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Deadly Shadow

A Paranormal Suspense Thriller (The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1)
Narrated by: Robin Siegerman
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions.  

Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.  

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI Agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio's serial killer, "The Wrapper". When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the secretary of defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.  

Derrick has a secret: He's a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find the Wrapper. But can Victory trust him?  

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line - into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal - a decision that will test her limits and everything in which she believes.  

The battle between good and evil begins! Deadly Shadow is the first audiobook in the gripping paranormal/supernatural thriller series, an action-packed blend of suspense and mystery for detective and crime story lovers.

©2018 Kim Cresswell (P)2018 Kim Cresswell

Critic Reviews

"Deadly Shadow takes you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride." (Dima Zales, New York Times best-selling author)

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Good start to series

I enjoyed this listen. The story was the typical serial killer tale with a bit of psychic drama thrown in. The narration was good but could have been better if someone else had done the male voices.

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

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What a great take on paranormal mystery

Kim Cresswell created a brilliant world filled with murder, justice, paranormal abilities and life's grey areas. I truly felt for The main characters as they struggled with right verses wrong and all of the middle pieces that are the realm of everyday hard decisions. I nearly cried for the main character as she struggled with her grief as she tries to catch two killers. I truly want more.

My only criticism of this audiobook is the male choices the narrator makes. They are all nearly the same and they all sound like they have been smoking for 60 years. Perhaps she can work on improving it or just not make voices for the men.

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This book deserves 10 stars!

Wow...this book is fanfreakintastic!! It leaves you wanting more!
Victory...love the name btw...is an FBI agent in OH. She’s dealing with the grief from the recent loss of her husband in a bank robbery...and also trying to catch a killer known as The Wrapper. This killer wraps his victims in bubble wrap and burns them alive. Eesh! The Wrapper has eluded authorities for over 10 yrs. Victory is also hunting down another killer dubbed The Shadow because there’s no evidence of his existence other than his victims. Derek is a paranormal...and he Is The Shadow. He can travel outside of his body to get the job done. By day, he is the owner of a gaming company and son of a senator. By night, he is an assassin for the government. Derek and Victory cross paths when one of his employees is abducted and killed by The Wrapper. Derek is intrigued by the FBI agent and sends flower with a request to take her to dinner. When The Wrapper hits too close to home and Victory needs his powers, will Derek help? No spoilers on how this ends but just know that you will not want to stop listening/put the book down until the end! This author does not disappoint and I can’t wait for the next book!!
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Great New Series

This book shows Kim Creswell at her best, as she hits another homerun out of the park with her new series The Assassin Chronicles. I loved this audio, I mean what more could one ask for kick butt take no name FBI agent and widower Victory, government assassin by paranormal powers and in love with aforementioned FBI Agent Derrick, a serial killer "The Wrapper" and much more. There is a ton of action and even more twists and turns and suspense you can cut with a knife, this book has everything. If you happen to get the audio than you will have the treat of listening to Robin Siegerman narrating, and she is good, she sucks you right into the world and you get lost and never look back. These two make a great pair for this series and I hope they stay together.

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  • TU
  • 09-13-18

Great new series!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I loved this book. I mean, I love a good murder mystery, especially with a paranormal spin on it. The characters and world building are well done in this book and really grabbed my attention right away. Coupled with solid narration, this was a very great listening experience. I'll definitely be looking for more in this series!

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Get Hooked

This is the first Kim Cresswell book I've read, and boy have I ever been missing out! The characters walked off the page and into my mind, what they saw, I saw, what they felt, I felt, and boy did I ever feel it. I grinned, I cried, and I didn't care how many odd looks I got from the other train passengers, I couldn't help myself.

The story is fast moving, there's a lot happening and it weaves an interesting tapestry of events and connections. The paranormal element of the story is well done and not overdone. It left me wanting to know what other abilities are out there.

Loved the narration, the character voices are clear and recognizable and the delivery conveyed the tone and emotions of the different parts of the story.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • 09-04-18

Excellent!!

Everything that makes a thriller thrilling was included in this listen. A hard-working and sympathetic FBI agent. A seriously deranged serial killer. An excellent cat and mouse chase on not one, but two mysteries. Add to that, a secret society of paranormal agents working for the government. Excellent!

There were quite a few uncomfortable moments in this listen and the author never let up. The suspense was constant. That ending was insane.

The narrator could do no wrong. She handled the extreme emotional pendulum swing from male to female, from cop to crazy, from killing to killing.

I will definitely look for the next book in this series.

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Well done!

Deadly Shadow is a murder mystery with a small side of paranormal suspense. The story has plenty of suspense to hold a wayward attention and will pull at your heart strings. The narrator did a good job with providing unique voices for each character and appropriate tone inflections for each scene. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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What a great story!

I seriously loved this book! The twist and turns kept me on my toes every time I thought I had things figured out. Victory is. Strong female FBI agent grieving the loss of her husband. The two cases she is simultaneously working on are full of murder, Intrigue paranormal abilities and more! It’s hard to write a review without spoilers so I’ll just say if you are into paranormal drama real life scenarios full of intrigue and suspense this is definitely a book for you. Can’t wait for the next book.

The story line is a 10 but I’m rating a 4 as the narration is just ok. Don’t let that discourage you as the story is excellent

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Great story; narration needs a little work

I really like FBI Agent Victory McClane. She’s in a tough business and she’s suffered a tragedy or two. Now she’s on the hunt for a serial killer, maybe two. Yet she still has a sense of humor and she’s totally dedicated to her daughter Jade who is off at college. Her work partner, Ryan, is a steady brotherly type who isn’t above teasing her a bit here and there. They make a really good team.

Derrick makes a really great questionable character. He’s not evil but he’s not really on the side of good either. His paranormal abilities were recruited when he was a young man and he’s spent decades serving his country, albeit for this shadowy group that specializes in assassinations and espionage.

Even as Victory and Ryan narrow in on the serial killer ‘The Wrapper’, Derrick finds himself drawn further into Victory’s circle of influence. He has been ordered to keep the government paranormal group a secret, even if that means destroying evidence, compromising people, or worse.

The tension spirals up and up until this crushing wave comes down on Victory. Derrick has to make a tough decision of whether or not to help Victory, which would mean sharing a few of his secrets with her. The last hour of the book is nail biting and a little heart wrenching. Over all, it was a satisfying murder mystery and a pretty good paranormal tale. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Robin Siegerman has the perfect voice for Victory McClane. She sounds like an older, confident, career woman. She also had a decent voice for Ryan, however I did sometimes get his voice confused with Derrick’s voice. Derrick always sounds raspy (which I wasn’t sure was what was intended) and sometimes Ryan’s voice went raspy as well, blurring the distinctions between these two characters. The male voices sometimes needed a bit of masculinity. Several of Siegerman’s voices were a bit cartoony. For instance, Jade (who is in college) sounds like a 12 year old. Angie, who works at the FBI office, sounds like she’s 16. The newsreporter sounds like a Disney witch. Also, Siegerman didn’t always nail the character emotions. McClane sometimes sounds flat even when she’s joking. Angie sounds way too chipper even when she’s handing out condolences. On the other hand, there were no technical issues with this recording. 3.5/5 stars

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kim Cresswell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Deedra
  • 03-17-19

Deadly Shadow

This was a really good book!Grossly original.I enjoyed it! Robin Siegerman was a fine narrator,aside from some mens voices.lol
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Book Addict
  • 11-19-18

WoW This book had Everything I love in a Book!

Wow this looks like its going to be a great series Victory MacLaine is chasing two serial killers. This starts as a crime who done it, as we follow the Victory and Ryan as they look for clues. Things start to get more exciting, as its starts getting Paranormal. This had all my favorite ingredients serial killers, crime, paranormal and government corruption.
This kept me glued my earphones and I can’t wait to get book two. I not saying anymore on the plot. I let you find out for yourself.
The narration is excellent, great production, great touches that made it more real.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-31-18

We can't save everyone.

"FBI Agents Ryan and Victory are called to the scene of an impossible murder: an obnoxious TV personality, nicknamed Big Mouth, was dead, a gunshot through the head, the gun returned to a nearby drawer. But security had been so tight in his mansion, there was no way anyone could have entered or left without tripping alarms. No sign of entry, finger prints or other evidence - the crime was impossible. Yet it had happened. Could this be another killing by the person nicknamed the Shadow? But almost immediately the two FBI officers were called away to an horrendously brutal scene: the badly burned body of a young woman found in a park, victim of the serial killer known as the Wrapper from his habit of winding his victims in bubble wrap.
Two murders, two serial killers...

This is a cleverly crafted story which entwines together the progress of both killers, the police teams and, in particular, the emotional life of Agent Victory, a respected and tenaciously brave investigator still suffering guilt pangs and loneliness a year after the death of her husband.. Other protagonists are also well characterized, especially Derrick Lynn, a wealthy fantasy game developer and son of the Secretary of Defense, towards whom Victory feels unexpectedly drawn. Some scenes are uncomfortable in their brutal description of victims and yet there is a feel of reality to the whole story despite the murders, conspiracies and paranormal areas.

The narrator is Robin Siegerman, a woman with a very versatile voice. Pleasant to the ear, she conveys emotion exquisitely, and endows every one of her characters with individual voices. Especially noteworthy is the effect she produces when protagonists are heard talking on the telephone. She reads the text with total understanding and commitment: an excellent performance.

My thanks to the rights holder of Deadly Shadow, the first in a new series, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. This is a powerful, engrossing story with genuinely surprise moments. Highly recommended to anyone with a penchant for thrillers, murder mysteries and books with strongly developed protagonists. I will personally be looking out for the next book in the series.

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 08-25-18

Fantastic!!!

This is such an amazing story! The author's descriptions and the narrator's emotional performance put me right there feeling the pain Victory felt as she desperately searches for the killer. I listened to the book while i worked around the house and kept having to stop and listen during the intense scenes. I'm sure I must have stood slack jawed. The concept is unique and such a great introduction to the series. The story flows from scene to scene flawlessly, and I can not recall a single boring moment. This is suspenseful mystery at its best, and you won't regret purchasing it. I can't wait to see what's in store for Victory as the series continues. **Thank you, Kim Cresswell for offering me a free review copy.