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Copper Beach: A Dark Legacy Novel | [Jayne Ann Krentz]

Copper Beach: A Dark Legacy Novel

Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.
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Publisher's Summary

Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market. A number of ruthless people are searching for the book. Some believe that Abby can find it for them.

Abby wants no part of it. But the pressure mounts after a rare-book dealer dies mysteriously. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an expert in paranormal crystals and amber - “hot rocks.” Passion flares immediately between them, yet neither entirely trusts the other. Both are concealing secrets. Both have their own agendas. Sam concludes that the only way to keep Abby safe is to take her to property owned by his rich and reclusive family - a compound in the small town of Copper Beach, on a private island. But small towns are no safer than large cities when it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal talents, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code....

©2012 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    amanda United States 08-27-13
    amanda United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible! Don't waste your money!"
    What would have made Copper Beach better?

    A less predictable plot line, a more interesting supernatural talent


    What was most disappointing about Jayne Ann Krentz’s story?

    Disappointed that this once great author has resorted to this


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Sure


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I want a do over! My credit was wasted

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oceanside, CA USA 08-23-13
    Amazon Customer Oceanside, CA USA 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Story, annoyed by the Reader's voices"
    Would you try another book from Jayne Ann Krentz and/or Tanya Eby?

    Love JAK, have read many of her books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great plot and characters, and dysfunctional family portrayal.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Never. Thoroughly annoying voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Copper Beach?

    The reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sally ASHEBORO, NC, United States 07-22-13
    Sally ASHEBORO, NC, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "good book loved the story line ending was to quick"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yesit takes you to a nice place to visit


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The break in


    Any additional comments?

    you care about the people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Heidelberg, Germany 02-20-12
    Holly Heidelberg, Germany 02-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent addition to the Arcane Series"

    Once again, Jayne Ann Krentz tells a great story with interesting characters, a fast moving plot and enough sizzle to be fascinating. Known for her Arcane Series which spans from Victorian Times (written under the Amanda Quick pen name) though the present to the future of Harmony (written under Jayne Castle) this latest entry features Abby Radwell with her paranormal ability to unlock encrypted books and Sam Coopersmith who takes on the job of protecting her.

    The first book in this trilogy series, it might be a bit rough going if you are not already familiar with this particular world and set of characters. Read them all - fun, well written and not a flipping vampire in sight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-09-12
    Linda Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-09-12
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    "Another Jayne Ann Krentz hit for me."
    What made the experience of listening to Copper Beach the most enjoyable?

    As usual, Jayne gave me an uplifting story with quirky characters and some wonderful humor.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jayne Ann Krentz before, how does this one compare?

    I gave this book a three simply because there are several of Jayne's books that I love so much that this one has too much competition. However, the book was as satisfying for me as I thought it would be, although I felt it had too many arcane similarities, yet it wasn't linked to the arcane. Since the arcane society started in England a few centuries ago, I could have accepted that there were arcane people in modern society here as well as on another planet.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Sam was my favorite. I felt she caught his subtle humor perfectly.


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

    I always want to listen to one of Jayne's books in one sitting, and this one was no different.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madge Sterling, VA, United States 02-06-12
    Madge Sterling, VA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2006

    LIfe-long reader, fond of mysteries, scifi, fantasy. Prefer good story-tellers, with interesting premises. Road warrior-so listen a lot!

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    "Her usual good storytelling well told"

    JAK is a great storyteller, and this is one of her usual good stories. While there is no definite Arcane Society mention, the paranormal is pretty much that same idea, though crystal talents seem to have much more prestige. She is also dealing with the issue of a talented child in an untalented family and the problem of appearing "normal" in order to get on with her life instead of being locked up as crazy.

    A talented young woman with a gift for unlocking psy-locked books, is approached by multiple parties with blackmail or bribes to find and unlock a certain lab book which contains dangerous information regarding certain powerful crystals. A friend refers her to a member of the family, the Coppersmiths, which first found the crystals and is also looking for the notebook, to keep this information out of hands which would misuse these crystals. Her stepbrother is also asking her for help with the notebook, as her family has been pressured by loss of their trust fund to pressure her.

    Murder and mayhem ensue in search of this notebook, but as there are hints of other mysteries in the family, including the sudden upsurge of talent in the Coppersmith family and two more unwedded members of the family to match up. I suspect at least a trilogy for this set of extended characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-12-12
    Gwen Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-12-12
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    "Caught my attention, and kept it throughout."
    Would you listen to Copper Beach again? Why?

    I'd listen to it again, because I enjoyed the characters and the action. Didn't know what the bad guy was going to do next.


    What other book might you compare Copper Beach to and why?

    Compares to


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm Austin, tX, United States 03-06-12
    Bookworm Austin, tX, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "At a loss"
    Would you try another book from Jayne Ann Krentz and/or Tanya Eby?

    Yes. I've like so many of Jayne Ann Krentz books I would try again.


    Has Copper Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but I felt it started mid story. It made me wish I knew where to find the beginning.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tanya Eby?

    Yes if I like the author.


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

    I'm going to try to re-read this and hope I can follow or get hooked.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Great Falls, VA, United States 02-21-12
    Michael Great Falls, VA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excuse for author's sexual fantasies"
    What would have made Copper Beach better?

    Author failed to establish believable basis for the subject matter.


    Has Copper Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    Fine. She can't be blamed for the thin plot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Copper Beach?

    If I cut, I'm not sure even a short story would remain.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan M. Hunnicutt Ft Blackmore, VA United States 02-18-12
    Susan M. Hunnicutt Ft Blackmore, VA United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Krentz rocks !"

    Jayne Ann Krentz in her many forms tells a great story. I recommend Copper Beach as well as all of her other stories !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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