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Cloak and Dagger

PTPIR, Book 2
Narrated by: Christy Sassmen
Series: PTPIR Series, Book 2
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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After three months of training under Chief Stone and her uncle, Aron has managed to isolate a memory of a rebel agent that compromised the nation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ria has became a fighting machine, and Sam has mastered his new job in cyber security. When one of their trainees is captured by an outside force, the group must come together to rescue her.

Will they come too late, or will they find out a secret that will bring a downfall on the entire agency?

Only time will tell.

©2018 Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue (P)2018 Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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Narration is AWFUL, and the story jumps all around

I tried to listen to this book, but the narrator is SOOO BORING, with a monotone voicing. This makes the jumping around of the story between characters very hard to follow. Just Say No!

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Better than the first book

I was given a copy of this book and its predecessor in exchange for an honest review. I had hoped this means the author is okay with criticism but after reading this book, I'm not sure if she is.

The narration was once again, awful. She stumbles over every other sentence and frequently pauses at odd times, giving the book. There are words that are often mispronounced. Some words are given same ending as a nearby word such as "tibula and fibula" instead of "tibia and fibula" and "arrivals and departuls" instead of "arrivals and departures". Other words are repeatedly mispronounced such as "compromise" (com-promise) and "cement" (see-ment). Combined with her lack of energy, the narration was hard to get through.

On the other hand, the story was an improvement over its predecessor; however, the book feels like the second half of the first book rather than a new book. There are still too many chapters but its more bearable as stuff is actually happening rather than lifeless dialogue. This time, a couple longer chapters are used to introduce some new characters, which was a welcome improvement. The characters are still one-dimensional stereotypes that weren't very interesting. The sentence structure is mostly stagnant again with 2-3 sentences in a row ending in the same way. This is aggravated by the limited vocabulary used in the book. I think the author should look up some synonyms for some words to break up the monotony.

The title of the series (PTPIR) is used for the first time early in this book and then never again. It stands for something but I immediately forgot what it was. There are a couple of twists in the book. The first one was pretty cliche but otherwise okay. The last one was completely unexpected and felt quite random. From my understanding, these books were initially published in multiple shorter books over a couple of years. It felt like the final twist was added as a way to reference some comments the author had received for her earlier work. Some valid points are brought up along with some jokes and then all similarly dismissed as if to show that she doesn't care about other people's assessment of her work. It's possible that this isn't the case but it certainly felt like it was.

Overall, I'm giving this book two stars because the story a bit better than the first one. With better narration and some editing, this series could have been made into a single book that was more enjoyable. As it stands, I probably wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't promised to review it.

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