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.
This was a very good fast paced listen. Two stories going on at once that converge about midway through.
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.
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.
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.
I would not know
I enjoyed Beth. She was a survivor and cared for her family. She could be hard-nosed, yet compassionate.
This man is the most awesome story reader that I have had a chance to hear.
Taken By Surprise
This is the first book that I have read by this author. He has made my top five most favorite authors.
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.
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.
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.
Disappointment. The book just took a nose dive half way through.
No, just turned me off for this author. Wait a sec ... is this gore and sex actually a "genre"?
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.)
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.
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.
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
Fabulous story line. interesting, exciting. With every turn a new plot, yet all connected in the end. A definate 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.
Narration was great! The story was exciting and full of unexpected turns. I would recommend this book to everyone, it will not disappoint.
This was a new author for me. I will get more of his work. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
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?
Not this genre but certainly this author.
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.
The last interaction between the sisters which is completely unbelievable.
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