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Whack-a-Mole | [Chris Grabenstein]

Whack-a-Mole

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.
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Publisher's Summary

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including the first book in the series, Tilt-a-Whirl, and the second, Mad Mouse.

©2007 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 09-10-07
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 09-10-07 Member Since 2010

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    "Disappointing"

    I am a huge fan of Carl Hiassen and had heard or read that this author was similar. I went ahead and purchased all three books in the series and managed to listen to them all but with great difficulty. Plot is similar in all. Foul language is overdone. All in all, very juvenile. I consider these books a "Hardy Boys - X-rated"

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC United States 08-25-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2015

    My preferences are espionage thrillers, crime novels, teen novels, psychological thrillers, combat fiction, and occasional non-fiction.

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    "Who is the intended audience?"

    Chris Grabenstein is a former standup comedian who writes light, funny and sometimes preachy "Who-done-it" novels. The audience would appear to be young adults. The stories are told in the first person of Danny Boyle who is the junior partner of the main character, policeman John Ceepak. Jeff Woodman does outstanding narration as Danny Boyle's voice.

    This book is about the Bruce Spingsteen quoting Ceepak solving a mass murder case that began almost 30 years ago and continues today. The setting is a New Jersey resort beach town.

    The book is quick and fun reading of a plot that is not very complex.

    Spoiler: Ceepak solves the serial murder mystery in the end then he gets married.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson-Williams Grand Prairie, TX 08-13-15
    C. Johnson-Williams Grand Prairie, TX 08-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "great book"

    love the Ceepak series. Danny is a great funny man to Ceepaks seriousness. I love the twists and turns. The supporting cast is annoying, but I guess they need to be.

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    "Keeps the listener intrigued throughout the book"

    The narrator really does make the book and makes me want more. thank you all

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    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 07-20-15
    Rebecca Alpharetta, GA, United States 07-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I definitely recommend this series!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are all interesting and well voiced by the narrator. Jeff Woodman really sounds like I would picture Danny Boyle. His different voices and characterizations really bring the other characters to life as well. These are characters I came to care about and made me want to keep reading with the next book in the series.

    The plot moves along at a good pace and keeps you guessing. I thought I had it figured out, but I didn't.

    I would definitely recommend this entire series.


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    Moose 07-19-15
    Moose 07-19-15 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.

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    "Fun in the Sun with Murder on the Beach"

    The murder mystery in this third installment is more complicated than the other two books. There's definitely a Norman Bates feel to this killer. There's also more character development for Ceepak which is great see. Once again, fun, indulgent, and left me feeling good after listening to it.

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    🌹Tiffiney🌹 07-16-15 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "The title just doesn't match the killer!"
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    -frustrated sigh- Mr. Chris Grabenstein has done it again. Left me feeling guilty for laughing through out this horrid serial killer crime mystery. And I was completely wrong, I thought I figured out who the nutcase killer was in this! Boy was I wrong!!!

    Ceepak and Danny are at it again. They stumble upon a serial killer, must solve the puzzle while dealing with worthless help, a Mayor and Chief of Police, desperate to keep the killings secret, and my growing voice crush for Danny Boyle. -giggles-

    Jeff Woodman narration is amazing and fun as usual! I just get a real kick listening to all the different Jersey accents he can do!

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    Farrell 07-03-15
    Farrell 07-03-15
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    "Another good one"

    As with many detective stories the subject matter is a bit harsh. However, it's told in a light hearted way. Ceepak is a bit too perfect, gotta wonder if he'll ever crack.

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    Amanda Suggs 06-07-15
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    "My "Go To" Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Whack-a-Mole the most enjoyable?

    I finished books 1 & 2 and bought 3 & 4 during a sale. The John Ceepak Series is light reading with just enough mystery to keep my interest. The well drawn characters and narrator make the books so readable/listenable--the two main characters' voices sound as if they are coming from two different readers. I will definitely keep listening to this series!


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    Leon Miller New Orleans, Louisiana 03-13-15
    Leon Miller New Orleans, Louisiana 03-13-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great, great fun."
    What made the experience of listening to Whack-a-Mole the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Jeff Woodman, is delightful. There are a lot of characters with a lot of character, and he makes them all distinctive and often hilarious. He’s especially good at depicting the goofy, wide-eyed, naive charm of Ceepak’s young assistant. You will be thoroughly entertained.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The "voice" of the novel is John Ceepak's young assistant, who brings a youthful naivete and charm.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I listed to the first book in this series (this is the third) and Woodman was excellent in that one, too.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful. Chris Grabenstein’s first book in his John Ceepak mystery series won the prestigious Anthony Award for Best First Novel. This, the third in the series, is just as good. Grabenstein’s gift is his rare ability to combine traditional cozy mysteries with elements of police procedurals and thrillers, creating books that are exciting but also charming, warm, and often very, very funny. In “Whack-a-Mole,” Grabenstein ups the ante with even more action while managing to throw in an important and timely moral perspective. I’m looking forward to reading the rest in this series. Highly, highly recommended.

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