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The Devil's Punchbowl Audiobook

The Devil's Punchbowl

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As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

But one boat isn't like the others.

Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them - on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night - come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport - and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy and, with his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor.

Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate - and counter - their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead - and Natchez changed forever.

©2009 Greg Iles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Henry Bemis 07-01-15
    Henry Bemis 07-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but too long"

    The performance was outstanding
    I really enjoyed the story but it seemed as if
    The author was being paid by the word
    This was one book I could have enjoyed even more as an abridged edition
    There were some characters such as the Texas ranger
    Who could have been left out altogether and not hurt the story at all
    He was a good character but seemed as if it was a sub plot that got out of control and the author
    Didn't know where to go with it

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    Amazon Customer Duncan, OK, United States 06-16-15
    Amazon Customer Duncan, OK, United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "better than the last one"

    This book was infinitely better than the second book in this series, buy not as good as the first. There wasn't really any mystery, but it heald my interest

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    Israel Forst 06-14-15
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    "Terrible production"

    Story was good but all the different voices and sound effects made it so hard to follow. I wish they would have just read it straight up without trying to turn it into a play.

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    Allen Anthony 06-02-15 Member Since 2013

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    "The saga goes on...close with a cliff hanger moment"

    Greg Iles would make a great TV mystery writer, love these books but the pace is so non stopped I feel tired by the end of the book.

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    Judy 05-24-15
    Judy 05-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Doesn't disappoint!!"

    Hope this series continues forever. Can't wait to start Natchez Burning! Dick Hill is the best!

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    Janet Sweetland Lincoln, CA, US 05-22-15
    Janet Sweetland Lincoln, CA, US 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "narration dissappointing!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have never written a review... but I must here. I listened to the first two of this series... the first being the best narration, the second was OK, but this, the third, I had to look at the narrator. SHOCKED to see he's the same as the second.
    He has AGED Penn Cage By 40 years!!! He sounds SO old, and slow .... and NOT worthy of the characters.
    PLEASE!!! Tell me the rest are different!!!


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    tn 05-21-15
    tn 05-21-15
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    "Ugh! I think I am done with Greg Iles!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Characters are whiny and their actions don't really fit characters. Character development is all over the place. Seems like he just planned out a bunch of actions and then made the characters do them whether it made sense or not. Narrator is awful especially for women.


    What could Greg Iles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Different narrator, less whiny characters, more consistency in what the characters did and felt.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Maybe someone who does the Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler novels.


    Do you think The Devil's Punchbowl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it has one but I am not going to read it. I will finish the book but it really isn't enjoyable. Kind of like fingernails on chalk board.


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    Kandi P. Nashville, TN 05-19-15
    Kandi P. Nashville, TN 05-19-15
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    "More brilliance"

    I love how Iles weaves a story together. Just when you think the details he provides has no bearing on the story, dozens of pages later that detail moves the story forward. Brilliant writing. This story was slow at first, but stay with it! The exposition, while longer than the previous Pen Cage novels, was all necessary for the story to play out.

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    Kitty 05-15-15
    Kitty 05-15-15 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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    "Better and better..."

    Each book in this series pulls you into an exciting adventure... and each adventure gets better and better. Although long books, they still leave me wanting more. I hope that you enjoy these books as much as I did.

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    Sandra R. Forrer 05-07-15
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    "Unexpected twists"

    Every time I thought I knew where this was headed, something unexpected happened, even at the end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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