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Publisher's Summary

Moments before he is executed, the killer of the daughter of Hub Walker, a famous Vietnam War pilot and hero, makes a startling allegation, claiming that the real murderer is a close friend of Walker’s, a prominent U.S. defense contractor. Walker wants to hire somebody willing to spend a few days digging up information that will refute the convicted killer’s groundless but widely reported claims and will help restore his friend’s good name. That somebody, as fate would have it, is Cordell Logan, sardonic civilian flight instructor, would-be Buddhist, and retired military assassin.

A Medal of Honor recipient married to a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Hub Walker resides in the swanky San Diego enclave of La Jolla overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Logan is convinced that working for Walker will be little more than a paid vacation - a chance not only to rub shoulders with a living legend but also to rekindle his own relationship with his enticing ex-wife, Savannah. But after flying to San Diego in his beloved aging Cessna, the Ruptured Duck, Logan is quickly drawn into a vexing and deadly jigsaw puzzle. The deeper he digs, the murkier the truth appears and the more danger he encounters. Who really killed the war hero’s daughter, and why? Somebody in "America’s Finest City" wants to keep Logan from asking questions and will stop at nothing to silence him.

©2013 David Freed (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"In Freed’s crackling second mystery…the appealing Logan, a wise-cracking, marriage-challenged loner trying to practice Buddhist tenets, proves his mettle as both pilot and investigator." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Cordell Logan, the Southern California flight instructor and former black-ops specialist, returns in his second adventure.… As in  Flat Spin, Freed combines an intriguing mystery with some engaging banter from the Spenser-like hero and several exciting flying scenes. When Logan is in the air, Freed’s series really takes off." ( Booklist
"Freed’s skills as a reporter, screenwriter, and pilot made his first Logan tale ( Flat Spin) a delight, and this one continues that roller-coaster pleasure. Logan is a stubborn, wise-cracking, ordinary guy with some extraordinary skills and a passion for flying. He does have a few problems following the Buddha’s precepts on nonviolence, but readers will eagerly look forward to his further attempts to combine flying and detection." ( Library Journal)

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Great Story, Bad Narration

Freed did a masterful job once again putting together an incredible story that had me engaged from beginning to end... The problem? I couldn't wait for the end to arrive! Keith Szarabajka's narration, in my opinion, was a flat, dull, mind numbingly boring portrayal of Cordell Logan that I've come accustomed to hearing from Ray Porter.. It reminded me of Walter Cronkite reading a play... He made every single character sound like a 70 yr old stoner who could care less about whatever "intense" moment they were apart of.. It was as though he was reading the book to elementary kids with the way he used his inflections... It was very sad to hear actually... David Freed is a terrific author and the Cordell Logan books are among the best I've read/heard to date.. If it had been Ray Porter on narration this book would've easily gotten 5 stars across the board... Unfortunately that was not the case.. The story was good enough though to pull the horrendous narration along and find a 4 star...

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States
  • 08-28-14

It's just not the same without Ray Porter

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

Sure, Book 2 will tie into Book 3. I had to listen to it.

What did you like best about this story?

The end of it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Keith Szarabajka?

Ray Porter.

Was Fangs Out worth the listening time?

Sure, like I said, I needed to get to Book 3

Any additional comments?

I'm sure Book 2 was as good as Book 1, but I wanted to be listening to Ray Porter. I just simply couldn't wait for it to be over so I could listen to Mr. Porter narrate Book 3.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Not as bad, Not as good

Keith Szarabajka's performance was not as bad as many of the reviews suggest, so I'm glad I wasn't dissuaded. Again, great characters and possibly a better plot than the previous installment. Something about book two though was not as good as the debut of the series. Sorry, maybe it was a cliffhanger-ish ending or that I can't grow a fondness for Savannah? Either way, I look forward to continuing the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Why would you get rid of Ray Porter

Seriously. I started reading this series because Ray Porter was the reader. I like the books, well done with edgy humor that Porter does so well. Then I load book 2 and start listening and it's not Ray Porter! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot guys, really I don't know who the reader is. For me his name is "Not Ray Porter". I am skipping book two. I will be returning it. Next time Ray Porter has another gig, wait till he's done with it. I'm on to book 3. I'll deal with the gap. No Ray Porter = No!

PS I am giving the story et al 5 stars 'cause I'm sure it's good. The narration gets the no Ray Porter star; 1, cause that's the lowest I can give it.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 08-08-16

Disappointing Follow Up. Skip This One.

"Flat Spin's" the first in the Cordell Logan series. So much promise. It is giggle-aloud funny and plotted tighter than a pilot's yoke hand. "Fang's Out" is neither. In fact it thuds into the ground around chapter 20. Apparently Freed spun himself into a plot dive he couldn't right so he invented some angels to rescue him... or a god. It's called deus ex machina - and it's the cheapest old trick - or the oldest cheap trick - since ancient Greek playwrights painted themselves into corners only to be saved by improbable miraculous devices to pluck them from distress. It hopelessly cheats an audience who've invested time and trust in an author's talent.

Baaaaah! Oh, Keith Szarabajka does what he does well enough. not his fault that the plane he's riding in crashes. Everything afterward is fruit of a poisoned tree. I'll read the reviews VERY carefully before investing another credit in Freed's work.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaime
  • New Westminster, BC, Canada
  • 08-17-13

Booooo! What happened to Ray Porter???

Still a very good story, but sorry Keith, you don't hold a candle to Ray Porter's narration. He was a large part of why I loved the first story. Bring Ray Porter back!!!!!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I expected to be disappointed, but I wasn't!

I was disappointed to see that Ray Porter did not narrate the second Cordell Logan book and some of the reviews were pretty harsh. However I really liked the character and wanted to hear more of his adventures, so I gave it a shot. I'm glad that I did, Keith Szarabajka did a great job, as did David Freed. I look forward to reading more of Freed's books and will look for other books read by Szarabajka as well.

If you enjoyed the first Cordell Logan book, you should enjoy this one as well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good mystery but irritating protagonist.

I enjoyed Flat Spin just enough to want to continue the series. As a mystery story, Fang's Out is excellent, although there were some loose ends that still weren't tied up at the end. Freed writes well and knows how to create suspense. He has a knack for introducing amusing, interesting characters into Cordell's life. Cordell, on the other hand, seemed even more obnoxious than previously, but maybe my patience is wearing thin. He is even aware that he provokes nearly everyone except his elderly landlady, a wonderful character, but he continually says things that are obviously not in his own best interest. The only reason he wasn't killed is that he is the protagonist, but that requires this reader to suspend a great deal of disbelief. Besides his sexist observations about nearly every female character below the age of 50, he is often his own worst enemy. A running sideshow concerns his obsession with restoring his relationship with Savannah, his ex-wife, yet he continually says or does things that are thoughtless at best and offensive at worst. Only toward the very end does he begin to progress getting his behavior in line with his true feelings. I hope in the next book he sheds some of these self-contradictory aspects of his personality. He also needs to find a better way to earn a living than as a sometime flight instructor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 03-06-16

Loving this series

The very best heroes are those with a sense of humor. I love this hero and the other characters in this series as well. I did notice that other reviews said the narration was bad. Not so. Not Ray Porter but not bad. Now off to the next book in the series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Book one and Three were really good

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think it was the narrator. If you haven't listen to his books by Ray Porter, you may think this one is okay. There were also dull parts.

If you’ve listened to books by David Freed before, how does this one compare?

It lacked the sardonic humor of book 1 and 3.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Keith Szarabajka?

Ray Porter, he did the other books and they were 4 or 5 star.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The ending was sad.

Any additional comments?

Try his books with Ray Porter narrating.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful