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Publisher's Summary

Meet Conor McBride. He's even more interesting than the trouble he gets into.

A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride's only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he's becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing - and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.

©2014 Kathryn Guare (P)2016 Kathryn Guare

Critic Reviews

"This is one of those times when a narrator lifts a good book just that much higher." (Audiothing)
"…sometimes you find a true gem out among the two- and three-star books. A gem just sitting there waiting to be noticed. This book is such a gem and it is worthy of your notice. It is an international thriller with a giant soul and a great deal of introspection. If you are looking for a 'shoot 'em up', this is not your book, even though there is plenty of shooting. It is the story of two brothers, and like all families, this family is complicated. The audiobook was read by Wayne Ferrell and he was amazing. His voice drew me right in and brought this excellent text to life. He demonstrated a mastery of multiple accents and, more importantly, carried the mood of the story in his tone and pacing as he read." (DWD’s Reviews)
"...expertly narrated by Wayne Farrell. His performance brought the characters to life and added the perfect amount of drama and angst to this well-written thriller." (Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards)

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 04-05-18

Just OK For Me

Since this book had so many awards, I started it with a lot of hope. It was a little disappointing after all of the awards, as I figured it was just an average book. Nothing great, nothing very bad. Just an average book.
Way too many long rambles around Ireland, India, and London. Lots of mysterious goings on that just get dull. I gave up trying to follow the story about 1/2 through, and just skimmed the rest. Vague Russians, oafish Americans, drugs, a saintly Indian woman. Wow, lots of imagination in need of harnessing and an editor who can figure out a narrative through all of the segments. But this book was just okay for me.

Wayne Farrell was outstanding with the delivery of the story and made book more enjoyable

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Absorbing thriller with a compelling hero

Would you consider the audio edition of Deceptive Cadence to be better than the print version?

It's always great to get just a bit of the Irish brogue for an Irish hero.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it made you care deeply about the characters.

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

The way the hero pushed forward despite his struggles with injury and shock.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended! I've read the books in the series, and the audio edition is just as good.

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  • SCS
  • South Burlington, VT, United States
  • 03-14-16

Fantastic: Riveting and Real

I loved Deceptive Cadence, and am so pleased it is now out as an audio book. The reader is excellent - perfect for this story. Two points about this novel: first, yes, it is a spy novel, and so there are thrilling moments following stretches of suspense. But it is also a beautifully written story, with well-rendered characters that I really cared about. The settings are varied and beautifully conveyed. Just a pleasure all around.

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  • Anne
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 11-10-16

Loved it from the beginning to the end!

I can only agree with all the others. Great partnership between author and narrator. Brilliant story.

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Unconvential Irish Story

While the idea of an musically gifted Irish farmer becoming a member of Her Majesty's MI6 intelligence service seems fanciful at first, Kathryn Guare's well developed characters andplot makes it plausible. Wayne Farrell's narration brings the characters to life. Their sense of humor is always present in the face of life's stark realities. In this way it is every way an Irish story, even though it is largely set in Imdia. The recurrent references to the lyrical Irish language to the exiled emigrant's experience makes this a novel anyone, Irish or otherwise, will enjoy!

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Kathryn Guare and Wayne Farrell fabulous together!

What did you love best about Deceptive Cadence?

Beautifully crafted thriller. Love all the characters and their complications. Frank is wonderfully drawn.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Connor McBride. He's tough yet sensitive. Perfect man.

Which scene was your favorite?

Loved the scenes where Connor is talking to his mother, and/or thinking about his mother and his family. There's a lot of depth and backstory to this thriller.

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

A lot of the Irish slang is humorous. The way they have of saying simple things. Love that.

Any additional comments?

I'd already read and loved Deceptive Cadence on the page, but I listened to Wayne Farrell read The Spinning Heart and I couldn't resist tuning in for this. So worth it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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WELL-DEVELOPED, GREAT STORY

I, like many others, love the author/narrator combination, very well done and I loved it! Great story! Lots of complex characters and relationships, suspense, and intrigue. Love the family bond, it's a beautiful thing, despite the complications. Awesome all around, it kept my attention and I found myself going a tiny bit slower in my commute to listen to more, which I guess is a good thing ;) Would definitely recommend it :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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How far would you go for family?

Connor would do just about anything for this family. That's probably what impressed me most about him in this book, his loyalty to Thomas was strong and unwavering, even believing that Thomas had betrayed him, he still went to extremes in the hope that it would help him.

The plot is complex, it's got lots of layer going on and the occasional side element that makes things more interesting. The characters are vivid on the page and the crime elements of the story are interesting.

It was a difficult books to put down. There was a good balance of planning and action, ease and tension, and lies and truth.

The narration was well done, good character voices especially the accents and the pace and tone are a great match for the book.

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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intriguing

excellent story. can't wait for next book in series. Wayne Farrell nailed the different dialogues perfectly so the characters came alive.

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Great book well read!

So excited that this wonderful thriller is now on Audble. Wayne Farell makes this an exciting, on the edge of your seat listen. Guare is a masterful storyteller and the book kept me enthralled from start to finish. Hope to hear more from this team and the rest of the Virtuosic Spy series

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