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4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoy this new series by the author.
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2016
I like this series. This follow on to judgement Call is equally well done. The writing is smooth and the main characters are likable, each in his or her way. As an aside, I kind of wonder about the good author's consistent less than good comments, in both of these books, about White Plains NY. I know that place well and can't see the connection with his descriptions of the place, But both the books in this series are enjoyable and we can see the plot thickening into the future.
I liked the first book of the series and couldn't wait to read the next. I read Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't and liked it until it got way too graphic for me. Many may like this kind of thing but it was too rough for me. Good author though.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great read from JC Ryan!
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2016
I didn't see that one coming right until the end! Its true — some things are better left alone.
JC Ryan has been my favorite author for a while now. I've read each and everyone of his books so far and I have never been disappointed. I have to admit to scepticism when I got the notice about his new series "The Exonerated" but that was only until I read the first book, Judgment Call. Saying that, I was pleasantly surprised to see how Ryan had succeeded in crafting another excellent book in a new genre.
With Damned if you do, Damned if you don't I had another round of action, plot twists, spine-chilling thrills, mystery, intrigue and great dialogue. The heroes, Judge Regan St Clair and Jake Westley, the former special forces commando, were back, backed up by Alex, their computer whiz, and many others. A storyline that kept me reading and reading until late into the night.
No spoilers but let me tell you this one has got a few curve-balls you wouldn't see coming. His books are addictive.
My only criticism would be that I have to wait for the next one. Then on the other hand — anything worthwhile is usually worth the wait.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery different but equally as good as the first...
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2019
Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't is the second book in this three part series, and I can't imagine reading it without having read the first book. So much of both books focuses on an overall series arc about a secretive organization that manipulates the criminal justice system to further it's members' wealth and success. This book jumps right in where the first concluded - with all the team members investigating the wrongful conviction of another victim of The Organization. However, the author handles this investigation completely differently from that in the first book. The team quickly abandons the investigation in order to exonerate a convict, Conrad Wilson, awaiting a death sentence in less than one month. Although she thinks Wilson was framed, Regan becomes almost physically ill every time she thinks about him being freed. I can't give away more without spoiling the plot, but the author's skillful use of foreshadowing builds the suspense until the book explodes into non-stop action and a shocking conclusion. The middle of the book did drag a little, but these slower parts gave me more insight into the characters' lives and backgrounds, and I enjoyed seeing Regan, Jake, Alex and Gary grow closer.
The talent of the narrator, Rhett Samuel Price, is amazing. This book has quite a cast of characters, and he gives each one a distinct voice that adds so much to the author's characterizations. I always knew exactly which person was speaking, and the story flowed so smoothly because I just became lost in the sound of his deep, resonating voice. This man could narrate lullabies to fussy babies, and they would be pacified in minutes. However, he can really ramp up the tension and excitement, too. I highly recommend anything that Price narrates, and I am looking forward to starting the third book in this series, in large part because he narrates it.
I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.