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Vanishing Act | [Thomas Perry]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Cathy Northern CA Coast 02-24-10
    Cathy Northern CA Coast 02-24-10 Member Since 2002
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    "The Book - 4 Stars; Narration - 3 Stars"

    My gripes first - the second half of the book is marred by sloppy auditory editing. Sections are repeated which detracts from being engrossed in the tale. The narrator, Joyce Bean, barely makes my score of average; her reading is pretty flat. Now on to the good stuff - the book itself. I read this one as a response to Audible's offer of affordable first-books-in-a-series. I'd probably never have read a Thomas Perry novel had it not been for the opportunity offered at a discount price. That said - I will be reading the next Jane Whitefield novel in the series. I found the protagonist interesting, although not terribly believable, but it is fiction after all. I don't have to think everything that happens in a novel actually could happen in real life. That's part of the entertainment. Give this book a try if you're looking for something a little different than the typical mystery - and if you like your main character to be a capable woman.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steve fayetteville, NY, United States 01-23-13
    Steve fayetteville, NY, United States 01-23-13

    Rust Never Sleeps

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    "Narrator ruined it for me"

    The narrator's voice was so annoying I couldn't finish the book. Her reading of a male voice was like listening to chalk grind on a chalkboard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Brandt Washington DC 09-23-12
    Michael Brandt Washington DC 09-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "What a difference a narrator makes"
    What would have made Vanishing Act better?

    This is the 5th Thomas Perry audiobook I've listened to, and it is the first I didn't love. This isn't his best story, there are some shoddy editing errors (shame on Audible, I expect better), but the real problem was the narration (see below).


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Perry? Why or why not?

    Of course, every Thomas Perry book I've read or listened to has been good, and several were excellent.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    I understand the choice of a female narrator considering the sex of the protagonist, but I can't help but imagine how much better this one would have been with Michael Kramer, who narrates other Perry novels. Joyce Bean can do the sensitive, intellectual side of Jane Whitefield, but reads dramatic scenes distinctively un-dramatically. A bigger problem is that she absolutely cannot do men's voices. I dreaded every conversation with a man because her voice became so grating. Finally (and this is not Joyce Bean's fault), there are a handful of repeated lines in this production. By far the most I have ever heard in an audible audiobook.


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

    The story was fine. What you would expect from Thomas Perry. I state this caveat because I have to say my biggest reaction to the audiobook was disappointment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 11-26-13
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 11-26-13
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    "Slow Slow Slow and stupid"
    Any additional comments?

    Watching cement dry would of been a better use of my time. There is nothing to recommend about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 11-04-13
    Amazon Customer SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A great begining to a new series"
    Where does Vanishing Act rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane Whitefield is an excellent character. She uses her wits and her skills very naturally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like how she remembers her heritage after the case is over.


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

    I had already read this book, so I knew the story. I'm glad that there are more to come.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carlee S. 04-22-12
    Carlee S. 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Introducing Jane Whitefield"

    Native American woman, Jane Whitefield helps people disappear. She is thoughtful, clever and resourceful. The plot is suspenseful and riveting, I find myself caught up in the story right away and prefer listening to it over most other books. I own all of the Jane Whitefield books, and listen to them at least once a year. This is the first book in the series, so the differences in technology are interesting. Jane evolves with the times, so book #7 has different challenges. Excellent work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 11-20-10
    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 11-20-10
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    "Sharp, clever, fresh and fun."

    I really enjoyed this mystery. It was sharp, clever, fresh and fun. I didn't see the plot twists coming, or anticipate the resolution. I'd read more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Melton OKC 05-31-13
    R. J. Melton OKC 05-31-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn grayslake, IL, United States 02-17-13
    Kathryn grayslake, IL, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2010
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Casa Grande, AZ 08-07-12
    Mike Casa Grande, AZ 08-07-12 Member Since 2009

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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