A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.
It has been several years since I listened to a novel in this cop series. As usual the real star of audiobooks in the John Ceepak series is narrator Jeff Woodman. For those not familiar with this series it is set in a coastal beach resort town in New Jersey. The books are written in the first person of young police officer Danny Boyle who grew up in the town. John Ceepak is a more senior officer from Ohio who was a military hero. Ceepak is literally incapable of lying or doing anything dishonest or illegal. The novels tend to be humorous although thin one is not. Chris Grabenstein is a very talented author with a flair for the unlikely and the outrageous. He makes the listening fun especially when paired with narrator Jeff Woodman. It is an offbeat and usually light and humorous police series.
For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home. A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people - a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars?
In listening to the 17 novels and 2 novellas by Kendra Elliot as well as some by Melinda Leigh it seems that mostly rural central Oregon must be the murder capital of the world. MERCIFUL SILENCE is the 4th novel in Kendra Elliot's FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick series with at least two more to come. This novel is unusual in that the first person portion is of the antagonist. All of the novels earn 5 stars both for the stories and Teri Schnaubelt's narration. Kendra Elliot's police procedurals are consistently outstanding.
RECOMMENDED. Purchase Kendra Elliot's novels at Amazon rather than Audible where the Kindle and Audible versions combined are less than the Audible versions alone. Kindle unlimited members can borrow both versions at no cost.
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Judge Jim Thompson’s world is unraveling. He’s facing public backlash on a decision-gone-wrong for a young boy in foster care and, even worse, he’s just discovered that his mentor, Judge Meyer, has been murdered. Despite his self-doubt in the face of media scrutiny, Jim is determined to continue his friend’s legacy - and find his killer. As he digs into the mysterious death, Jim comes across a case that had haunted the judge for decades - a case he couldn’t let go of.
In GOOD INTENTIONS protagonist Jim Thompson is a 33 year old very inexperienced family court judge who must make decisions on whether parents can keep their parental rights in cases where their children have been abused or not cared for. Thompson's mentor, a long term family court judge, is murdered, so the complex plot is mostly about how Thompson with the aid of his physician wife handles both the murder case, his family court cases, and his career issues. Will Damron's narration is superb.
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The newly sworn in vice president of the United States has a problem. Her son, off in college, doesn't care for his security detail. So when spring break comes around, he slips away from his bodyguard, picks up his best friend, and heads to Mexico for an intended week of sun, sand, women, and hoped-for debauchery. But when he arrives at the airport, a team of well-armed kidnappers grab both him and his friend and escape. Now they're demanding that an exorbitant ransom be paid in only a few hours - and if it's not, both boys will be killed.
SHOOTING GALLERY packs a lot of action into 75 minutes. I suspect the story is intended to introduce the new US VP for Coes' Bloody Sunday which will be released the last day of July.
New Red Cell chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad - Israel's feared intelligence service - responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA's leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the agency.
THE LAST MAN IN TEHRAN is Book 4 in Mark Henshaw's Red Cell espionage series (Audible need to correct the fact it is part of the series). It is one of few such series that has a woman CIA agent, Kyra Stryker, as primary protagonist. My issue with this novel is, does it deserve a 5 star rating? It is a close call. The first three novels in the Red Cell series did not have great narration, but this novel does. George Newbern does an excellent job.
The publisher's summary sets up this novel well. The author packs a lot of action, intrigue, and suspense into this 9.5 hour novel. The novel ends with an important ethical question.
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They each had their reasons for being a soldier. They each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo - Death Before Dishonor - before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes. They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire....
A Marine lieutenant who fought in Vietnam writes the best novel about the war. I'm a fan of James (Jim) Webb and I read this 1978 masterpiece years ago. Webb grew up in a military family, went to the Naval Academy, and fought in Vietnam. He later graduated from law school and he served in the Reagan administration. He went on have a career as a journalist and author. In 2006 he changed to the Democrat Party and ran for the US Senate beating the incumbent by a very small margin before serving Virginia for 6 years as US Senator. While a senator, Webb was the only member of the body to carry a loaded pistol with him inside the Capitol building. Late in 2015 he announced his candidacy for US president as a Democrat but soon dropped out when it seemed obvious that neither major party would elect a centrist who would challenge the rule of the elites of both parties. He will not say who he voted for in the 2016 general election, but does say he did not vote for Hillary.
I recommend this novel. The narration is superb.
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A former Medal of Valor winner, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. So when he's asked to look into the false identity of a car-accident victim named James Putnam, a man who in fact died 15 years earlier, Rupert sees a potentially big case and an opportunity to regain his respectability. But the investigation puts him in the path of "the Beast", the nom de guerre of Drago Basta, a cunning veteran of the Balkan wars.
Allen Eskens has written some wonderful 5 star novels such as The Life We Bury and The Heavens May Fall. THE GUISE OF ANOTHER is not in the same class as his best works. That no one completes his or her life alive is a truism, but no significant character in this novel is alive when the novel finishes. Summary: marvelous opening scene, excellent plot, weak finish, excellent narration.
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Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide. At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims - until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor.
Minneapolis Detective Jude Fontaine was locked naked in a basement cell for three years during which she was exposed to every pain and indignity one can imagine. When she escaped she killed her tormentor. The daughter of a Minnesota governor she also killed her brother and her parents with just cause. These actions occurred in the first novel in the series titled The Body Reader. She is now doing her best to overcome her past as she is back as a police detective in THE BODY COUNTER. The plot is raw and at times difficult to listen to as she and her partner attempt to take down what amounts to a Manson-like murder club which leaves many dead in its wake.
This is my 5th novel by Anne Frasier. All are dark in the extreme; they are certainly not for everyone. Emily Sutton-Smith does a great job of narration.
Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.
THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS is the 10th novel by Joy Ellis I have listened to and reviewed at Audible. Joy Ellis is lauded as "Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018". I hope Audible is correct and this wonderful author now gets the attention the quality of her work deserves. For those familiar with her DI Nikki Galena eight novel series this novel is set in the Fens, an area on the east coast of England about 50 miles northeast of London that was reclaimed from the sea and marshes several centuries ago, like Ellis' other modern detective novels. The plot is an excellent one with two new protagonists (Jackman and Evans) introduced. Narration by Richard Armitage is excellent but not quite as good in my opinion as that of Henrietta Meire who narrated the Nikki Galena series. The next two audio books in the Jackman and Evans series will be released by Audible October.
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Second-string linebacker turned disillusioned defense attorney Jake Lassiter finally switches teams. Appointed special prosecutor in a high-profile murder case, he vows to take down a prominent surgeon accused of killing his wife. There’s just one problem...or maybe three: no evidence, no witness, and no body.
Even if you don't like Paul Levine's novels, listen to this one! Paul Levine's legal novels are highly variable in quality. When you start one you may find a real treasure or you may be wasting your time, but more often than not its just okay. BUM DEAL is a real treasure. Although this novel is part of the Jake Lassiter series, it also includes the main characters from Levine's Solomon and Lord series in major roles. The plot is clever and fun as Jake Lassiter becomes a prosecutor rather than a defense attorney for the murder case. The audio book is free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited. Without Kindle Unlimited it is still less expensive than one Audible credit if you purchase the Kindle version first. Narrator Luke Daniels is the perfect voice of Jake Lassiter.
I highly recommend BUM DEAL.
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