On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.
Beautifully written and full of surprises - Peter was such a well developed villain that I wanted to kill him myself. This is definitely a different take on these characters!
You can see what's coming for the end, even though you want badly to not be right. Samuel Roukin did a terrific job of narration. He is one I will watch for.
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Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
OK - bought the kindle, bought the audible and expected to love it and I did mostly, although it was a bit sluggish next to the first one but it was a total set up for book 3.
I really hate when an author does this. No real ending, just a big sudden, horrible, unpleasant drop off. Like driving a bus off the cliff with all your favorite characters IN it..
An ending like that just sours the story for me. No, did not return it because I listened to the end but I wish I had been warned. Well, everybody else just loved it...
FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she's left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her - until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test. A hacker who identifies himself only as "Warlock" brings down the FBI's website and posts a code in its place that leads to a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground - as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.
This is the first book of 3 and HOPEFULLY there will be more than 3. The main character is Jessica Blackwood, previously a member of a famous family of magicians who is now an FBI agent. Sharp, intelligent and totally unpredictable. Terrific backstory gives her insight into a new kind of serial killer called Warlock. Brilliantly narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell and Fred Berman with no lag or break within these two voices.
“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”
Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.
I have no idea how this fellow Jake Bible can write so many really terrific books. He goes from a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse while trying to stay sane with a sense of humor to a rough intergalactic bounty hunter in another series of books. ALL of these books are so good I am stripping my audible budget to the bone.
I need all seven - 7? - in the z-Burbia series and 3 in the Roak bounty hunter series and NOW I am finding new and different books by him... Also terrific narrator, Andrew B. Wehrien. Very distinctive voices and well modulated, easy on the ear. I will have to see what else he has done but later, my budget is stripped.
Perpetually foiled romance heroine Island Chaptal and reformed cleaning expert March - or is it Mr. November? - are enjoying a pleasant break in South Africa, after brushing with death in the inhospitable and platypus-infested mountains of Liechtenstein. That is, until a commercial flight disintegrates over the Atlantic, killing hundreds, and Island's supervillain dad makes the news as the mastermind behind the attack. Old Lion Dries is now on the run, and he calls upon his last ally - and favorite disciple - March.
These books move at a very nice pace, filled with well developed characters, wry humor and unexpected turns. Start at book one and you won't regret it. My usual is space opera, preferably military space operas and Scandinavian murder mysteries so you can see this is not my usual. Totally captivated me!
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When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide.
Too sweetie sweet. Deal with Christmas, a hard-bitten cop on suspension who has to be a mall Santa, a poor lonely girl with no presents in sight and then add a boy dying of cancer. It just got worse and worse and no added spoilers here but if you are a heavy reader, you will be able to say "yeah, I can absolutely see what's coming next". Sorry I will keep trying to finish it. I have the Kindle (free under the unlimited) so I will try to finish with that. I think it is well written and Patrick Lawlor is an excellent narrator.
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September 1977. Mette Misvãr, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.
I think the writing is good and the characters are very strongly drawn but there is a time where you say "I know who did this" and that time comes too soon, for me anyway. You see all the directions the author is pointing but there is one direction that is never considered, and so you know. That sort of spoils the story for me. Very well narrated by Colin Mace.
A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....
This book is a compilation of hideous crimes that are (finally) being punished by vigilantes, their hangings shown on youtube and the police wringing their hands and crying for these vigilantes to be brought to justice. The world over is cheering for these vigilantes. For the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to be punished, as the British courts have certainly failed in that job. Slap on the wrist. Fear of looking racist. wtf?
Over and over the thrust of the story is how the police have been castrated with all the political correctness, never criticize a foreigner, even when one living on the dole and preaching hateful things about the British, in the streets to big crowds of muslims. When he is attacked, the British police actually send a group of policemen to protect him. What??
I just dunno. Tony Parsons is a powerful writer and he must have a reason to rub this in everyone's face. We have seen the world over that no citizen has been able to put a stop to this political correctness that's been crammed down everyone's throat to the point there are no laws for these people.
Not sure about this. I came away really disliking our hero, Max Wolfe, who I adored in the first two books. Even when he makes a stab at correcting a nasty hoodlum, he has to turn away and let his friend do it. Boo hoo. I can't believe British police are such wussies.
Colin Mace was brilliant, as always as the narrator.
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Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so destroyed himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized. But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him and of an entity that hides in a ruined stockade. Parker is not like other men. He died and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.
John Connolly is one of the very few authors from whom I will pre-order. He never misses, he never lets the reader down. He's done some juvenile books that don't appeal but the Charlie Parker books?? wow - start with #1 as these build on each other and if you've not read these, I envy you your journey. These are also excellent books to re-read.
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Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!
maybe the series improves or maybe I've just read too many similar books. I did finish it and I'd say it was a good read but there are quite a lot more in this series and I've have to say no.
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