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Vanishing Act Audiobook

Vanishing Act

Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.
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Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

Jane knows all the tricks; in fact, she has invented several of them herself in the ten years she has been teaching fugitives to live with new identities. Many of her clients have been innocent people whom the institutions of society have been too slow and cumbersome to protect, but an increasing number have been like the gambler Harry Kemple: people who aren't especially admirable but who aren't bad enough to deserve to die prematurely.

Jane opens her door to find in her house an uninvited visitor named John Felker, the latest to run to her for sanctuary. Felker is not like the others Jane has helped, and everything about him is disquieting. He doesn't even know whom he is running from - only that whoever is framing him as an embezzler has already circulated an open contract in the prison system for his death. Maybe his problems began years ago, when he was a policeman; a good cop makes an enemy with each arrest. But perhaps he is still a policeman and has invented precisely the right story to entrap Jane. Or perhaps he is something even worse.

The unexpected guest draws this exceptional woman into an adventure of mystery, love and sacrifice, betrayal and vengeance, and propels her on a pursuit that takes her from the night streets of Los Angeles and Vancouver to the dark, unexplored regions of her own mind.

©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Amazon Customer 12-16-15

    marshrat

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    "Strong lead. Native Am context adds interest"

    Strong female character with interesting references to American Indian culture.Fast pace without being chaotic. Did not know this was a series and will definitely pick up another.
    Reader was very good.

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    Lona Lincoln 11-02-15
    Lona Lincoln 11-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Exciting and memorable heroine"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It introduces a principled character ready to die for her cause. It ties her mission to that of her Seneca ancestors. It has believable villains and victims. The plot develops in satisfyingly unpredictable ways.


    What other book might you compare Vanishing Act to and why?

    Nevada Barr's The Rope. The heroine exerts her will to overcome her own weakness. She drives herself to secure safety for others.


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

    Her interpretation of the characters. The flexibility of an audiobook to go anywhere while listening.


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

    Jane Whitefield will kill you to save your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book a number of years ago and have been looking for it and others in the series. I looked under mysteries, native American fiction, women detectives, Native Women fiction. Finally I found it with the help of a librarian when I remembered Perry as the name of the author, and Jane as the character. It should be indexed in more ways to help potential readers.

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    S. Warkentin USA 07-04-15
    S. Warkentin USA 07-04-15

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    "Enjoyable ride"

    Really enjoyed this book. Didn't foresee where it went half way through but it made for an exciting ride. Definitely recommend it.

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    Janet H. Maddox 02-04-15
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    "This recording is mechanically flawed!"

    I loved the book, but the second part of the recording is flawed. It skips, it repeats, and and it seems to leave out parts. Audible needs to replace it! I just finished it this week, the first week in February 2015.

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    R. J. Melton OKC 05-31-13
    R. J. Melton OKC 05-31-13 Member Since 2008

    I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!

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    "Started a little slow..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vanishing Act to be better than the print version?

    I like books, books,audible books, or e-books...I like them all.

    In this series, I am on the third "Shadow Woman" and am buying them as I go (in case I give it up as too tedious). Read them in order, you will need details of the previous books to have a chance at keeping up later on. Jane's character is a little hard to like, her reasons for tucking away criminals get pretty convoluted. The protagonist? How could she fall for that line? Never liked him. Jake, the neighbor, is well intentioned but way too careful. MAYBE I just stumbled on what's bothering me...everything and one are too careful, Jane is Superwoman on a great day. If you like thrillers that explain everything to you detail by detail, these books are for you...if you are filling a rainy day, good choice...looking for escapism, welcome to the great outdoors.


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    Kathryn 02-17-13
    Kathryn 02-17-13
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    "Interesting relationship with Indians of New York"
    Would you listen to Vanishing Act again? Why?

    No, I don't usually relisten to books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is a strong women


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good. I think the book would have been better with a man and women tandem narrating and the editing, towards the end, had repetitive issues.


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    Mike 08-07-12
    Mike 08-07-12

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    "Boring and Predictable"
    What disappointed you about Vanishing Act?

    It was so slow moving at the start. I fell asleep while listening, missed a chapter and 1/2 and woke up and feeling like I did not miss anything at all. It was so predictable I felt like shaking the main character and asking her how she can be so dim.


    Has Vanishing Act turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Limited character voices. Try not to make everyone sound the same


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It finally ended.


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    Lynne 07-30-12
    Lynne 07-30-12
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    "Good read"

    Blends Native American Culture with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. I will read more books by this author!

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    Diane 08-03-11
    Diane 08-03-11
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    "Great, Unique Storyline"

    Narrator is great. Story is very good, quite different from typical mysteries. Jane Whitefield is a neat character - indian who helps people disappear. This is the first book. Worth the listen!

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    Sandra L. Jacob US 11-14-10
    Sandra L. Jacob US 11-14-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Not as good as the other one I listened to."

    The first half was a little dull. She has an affair with her client and I thought 'uh-oh' and sure enough it turned out to be a bad idea. Things got more exciting in the second half, so I can give it three stars.

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