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Valley of Deception Audiobook

Valley of Deception: Jake Mathews, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

United States Marshal Jake Mathews is devastated after two of his partners are gunned down. Fleeing to his farm, in Northeast Iowa, he wants nothing more than a little peace and quiet.

Tucked away in the woods of Northeast Iowa, Zebadiah Caldwell's family has led a community of followers for the past 100 years. Their communal way of life has led to many stories and speculation over the years. Marshal Mathews has stumbled onto a secret that could destroy their way of life. How far is Zebadiah willing to go to preserve his community?

When their two worlds collide, something has to give. Each fights for what he believes in, but will either make it out of this adventure alive when a tormented local sheriff gets thrown into the mix? This is the first in a series of US Marshal Jake Mathews adventures.

©2013 Tobin Michael (P)2016 Tobin Michael

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    Donna 03-11-16
    Donna 03-11-16
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    "There is a whole lot of evil in the Valley"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the kids. Horrible father. Repressed development, yet still basically good kids. Nice!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Showdown at the cave


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written. The author is an ex-US Marshal and the entire book comes across as very credible I am sure because of his experiences. I like the narrator as well. Really scary voice when it needs to be.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trixie 03-12-16
    Trixie 03-12-16
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    "Valley of deception"
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    The first book of this series. Jake is a strong, believable character and someone you want on your side if you're in the right. If you're the bad guy, you'd really like him to forget all about you.. Jake is married with two adult sons who are also in law enforcement, so I can see this being a real family affair. If you like a thriller, this is a book for you. Enjoy
    This audiobook was provided at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 02-18-16
    Matt 02-18-16
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    "Real Evil Presented Credibly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are really some nasty bad guys in this book. Not just violent but really evil in a very credible way.


    What about Tom Lennon’s performance did you like?

    Tom was everyone here. As the narrator he was easy to listen too. Laid back and not overly hyper. As the older wife of a villain or her you young daughter however, he acted each role to perfection. A great ability to be each character realistically.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Don't remember laughing except there is no doubt a great satisfaction that brings a smile to your face at the conclusion (won't spoil it for you).

    There is a lot sad here. The story is actually a tragedy in many ways for some of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This plot is a genuine thriller primarily because of the very well developed personalities of the bad guys. The author is an ex-Marshal it seems and no doubt his experiences really contributed to the realism of the plot. Will look for more in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PA United States 04-27-16
    Amazon Customer PA United States 04-27-16
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    "Great setting for a very interesting plot"
    If you could sum up Valley of Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, believable, and exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake Matthews. This experienced, older yet very active guy manages to sustain a great family life as well as a career he is both dedicated to and loves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The rescue of his wife from the bad guys house.


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

    Yes, It moved along quickly and there was suspense and excitement through out. Didn't want o stop listening until it was all over.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a good job. He disappeared at times, which is meant as a compliment as I was really listening to the characters, not someone imitating them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delia.C 04-04-16
    Delia.C 04-04-16 Member Since 2016

    love books

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    "couldn't put it down"

    wow th is a well worth read in book. well wrote, the writer did well with the sensitive material. I'm on to book 2.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Whittle Nova Scotia 03-14-16
    Ryan Whittle Nova Scotia 03-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Strength and Honor!

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    "Great Story - Great to build a series on!"
    What did you love best about Valley of Deception?

    I was very intrigued by the development of the main Character - Jake Matthews. His morality and thought patterns were interesting throughout the whole story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot of this thriller was great. I found myself really hating the bad guys.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was tough to listen to for prolonged periods of time, more tone difference and inflection would have helped to keep me interested in the different characters more.


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

    As per above it was tough to stay listening for prolonged periods, however was great for quick 20-45 minute sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    I was gifted this audio book for an honest review by the author on Audio Book Blast.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scooby 06-17-16
    Scooby 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall a good book."
    If you could sum up Valley of Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Well developed characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were many suspenseful moments.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A great book turns you into a slouth and gives you just enough clues to suspect the person "who dun it." A good book gives you clues to figure out who dun it. A bad book attempts to be suspenseful by giving all false clues. This was a good book. Some of the clues came a little too early


    Any additional comments?

    This book would have been a lot better with a different narrator. The narrator wasn't horrible but he wasn't great either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 02-28-16
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 02-28-16 Member Since 2013

    Listening to audiobooks allows me to multi-task while I play with my dogs or quilt. Having someone read to me is relaxing!

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    "Deception in the Valley and More"
    What did you like best about Valley of Deception? What did you like least?

    The book caught my attention from the start. Character development could have been more detailed. I had trouble determining which character was "on stage" because I did not know enough about each one. The storyline was good because this type of evil exist. The narrator kept me focused and entertained with the book., He was an excellent reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have a favorite character. I did not get into any of their emotions. I will say that I enjoyed "Becca" through her child thoughts and comments.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Lennon – was your favorite?

    Tom was a very good narrator and did a good job changing the voices. I stayed with the book because of his narration.


    Was Valley of Deception worth the listening time?

    It was until the end. The end was choppy. I liked the ending to the actual story. There were parts that were lengthy and there were parts that needed more emphasis. Take for instance when the one character was running through the woods being chased and he broke one arm and then the other arm and then fell. I mean this guy was having a seriously bad day and we needed more detail and feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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