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  • Mind Games

  • Kaely Quinn Profiler, Book 1
  • By: Nancy Mehl
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis. When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could easily have been a 5 star book but...

  • By shelley on 12-16-18

Could easily have been a 5 star book but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I really enjoyed this book tremendously. I do have one gripe though - I did not know what a prominent part the Christian faith would play with the profiler. At every moment of crisis or bedtime the protagonist's religious beliefs and prayer came to the forefront. Not exactly what I look for in a murder/mystery/suspense/procedural.
Anyway , that aside I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of this book. This story takes off immediately and doesn't let up until the end. Kaeley Quinn is a profiler of serial killers. She grew up not knowing her father was one. She has a not quite by the book method of figuring out who done it and is either well respected or disdained by fellow workers in the FBI. There are some really good twists and a killer you won't see coming because the author leaves so many clue that could point to many different people.
Traci Odom does an excellent job narrating.
I recommend this book with reservations due to the abundance of Christianity which may be due to a problem with categorization.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Seek and Destroy

  • An Eva Driscoll Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Eva Driscoll is on the run. She has a new identity, and the best part of $20m liberated from the CIA. Henry Langton is dead but his sinister allies are circling, and not even a presidential pardon can help Eva against an organization that operates above the White House. With agents around the globe and no tactic off limits, Langton’s men are calling the shots. When they track down ex-CIA computer expert Farooq Naser and threaten Andrew Harvey and Tom Gray, Eva knows they will come for her next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced and FREE with Kindle Unlimited...

  • By shelley on 12-14-18

Fast paced and FREE with Kindle Unlimited...

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Many thanks to Audible reviewer Wayne (Mathews, NC) for his reviews of this series. I would have never listened to these books if he hadn't have left two glowing reviews for the two current books.
I thoroughly enjoyed the fast pace and suspense in these well told stories of betrayal and revenge. I think between the publisher's summary and the other reviews there's not much I could add other then to HIGHLY RECOMMEND the series.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blood in the Streets

  • By: Dion Baia
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The year is 1976. Veteran New Haven homicide detective Frank Suchy has finally learned to cope with the demons in his life and the daily pressure of "the job" - being exposed to every manner of death that could possibly befall someone - all the while celebrating his third year of sobriety. But when his best friend's child is brutally murdered in broad daylight outside a downtown shopping mall, his world begins to deteriorate, bringing back the nightmares that he thought were locked away long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back in time to a 1970's procedural...

  • By shelley on 12-12-18

Step back in time to a 1970's procedural...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Blood in the Streets is a procedural trip back to the 1970's. There is so
Much going on in this book, for me it stirred up lots of memories, some good, some no so.
It begins with a detective called to the scene of a murdered teenage girl. It's his goddaughter. From there it becomes a mission to find who killed her and why. His journey takes you through New Haven, CT. Because it's the 70's there are no cellphones, home computers or internet. There is urban renewal, the Black Panthers, Yale, Jim Morrison and a music venue that still exists today called The Toads place. A detective goes rogue when he finds out what really happened and why.
I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more from this author.
Peter Berkrot does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • City of Nope

  • The Excoms, Book 3
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Ananke and the rest of the Excoms team thought they would get a little bonding time to kick back and relax. But the world has different ideas. After the organization that they work for discovers that over 100 prisoners from a now dismantled human trafficking operation are missing, the team is sent out to find them and bring them back. With few clues, they must follow a trail that leads from Washington State to Panama and beyond. And when they reach the end, what they find is far beyond anything they ever expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the ExComs!

  • By shelley on 12-11-18

Love the ExComs!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Within the first few minutes this book grabs ahold of your heart and breaks it! The first chapter tells the story of people who have been deceived. They applied for good jobs and hired but were instead drugged and transported to a locked facility. Their belongings stolen from them, they were forced to labor behind locked gates for 15 hours per day. When one person tries to escape he is executed. A thousand or more people work in exhaustion, hunger and fear.
Enter the Ex-Coms. They've been tasked with finding 100 or so missing people, they have no idea what kind of hive they are about to uncover. They also don't know relatives of the missing have formed a group to find their relatives.
There is plenty of action in this fast paced third book in the Excom series. I don't want to spoil this for anyone so I will leave it at that.
Allyson Johnson does an excellent job narrating.
Very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Walk in Darkness

  • Jon Stanton Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Ezekiel Robison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

It has been three years since Detective Jonathan Stanton solved the most brutal murder in San Diego's history, and as a result found himself in the middle of the worst police corruption scandal in memory. Choosing a less high-profile position, Stanton is nevertheless reluctantly dragged into the violent world of The Sandman. The Sandman is clever, ruthless, and cautious. He leaves no evidence in his wake and takes a morbid interest in those that chase him. Believing Stanton to be his parallel, he finds an affinity for the detective. One that Stanton may not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just wish his books were longer ...

  • By shelley on 12-10-18

I just wish his books were longer ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This is one of the books from the Jon Stanton series written by Victor Methos. As always his books are consistently well written, fast paced and believable. I always find myself wanting more when I listen to one of his books as they generally are on the shorter side.
This book is excellent with a really great twisted and completely unexpected ending. The Jon Stanton series is fantastic especially The Arsonist.
I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED this book, series and author!
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Time - Debt Collector 8

  • Jack Winchester Thriller Series, Book 8
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When a shocking visit from a mysterious stranger lays before him a seemingly impossible task, Jack travels to Honduras. But when he's framed for a murder he didn't commit, he's thrown into the most violent prison in the country to serve hard time. Now he must unravel who betrayed him while trying to survive against brutal criminals who fight to the death for a corrupt prison warden. No rules. No escape. No mercy. Revenge will be deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced with plenty of action...

  • By shelley on 12-09-18

Fast paced with plenty of action...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I really like the Jack Winchester series by Jon Mills. Winchester is always getting himself into situations that are dangerous and inescapable and generally deadly. This story is one of those. The Honduras prison is realistically portrayed. Winchester's escape plans not so much.
I have enjoyed the previous books a little more, especially book #s 6 & 7.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this entire series and look forward to book #9 getting released on Audible.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder of Janessa Hennley

  • Mickey Parsons Mysteries
  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

With the murders of the entire Hennley family, Sheriff Suzan Clay is left with a crime scene unlike any she has ever dealt with. The savagery of the killer is something the small community of Kodiak Basin, Alaska, has never seen before. With nowhere else to turn, the sheriff is forced to enlist the help of the FBI. Special Agent Mickey Parsons of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit receives the sheriff's request and flies to Alaska to help in the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope there's more to this series...

  • By shelley on 12-07-18

I hope there's more to this series...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Victor Methos is one of those authors I know I can count on to consistently write a good book worth reading. The Murder of Janessa Hennley is one of those books that stayed with me long after I was done.
This is the first book in the Mickey Parson's series but I don't know if there are any more, at least there are no more on Audible at the moment.
Mickey Parsons is a top notch profiler with the FBI. Since contracting HIV he's been relegated to a tiny little out of the way office. His superior says he's ok with it but his actions tell another story.
When Parsons receives an email asking him for help with the investigation of a family massacred in a small Alaskan town he decides to go there. The sheriff Suzan Clay is much younger but right from the beginning there are sparks on both sides. Parsons believes himself too old for her and the fact that he's HIV positive...
The murders are brutal but mostly left to the imagination and not too graphically described. And of course Clay becomes a potential victim of the murderer.
This story is a taught, fast paced, edge of your seat suspense.
Steve Carlson did a very good job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Dark Places

  • A Cady Maddix Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister, Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Cady Maddix survived a brutal upbringing - emotionally scarred but hardened - with a will for self-preservation. Hunting fugitives has given her life purpose and control. But when the Deputy US Marshal returns home to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, a new case stirs old memories. Child killer Samuel Aldeen has broken out of a nearby facility for the criminally insane, and the authorities believe he was aided by accomplices, both inside and out. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done!!!!

  • By shelley on 12-05-18

Well Done!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I found this book very absorbing. This is a story of two very dysfunctional families and the secrets they have kept.
The publisher's summary is more than adequate and gives enough information. There are so many likable characters in this story and the few not very likable are enough to make this very taught and suspenseful. The main antagonist really has his head screwed on backwards. This is told from multiple points of view and then and now time frames. The progression in character development is great. The ending is a real treat and totally unexpected.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
The narration by Christina Traister and Andrew Eiden is excellent. They worked really well together.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Terrified

  • By: Kevin O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Megan Keeler died years ago - or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape from her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife's murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child's safety, never came forward with the truth.... Since then, Megan has built a new life in Seattle for herself and her son, Josh. She's never forgotten that she's a fugitive, and Josh knows nothing about her past. But someone does. There are anonymous emails and threats, just as she learns Glenn has been released from prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good not Great...

  • By shelley on 12-02-18

Good not Great...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I think TERRIFIED by Kevin O'Brien is a very good book. I also think it's a little formulaic and kind of predictable. There's the abusive husband and the wife who runs with false identification who shortly after finds out that she's pregnant. The monkey wrench to her plan is a third person psychopath who also wants her and is murdering women he has kidnapped as substitutes.
This is not a new book and listening to his then compared to now style of writing is kind of interesting.
Again, good book. Not in my top ten but certainly worth listening to.
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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Anarchy

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Noah and the team are called up for a new mission, but it almost seems like history repeating itself. This time, Jenny is forced to take on the role of a known female assassin in order to expose the terrorist organization behind her. The plan takes them to a few different locales, and puts all of them in danger. The first contract she is given is for a high-ranking British official, but that turns out to have been only a test. The real contract comes afterward, and the entire team is shocked when they learn who the target is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deserves a 5 star rating, but...

  • By Wayne on 12-02-18

Even a killer can have a heart...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is another very good book by David Archer. If you haven't read this series I would suggest listening to book one first for background. The books do take the listener on a journey through relationships but they do not need to be listened to in order to appreciate them. The exception is books 5 & 6, those two books are really one longer story that need to be listened to together.
In this book Noah Wolf takes a back seat while Jenny takes a much more active role. She is acting as an assassin for the other side when her cover is blown. Her lover (Neil) is kidnapped and will surely die without her compliance to their demands. Of course she acquiesces, not seeing a bigger picture through the maze of demands and promises and not realizing they are both damned should she complete the mission.
This book has a little more romance which I guess would be considered ironic considering this is a group of assassins. Interesting opinion it doesn't really fit.
I really like this series but wish Archer would devote as much time to his I Am Sal series. I loved the two books in that series and hope he is not done with it.
Adam Verner does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful