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  • Potshot

  • A Jack McMorrow Mystery
  • By: Gerry Boyle
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Predicting the days of marijuana legalization, this, the fourth McMorrow story, delves deep into backwoods growing and drug dealing and the damage it can do when big, urban traffickers enter the picture. Jack alternates between the back-to-landers living communally on the outskirts of Florence, Maine, and confrontations with urban gangsters moving in on the product - and the people who Jack’s come to know. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maine Grit

  • By Desty on 04-13-19

Pot Shot Has it All: Characters, Suspense, Wit

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-19

Pot Shot has it all: Suspenseful plot, characters who draw you in, snappy dialogue, and a situation that explores a contemporary concern: the legalization of marijuana.
That’s the question that freelance journalist Jack Mcmorrow thinks he’ll explore for a piece in the Boston Globe when he meets the farmer/hippie sorts who are proponents of legalization, along with their band of supporters seeking medical cannabis. Soon, though, there are two missing persons and a trail that seems to lead to a darker-- and dangerous--criminal element. McMorrow can’t let go—and neither can we. With a secondary plot focused on his girlfriend— social-worker Roxanne’s struggle to protect children from a drug-addled neglectful mother—McMorrow balances his need to protect and support Roxanne with his own need to find answers and serve journalistic integrity. At his side throughout is his deeply honorable friend and neighbor, Clair, a Viet Nam veteran who shares McMorrows quick-witted verbal agility and is guided by the ethos of the Marines: Sempre Fi.
If you liked Robert A. Parker’s Spenser mysteries, you’ll love Gerry Boyle’s McMorrow novels. Literate, witty, with laugh-out-loud moments of dialogue, as well as nailbiting tension mixed with a deep knowledge and affection for Maine: its birds and natural beauty, its people and way of life, Gerry Boyle's novels are a treasure.
Also noteworthy: Boyle’s work is infused with an uplifting quality. His characters are driven to do good, to be true to their values and take care of those they love. Respect for others and compassion are at the core of Boyle’s observations on his fellow residents of this rural landscape that he clearly knows and loves.

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  • Borderline: A Jack McMorrow Mystery

  • By: Gerry Boyle
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Smith, Josh A
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

On a travel story about Benedict Arnold, freelance reporter Jack McMorrow traces the route of the infamous historical figure up the Kennebec River into Quebec, Canada. When a man fails to rejoin his bus tour in the Northern Maine town of Scanesett, Jack makes a pit stop there to help authorities find him and soon finds himself entangled with a bunch of lethal small-town hoods who make bad sport of the weak and defenseless. Threatened, beaten up, and forced into a terrifying game of redneck hide-and-seek, McMorrow faces his most ruthless criminals yet.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the story

  • By Pam C on 03-20-19

Jack McMorrow Goes Rogue

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-19

With his partner, Roxanne, away in Florida caring for her mother, and his neighbor and friend Clair—a Vietnam Marine vet and simpatico sidekick in rural Maine— visiting his daughter down South, Jack McMorrow is alone and doing what he does best: tracking down all the details that make up a story and solve a crime.
On freelance assignment to follow Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec, McMorrow arrives in a small Maine town just as a mystery begins: A tour bus enroute from Boston to Quebec discovers that one passenger, P. Ray Mantiss, got off the bus and never got back on. Who is this "Mr. Mantiss"? It has to be a fake name, righ? What's he running from? And why is Robie, the odd character on the bike, so interested in McMorrow's questions about the missing man? And why does everyone think McMorrow is with the CIA? And why do they want to shoot him?
Boyle's characters are engaging, and his writing is crisp, with a sense of humor and deep knowledge of small-town Maine life. He is gifted in his ability to create atmosphere, build tension, and introduce you to three-dimensional characters in a real and baffling world—a master of the mystery.
Audio reader Michael Smith is the perfect voice actor for this series, bringing McMorrow to life through your earbuds/speakers. But Boyle has brought him to life on the page. I am an addict and await futher of Boyle's McMorrow books read by Michael Smith.


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  • Bloodline

  • Jack McMorrow Mystery
  • By: Gerry Boyle
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Hoping for a fresh start and a clean slate, McMorrow has a new home in the cheerful-sounding town of Prosperity, Maine. But nothing ever goes easy for Jack, so when a freelance gig leads him to a teen mother and some high school hooligans, it's not child's play. A girl is murdered and Jack's investigation places him squarely in the killer's sights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Hero to Admire; An Enthralling Mystery

  • By C. S. Rockwell on 02-12-19

A Hero to Admire; An Enthralling Mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

In Bloodline, the second Jack McMorrow story, our hero continues to evolve—yet remain true to the character we met in the first novel. McMorrow is blessed with (well--- author-endowed with) curiosity, intelligence, honor, loyalty, bravery... and a wonderful sense of humor. I'd follow him anywhere--- and will continue to do so through the series.
The mystery in which he finds himself—how was the adoption arranged? who has raised the stakes to murder?—unfolds organically, compellingly, all set in a true-to-life rural Maine community. There is sadness and desolation--- but McMorrow imbues the landscape with hope.
I highly recommend this novel!
(Great reader, too! The Maine accents are well done and sound authentic. And having grown up listening to “Down-Eastahs" talk, I find many put-on accents grate--- these are a joy to the ear!)

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  • Deadline

  • Jack McMorrow Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Gerry Boyle
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Meet Jack McMorrow, a hard-hitting crime reporter for the New York Times, now living in the backwoods of Maine, near the paper plant in Rumford. Jack's there to run the local paper, but when a unpopular photographer is found drowned in a nearby canal, Jack gets drawn into a complicated game that has kept members of the town silenced and in fear for their lives. Maine may be the place where life is as it should be, but McMorrow finds out staying alive may be harder than he thought.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small town journalism

  • By Darc on 02-04-18

Wonderfully enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This begins Gerry Boyle’s Jack McMorrow series, and I’m completely hooked. Both plot and characters are wonderful— lively and engrossing. What really captures me is the Downeast humor... dry, understated and totally of the region. If you were a fan of Robert Parker’s “Spencer” novels, you’ll love Boyle’s McMorrow.... younger, less troubled but intrepid, brave, not one to back down, and ready to do good in the world.

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  • Everyday Cruelty

  • How to Deal with Its Effects without Denial, Bitterness, or Despair
  • By: Helen Kobek
  • Narrated by: Juliet Jones
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Everyday cruelty is everywhere there are people. We experience its effects in our bodies, minds, emotions, spirits, and in our response. Author Helen Kobek guides listeners through the process of understanding how to deal with everyday cruelty while being fully aware of its power. By defining cruelty, examining how it affects us, delving into what makes it so painful, and then offering hundreds of strategies for dealing with it, Kobek offers this promise: You can deal with the effects of everyday cruelty without pretending it is not happening, becoming resentful, or giving up. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Books Like This Change The World

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-18

Soothing, Affirming, Energizing, Strengthening

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

In Everyday Cruelty, Helen Kobek accurately names the unkindness we are all subject to as "everyday cruelty" and not only gives us the gift of permission to care for ourselves with lovingkindness, but offer us plentiful suggestions on how we might do that--- never judging one way as better than another, but entrusting us to find those ourselves. It is a gift to one's self, to listen to this book. Juliet Jones provides the calm, clear, and gentle voice of confident self-worth. The book is a treasure and one I will listen to, again and again. I listen now on the way to work to prepare myself for my day-- to remind myself of all the moments of kindness I can offer myself and everyone else with whom I will spend time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful