When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key.
Three others - a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree - receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself. Their ancestors should not have interacted, had no apparent reason to bury the safe, and should not have disappeared thereafter.
Bearing their keys, Michelle and the other descendants converge in the courthouse basement and open the safe, revealing the truth about their ancestors - a truth stranger, more deadly, and potentially more world-changing than any of them could have imagined. Now it's up to them to keep their discovery out of the wrong hands.
©2015 Allison Maruska (P)2015 Allison Maruska
"I rarely read a story that I can't wait to get back to, and this was one. It's full of drama and suspense. It's fresh and new, something very much needed, and it's totally unpredictable." (John Darryl Winston, author of IA: Initiate)
The plot twists were the best part. The story kept me guessing. I can't say more without giving things away. I'd like to talk about the ending, but it would spoil it.
Jonah. At the start you think he'll be just your stereotypical dread-locked musician, but he turns out to be much deeper.
He didn't perform any of the characters better or worse than the others. I was impressed with the narration; he has a nice, resonant voice. In a few places, perhaps, he overdoes the difference in voices between the different characters, but it's not a problem. He doesn't overact. His voice sounded a little deeper in later chapters.
Four ordinary lives, brought together by one extraordinary discovery.
I was puzzled by some of the other reviews. This is well-crafted and satisfying fiction. I enjoyed it all the way through. Concerning the storyline, be sure to check out the many positive reviews of the written version of this book on Amazon.com (which has, of course, the same storyline).
Awful narration. He sounded like a surfer "dude" reading to a group of kindergartners. To be fair, what he was reading was equally awful. Nothing was plausible about the plot, the characters or their behaviors. Pass this one up.
After logging hundreds of pleasurable hours listening to audio books I knew it would someday happen. I would come across the combination of a mediocre story and a terrible narrator. I have made note of his name so I can avoid any other book he narrates. I had 6th grade students who could read far more expressively. He rushed his speech so much that I had to set my play speed to the lowest setting to be able to tolerate him. I checked the book out from the Kindle lending library & bought the audio for $1.99. Thank goodness I didn't waste an Audio credit on this one!
Would have been better with a different narrator. The gentleman's inflections were completely off to the point that sometimes I wasn't sure if the sentence was over until it actually became a new chapter. The story was okay, the one character was completely unsympathetic on my eyes and I honestly kept rolling them at their constant ridiculous actions to "protect their family". It seemed very forced to make this character the bad guy.
Overall, it wasn't a bad plot but it wasn't as riviting as I thought based on other reviews. If you don't have anything else pressing to read this one only took me 2 days to listen to, but mostly because I've never not finished a book and not because I enjoyed it so much I could tell stop.
just bad. the narrator was a little off. felt like it was written by a grade schooler.
The story was a creative idea . The writing was mediocre and the narrator should stick to reading to children in the library..
The plot was inane. I don't think that has a demographic.
SPOILERS. The plot. A group of (adult) strangers go tearing off across the states following a kidnapper, even though they have no idea where he is going.
The narrator was fine.
Michelle, she is a stay at home mom who won't do anything without her husband's permission. Though this is obviously just a set-up for her to eventually get a spine. I can't say if this happens because I did not get that far.
Time to get my money back.
This was a very interesting story. I though it dragged a little, but not enough to stop listening. I listened to this on my way to Florida, it was a shorter ride because of this.
I can't tell if it was the writing or the narration or a combination of both that made this a complete waste of my time. The premise was interesting, but the actual story was disappointing. The narration was horrendous, I couldn't get past the narrator to get involved with the characters, but then again, the characters were flat and undeveloped.
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