. Second strike, the high school students didn't act like, talk or behave like I believe any high school students would. Protagonist (as well as most characters) was flat and wooden. I appreciate a story that explores seed/dna manipulation by Agri-business. But, while that was clearly a component of the story, it went largely unexplored. I found nothing wrong with the narration.

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    K. Ericksen South Dakota 09-22-13
    K. Ericksen South Dakota 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Where does Spilled Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Spilled Blood was very good! My fav writer right now is Dean Koontz, but this book rated right up there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was located in Minnesota, right next to my state, and I could identify with the towns and scenery. What I didn't like was the narrator made some of the characters talk like the characters in the movie "Fargo" using the "oofta-like" lingo, or like "ya know". We don't really talk like that here. Very insulting.


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All in all, a very good narrator.


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

    na


    Any additional comments?

    na

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 09-18-13
    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.

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    "Narrator killed the mood"
    What did you like best about Spilled Blood? What did you like least?

    Story was great. Narrator kept confusing his vocal depictions of characters. In one instance he is speaking for Olivia, a young lady. The next he is speaking as a male with the same tone and vocal reflections. It threw me off many times. I would recommend the book but not the narrator.


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    Cynthia Ash Tampa, FL 08-27-13
    Cynthia Ash Tampa, FL 08-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The writing keeps you on the edge of your seat."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very well written and exciting the entire way through. Great character building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As the story moves along, more and more layers of secrets involving the residents of both towns are revealed. Excellent character building. A very good thriller which doesn't back down in intensity through the entire book. Wonderful twists and turns. Just as you try to figure out the mystery, you learn something new and I was caught by surprise at the ending. This is a very exciting book!


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

    Yes, I wish I could have listened to this in one sitting, but I needed to break up the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucille Rae Getz 08-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Distracting narrative."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator’s attempt to mimic a Fargo-like accent distracted from the story. I found myself trying to ‘hear” some other version of the voices. Surely people from rural Minnesota don’t really sound like that.


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

    Good plot - kept me guessing to the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    YES! Please.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Greeley, CO, United States 08-15-13
    John Greeley, CO, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Complex but easy to understand 'who done it'"
    If you could sum up Spilled Blood in three words, what would they be?

    This is a terrific book with a story so complex yet easily followed leaving me guessing until the very end - and then to have more than one killer. Three words: complex, understandable, strong finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spilled Blood?

    The dad/attorney who was not so good


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

    No


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

    Spilling Blood is fine by me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 07-22-13
    Jo 07-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Yes, it is a good story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would like to take the time and the money back, except that listening allows me to critique it. The story is well written to formula, but I would never want to listen to or read the unnecessary filthy language again. It could have been just as good without some of the language. It was really gross


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spilled Blood?

    The reveal of the sick character addicted to porn.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

    Anyone else. His use of the north country accents straight from the movie "Fargo" made me cringe. I was cringing a LOT..It was especially outrageous hearing these accents used for (sympathetic to the author) female characters. At least in "Fargo" it was extremely entertaining. If the setting in "Spilled Blood" had been much farther north in Minnesota, or close to Canada, this accent may have been more authentic, but it would still need to be softened. This was just misleading. I spend a lot of time in Ortonville, Mn at a cabin there, and I have never heard this accent from any person in that town. I hear it in Minneapolis rarely from people who are from much farther north. And it does not make the people sound stupid, as this narrator evidently was attempting to do.


    Was Spilled Blood worth the listening time?

    Not mine.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I think the narrator was making fun of the people in the book by exaggerating the accent used. If I thought I sounded like that, as a woman, I would never open my mouth. He could not have seriously thought people would enjoy listening to this accent. It was insulting to Minnesotans. Is that what the author intended?

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Madalyne 08-08-13
    Madalyne 08-08-13
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    "A New Favorite Author!"
    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration rachets up the intensity as the story emerges.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read ALL his other books...soon. Wonderful story teller. Excellent plot development. Tied all the threads together in the end without being predictable. I liked the emphasis on character and ethics in the face of a very difficult set of circumstances. Even the "bad guys" had moments of opportunity for insight and redemption and even the "good guys" had crucial temptations with which to wrangle. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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