Dark Visions

Narrated by: Tom Lennon
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Joe Mac was a legendary homicide detective until his vision was lost in the line of duty and he was forced into retirement. Now he lives a life of darkness, his only friend being a huge Raven that Joe Mac names "Poe." But when Joe Mac's grandson is murdered by an unknown killer, Joe emerges from his self-imposed solitude to resurrect the skills of the detective he once was. And, although he is blind, Joe Mac begins to hunt down his tiny grandson's murderer.

Led in some dark way by Poe, Joe Mac relentlessly tracks a force that literally owns the darkness, uses the darkness, and belongs to the darkness. For the force he is tracking has fed upon this world for thousands of years, and has never known defeat. It kills like demons, disappears like ghosts, and leaves nothing alive. But Joe Mac is determined to follow this road to Hell no matter the cost. He will find whoever it was that so mercilessly killed his young grandson, and he will deliver justice ... even if it costs him his life.

Fearlessly following the clues, he tracks the murderers of his grandson into the deepest, most dangerous heart of ancient nightmares. And with each haunting step into that darkness, Joe Mac realizes that he has somehow challenged a power that has destroyed nations and conquered continents. And the death they have delivered to the Earth reaches back to the beginning of the world. It is a battle that will take Joe Mac to the edge of sanity and beyond.

©2018 James Byron Huggins (P)2018 WildBlue Press

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Brilliant a 5* listen/read

Dark Visions. Is a must read dark & gripping thriller. I rate it 5* and in the top 3 books I have read/listened to this year.
Gripping from the first pages right thru to the last sentence. Beautifully written and crafted.
Tom Lennons narration adds to the tension and makes it impossible to put down.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.
For lovers of detection and thriller novels This audiobook will make a perfect gift for the holidays.

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Dark and Gritty !!

The entire book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what mighthappen. The story was fresh and memorable.  Mr Hughes is truly atalented storyteller. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good crime mystery."~

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The title says it all

I'm usually not into child abduction that end badly for the child, but James Huggins does a very good job in making it the story without making it depressing. Good vs Evil and Huggins captures the story thru the main characters.

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Awesome Listen!

James Byron Huggins wrote a gripping book. Without giving away spoilers, I did not rate the story higher due to part of it being outside my comfort zone. I really enjoyed how the author developed the characters and had incredible imagery in the book. Joe Mack and Poe were two of my favorite characters from the very beginning. I loved the twists too. Tom Lennon performed this book flawlessly. He added the right emotions and tension to the story. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The ending of the book really surprised me, kudos to the author.

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Involved from the start.

From the start your pulled into this audio. Alot of depth to the characters, some intense action as they attempt to solve some grizzly murders. The narrator did an excellent job with the male characters, but the female voices I felt were just a little off. But this did not take away from the story.
I believe my favorite character was the raven.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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Unique detective thriller

Joe Mac, a former detective and currently blind, investigates murders committed by a group of elusive serial killers.
 
The plot and characters develop well throughout the story. There is an intriguing build up leading to a thrilling and suspenseful climax. The book was fairly long, with some repetition, but I was not bored. It was a different type of detective story with a unique flair. I enjoyed the raven character, it was fascinating.
 
Tom narrated very well. He has good intonation for all the characters and adds to the thrilling tone of the story. I would definitely listen to him again.
 
Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • RJ
  • 07-13-19

Everything you didn't know about Stonehenge!

“Dark Visions” is an excellent detective novel with a twist. Our protagonist Joe Mac is a retired New York detective, having thirty-five years’ experience. Joe Mac is also blind, losing his sight in the line of duty while saving a young boy from a fire. Joe’s blindness adds interest and uniqueness to the story as we follow Joe’s thought processes during the investigation. Another added treat is Poe; a large raven that is mysteriously attached to Joe as his avatar or familiar. You’re in for a lesson in ancient history and mythology, regarding subjects such as Stonehenge, the Knights Templar, and the ancient druids. The plot-line is centered around ancient druid history brought forward to today's headlines. I found it very interesting from start to finish and recommend it heartily. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great book.

A very chilling narration of this book brings it to the front of the best audio book this year. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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The raven Poe & blind Joe.

A dark and intense adventure in search of a mysterious killer. One that won't let you go once you begin.
Huggins does a fantastic job developing his characters. I really felt like I got to know them and their motivations. Joe, the retired detective, helps the rookie, Jody, in solving a string of homicides, one of which was his grandson. Also Poe, the raven, helps along the way.
The supernatural aspect of the story is what really pulled me in. I love fantasy and sci-fi, and giving this book just a hint of that magical, otherworldly feel was just what I needed.


At my request, I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Keeps you in right till the very end!

Blind ex-cop with Raven for a side kick? Don't get much more unique then that. Very engrossing thriller.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-30-18

Stupidity looks exactly like courage to a fool.

After being blinded several years before, legendary homicide detective, Joe Mac, retired, sold his house and went to live in a converted garage attached to his daughter's house. Then his grandson became the most recent victim of the Hangman, a mysterious serial killer who, for several years, had been murdering men, women and children, leaving their broken bodies hanging in a noose. No clues were left, no connections between the victims had been found, the teams of police and FBI agents were at a loss. So Joe rejoins the police again and, teamed with a young rookie detective, Jodi, joins the hunt.

There is a lot to applaud about this book, not least the fact that the main protagonist is blind yet, with other senses slightly enhanced and his own innate abilities to stay calm and listen, is still as able as his sighted companions in action. The characterisation is good, too, especially that of Jodi's change and development as the story progresses, with conversations which seemed plausible, inherently realistic, given the nature of the speakers. And then there is Poe, a raven, for this reader by far the most fascinating aspect of the book.

So much good going for it: even the basic premise is exciting. Only for the author apparently being unable to decide if this were a thriller or an horror story and repeating descriptions several times over of gruesome unpleasantnesses of Ancient Druids and other religious sects in the past. It became tedious rather than adding to the excitement. As the book progressed, too, this reader had to wonder at the essential silliness and lack of ability of people said to be so intelligent, all powerful and wealthy that they had survived triumphant for millennia. Mmm, not much sign of that. Even the 'main man' and the one who had been leaking information, was all too easy to determine, sadly. And who, alone and with their almost dying breath and despite being too weak to move, decides not to shoot a perpetrator but instead take them in to face justice and a trial? Rubbish, simply prolonging the word count (like the repetitions previously).

Much of this negative impact is mitigated by Tom Lennon's excellent narration, his performance helping to make even the ridiculous seem plausible. Every character, male or female, is appropriately and individually voiced, the pace reflects the text and his reading is well intoned as well as clearly articulated and pleasant to hear. He carries the listener with him through the visceral excitements and confrontations to the very end.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of Dark Visions by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I so wanted to like this book, and did, initially, with it's innovative ideas and excellent cast list. But the heavy handed prolongation and attempts to further install a sense of horror by pointless repetitions ruined it for me and I finished only because of the fine narration. And wanting to know what happened to Poe. Such a pity. Would I recommend it? I honestly don't know.