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Safari Adventure is a small but popular zoo that entertains visitors from all over Texas - until one morning when most of the animals escape and a body is found on the premises. Game warden John Marlin works closely with the sheriff’s office, at first to capture the animals, and then to solve the mystery of the missing zookeeper. But local good old boys Red O’Brien and Billy Don Craddock just might figure it all out first, after they pick up a hitchhiker with a questionable past and some inside information that makes him a prime suspect.

©2020 Ben Rehder (P)2020 Ben Rehder

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Another Fantastic Ben Rehder production.

Slowly but surely Red and Billie Don have taken over the Blanco County mysteries but that is okay. I used to think I wanted to grow up to be John Marlin but I realized that I am actually closer to Red and Billie Don. These novels are hilarious and fun. My only complaint is that Ben Rehder doesn't write nearly as fast as I read or listen.

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This was really interesting

Lots of twists and turns in this story. The Characters were well developed and we'll represented. I def enjoyed it. The Narration was done very well too.

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Intriguing listen

In all the crazy in this story, I felt empathy for many of the characters. Garrett was definitely one of them. He was wrongly judged by many. Albert was just a hapless victim of circumstances and already paid his debt imo. and he deserved peace. Some people were just too evil to make it out alive ir unscathed. Marlen and all his close call so far are giving ne heart attacks!! What an ending! I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 03-06-21

Enjoyed

I so enjoyed listening to Johnny Peppers, made this fun book even more enjoyable.


We have animals from a local zoo making a break for freedom. Great humour between Red O’Brien and Billy Don Craddock. A great fun mystery. Recommend .

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  • sue ward
  • 02-25-21

Free ride

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I believe this is book 13 in this series, wow I’m surprised because this many books in you could be excused for thinking they’d get old but nope not this series, the same lovable characters and enjoyable humour as well as a well constructed and intriguing plot with twists and turns that eventually all come together to tie up the case.
I love the visual of game warden John Marlon leading the escaped animals back into the zoo and the banter of the deputies over the radio about it.
A fun entertaining listen with a narrator that does it justice, a series that I can easily listen to again.

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  • Julie
  • 01-26-21

Going for a ride

I enjoyed this book. Although it did jump around a lot from both different character perspectives and in time, so it certainly keeps you on your toes. This is book thirteen and you don't need to listen to the book in order to enjoy them as each book are stand alone stories, a few incidents from previous books are mentioned but it is just in passing and not knowing what happened has no effect on the story, just brings back a few memories and chuckles. This book contains all the love able characters in the form of John Marlin, Billy Don and Red and let's face it the series wouldn't be the same without them. I am not sure the book was as funny as normal and Red has learnt from his last mistakes (?!?) but it certainly was a fun listen.
John Marlin the game warden is called to the scene of a strange event. A zebra is standing in the middle of the road. He is use to deer sightings but llamas? It seems that a few of the animals from a local zoo have escaped and they aren't the only ones to make a break for it. A dead body is found on the grounds but he wasn't killer by the animals. He was killed with a gun and the owner of the zoo has gone missing. Are the two connected? The animals are easily dealt with but the murder investigation is a bit more complicated. At the same time as Marlin is digging into the zoo trying to identify the dead man, Red and Billy Don pick up a hitchhiker not far from the zoo. The hitchhiker is keeping secrets and Red is determined to ferret them out.
I like the narrator, he does a good job with all the different voices.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.