Julie's father, Ev, an Annapolis graduate who is now a professor there, fears his daughter will be blamed by the "Darkside" - the bureaucracy that wants to protect the academy at all costs from scandal. Then there's another death, and the beautiful grounds and impregnable traditions of Annapolis are revealed as the hiding place for a relentless predator who can no longer control an impulse to kill.
©2004 P. T. Deutermann; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Deutermann's latest - a tense mystery set in and around the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis - is sleek, sharp and scary." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hill is at his best when voicing the sinister musings of the monster no one suspects." (AudioFile)
This was THE most exciting audio book I've yet heard.
The narrator Dick Hill, even though not the best I've heard at producing distinctly different voices for the various characters, his level of intensity throughout the story in general was excellent.
The story...hmmm, well, since I was in the Navy myself, was very interesting.
This audio book was so intense, it kept me up nearly all night because I couldn't turn it off.
Darkside is an exciting trip into what one can only hope is mostly fictional version of the Naval Academy. The reader is taken to a fictional (again one hopes) worst case scenario of all of the rules, regs and traditions of the academy applied to effect deceit, cover-up and CYA. I found it very entertaining and engaging. It was hard to turn off!!
The Naval Academy life, history, philosophy, is a good read, especially for anyone unfamiliar with that environment.
Very enjoyable murder-mystery story and reader.
I found Darkside to be quite enjoyable, although I would not say it was great. It DOES paint a detailed picture of life at the Navel Academy and the philosophy that drives it. While the author admits to having taken some liberties with the underground features of the institution, he has done a fine job of describing and illustrating his intriguing story. The real surprise does not appear until the very end of the book. For some it will be a good ending, while others may find that it was a bit dark. However, like all murder mysteries, that darkness is inherent in the subject matter, so be prepared. It caught me completely off guard and changed the tenor of the entire tale. The narrator, Dick Hill, did a grand job. I will be looking for his name in other books. There is little here to NOT like, and a great deal to enjoy, so I would recommend this book to others without hesitating.
Another great novel. Well read and well written though a bit strange in some places. Mystery and intrigue - but not the ending you expected. Listened to most of this riding my bike on the Katy trail and thoroughly enjoyed the pace and characters.
I enjoyed the narative and the story. The characters were well explained, and of course Dick Hill does a masterful job with the telling. This is my first read of a Deutermann novel but I will definately be listening to more of his work
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
Investigators fooled by Goths? Please. And could there be anymore discussion of how hot every woman in the book was? Could have been great, but shallow character development and WAY, WAY too much time in those tunnels - zzzzzz. But I did enjoy the narration.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I wish there wasn't so much babbling on about the women's legs. That, and... there were HOURS of reading time spent in the stupid tunnels (very long drawn out "chase" scene I think) - if I never heard about hot water valves and rusty-doored caving-in tunnels again it will be too soon.
Oh, and some Goths are way smarter than ex-military special forces and NCIS all together. Yeah, sure...
Pretend I'm an NCIS agent with many years experience and I know that Goths are mugging and assaulting people so, of course, it is logical that I will get drunk, get lured outside by a group of them (well, they *are* big-chested women after all), and get my head smashed in. What am I? An idiot?
But the worst part is that I was supposed to believe that a military base would cover up a student's murder, (okay, maybe they would) but then I'm also supposed to believe they'll try to cover up the murder of a cop? Nah... never happen. Oh, and the super-villian was so smart and so fast and so strong and so competent...
The narration was great though.
I very much enjoyed Deuterman's "Cat Dancers" and "Hunting Season" and therefore sought out more of his works. "Darkside" was far inferior in prose, story line, and character development to these other books.
Seemingly unending descriptions of the tunnels, doors, keys, and other "details" beneath the halls of the Academy. When the story would again (and again) go subterranean I would say "OK, enough already!." It felt like page-count fill. In an attempt not to divulge the ending (how many times did it end?), his closing treatment of the Shark was juvenile at best.
Dick Hill is a superb performer, and I have enjoyed him doing so with many books. In this one, his "Shark" was beautiful.
Another winner Deutermann/Dick Hill book. Hill is clearly one of the better narrators out there.
My only wish would be that the female characters were done with female voices. Hill does a decent job with the female voices but even the best narrator is not as good as the "real thing" (male or female). This has always been one of my "peeves" about fiction audio books. I have always felt that most fiction is more performance than narration and therefore needs the appropriate performers, not just a single narrator.
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