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Publisher's Summary

Never trust a blackmailer.

Vermont’s promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, “Keep this with you...keep it secret...you’re going to need it after the arrest.”

Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody - framed for the brutal murder of a young woman - and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands. All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake...because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.

©2018 James Hankins (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Edge of your seat psychological thriller...

Wow! This is such a fantastic psychological thriller. James Hankins has written such a warped tale of blackmail, murder and a Machiavellian murderer whose only skin he had in the game is his ability to disguise evidence from a crime to point to a particular person. Even if that person is completely innocent. Even though he himself committed the crime.
The publisher's summary gives a good foundation for this story so I won't elaborate on he storyline. It does leave out that the brother who is framed for murder had a TBI at seven years old and it left him intellectually impaired and with the innocence of a child.
The antagonist (Wyatt Pickman) is by far the most interesting character in this book. He is very methodical in his planning. Even his eating habits follow a pattern. He manipulates this entire family to nightmarish proportions.
But who is he? Who does he work for? And why does this person want to destroy the entire Kane family.
Timothy Andrés Pabon does an excellent job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-08-18

Author James Hankins writes another superb...

Author James Hankins writes another superb suspense mystery. The publisher's summary is quite good but it fails to mention that (1) Tyler Kane has sever mental issues due to a head injury he suffered as a child and (2) there are two other family members, Kane's sister and his state cop brother, that are major actors in this novel. A BLOOD THING is the 5th James Hankins audio book I have listened to; all have been excellent. I have purchased two more of his audio books and look forward to listening. This novel is a great psychological thriller. Narration is excellent.

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Crazy good!

This book kept me hooked, until the end. I felt so much for Tyler, the helpless brother. There was so much craziness in this story and just when you think things could not get any worse, they do. Wonderful story!

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A Great Book!

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't stop reading it. I have been trying to find words to describe it. Maybe these words could describe it: remarkable, fascinating, wonderful, thrilling, suspenseful, superb. No, these words don't do the book justice. The words in "A Blood Thing" go far deeper than any words in the dictionary. Every chapter was meticulously written so well that I was able to follow every situation without having to go back and reread anything. I did not for see any of the events that happened. James Hankins even kept a twist up until the last page. Thank you so much for all of your books and keeping my mind invigorated.

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WOW just wow totally hooked me from start to finis

What a great exciting, thrilling, heart stopping listen. Be prepared for holding on to your seat action with mouth dropping scenes that will shock you and make you stop and thinking. One of the best psychological thriller that I have listened to in a long time. It is amazing what one can do to make one look guilty when one isn’t. People will go to great extremes to get what they want as the author shows what one will do and how far they will go. Tyler has had a hard life as his story unfolds your heart goes out to so many of the family members, so many feel guilty of the part they played in it. The story is mostly around the murders, Andrew Kane and one man who wants to take him down. Andrew is a man who lives his life with truth, justice and wants what is best for his city. He has giving his heart and soul to be the best major he can be. All that changed with one murder and his brother’s arrest. How far will a family go to help a brother they aren’t sure is innocent? Between these pages you will find the answers that sometimes even when you are on the good side you make tough decisions that could bring you to your knees.

I have never listened to anything by this narrator and was very impressed. He had no problem at all pulling me in from the first few minutes. His character voices are outstanding, he gives true emotions keeping the listener spellbound and painting a picture that stays with you for a long time. His male and female character voices are great you always know who is talking and what they are feeling. You can hear the anger, excitement shock and disbelief in his voice. He made me feel like I was part of the story and I had no trouble picturing each scene as it unfolds. There are no background noises, no volume changes, it is a very clear audio that takes you away making you want to cover your eyes. This is one narrator that had me in the palm of his hand from the first I started listening. It is truly an audio that you don’t want to miss. I am really looking forward to listening to more of his work.

I was truly held spellbound as the author took me on a ride that scared the heck out of me. I really liked the characters and what they stand for as well as how they dealt with the issues. You could tell the author spent a lot of time thinking this plot out covering every area keeping you guessing to the outcome. Just when you think it may work out he throws another twist in the works as he spins a story that leaves you breathless and feeling for so many. Here you will find thrills, suspense and chills like you have never seen. The author puts the characters through hell as he gives them the ultimate test of family or career. Which will be more important? Will they lose those values they hold so dear or will they give into demands to keep their brother save and free from a life in prison. I loved this book so much I have picked it as one of my favorite reads of this year and bought a few more along with the audios. I can’t wait to start them. You really should give this story a try you won’t be disappointed.

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Slow & redundant until the very end

The first 5 hours of this book are extremely slow, I spent the whole time waiting for it to get better. The characters come across as dumb (all of them, not just the disabled brother) and the writing is extremely redundant. The narrator will make a statement, and then the character repeats almost the same exact statement. The story finally gets interesting with maybe 2 hours left, then it feels like all of the twists are thrown in your face at once with brand new characters being introduced. This would have been much better had the author revealed a bit more throughout the book and developed more interesting characters. Narration was also very flat and boring, which didn’t help. Not sure how this got so many 5 star reviews.

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Great story just got over complicated.

Loved most of the book; the characters are like able and the story is interesting. The ending portion seems rushed and disconnected.

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Disappointed

Hankins is usually good but not this time. The story is terrible. The only interesting character is the killer. The mentally challenged 'boy' is sympathetic but the remaining characters are one dimensional & stupid. Worst of all is the narrator: he read with a flat monotone, each character sounded exactedly the same. Awful!

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what the heck is this lame thing? maybe a 10 year

maybe someone 10 yrs old MIGHT enjoy it, but i have no idea why any company would publish this mess!

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