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Publisher's Summary

Fracking ruptures more than the earth.

The spark for Buried by the Roan, the second novel in the Allison Coil Mystery Series, is a dead hunter on the shore of Oyster Lake, deep in the Flat Tops Wilderness. Josh Keating's demise could be a case of a hunter drinking too much and stumbling late at night. Or it could be something much worse. Plenty of other strange things are going on to make hunting guide Allison Coil think the death is no accident.

Someone is lurking around, leaving odd notes and maps. Hunters and guides are turning up violently ill from drinking the Flat Tops water. Four of the buffalo on Keating's ranch are slaughtered. And there's word that Keating and his neighbor were tangled up in a property dispute triggered by a centuries-old Colorado law known as adverse possession.

The future of the way of life in the rugged Colorado mountains is at stake.

Allison picks up the killer's trail but it leads to the simple, wicked device that murdered her client.

©2011 Mark Stevens (P)2016 Mark Stevens

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An exciting cozy mystery

This is a well-paced, suspenseful cozy mystery featuring some very likable characters. It's a little formulaic, but still believable. And the Colorado Flat Tops is a great setting for this series.

Amy Johnson's performance is quite satisfactory. Her character voices are only slightly differentiated, but I had no trouble following dialog. This is a listen I can recommend.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A mystery for horse lovers

I read a lot of mysteries- and this one was not my favorite. I don't know much about horses, and my idea of "roughing it" is a hotel with no wi-fi, so this book was a bit outside my area of interest. I felt like the story started off very slowly with too many inconsequential details. It wasn't my favorite read but if you're really into horses and camping out this would be a great book for you.

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Took a little while to get going, but entertaining

Where does Buried by the Roan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say it ranks in the top 75%

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buried by the Roan?

The most memorable to me was the shootout towards the end.

Have you listened to any of Amy Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, i have not heard anything else.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I dont think there was a point I felt moved, but I did enjoy this book, it had a pretty even tempo throughout it.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Hard to finish.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Johnson’s performances?

Probably not

Any additional comments?

This audiobook would have been better with a different narrator. The narrator was very monotone. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Murder Mystery

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not a waste of time, easy listen.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Interesting story. Narration was good.

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Greed, murder and mystery

Where does Buried by the Roan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buried by the Roan?

Allison bound in a small space and struggling to get free.

What about Amy Johnson’s performance did you like?

Good diction, knowledge of characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Enjoyed the suspense of whodunit!

Any additional comments?

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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Nice mystery

This was an interesting read. The narration was excellent and the pace was steady. A good murder mystery.

"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom"

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A Colorado Mystery with a lot of "Boulderizing"

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I quit after 50%. I believe in ecology, I'm a Liberal, I shop at Whole Foods. Recycle, Carbon Foot Print aware, and walked Five miles to High School on the first Earth Day back in the 1970's, etc. I have lived in Colorado for over 50 years. Shopped for decades at Tattered Cover. Have grown my own Habeneros and other food, Composted, etc. But, the rhetoric about "Nature's Way of Telling You..." by the today's Women lost my interest and distracted from the mystery.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Stevens? Why or why not?

I have Antlers Dust in ebook form. I may read it at some point. I was excited to read / listen to a local Colorado writer, so I'm disappointed. I was hoping to read a good mystery set in Colorado with a strong female lead.

Have you listened to any of Amy Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Amy Johnson's performance is fine.

Did Buried by the Roan inspire you to do anything?

Eat a Snickers bar.

Any additional comments?

Mark Stevens is a popular writer. This is a popular series. It may be a great product, just not for me. I may be in the minority.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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  • 09-06-16

Too wordy, not worth the effort

So many characters you cant get involved. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."

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