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Anasazi Intrigue

The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, Book 1
Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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When a devastating flood takes out several homes in a small town, residents are shocked by the news of also a possible poison spill that kills many of the fish and neighbor's pets. Julia, the town's newest reporter, begins her investigation but realizes the story is much bigger and more dangerous than she thought! Julia and her husband find themselves on the run trying to save their lives while finishing the story of a lifetime! She never realized that being a reporter could be so dangerous. With artifacts, dead fish, a devastating flood, and miscreants, John and Julia have their hands full.

©2010 Linda Weaver Clarke (P)2019 Linda Weaver Clarke

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 06-11-19

Adventurous

Another well written story featuring historical facts, culture, and descriptive detail by this author. She always finds a way to incorporate neat facts about the towns or cultures in her stories. I thought John and Julia were a cute and comical couple and had admirable qualities. The plot is somewhat suspenseful as John and Julia find themselves in dangerous situations as a result of their investigations. It was interesting to see how the author brings all the pieces together in this adventurous tale.

I thought the narrator gave a great performance, as usual. I think this narrator is perfect for this author's writing style and they are a well matched duo.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I found this audiobook to be thoroughly enjoyable. There is a great combination of suspense, action, adventure and humor. The narrator has done a wonderful job of reading.

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What a fun adventure!

I love Linda Weaver Clarke's stories, each one catches me up in an adventure of fun, romance and suspense! This one had so much going on, and I loved every minute of it. Julia is a reporter, and she is trying to prove herself. When she stumbles across some fish that have died of cyanide poisoning after a horrible flood, she thinks she may have found her story. What she uncovers is much bigger than expected, and her adventure is fast paced, exciting and dangerous! This book is so much fun, it's underlying historical value as well as the story makes it such an interesting listen. But what I truly love is John with Julia. He is so supportive and loving, and goes on this trek with her to keep her dream alive and them both safe! With car chases, a little romance and the uncovering of artifacts, it has something for everyone!

Carolyn Kashner gives a very good performance of this story. She has such an array of voices to share in the book, and each one is specific to the character. She brings out the personalities in each, let's us feel the suspense and helps us through the danger with her inflections and emotional pull. It was wonderful.

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Good start to a new series!

This book immediately opens to a flood that had ravished the town - this is one thing I liked about this book was that unlike a lot of other books this book immediately opens with action!

This book has it all:
Flood
Dead animals that were poisoned
Julie is inquizitive, fearless and independent
Playful romance, mystery, suspense and adventure
Humor – John is a real fun loving guy
Threats
Stolen artifacts

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Filled with Mystery and Adventure!

Anasazi Intrigue is a story filled with mystery and adventure. It follows the characters John and Julia Evans, a middle-aged married couple, who live in a small town of Utah that is impacted by severe flooding. The flooding devastates the town. Julia, a newspaper reported, finds numerous dead fish washed up on a bank and, being the investigator she is, submits them to be tested. She finds that the fish have died from cyanide poisoning. During this time, Julia’s husband, John, had been doing some work with historical ancient artifacts of the Anasazi Indians. When he finds that unauthorized individuals have been digging at the archaeological site and stealing artifacts, the mystery continues. Poisoned animals? Stolen historical artifacts? Both John and Julia soon find themselves in an interesting predicament. Overall, the book contains lots of excitement and kept me wanting more. The narration was also great. The narrator spoke clearly, with different voices for the different characters.

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So interesting and intriguing

This is a relatively new author to me and although the narrator Carolyn Kashner is new to me; she did a good job with all the voices which made for an enjoyable listen.

This was a a book filled with secrets and lies. It was also full of interesting history and romance which I found captivating The intrigue and mystery, not to mention the danger kept me on the edge of my seat as I listened to this story.

I liked the main characters of John and Julia Evans, their dynamic worked well together. There were many twists, turns and surprises in Anasazi Intrigue as Julia and John follow the clues and I have to say that I was taken by surprise on a couple of occasions.

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Loved it!

When I heard of this title it fascinated me greatly because I have a real interest in the Indian petroglyphs, especially those in the state of Utah, where I live.

This amazing artwork and the ancient villages where the Anasazi Indians lived are so amazing and a wonderful sight to see.

This Audible book by Linda Weaver Clarke weaves history, fiction, mystery and romance all into one book.

This author writes about some of the events that occurred in Utah some years ago. It is a most interesting way of uniting history and fiction into one very good story. As the story begins, the devastating flood of 2005 is relentlessly taking away with it, homes, property and belongings and what appears to be a possible poison causing death to the fish and animal life.

The main characters Julia and John Evans are a charming couple. Julia, a novice newspaper reporter hoping to become a reporter with a breaking story that will definitely make an impression. And that she does when she starts to investigate what appears to be a less than fascinating story. As the story progresses she runs across some pretty shady characters. Julia seems to be a courageous woman and also a wonderful wife and mother at the same time. Her husband, John, not without his faults, is a worthy husband and support in her adventure.

This is a really fun read. I especially enjoyed the history that I remember occurred, not too long ago here in Utah. I remember the news reports of the houses being shown over and over again on the news as we watched in unbelief.

The story was interesting and I could see myself in the Virgin River area looking for the ruins and the relics that might be there to be discovered. Loved it!

I have heard several Audible books narrated by Carolyn Kashner and this one was also great. She has a pleasant speaking voice with great vocal expression. I enjoyed this book in Audible form very much!

I received an Audible version of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.

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Enjoyable Cozy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Adventures of John and Julia. John is a historian and Julia is a reporter for the local paper. Julia is looking for a story and after discovering some dead fish after a flood, she also learns some cats have suddenly died. She sends the fish off for testing and learns they died from cyanide poisoning. Now she believes she is on to something and begins to investigate in earnest - which causes someone to try to get her to stop.

John and Julia are a cutesy couple - married for decades and still mad about each other. At times I did not understamd that if this was their relationship, why Julia would keep secrets from him - although she does rectify that eventually. I liked the historical aspects of this mystery and learning about the Anasazi Indians. Overall, it was an enjoyable and interesting read.

The narration, for me, fell flat especially during what should have been highly tense moments. The dialogue, as read by the narrator, often seemed very stiff and the male character voices were just not very good. However, she read clearly.

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Anasazi Intrigue

It is very hard to review this book.After a good start,it was very slow going.The story and narration was so slow I sped timing up to 1.25 to listen to a lot of it. Julia,a reporter gets into trouble by finding dead fish and having them analyzed.She is married to John and they are a cutsey couple,even though they have grown children.With archeology going on,there didn't seem to be a lot of it in the book. Narration by Carolyn Kashner was good. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Adventure, Death Threats, Stealing & Flooding

This book jumps right into a scene with plenty of action. Flooding, with a couple of houses being swept away, other houses being filled with mud.
This book takes you into the exciting and dangerous life of a new reporter, whose willing to do almost anything to get her big break. Even if it means she's getting death threats, being spied on. Also trying to find out if a bunch of dead cats have been poisoned by cyanide!
Julia & her husband, will do anything to get these bunch of bad guys, before they get away with stolen goods. Julia even uses her canteen as a weapon! She even has some clever distractions, to make the bad guys, think they"re surrounded. I liked the Action, Adventure and of course the intrigue.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 05-09-19

A nice read.

This is the first in a new series by Linda Weaver Clarke. I enjoyed her other mysteries (Amelia Moore detective Series) and was happy to discover she has another mystery series.
I love history so I really liked the historical aspect to the mystery and I learned something new.
I enjoy reading romance but I find when a series starts with an established married couple I find it difficult to connect with them as I wasn't privy to what came before. The secondary romantic story arc involving the younger generation held my interest more.
There were a few exciting and tense scenes as the mystery developed and concluded.
Overall, a good read.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Raven
  • 05-02-19

Inturigue

This story follows a married woman who works for her local newspaper. After a devastating flood, she finds dead fish and begins to investigate. Meanwhile, her husband discovers that someone has been plundering a nearby Anasazi historical site. The plot goes from there into mystery, intrigue and romance.
I found the story moved along at a good pace and the writing seemed well done. The narration and production were also of a good standard.

I believe this is the first book in a series, so if you like this genre, then there is more to come.