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Hold Back the Dark

Bishop/Special Crimes Unit
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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A town in the thrall of evil. A summons that can't be ignored. The SCU returns in a nail-biting novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.

The Chosen have been warned. Powerful psychics across the globe have gotten the same eerie and insistent message: Go to Prosperity. Because in this small North Carolina mountain town, madness has taken hold...

Trapped in a nightmare they can't escape, the residents of Prosperity are killing one another, waking up with no memory of the monstrous acts they've committed - or the reasons why. Chief Deputy Katie Cole knows that whatever evil is afoot is beyond her expertise, and beyond the understanding of Sheriff Jackson Archer. They need help.

The Special Crimes Unit is called in for its specific brand of investigation, to aid the Chosen as well as the once-peaceful mountain town. It will take all the agents' training, all their experience, and every extra sense they can call on to get to the bottom of things in Prosperity. And as a sinister pattern begins to emerge, even the most experienced and hardened SCU agents must brace themselves for a flood of darkness unlike any the world has ever seen...

©2018 Kay Hooper (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with The Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Not my favorite Kay Hooper book...

Although I normally enjoy Kay Hooper for the paranormal mystery books, I did not enjoy this one.
The characters were very shallow, the plot was thin and the crimes were described with sketchy detail. I felt like the book was missing a lot.
If you are a first time reader/listener of this author this book may be satisfactory. If you have been a long time fan of Hooper's and are familiar with her previous works, I think this book might be a disappointment.
To each his own and this is only my opinion.
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Thank You.

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WHAT THE HELL!

I love, love this series! I have been waiting an entire year for this book! The story is rolling along its good the potential is there, but then it start skimming through incidents. The ending is rushed and very abrupt. It leaves you thinking what just happened?

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Very Disappointing!!

My husband and I are huge fans of Kay Hooper and her Bishop series. This book had no excitement, no thrill, no suspense, just as the book was starting to get semi-good it was all over. We were quite sad. We were really looking forward to this book. My suggestion is don’t waste your time:(

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Disappointed

I have bought every Kay Hooper story ever penned and this is the first time I've been disappointed. In fairness to thr author, I typically read as opposed to listen and I was not impressed with how the characters were read. beyond that, the end of the story felt incomplete and left with loose endings, sort of...like spaghetti thrown at wall.. I cant really explain it other than to say it felt very unfinished and I actually wondered if there was a chapter left off.

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Would have been better as a short story.

WARNING: Do not listen to while driving or operating heavy machinery.
Took weeks to get past the the first part. Excellent cure for insomnia with no sleeping pill aftereffect.
Takes till the very end of chapter 6, beginning chapter 7 for any story to find its' way. Roughly 3 hrs into the audio, if you can make it that far.
The ending chapters had a water downed story to it, which would have been better as a short story.
Did Kay really write this?
If book is dropped in the tub, over the boat while fishing, or otherwise soiled..no worries. Tis a good throw-a-way book
Dante

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Disappointed

I have read all of Kay Hoopers books and just finished wait for dark, which was very good. So I was excited to read Hold back the dark. What a disappointment!
Half the book was once explaining their abilities and not enough of a story line.
The ending was horrible and uneventful.
May be the last Hooper book I read.

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Too many characters

I usually like this series and this narrator, but they didn’t seem well matched this time.
The story ended abruptly and very unsatisfactorily - it was sort of like “ and then the handsome prince came along, saved the princess and the fairy godmother was happy “

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Another good one.

I loved this book. My only issue is that some of it felt rushed. Like the action scenes were brief. Not like battles in any of the other books.

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Had potential but failed to deliver

As much as I love Kay Hooper's books, this one left me feeling empty. As I started listening I was gearing up for another great story with battles against evil. Just at the point I thought the story would kick into high gear it was over. If it was meant as a short story to set up a next book it would be ok but as a standalone novel very disappointed.

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Awful plot

Surely this must have been abridged??? The plot line jumps around so much and there are massive holes that when listening it honestly sounds like huge sections were left out. I’m super disappointed and this is the first time I’ve felt like I’ve wasted an audible credit.