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Publisher's Summary

Jacob A. Hinson thought he had seen the worst that humanity had to offer. Still haunted by memories of his combat service in Vietnam, functioning in society is often a chore for him. When he observes the abduction of three young girls from their school bus stop, he is thrust into a position he's not sure he can handle. 

Can Jacob subdue his own demons in order to save these innocent lives, or have age and the scars of war left him unable to stop the evil that awaits them?

©2017/18 AW Schade (P)2018 AW Schade

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A short but worthy effort.

Would you consider the audio edition of If I Fail to be better than the print version?

There is no print edition.

What was one of the most memorable moments of If I Fail?

The reality that our hero most act without any major influence of his military past.

What about Harry Roger Williams III’s performance did you like?

He is a Pro a very good narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Back to VietNam

Any additional comments?

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

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Short Thriller

I found this short thriller to be a brilliant length and jam packed with compelling action! It's always nice as a change of pace to listen to something as short and tight as 'If I Fail' was. That said, I really prefer my thriller/action content to not be all wrapped up in religion. For me, it's more than enough to find out how the good guy saves the day (no spoilers!) and there is no need for external paranormal questioning (as in, 'was it god's will that the children didn't die?!'). THAT said, though, I do have to say that in the forward there was a bit of a warning about this. I could have easily decided I didn't want to listen to the story when religion was mentioned, but I went ahead anyway. As a result of this fair warning, I will take no stars away for dogma, as the story really was a great listen. Harry Roger Williams III delivers a fantastic performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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If I fail

A man suffering PTSD is the only one who can save three abducted girls.A good read!Roger Willuams III was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Good short story

The story line is a good one. The main character Jacob is a Vietnam veteran that is suffering from PTSD. (I can understand the struggles as I am married to a Vietnam veteran.) He witnesses the abduction of three girls that he waves at everyday at the bus stop. He isn't sure if he can really help..since it is a short story don't want to spoil the story for anyone The narrator was very good. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Even as a short story it was too rushed

I think this story-line has a lot of potential, but given the depth of the aspect leading up to and surrounding PTSD among Vietnam vets, this work does it little justice. The plot just seemed to jump around with the sole purpose being to reach the ending. The underlying story and associated pains were never even attempted to be developed. Yes, being a rather short story there are limitations, but I have read and listened to works that have done a better job of pulling it all together in a short period of time. I think the narration was pretty good, as was the story as a whole; just nothing special. The premise for the story is a noble one and could perhaps benefit from some stronger editing. I would recommend this to those that have a strong preference to this genre, but it certainly isn't a listen that most would likely enjoy or find worthy of a credit. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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If I Fail

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but the narrator was a bit too "animated" for my taste.

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The girls were lucky Jacob was paying attention!

If I fail: What Doom Awaits the Children by AW Schade was a good, quick listen that focused on Jacob, a retired Marine, whose diligence leads him to notice that the little girls at the bus stop that he always waves to when he drives past in the morning are being abducted. His past training and service in Vietnam allows him to help the girls escape. I don't want to say more because it's a short listen and I don't want to give away spoilers.

Harry Roger Williams III narrated this short story well. His voice was perfect for the character of Jacob and he voiced the other characters well also. I would definitely listen to more of his narrations in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Unnamed friends from afar.

This very short story is simply written and easy to read, although the content is a little harrowing, dealing as it does with one man's continuing attacks of PTSD.

Jacob is a Vietnam veteran. Now in his 60s, his post traumatic stress from that time can still be triggered decades later. Twice a week he helps out at Veterans Hospital and on his way there in the mornings he always passes and waves to three young girls waiting for their bus to school. And they wave back. One morning he notices that they are not there but that one of them has left her colourful schoolbag behind. On the spur of the moment, he decides to pick it up and deliver it to her at the school - the grey van had only just departed. But when the vehicle fails to turn into the school, he realises something must be wrong and gives chase.
But what can he do? He's an old man with heart problems and this time he has no weapons plus there is no-one to watch his back. And his flashbacks to his time fighting the Vietcong start coming back. Harry Roger Williams 111 reads the story with a well modulated voice, letting the text speak for itself.
My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It is more than a simple tale of abduction and courage, it gets inside the head of someone who has seen and done terrible things for his country in the past and still has to face it again and again for all of his life, yet never gives up in the face of danger present. Recommended.