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Fatal Odds: A Novel

A Knight and Devlin Thriller
Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
Series: Knight and Devlin, Book 5
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
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Danger escalates as Michael Knight and Lex Devlin enter into the defense of a Puerto Rican jockey charged with felony murder as a result of a fixed race at Boston's Suffolk Downs.

As their investigation exposes the jockey's role, they become embroiled in a conflict between two Puerto Rican crime gangs. One of these gangs is aligned for the first time with Boston's Italian mafia in tapping into almost limitless profits from the illicit trade of exotic and endangered species of wild animals captured in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and smuggled through the shoreline of the Florida Keys.

Working to free their client and to prevent the brutal abuse of these vulnerable animals, Michael and Lex find themselves squarely in the crossfire of rival organized crime gangs, from the barrio of Jamaica Plain, Boston, to the gang-dominated streets of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

©2016 John F. Dobbyn (P)2017 John F. Dobbyn

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A good Mystery

This Audio Book runs on all Cylinders it is well researched with a believable plot a great assortment of characters
and a terrific performance by the Narrator.

With these elements in full force you have a first rate effort by the Writer.


Download and enjoy the ride.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Joan
  • South Africa
  • 09-04-19

a good story full of intrigue

This was a good story full of intrigue. I liked how the author went from race fixing to smuggling endangered species and manages to tie it all together flawlessly.
The narrator also does a brilliant job in telling this story and making all the characters come to life.
Although it is the 5th book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone.

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Fatal Odds

Michael Knight has to get involved when one cousin is charged with murder for killing his other cousin in the process of a horse race which is unheard of, but this is only the tip of the iceberg and Michael puts himself right in the middle of things he would have never thought.
The action and suspense in this book are huge. This is a great book and if you get the audio narrated by Bill Nevitt than you are in for a treat as he draws you right into Michael’s world and you are right there with him, running and travelling to Puerto Rico, to see the animals. It is a wonderful race car pace story that is told well and when all the pieces come together it is so cool.

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  • Heather
  • ABERDEEN, MD, United States
  • 10-04-19

Good story

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This was a good audiobook. The story had depth as did the characters. Production quality high and the narration was very good.

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A cool lawyer thriller with horse racing, animal smuggling, and gangs

Fatal Odds is a cool lawyer thriller and mystery about horse racing, animal smuggling, and gang wars. There is a lot going on in this book and so much that could go wrong for the protagonist. It’s a thrilling ride!

The narrator of the audiobook brings the characters and the story to life with his lively telling.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Superb thriller

Fatal Odds. A superb story, A plot that is complex and believable. Characters that have depth. The audiobook grabs and holds you right up till those famous words... Audible hopes you've enjoyed this book..
Narration - Ok Bill Nevitt s female voices aren't great, but his story telling makes easy listening.
Highly recommend this novel.
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Evil at its worst!

A peek into the seedy underworld of animal smuggling and organized crime.

Bill Nevitt does a great job bringing the characters to life.

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Overall good listen

If you are an animal lover some of it may be hard to listen to.


There's solid research/decent knowledge about the topic as it is used in this story line.

I am always glad to find an author KNOWS the background of what they are writing about, be it subject matter or the locations. Mr. Dobbyn has a solid feel for everything he writes about. His descriptions of a location, the locals and the tangled subjects matter are that of someone who has either lived in/with what is being told or has done some solid deep dive research.

As someone who grew up around horses, rodeo sports/circuit and on the fringe of horse racing, unfortunately the story rings true in the how the animals can be mistreated. I've known a couple of jockeys over my almost 60 years and again, the theme rings true for the most part. Same goes with the exotic animal (trafficking) market. It's on the mark enough to make a person feel sad/angry/disgusted with some of the events described.

The narrator, at points, annoyed me. I can't put my finger on why, just something about some of the accents felt too forced. Having lived on the east coast there were inflections that seemed out of sorts, but it wasn't enough to stop me from listening to the end.

This was my first listen with this author, Enjoyed this story enough I will seek out other books from Mr. Dobbyn

I got the book free, at my request, (thru Audiobook Boom) with promise of leaving an honest review .

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Enthralling thriller

This story is a thrilling story that will pull at any animal lovers heart and make you angry at the disregard of authorities where poaching and illegal animal trade is concerned. This story grabs you from the first page and keeps you captive until the last. The narrator of the audiobook really brought the book to life, making you experience all the emotions and suspense in the story. From organized crime, gang warfare, poaching of endangers species, drugs, fixing of horse racing, murder, intrigue and deception; this story combines the authors vast knowledge of thoroughbred racing with that of the illegal wild animal trade to form a nail-biting, fast paced thriller that will keep you engrossed, and educate you at the same time.

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Excellent!!

Michael Knight and Lex Devlin get involved in defending a Puerto Rican jockey accused of murder and race fixing. They end up uncovering illegal exotic animal smuggling and get mixed up in the crossfire between rival gangs.

This legal thriller is involved and eye-opening. It had action throughout and kept me intrigued right to the end. I always love a book that teaches me something, and this one provided some insightful, yet scary, facts about crimes. I absolutely love the awareness the book is providing in terms of real stats and facts relating to animal smuggling.

The story was very well planned and structured and it came together beautifully. The pace was excellent and I was on the edge of my seat excited to find out what happens next.
I don’t think the story would have gotten 5 stars from me without the excellent narration thereof. Bill seamlessly articulated the story which I felt was a perfect fit, and created a vision in my mind of the story unfolding like a movie in my mind. He had different voices for the various characters, and his accents were amazing.
I absolutely loved this book and would love to hear more in the series, as well as more from Bill.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Julie
  • 08-21-19

An eye opener

I enjoyed this book mainly because it was such a different idea for a plot. It was broken up into parts and I did wonder what the Amazon rain forest had to do with horse racing as it seemed like we had stepped back in time but it all came together nicely to make a great story. I know the story is only a work of fiction but it certainly opened my eyes as to what goes on in the world, it's a scary place.
When Michael sees his cousin crash into his brother while racing he had no idea that it would send him on a roller coasters ride where the watches fired guns at you. When his cousin is accused of fixing the race and killing his brother Michael turns to a gang boss in order to find out who would want or need to fix a race, but caught between two rival gangs it soon becomes apparent that race fixing is just the tip of the ice burge. Nobody is safe as drug dealers and animal traffickers come together in an explosive story of greed,betrayal and revenge.
The narrator does an excellent job with all the different accents and bringing the characters to life.

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  • jhanami
  • 09-21-19

Great discovery!

Bill Nevitt is one of the US narrators I tend to like so I picked this up with only a cursory glance at the subject matter and I have to say it was a proper little discovery.
It was very easy to join the series with this fifth instalment although I will now have to check out the first four - the plot is a highly interesting and hard hitting mix of animal smuggling, race fixing and gang wars with a good dash of classic action thriller/ courtroom drama. The characters are well drawn and credible.
Some of the protagonists sounded more Russian than Hispanic but it was still a very enjoyable audiobook.

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  • J Smith
  • 09-05-19

‘The lawyer always goes home’

Really enjoyed this. I was on the fence after listening to the sample, but I’m so pleased I got introduced to this series.
Lots of mystery, intrigue and a fair dollop of action! The story keeps you interested throughout and wraps up nicely at the end!
I’m guessing it would be great to listen to the first few books in order, but I don’t think I lost anything by listening to this first!
Really well narrated, with great character voices, tempo and flow!
I really can’t wait to hear more of these!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Helen
  • 08-24-19

who would of thought

As their investigation exposes the jockey's role, they become embroiled in a conflict between two Puerto Rican crime gangs.
eye opener about the amazon forest

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  • Lindsay
  • 08-22-19

Opens your eyes

Wow! This audiobook is a really powerful story looking at the illegal importing of animals along with drug smuggling and race fixing. This book does not shy away from the horror of what happens to these beautiful animals just because of selfish individuals who put money above everything. The book was fascinating and Bill’s narration as always was perfect for the subject matter and the story. I loved it.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-24-18

Nobody buys a dead monkey.

A jockey dies when his brother's horse swerves in front of his own during a race. The brother goes on to win but is then disqualified for causing the accident. But was it really an accident or had the race been fixed? The police want to arrest the jockey for causing the fatality during a felony. The brothers, originally from Puerto Rico, had been very close and were Knight's cousins, The defense lawyer believes that something is very wrong and sets out to find Victor before the police can bring him in He seeks help from an old gang leader he'd known when he had been young and vulnerable. But when this man is also killed, Knight has to find out why.

Fatal odds is an involving and complex thriller, mostly set in the gang lands of Boston but also in Puerto Rico. Lots of bravado, deaths and confrontation as well as plentiful praise for the food which is eaten. This reader had mistakenly expected more legal, in court action but the story, although calling on the powers of the deputy public prosecutor a couple of times, manages to evade almost any mention of the courts. Some very interesting, and concerning, smuggling statistics related and repeated in a brief afterwards comment by the author: it is almost reading the book for these interesting facts alone.

The story was mostly well written although there were occasional contradictions in the text, such as rushing to prevent a guard from escaping from a prison cage despite the door having already been closed. These are all very minor but the book would be better without them. And despite the 'audience's feel that they impart to the characters, the preponderance of Spanish names and sentences - conversation and foodstuffs - for this reader interrupted any story flow that had been generated. The feel good ending could also have been omitted: it served only as a distraction to the impact of the story overall.I

Bill Nevitt, who narrates, was impressive in his unhesitating reading of the Spanish names and dialogue. His voice is pleasant, well articulated and with good intonation. The delivery is rather noir in quality, slightly staccato and, for this reader, fractionally too slow. Increasing the playback seed to 1.25 easily resolved that, however. His voicing of various protagonists was good, each being due to actively individual.

My thanks to the rights holder of Fatal Odds who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. The story certainly highlighted a most unpleasant yet very profitable aspect of international smuggling which is, if not unknown, at least underestimated in most people's awareness. The fact that it is one of the top monetary returns but goes almost unchallenged is scandalous and this book does a good job in helping to increase public pressure to put an end to this cruel and disastrous trafficking.