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A three-in-one bundle of suspense and excitement as missionary kid Kennedy Stern faces more danger, mystery, and controversy than this anxiety-prone college student knows how to handle....
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"My name is Ruby. I've been framed for murder by The New Rulebook. Though I've never heard of or seen it, its masterminds hotly pursue me...."
Ruby Masters just saw a woman die. And discovered The New Rulebook - something she knows nothing about. But it knows everything about her - enough to frame her for murder. Ruby calls on the one person she trusts, her best friend, Robert Towers. Robert will find a way out. He always has. But she didn't count on him falling in love with her - and turning Christian.
His unrelenting grip on a newfound faith irritates Ruby - until she finds herself captured behind enemy lines, helpless, alone, and with no way out.
When all human effort fails, what she gets at the end, is the one thing she didn't see coming, completely changing her life and Robert's.
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Nice romantic mystery involving two long term friends fighting for their lives. Ruby, a.k.a. Red, is a delivery business woman framed for murder. Robert, a Sergeant, is head over heels for Red and does his best to save the love of his life. This book is a well written romantic mystery that takes some unexpected twists and turns dealing with a new sci-fi technology called the New Rulebook. A good book to listen to.
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This book is well written with a great mixture of love, faith and dangerous enemies. The faith of one giving strength to the other in a most trying time. Finding their faith first separately, then together. Beautiful.
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This book has a good story. I was not particularly interested in the religious references. I received this book free in exchange of an honest review.
Where does Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was one of the better audiobooks I have listened to (interesting characters and a good mystery), until it reached the end of the story, and then dragged on for another six painful chapters.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Finally. Why did it have to go on for six chapters when it could have been concluded in one?
Which character – as performed by Andrea Tuszynski – was your favorite?
Who was the most memorable character of Red and why?
The good twin. No spoilers!
Any additional comments?
Very heavy religious theme for the last six chapters.
WOW when I was allowed to listen to this free for my opinion, I had no idea how different this was going to be. I have to admit I enjoyed it. Not my usual genre but I'm always game for something new & this certainly was. Get your self a copy, lay back & let it take you away but be prepared for a few surprises
Well written with a little bit of religion intertwined. Love, danger and faith all a part of this story. I would read/listen to the others in the series.
This is a story about Ruby/Red and her journey to clear her name after being framed for murder by the people behind The New Rulebook...which many know nothing about. She calls upon her best friend Robert to help her...he is also a cop who has recently invited and accepted religion as a way of life. She isn't so sure about this new lifestyle of Robert's at first, but when she finds herself in trouble and alone, it seems to be the only thing that saves her.
The story has a good message without being "preachy." Truthfully, I didn't know the story was more about religion and less about being framed for a murder she didn't commit. It was a pretty good story, but I felt the narrator didn't really have much emotion. She sounded just "Blah." I know if I was framed for murder, I would be freaking out! The narrator made Red seem so nonchalant about it. She didn't do a bad job; I just think she wasn't a right fit for this story.
I am not a religious person, but I do have beliefs and morals. If you do not mind a Christian-based mystery, you will enjoy Red: The New Rulebook Series, Book 1 by Joy Ohagwu. The story ends with all loose ends tied up and it could stand alone, but if you love books in a series, the author gives you a preview of what's to come in the next book (the narrator didn't sound so depressing in this one...she seemed to vary her speed and bring Red to life a little more). I also got a copy of the e-book because maybe I'll enjoy the story more the second time around when just reading it. Once again, I'm not saying the narrator did a bad job...I just feel like she could have put more energy into the main character, Red, so that the listeners felt she was more believable when being faced with something as serious as murder.
Thank you for reading my review, and I hope you enjoy the book. :-)
Would you try another book from Joy Ohagwu and/or Andrea Tuszynski?
Maybe. I am not a Christian, however, I was able to appreciate that this IS a Christian story and, as such, reflected the values inherent to that faith tradition. I liked the plot of Red and I would read another of the author's books if the sermonizing were toned down a bit. The characters were well developed and believable.
Would you recommend Red to your friends? Why or why not?
I would but would be sure to mention the strong religious aspect.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I like the narrator's soft voice but pacing seemed off during the highly dramatic scenes.
Could you see Red being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Not really. Disclaimer: I do not watch television.
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This first book in The New Rulebook series of stories has a lot of potential without quite reaching it. Author Joy Ohagwu has a nice style and the premise of this romance cum techno-thriller cum religious combination almost works, but not quite. It reads like an early draft of a good idea that requires more thought and development.
The plot begins as an exciting thriller when Ruby (nicknamed “Red”) is framed for murder during a delivery for a client. Her dearest friend of 18 years, Robert, is a policeman who agrees to aid her until a rapid-fire series of attempts against Ruby’s life sends them both on the run instead. The action is well-written and sharp but never drawn out, allowing the plot to move along at a brisk pace. Ruby’s reaction to both the murder, and the attempts on her life however, are far from realistic as she seems to take it all in her stride like a seasoned spy. There’s very little emotional reaction from her about her situation, especially in the early stages of the story.
As the duo finally appear to be staring death in the face, Robert confesses two deeply personal things to Ruby: his love for her and his newly discovered faith in Jesus. This kicks off an angst-ridden romance between the two and Ruby’s eventual and sudden conversion from, presumably, atheism to Christianity in her moment of greatest need. It happens without any build up or preemptive moments of self-reflection, leaving her wholehearted conversion both unexpected and unbelievable.
While the action scenes are nicely written, the thread of the story needs a lot more white-boarding. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered by the end, including why the bad guys were trying so inventively and enthusiastically to kill Ruby when, in fact, they needed her alive to be able to complete their mission.
Ohagwu fleshes out the back story of her two main characters effectively and it’s easy to believe the bond they share, including their underlying love for each other. It’s that kind of detail which demonstrates what she’s capable of as a writer. The plot needs equal love.
The biggest failing of Red however, is the epilogue, which takes up almost a quarter of the novel, perhaps slightly less. When the adventure is over, the story needs to end. Instead, Ohagwu continues on, leisurely exploring the main couple’s relationship and faith in Jesus, sans any real kind of post-traumatic stress. The ultimate purpose of the story may be to spread the word of Christianity, but it does so as a sub-plot and therefore needs to be spaced throughout the primary narrative to conclude at the same point, not dragged on for more than a few pages after the main plot has ended.
Narrator Andrea Tuszynski has a soft-spoken voice that represents the wonder of Ohagwu’s technological thriller and the religious awakening of the protagonists, but fails to provide any sense of urgency to the thrilling narrative. She’s a good narrator for something less exciting but doesn’t really do this novel a lot of justice.
My full review of this and other audiobooks can be found on my audiobook website at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com, including other spiritual and religious-based stories. Meanwhile, Red runs for less than 5 hours and may suit less demanding listeners who simply enjoy stories about their faith.
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Ruby, the Red of the title, had built a successful one person delivery business, starting with a simple shopping service for pensioners then growing it to includes carrying packages for firms. So she wasn't suspicious when asked to take a package to a preordained place to give to someone. She was surprised when that person was shot in front of her leaving her as the only witness. Instead of seeking out the authorities to report the crime, she runs home, calls her best friend, stages a broken pipe scenario to cover their conversation and goes on the run with him: If ever someone wanted to be a prime suspect, this was certainly a good way of ensuring it!<br/><br/>Her friend of 18 years, Robert, is a cop and, in the midst of murder and mayhem, confesses to Ruby his two great revelations - that he loved her and that he had found God. Yet she seems to totally overlook the former and what was the problem with the latter when it is she who is always peppering conversation with, "Thank you, Jesus," comments?<br/>Most of the book is written in the first person, from Ruby,s perspective although a brief section sees things from Robert's point of view, so the reader gets to know both characters quite well. Whilst Robert seems to be a good, solid person, patient, dependable and truly in love with his long time friend, she comes over as a needy, self obsessed, superficial and manipulative woman (at least to this reader), who's religious belief is more for show, or to calm nerves in times of stress. Yes, you're right - I really didn't have time for her. Why was she set up for the murder in the first place? No idea. Why was she pursued so avidly by the baddies? Again, no idea. Surely a 10,000 dollar fee from an unknown firm to give an unknown woman a package would seem suspicious to most one person delivery acts? Mmmm. There was great potential in the story but it wasn't properly developed, sadly. Perhaps all is somewhere revealed in a throwaway sentence or two, but I found it often difficult to concentrate on the narration. Ms.Tuszyski's voice was pleasant, if rather little girlish, but well suited to the title character, and, again like Ruby, seemed to have little emotional quality in the reading. She also sped along at times and it was in these periods, especially in the latter half of the book, that I found my concentration wavering. Overall, not a bad narration, just not spectacular.<br/><br/>Each chapter was preceded by a line from the bible, which was nice and, if the frequent 'Jesus' comments by Ruby are overlooked, the actual religious message was tastefully woven throughout. Included at the end is the first chapter of the next book in the series. This is attached with no prior explanation other than the bland 'The end', followed by Chapter One, which could have been a clever postscript, but wasn't.<br/>My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of Red. Nicely written for the most part with a lot of potential. Just not quite there yet.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I liked the book. It had suspense and a little romance. However, I don't believe it when Ruby/Red believe in God quite so quickly. I know that when your in danger or believe you are going to die that you would do something that you wouldn't do like praying. I had no problem with that but I found her to have too much faith for someone who didn't really have one to begin with. <br/><br/>Also when she thought someone she knew die, I felt that she did not mourn them enough. This is a person who she liked a lot. I expected her to think about this person a bit more longer. I had someone close to me die and they would come to mind when I wasn't thinking about them, at the beginning, nearly all the time. It took along time for me to think about them in happier moments. <br/><br/>The other thing which I found too much was the faith Ruby had. She seems to except things to quickly. As humans we have habits or the way we think that take a while to change/break. There are some things that we might be able to change quickly but not everything. I believe she needed more time to be that religious. <br/><br/>As for the romance I felt Ruby didn't really love Robert. She said that life is to short and she knows that he loves her and yet she waited ages before she told him. She was willing for him to find someone else. If she truly loved him she would have been jealous even if she was in denial about her feelings or was willing to let him go. After all we are humans with human emotions not saints.
What three words best describe Andrea Tuszynski’s performance?
Andrea's performance was OK. I believe she can put more emotions in the character so we can hear when they are upset/angry, etc. I didn't hear her voice change when the characters emotions changed. She was still OK and she suited Ruby's character really well.