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Behind the Fire

By: Susan May
Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Narrated by award winning voice artist Hollis McCarthy.

What if all that stood between us and hell was a match?

An ordinary couple stand accused of a heinous crime. They're the last people you'd expect to save the world. Are they criminals, heroes, or completely insane? Or maybe all three?

Emily and Bobby Jessup are just a sweet, ordinary couple, except they stand accused of multiple counts of first-degree arson. Their small coal-mining community has branded them criminals and sociopaths. The case against them seems open and shut.

Something terrifying though led Bobby and Emily to leave their two young children with a sitter while they embarked on a crazy fire-bug spree. That something was an incredible secret they'd promised to protect.

When Emily impulsively breaks her promise while under cross-examination, a bizarre tale unfolds of the night she followed her husband and discovered the truth of his clandestine activities. These two are the last people anyone would expect to save the world. Yet, that's what they claim. Are they criminals, heroes or completely insane?

Inspired by true-life headlines, revealed in Susan May's fascinating postscript From the Imagination Vault, Behind the Fire is an engrossing novelette of the random appearances of frightening black things, and one couple's battle to protect their town from these dangerous and hellish creatures.

Fans of Stranger Things will delight in this horror thriller-with-a-twist inspired by true events. From the international best-selling author readers call the new Stephen King, comes a tale of horror, love, and incredible bravery. 

©2013 Susan May (P)2019 Susan May

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GRIPPING PLOT

BEHIND THE FIRE. ...by SUSAN MAY
Fantastic narration by Hollis McCarthy You want to hold your breathe as Bobby and then Emily are on the stand. They believe in what they did, Em dares to bring out the truth. Does one have to believe in dark creatures. determined to destroy places in this small town in Australia to believe her.
A gripping tale, that was brought to life by Holly McCarthy.

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amazing

Once again Susan did not disappoint. Loved the bonus story at the end thank you

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ANOTHER INTERESTING STORY

Great storyline.. super narration... although what they did was a crime but why they did it made the story. can't wait for book 2 to answer questions that were left unanswered....

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Are they heroes or nut-jobs? :P

Intriguing and well-paced, this short story hooked me from the beginning. Darkness and mystery are all present, creating a compelling atmosphere.

The characters, particularly the wife, Em, are fantastic, and I love how fiercely they love each other, and how far are they willing to go to ensure their children safety.

If you're not bothered by stories which won't give you all the answers and left intriguing points open, you'll enjoy this. And don't skip the postscript From the Imagination Vault, because, I least to me, it's a fascinating peek into the creative process :)

And Hollis McCarthy does an excellent job narrating

This version also has a really short story, 'Gone', which is intriguing and twisty, and, at its heart, a love story :)

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imagine

liked the book but a lot was left to your own imagination. In the end what happens? What are the black things? I guess you have to imagine that yourself. I would have liked to have more answers.

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Captivating, an audible I could NOT turn off

A man wants to protect this family. He doesn’t understand what he is fighting. Hw only knows he must. In the end, he won’t be alone.

Average Joe is working at a truck rental company. A wife and two babies at home. Content. Somehow it falls to him to rid their town of the danger. Fate. He must finish a job involving destruction for the better good.

Hollis McCarthy does a fantastic job narrating. It’s like you are watching this on TV. Male and female, along with each character’s voice, is very distinct. The characters' accents and attitudes are so well done. These characters are more defined to me now having listened to this. I previously read it book and the characters were well defined. Hollis brought them to life. Excellent audible.

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How far would YOU go?

I loved this story! It was original and engaging! A young couple in a mining town has been caught engaging in arson, have been put on trial, and admit to being guilty. But WHY? The reasoning is mind-boggling. The characters are well-written, but given in broad strokes, as this is a short story. As with all of Susan May’s story-telling, there is some tragedy, some romance, and even a touch of confusion about what makes one’s behavior “villainous”. I can’t wait to read the novel she has promised to write later that will give us more information about “the rest of the story”. The narration is top-notch, and the author's description of how the story came about made it even more interesting.

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A match is not always made of wood!

This amazing audible was scary on many levels. The author leads the listener into the life of the everyday family that takes trust to another level. Love is challenged when fighting for belief and everything else that matters in life.
Any age can listen to this book and find themselves questioning “who done it”
The narrator did an awesome job telling this story and letting you feel the “heat”!

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As a short story. i loved it!!

wroireat story!!!

The way you started the story and ended it was fantastic. It really has me curious as to what actually happened.

There's another story with this one, i just know it!!! I can't wait to see if you write more on this one. There's diffenatly questions that would be great to hear explained.

Narrator had a voice i really enjoyed. Sounded kinda southerner to me.

Keep the story's coming!! Fan for life!!

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Interesting

The story itself is unique and interesting. I was disappointed in the end. There was no closure. Also I felt the main character was not very bright. Wouldn’t a normal person check out the listings that were crossed off already? Overall I felt it was a good start for a new novel.

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