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The Widow File: A Thriller | [S. G. Redling]

The Widow File: A Thriller

From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out. Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes.
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From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out.

Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes. Whoever ordered the strike thinks Dani has vital information and they put a hit man named Booker on her trail.

Armed with only her wits and a bag of random investigation materials, Dani must figure out who the enemy really is while playing a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the cunning hit man who has an agenda of his own.

©2013 S.G. Redling (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Anne 01-16-14
    Anne 01-16-14
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    "An unexpected pleasure"

    I was not sure what to expect from this novel. I often grow impatient with "getting to the story." The beginning held a lot of good exposition that was helpful later.

    This is not high art. However, it was fun. I really liked that, [SPOILER ALERT?] "man wrongly accused" is threatened early on in the book that the author does not take us down that well-worn path of laziness.

    I found that the book had a good pace, decent character development, and the ending did not leave me unhappy in the least. It was a conclusion, a reasonable one with regard to the "inherent truth" of the story.

    I recommend it.

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 01-10-15
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 01-10-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "The 1st of (so far) 2 Dani novels"

    I love the protagonist! She has emotional and physical issues. She's still a real person even though she's the POTUS. Lot of character changes of 'what the He**? is going on make for a very riveting "The President Dies" type novels..and it really sucked mien!

    Similar to "6 days of the Condor" in many ways, Dani just wants to know what is going on while she went out of the office for a few minutes to get lunch..but she can't seem to discover what the H**L is happening????? then saddling rehiring characters a few months later..never know what is going to happen here!
    narrated by narrated by Tanya Eby-who is an excellent choice for this series.

    Use your credit and ENJOY this Post app novel that might well be the "TRUTH" I had a difficult time deleting the S"P:OILERS in this novel so please, give me a break!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    philip HARAHAN, LA, United States 01-23-14
    philip HARAHAN, LA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Chick version of 6 days of the condor"
    What did you like best about The Widow File? What did you like least?

    I liked the story plot. It was very reminiscent of the Condor but with a girl lead.


    Would you recommend The Widow File to your friends? Why or why not?

    probably not


    What three words best describe Tanya Eby’s performance?

    The narrator was very good, though I thought her male voices were a little off. She made them sound dumb.


    Could you see The Widow File being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could easily see it as a tv movie. With some serious story rework, maybe a feature film.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the book 3 stars, because it was ok. It wasn't horrible and it wasn't great. The idea was derivative but what isn't. I actually liked the idea of the girl being the lead character, though the story was quite predictable. It was ok for light entertainment. Don't look for more than that.

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    Karen 03-18-15
    Karen 03-18-15

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Attention 3 Days of The Condor Fans"
    If you could sum up The Widow File in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, Clever, and Tender! Starts out like Robert Redfords' 3 days of the Condor so if you like that premise, this will not disappoint. If you are a die hard mystery fan this may not be enough for you. However, it was entertaining and kept you tuned into the story.


    What other book might you compare The Widow File to and why?

    Our hit man had a tender side i.e. Julie Garwoods Romance Sizzle. This is a cross between a mystery and romance or Angie Jolie's Salt character.


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

    Ms Eby has gotten so much richer in her male voices and she does not disappoint in this 2 book series. Catch her as A.K.A. Tatiana Sokolov


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, I did listen in one sitting as the pace was so fast. This was pure entertainment and a quick course on always planning ahead. Had some good ideas


    Any additional comments?

    This is not worth a full credit, but catch it on sale and you will have a good fast listen. There is a book #2 so I don't know how much the author plans on taking this character. Let's hope #2 is as entertaining as this was. Hint: if you saw "Salt", then you are prepared for this listen.

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    Mtech 01-18-15
    Mtech 01-18-15
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    "Immersed !"

    Very enjoyable read with good narration. We have reached immersion level eight .

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    Dellyn R. Elburn, IL United States 01-07-15
    Dellyn R. Elburn, IL United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Dee

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    "Not that thrilling "

    The premise was good, but it lacks substance, wanted more to the story. Plenty of details on eluding but not much on the what and why of the file. For the most part it was easy to figure out what was going to happen next. I was disappointed, story could have been so much better.
    The narrator did the characters well, with an easy to listen to voice.

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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 10-14-14
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2015

    audiobook addict

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    "entertaining thriller but forgettable"

    Exciting fast-paced thriller with a smart but damaged young female protagonist. Dani is a "data analyst" with a talent for reading body language, tells, and information gleaned form receipts, behavior patterns, and the detritus left in people's pockets. Dani is likeable and clever. When she finds out that the company she works for is not what she thought and that they are out to kill her makes the stakes very high and she has to be very smart and resourceful to survive. The writing is mostly good, though clunky at some points and over-detailed at other times. I liked the main characters (despite the ridiculous name of one of them!), but the ending of the book disappointed me. The ending was abrupt and seemed incomplete. I wasn't sure exactly what happened and who was behind the bad guys' actions. Enjoyable (if mostly forgettable) thriller. The narration by Eby was solid and well-edited.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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