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Interesting True Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This story described nicely some of the legal proceedings of that period . Also the ruthlessness of the murderer, the macabre attention of the general population to watch the hanging and the unprincipled reporting of the sensationalist news stories both true and false.

Short True Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I found it distressing how many people knew about it but didn't notify the police and how easy he manipulated others.

Interesting take on a conspiracy theory.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I found it hard to review this book without just starting to tell the story.
Basically it's a satirical view of a divided multiclass society in the future who all of them are been controlled by the government through taxation and brainwashing. Leaving people with very little individual reasoning. Again an upraising is about to happen. But who is behind it? The people or the government who might allow this in other to strengthen their hold over the population even more. And for how long has this control been going on? Samples are shown through earlier centuries that this is nothing new.
The book is not left with a cliffhanger but it does leave enough possibilities for a continuing saga. I probably would read a follow-up to see how TaxMan deals with it all.
Kira Omans did a nice job in bringing the story to Audio but I did go back to the the kindle version when done to reread some passage in the book. I have no problem recommending both the Audio and Kindle version if you like this genre.

This will make you think twice about what is going

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This review is for both the audio book and the kindle version.
I listen to the complete Audio version and afterwards reread some of the chapters in the Kindle version.
Kindle version has the benefits of having a listing of reference material not available on the audio.
For me this book was a hard book to give a star rating.
Torn between a four and a five and would have given it a four and a half if that had been an option.
Reasoning:
A five for research, clarity and gets people to think.
A four because of a sometimes over simplified view. Not everything is that black and white, a lot of grey areas in between.
I highly recommend checking this book out. It probably is not your typical reading material and I do not agree 100 percent with Phil's reasoning closer to about 75 percent and feel that’s okay.
It will make you more aware of all the brainwashing that going on and get you do some of your own thinking.

Couldn't stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-18

The story is based in the future when a mother decides the time has come to inform her adopted son who is about to become a father himself on how he became to be adopted and the family relationships.
Naina Ranjeeva does this through a letter telling the story of the past in present time. She includes the social unrest and political situations of that time. It takes a bit getting used to in the beginning to the back and forth of the present and future but ones you get used to that the book is amazing. The narrator did a wonderful job and the way it was read you could just visualize the feelings and emotions going through Naina as she tries to put this letter together for her son.
This story had me completely hooked. After finishing it I fell like having a good cry. The loss of missed changes was so real that it touches the reader emotionally.

Turning 40 in Hollywood isn't easy for a TV star

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This story is exactly what it is meant to be a cozy mystery. It a fun fast read and good when you don't want to get into anything long or heavy. I liked the character enough and how it was written to go ahead and got the box set that has all 8 books to see what life is going to be when no longer a TV star living in Hollywood.

Easy Listening

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I got a copy of this audio book in exchange for a voluntary review.
This was an okay story. Entertaining and easy read. This is the first book in a series and I do feel their is some room for improvement on developing the characters which I hope she does in the following books in the series.

You need to finished the book to know the ending

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I had a hard time to stop listening to this book because the story had me hooked very early on.
After having listened to two of his previous books " Stone Lake" and "No Conscience" which I both liked this third book has been my favorite.
Phil Williams tends to show the ugly and bad in people but then contrast it with the good and caring in others. It easy to picture the characters and some of the situations that arise.
The escape through the two-foot drainage pipe 80 feet long seems a bit hard to believe when she had to let James get past her to been able to open the hatch. After finishing the audio book I actual went back to the Kindle version and reread that chapter. All by all I highly recommend this book.
Keep it up Phil.

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Not So Dead will keep you thinking about it

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This is Charles Levin debut novel and I'm sure if he continues in this trend there be many more to enjoy.
I have both the e-book and audio version so for the first time have been trying switching back and forth between reading and listening. Worked great on both my tablet and phone. Rather nice when you need to do something besides reading.
On the audio version Daniel Greenberg is doing a great job in narrating the story.
You are convinced different people are talking and he really brings the various characters to life.
The story is a combination of reality and futuristic possibilities.
Placed in a real world of politics, terrorist, global events and been able to store oneself as a digitized version in the clouds allowing interaction with the living after death.
Opens up a lot of ethical questions but the story line is wonderfully put together.
The ending is a surprising development and leaves some opportunities for multiple books. I highly recommend this Audio book.

It will keep you wondering what's going to happen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-18

This is the second book from Bart Hopkins that I have read and listened to the Audio version also.
The first one is "Dead Ends". A combination of short stories which gives you the feel of having landed in the twilight-zone.
"The Bends" is a supernatural thriller has an actual connection to the story "Recalculating" in Dead Ends.
It is not necessary to have read "Recalculating" but it was fun to have that connection.
You get some hints along the way but it will not become clear till near the end of the book.
Seeing this book is named "The Bends: Kane Montgomery #1" I'm hoping to see a Kane Montgomery # 2 in the future.
This book was narrated by Luke Daniels. He did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure to listen to the story.

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