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The Butterfly Forest | [Tom Lowe]

The Butterfly Forest

After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest. College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.
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Publisher's Summary

He hid the old pencil-drawn map for 40 years.

The guards never found it.

After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest.

College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.

Sean O'Brien does see something -- a predator. Between the sea of cars in a Walmart parking lot. Walking quickly. Stalking two women.

As O'Brien tries to prevent the abduction, he opens the door to a new relationship. And he opens a dark door to a horror that is secluded within the forest. He follows veiled tracks that lead him farther into the woods where an evil from the past intersects with a frightening presence to form a volatile trap with only one way out.

©2011 Tom Lowe (P)2014 TomLowe

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    Jay Spring, TX, USA 11-05-14
    Jay Spring, TX, USA 11-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Better Than Jack Reacher!"
    What other book might you compare The Butterfly Forest to and why?

    Excellent action story. Good diversity of characters. The writing transcends the typical mystery genre with near poetic phrasing. This is better than the latest Jack Reacher stories and nearly as good as C J Box!I'll be looking for other books by Tom Lowe.


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

    It was absorbing....couldn't wait till I could get back into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Please try this hidden gem!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 11-05-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 11-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really good story, Super Narator!"
    Which character – as performed by Michael David Axtell – was your favorite?

    I thought Michael David Axtell did a fantastic performance. His many voices and inflections made it very easy to distinguish between the characters. I did look to see if there were any other books that he narrated but unfortunately there is only one other. I hope to hear more from him in the near future.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story line was easy to follow and the plot was certainly realistic. The action started almost immediately and continued right through to the end. No lulls but my heart broke for Luke Palmer, but I can't say why. I also didn't expect two of the other murders. But I can't say why! The protagonist (Sean O'Brien) is very likable, he has his own sad story that makes him a "good" guy. Of course he knows experts, carries all the right medical supplies, can recognize poisoning at a glance even when the MDs can't and shoots as good as any sniper but what kind of a hero would he be without his skills? This was very entertaining and I hope the rest of the series is available on Audible soon. I recommend this one. I got it on sale but it would have been worth a credit had it not been.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    badgerfan 11-09-14
    badgerfan 11-09-14
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    "Surprisingly great, couldn't stop listening"
    Would you listen to The Butterfly Forest again? Why?

    Yep. I got it at a discount and thought, "Oh, it'll probably not be so great." But happily, that wasn't true. Although, I rarely listen to suspense/murder stuff so maybe I'm not much of a critic. But I really was hooked. I was happy that there wasn't any abuse of women, overly gory violence (ok, lots of people get killed- but it wasn't too gross), not much swearing (I don't mind the occasional f--- or s--- but not when there is a ton of it, it's off-putting.

    Also, I HATE it when men refer to women as objects and use offensive terms for body parts. To me, that screams, "This is written by an guy who emotionally and intellectually didn't move past 12 and I can't write a great plot so I'll resort to these testosterone-idiot-infused terms and moments as fillers." Happily, there was none of this.Just a compelling story, great characters and great narration.

    Loved his ex-CIA friend, the neighbors at the marina, the whole setting.


    What other book might you compare The Butterfly Forest to and why?

    Hmmm, something that quietly builds and pulls you in. Since I don't read much in this genre, I can't compare. But the characterization was great. The reading was great.


    Which character – as performed by Michael David Axtell – was your favorite?

    Of course, Sean O'Brien, the main protagonist. Talented, smart, resourceful veteran and loves his dog. What's not to love?
    (Also loved his Seminole friend. Would love to see more on him)


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

    No but I loved the surprises. Twists and turns...


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you like zombies gnawing on babies and violence against women, I think you can't go wrong with this one! Well crafted.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sandra 11-09-14
    sandra 11-09-14
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    "Outstanding, need more from Lowe."
    Where does The Butterfly Forest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, wish there were more.


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

    Not on the edge but firmly planted. Would like to listen to more from Tom Lowe but Audible doesn't have the 2 before nor the 1 after. What gives? The characters were well thought out and enjoyable to see them evolve. I expect Mr. Lowe will have a good long run if any of his other books are like the Butterfly Forest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't chose just one. There are far to many good scenes for that.


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

    Sit back and enjoy. If they make the movie like the book was written.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to hear more of Sean O'Brien he is a good character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lael 08-28-14
    Lael 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Narrator!"

    I would listen to this novel again, just to hear the narrator retell the story. Michael David Axtell does a remarkable job bringing the story and characters in this novel to life. He is a gifted story teller - his pacing and delivery were spot on. He kept me engaged from beginning to end. I frequently found myself listening longer and later into the night than I had planned. I have listened to many audio books and a really good narrator is a real pleasure to find! I will listen to anything that he is a part of in the future.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 11-20-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 11-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a Mystery, somewhat a thriller"

    This was a good book but since you know who did it and pretty much why only a couple of hours into the book, I cannot call it a mystery; so on that end I was disappointed. there is some of a thriller aspect in the story: who will live/who will die? How will they get the bad guy? It was more of a police procedural, except the hero is often at odds with the local sheriff.
    Another reader said that this was better than Jack Reacher. I'd be more inclined to say that this book was a lighter, softer version of Jack Reacher.
    It was a good book but nothing that I was expecting from the blurb or the classification.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sandra 11-08-14
    sandra 11-08-14
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    "Great story, characters... give me more"
    Where does The Butterfly Forest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    WHERE is the rest of the series??? From the Amazon reviews, it's clear that this is just one in the serious.....bring on the rest!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 11-23-14
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Will it ever end"

    I have not listened to a Tom Lowe book before so I cannot compare it to any of his other works. But if this is typical, I will not be listening to anymore. The female characters were overly dramatic and pitiful. I do not blame that on the narrator. It was definitely the way the characters were written. I did however have to lower the stars on the narrator because the female voices were really bad. Way too wordy and just not a good story. No action and definitely not a thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 11-19-14
    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sean O'brien"
    What made the experience of listening to The Butterfly Forest the most enjoyable?

    Narrator very good at voice changes for all the different charcters in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved all the charcters in book especially Obriens friends at the marina.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-13-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-13-14 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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    "Mystery yes, thriller no!"

    Hidden Gem buy, good price but not a gem. It was just ok for me. Nothing that will keep me thinking about the story for days. The narrator was ok, just so soft-spoken, he didn't live up to the main character's cop persona. This is #3 in the Sean O'Brien series, I have no desire to continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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