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Catch a Tiger by the Tail: THIRDS, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to Against the Grain

THIRDS: Book Six

Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin's confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that's been his whole world for as long as he can remember.

As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.

©2016 Charlie Cochet (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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    Susan65 Annapolis, Maryland 07-24-16
    Susan65 Annapolis, Maryland 07-24-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Mark Westfield is still doing a great job of bring"
    What did you love best about Catch a Tiger by the Tail?

    One of the things I love most about Calvin and Ethan was the fact that they have unflinchingly had each others backs since childhood. Ethan is a big, strong, tiger therian whose strength and fierceness protects Calvin physically, whereas Calvin uses his heart and words to protect Ethan mentally and emotionally. These two, no matter what adversity throws at them, are solid.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For this installment, Ethan, as his internal debates and dialogue are heartrending, but his Dex character is still my ultimate favorite, even when he is not the main character. I admit that his female voices are commendable but also kind of funny. I can’t ding the narrator for not pulling off the female, Hispanic voice perfectly, but it’s not really an issue and besides a couple chuckles here and there I’m never pulled out of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ethan and his brothers reconciling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Westfield is still doing a great job of bringing the THIRDS series to life. I’ve read each book before I listened to each audio, and I never lose interest the second time around. I have to say though that his delivery is a little too slow for me, and I have to listen on 1.25x speed. I think it’s probably because I don’t need the performance to be drawn out, so I’ll put that speed on me.

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    Morgan A Skye 07-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Calvin and Hobbs!"

    So by now you know the drill. This is book 6 and I’m pretty sure you could figure things out if you read this as a standalone but only barely ☺

    It’s time for us to finally get our story for Calvin and Hobbs. They’ve been best friends forever, partnered up in THIRDS for years and fighting their sexual attraction for just as long. Recently, a bout of jealousy spurred Ethan (Hobbs) into action and we got some hot making out between the two and an uneasy relationship.

    In this book we finally – FINALLY – get some resolution and our couple faces their issues and really gets over the hurdles keeping them from being the adorable couple they (and we!) know they can be.

    Meanwhile there is also some more drama with the other members of THIRDS: Seb and Hudson especially. Sparks has the team doing a lot of specialized (difficult) training and lives are threatened at a birthday party at Dekatria!

    There’s a cliff hanger at the end – I’ll warn ya now! – so be prepared – I’m sure it’ll end up fine… it’s the kind where we know there’ll be trouble but a happy ending – but now we all have to bite our nails til book 7!

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    I LOVED that we got to see the softer side of Ash and Sloane in this – lots of ooey, gooey and PURRING moments with Dex and Cael and their partners. There’s the requisite action and shooting and some more of the back story gets revealed involving the team and their pasts.

    The twists and turns that Ethan and Calvin’s relationship takes are a bit surprising and I guess I was a bit … maybe let down? I was expecting a big, emotional and full of hearts and flowers thing and it sorta happened that way – but it was a bit anti-climactic. Maybe because we’d already seen them hook up or maybe because they’d been friends for so long… in any case… It was sweet and tender and sometimes scorching hot! – but a bit different than I’d expected.

    I still loved them – don’t get me wrong – there is a lot of heart-string-tugging moments and tears – nobody will be disappointed by how things unfold.

    All the fans will be ecstatic to read this and justifiably upset by the cliff hanger as we await for book 7!

    4 of 5 stars
    Audio

    Mark Westfield is now to most of us the voice of THIRDS. He has some special challenges here because so much “speech” occurs in Ethan’s head. He does a great job of sort of “whispering” these lines to give us the indication that he’s not actually speaking. I’m not sure if I’d have gotten it if I hadn’t read it first, but since I knew the deal… well I think you’d get it anyway. He does his nice job with telephones and walkie talkies and other electronics as well. I found that listening to this made me appreciate how sweet Dex and Sloan are together as well as how cute Calvin’s southern accent is and his mom’s too. I love listening to this series and highly recommend it!

    Narration 5 of 5 stars

    Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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    James 04-30-16
    James 04-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Catch a Tiger by the Tail: Setup 2 Smoke & Mirrors"
    Any additional comments?

    This offering has all the excitement, action, and drama building of the previous Thirds books in the series save one thing. That one thing missing is an overarching conspiratorial super villain organization weaving their nefarious ways through the plot of the entire book to some sort of exciting break neck resolution. That makes this work a transitional work and a set up to book 7 of the series “Smoke & Mirrors”.<br/><br/>In place of the super-villain is a series of exciting but comparatively mundane Thirds policing operations. Team Delta is being trained to the max by Sparks. There is a nice rail against unfeeling corporate culture ruining working class lives driving one individual to strike back with a bombing and a shooting ending in his death. There is a nice rail against shoddy journalism stirring up bad feelings in the public against Thirds authority. Then there’s Calvin (Summers) and (Ethan) Hobbs finally overcome Hobb’s communications gulf to find their place together as their relationship become full-fledged. The riff between the three Hobb’s brothers is resolved with Rafe Hobbs returning to the family fold with Ethan and Sebastian Hobbs. Relationship between the major characters (Dr. Hudson and Seb) are further defined and additional background on other characters is provided.<br/> <br/>The book abruptly ends with Sloan Brodie being drugged and his Dex abducted with Dr. Schultzon’s as the chief suspect or lead as to Dex’s whereabouts. This cliffhanger ending is obviously a set up to the next book “Smoke & Mirrors”. If Dr. Schultzon is involved obviously the super-villain nefarious organization theme will make reappearance in that book. Let us hope so as the book is not as exciting without an uber-villain mysterious organization to battle.<br/><br/>The best thing about the Thirds series is its combination of rich character studies for the heart and the complexly layered plot lines keeping the reader on their toes feeding the intellect. It appeals both to the heart and the mind. In short this science fiction series is superb. <br/>

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    Professor Kankakee, IL USA 06-11-16
    Professor Kankakee, IL USA 06-11-16 Member Since 2017

    David

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    "Narration was awful"

    The Thirds series has been a very enjoyable story. However, the narration was very distracting on this one. I had to rewind on many occasions because of this distraction. The distraction was him elongating the last word of each sentence during most of his narration. It was not as bad with the characters. For instance, he would pronounce "brotherrrr" instead of "brother" almost like he was signing each ending word. For some reason Mark ended most of his sentences in this fashion during his narration but not so much when the characters were speaking. I had Book Three still on my player so I went and checked out how his narration was on this book and it was nothing like this one. Mark did a good job on the previous books, that's why I was confused as to why he changed his style. For me the narration was so painful that I probably will not listen to any future books that he narrates unless he reverts back to his previous style. It's really a shame because he is a rather good narrator and I really enjoyed all of the previous books and I was looking forward to any future ones. The story itself has been very pleasurable.

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    songbird 06-25-17
    songbird 06-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this series!!!"

    Cal and Ethan are the sweetest couple ever. We find out why Rafe is the outsider. Charlie weaves a very exciting story. There is never a dull moment with these Thirds agents. I can't wait to listen to the next book!!!

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    Marian CHAMBERSBURG, PA, United States 06-02-17
    Marian CHAMBERSBURG, PA, United States 06-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Image Killer"

    The story is fun with a lot of great humorous and sexy moments. However, this particular book in the series is making it difficult for me to continue. I'm the first to admit that I don't have the talent to be a narrator. That being said, it's hard to get the mental image of Hobbs being an imposing looking man with the voice of constantly whining little boy, versus a shy grown man. And Ash sounds like a cartoon character that I can't remember the name of. Mr. Magoo? The last word of each sentence is almost sung in a whiny tone. I didn't notice it as much in the other books, maybe because Calvin &a Hobbs were the focal point. Again, great story, but whining voices annoy the heck out of me...just ask the neighbor kids!

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    Reads a lot 05-09-17
    Reads a lot 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Keep them coming! They are only getting better"
    What made the experience of listening to Catch a Tiger by the Tail the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catch a Tiger by the Tail?

    Getting to hear Hobbs, and learn more about the dynamic between Calvin and him


    Any additional comments?

    It was so much fun listening to their story.

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    Belen 04-30-17
    Belen 04-30-17 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

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    "Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs"
    Any additional comments?

    Definitely one of my favorites in the series despite the cliffhanger ending.<br/><br/>I absolutely loved the relationship growth and dynamics of everyone in the story. Even though the focus was on Calvin and Ethan, I loved that Ash and Cael, Sloan and Dex, and even Ethan's brothers, got some good page time.<br/><br/>All in all I loved it, but more so because of Mark Westfield's narration. He just narrates this series perfectly. Sure, Charlie Cochet writes the memorable, and downright wonderful characters...but Westfield brings them to life.<br/><br/>I can hardly wait for book 7!<br/><br/>Recommended!!

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    Cat Missouri 12-30-16
    Cat Missouri 12-30-16

    I love to read any genre and most topics. I like diversity and engaging characters. I write, garden, cook,craft and chill with my furbabies

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    "Aother Intriguing Tail--ooos--I mean Tale"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Calvin. I liked how he never gives up on Hobbs. I also like that he is stoic doing his job and doesn't let it make him a hardened man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Calvin he faces down Hector, breaks Protocol and speaks to him though he isn't supposed to. I can't Imagine standing there all that time, having men and women call you names and not respond, knowing you did the right thing. but when he walks out and lays down his gun, man to man that was awesome.


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

    My heart went out to Hobbs.He is such a sweet man to be trapped in his selective mutism.


    Any additional comments?

    I had been looking forward to Hobbs and Calvin's story from the beginning. I hate to say it wasn't what I expected. I was hoping for more light on Hobbs, selective mutism, why it's selective.<br/>Don't get me wrong, the story is awesome, with plenty of action and drama as the others, and it also focuses a lot on the coupling of many of the teams and them moving into the new training and getting back to work. I think it mostly being in Hobbs view with him unable to speak, Mark having to interject so many 'He thoughts' or 'I thoughts' into the dialogue got a bit distracting for me. <br/>Having said that, I still love this series and the book is still a great one.<br/><br/>If you like shifters, especially big cats, special ops, science fiction, romance and some hot man-sex this is for you.

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    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-29-16
    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-29-16 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.

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    "Calvin and Hobbs"
    What did you love best about Catch a Tiger by the Tail?

    I loved these guys so much, they broke my heart time and time again. Bloody Hobbs, he's so sweet and I finally got to get inside his head, which is amazingly brilliant, even if he has selective mutisism (which I can't spell). Calvin killed me with all his brooding sniperness. Oi vey.


    What does Mark Westfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's got the characters down so well by now in the series, that you know exactly who is who without having to have Ms. Cochet tell you who is talking. I love how Hobbs is the biggest member of the team, but has the sweetest and smallest voice of them all.


    Any additional comments?

    These guys were awesome, as always and I'm glad I finally got to listen to their story. They need a novella so we can see their kittens, if they have any! Or have Hobbs playing in a box! Loved that!

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    "Well read but not much happens"

    The other books in this series, while clearly romance novels, have a plot that keeps the characters moving along nicely. This one is very thin on plot and reads like a not all that great fanfic that you keep reading just in case something happens.

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