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The Innocent Ones: A Thriller | [Robert Gregory Browne]

The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Trial Junkies - get ready for a jaw-dropping twist...

Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

©2010 Robert Gregory Browne (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-04-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent Ones the most enjoyable?

    This was a very good fast paced listen. Two stories going on at once that converge about midway through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my 4th consecutive RGB book, I think I'm hooked. This is a really good story, no supernatural in this one but plenty of action and deceit. A few surprises towards the end (I've noticed this author likes doing this). The kind of ending that leaves you with a slack jaw and that's just when you think you have it all figured out. As always Scott Brick gave a fantastic performance.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    mary 04-26-14
    mary 04-26-14

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Surprise!"

    I'd never listened to this author before but I try to find readers I enjoy and Scott Brick is the narrator. What a pleasant surprise. I found the suspense riveting, a book that I didn't want to stop listening to so I found things to do that would allow me to continue listening. I'm going to check now to see what other books Browne has written. While there were a couple of small moments when I wished the protagonist would quick thinking about something and do something instead overall the book is well written and there was never a moment I could figure out what was going to happen next.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    John Gilbert, AZ, United States 04-07-14
    John Gilbert, AZ, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the greatest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent Ones to be better than the print version?

    I would not know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Beth. She was a survivor and cared for her family. She could be hard-nosed, yet compassionate.


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

    This man is the most awesome story reader that I have had a chance to hear.


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

    Taken By Surprise


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book that I have read by this author. He has made my top five most favorite authors.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    J. Mcferran Corydon, IN 09-04-14
    J. Mcferran Corydon, IN 09-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow story that took a left turn into the absurd"
    What disappointed you about The Innocent Ones?

    It's just too silly. It started out with a mildly intriguing set-up - typical sisters with their typical issues on a cruise together - then one disappears and it seems like the story will just be about a dangerous search for a missing woman in a foreign country with shady characters in the wings….but…..then, the story took a psychedelic turn and, frankly, I 'mentally' skimmed from thereon - it just didn't hold my interest. I finished it, on principal. But I was literally cleaning the kitchen for the last two hours of the book - mindless, boring work, and I still had a VERY difficult time focusing on the book because it was so silly I just couldn't buy in.


    What could Robert Gregory Browne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been WAY more consistent with character development; and, for that matter, not relied so heavily on stock characters. The last 1/3 of the book was just gruesome jack-in-the-box - no lead-up, no foreshadowing - he just decided spring a bunch of weird stuff for effect.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I know lots of people like Scott Brick; I'm just not one of them. I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of audio books and been an audible listener for well over 10 years - so I have listened to Scott Brick's development as a reader. While I do not care for his performances, I do think he has improved as a reader and so, while I don't find his reading among my favorites, they don't grate on me as much as they once did. And, let's face it - he reads a lot of the books on Audible, so there's no escaping him. I think of him as the Howard Cosell of audio performers - and not in a good way. His delivery is on par with Cosell's - over-the-top, unnatural, with a touch of snide and sarcasm. In the case of this book - his performance neither added nor detracted from the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The book just took a nose dive half way through.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 09-06-14
    Old Hippy PA 09-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Formulaic, Misogynistic, Soap Opera-like Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    Has The Innocent Ones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just turned me off for this author. Wait a sec ... is this gore and sex actually a "genre"?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Almost any other narrator. Brick has this annoying trait of over-dramatizing things. Like trying to sound as if pulp fiction like this actually has something moving and compelling to say. Might work once in a while but he reads every paragraph as if it was from a radio soap opera ... within paragraphs he raises his voice higher up the scale and louder for each phrase. It doesn't help things that the story is mostly third person, and his reading makes an already terrible story start to take on the affect of a really bad Shakespearian stage production. This all comes to a head in the closing scenes, in which you'll marvel over pinpoint aim with Molotov cocktails from far away just as the sacrificial pyre is to be lit . It's enough to make you go lock yourself in the bathroom and slit your wrists. (I guess our author thought "fighting fire with fire" was quite the twist.)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment over credit wasted. Disappointment over the wasted opportunity for a good yarn, given the good start out of the gate that is served up. Disappointment over the stereotypical and shallow female characters. Weariness with authors who churn out this stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    The story has a good gripping start as far as the male protagonist (Vargas ) is concerned. The two female leads are, sadly, pathetic right from the get-go. Beth - allegedly the "strong" Asst. District Attorney - first wanders around the cruise ship as an asexual mother figure for her ungrateful, wanton sister, who soon disappears. About halfway through the story - and it's a long and painful slog - she finally teams up with Vargas - who, of course, falls ludicrously in love with her and they have (as does the main bad guy) the most fantastic sex, many times a night. Spoiler: As a small example of just how bad this tale becomes, along the way she is shot two times in the chest, once in the brain, knocked in the head into unconsciousness at least three different times, physically assaulted a couple of times, raped repeatedly, tied up with rope and/or duct tape a couple times, and set up to be burned alive. And, not to be undone, Vargas and the sister also experience a similar hard row to hoe of torture and beatings, along with the killing of numerous nuns, prostitutes, and other loyal bad guys. If you like this kind of claptrap, then this is the story for you. You have been warned.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 10-30-14
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 10-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Whoa what a good book - couldn't stop listening"

    Fabulous story line. interesting, exciting. With every turn a new plot, yet all connected in the end. A definate thriller

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 02-17-15
    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great thriller!!"

    This book is definitely a thriller!! It is not for the faint of heart. It has a very unusual beginning. I was really wondering how it would all tie in but Mr. Browne delivered in spades.
    Scott Brick (? Spelling of name) is my favorite male narrator for this kind of book. I would highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene 01-14-15
    Darlene 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome, full of twists and turns, I loved it"

    Narration was great! The story was exciting and full of unexpected turns. I would recommend this book to everyone, it will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Elkton, SD, United States 01-03-15
    Bruce Elkton, SD, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2003
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    "I enjoyed this book"

    This was a new author for me. I will get more of his work. It will be interesting to see where it goes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Latham, NY, United States 09-27-14
    Leslie Latham, NY, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "No more R. G. Browne for me"
    What disappointed you about The Innocent Ones?

    I very much disliked slogging through nearly 100 chapters of a derivative "amnesia" thriller only to have a new character--a child, no less!-- appear around Chapter 99 to explain all the goings-on to the adults. Isn't the point of this sort of book for the protagonists to figure it out for themselves?


    Has The Innocent Ones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre but certainly this author.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    I love Scott Brick so I wouldn't change anything. I did wonder how he kept from laughing at some of the more ridiculous moments though.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Innocent Ones?

    The last interaction between the sisters which is completely unbelievable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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