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Publisher's Summary

Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann's repertoire for almost a decade. Now, in Jump Cut, she's back...and is soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.

Ellie gets the drive's contents decrypted, but before long discovers she's under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she's unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don't realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power - where more lives are on the line - including their own.

©2016 Poisoned Pen Press (P)2017 Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Heart Jumping Book

A thriller pitting a giant aeronautical corporation that manufactures drones against Ellie Foreman who doesn’t take being fired as her final cut. She wants to know why and goes to great lengths and danger to get answers. Ellie and her group were hired to produce a video to show the ‘softer side’ of Delacroft. Only to be told that their video is not at all acceptable. Like the headlines of today, this book is right on ‘target’. Terrorism, espionage, drone strikes, murder and kidnapping is all here in this fast paced book, that can make you believe it is not a work of fiction.

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Outstanding read!

So many books, so little time to read. I read this book in less than a day! It is that good! I'm a character reader, I get into the characters, their story, who/what they are. The author does a fantastic job of developing Ellie ( even though this is book #5 in the series) quickly & thoroughly. The significant characters in her writing are developed similarly along the way. This book is in all senses of the word, a thriller, you can not wait to turn to the next page. That’s it, no spoilers from me though I can see more about this character in the future. Outstanding read!

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This will hold your attenmtion!

When I listened to my first Ellie Foreman audio book, I enjoyed it, but wasn't overwhelmed. Jump Cut, however, drew me in from the very beginning and kept me hanging on. It's filled with surprises, with unexpected twists and turns, and then, after you're worn out from the tension, it offers a satisfying ending.

Ellie Foreman is at it again. She's innocently managed to get herself into the middle of an international situation when all she wanted to do was make a promotional video about a Chicago-based aviation firm. In doing so, she captures the image of a man that some officials at Delcroft Aviation don't seem to want noticed. This simple, unknowing bit of footage loses Ellie the contract and leads her into the middle of a death investigation, a death that involves a person she was supposed to meet. At the scene of this death, Ellie finds a flash drive hidden in a pack of cigarettes. That flash drive just might hold the key to a case of espionage. Things ramp up as Ellie tries to determine what's behind it all, and in the process, her beloved daughter is kidnapped right out of Ellie's car.

For me, this series of books is a delight in many ways, but especially because I know well the area where the action takes place. I can easily imagine where Ellie is stopped on I-94. I can visualize the areas she walks, the restaurants she eats in, and the "L: station where important things happen. It's not necessary to know these things, the descriptions are sufficient to allow you to follow them; it's just a nice added touch for me to hear about familiar places.

The narration in this audio book is top notch. Nan McNamara gives a 5 star performance in this book. Characters are easily distinguishable, and emotion is presented with just the right touch to indicate what's happening in the book. Her voiced is easy to listen to and holds your attention.

I received this audio book as a gift from the author. Her generosity had no influence on the opinions I express in this review.

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Awesome mystery

What made the experience of listening to Jump Cut the most enjoyable?

The plot came alive with the narration ,you were caugh into questions of why and wanted answers

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellie not knowing why she was fired an doing something about it

Have you listened to any of Nan McNamara’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I hadn’t She was very good

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

Yes, wanted questions answered

Any additional comments?

Story came alive by listening to audio

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Great Audio book

Great Audio book I got a free credit on Audible from the author for this book. You will be on the edge of your seat the entire book.

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Story puts a strain on believability

Actions and motivations of many of the characters truly strain believability at times, but the story is engaging and suspenseful. The main characters are likable and interesting. Nan McNamara gives the characters distinct and appropriate voices. It's a good match of narrator with story. I continue to enjoy this series.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Jump Cut: Jump into This One

What did you like best about this story?

....for Your Cut of Excitement! This is the first book I had the opportunity to enjoy by Libby Fischer Hellman; and not the last. Based on this experience, I have already bought Book 2 in this series. Libby weaves a taut, fast-paced thriller like a master dropping clues all along the way. But beware, not all clues are all that helpful. Buy it now, and thank you later, and I just know you will!

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Taught thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of Jump Cut to be better than the print version?

Yes.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was fully engaged in the storyline from start to finish.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The subject ended up to be surprisingly educational - in no way preachingly - and I was moved to do further research about it. Fascinating.

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  • Sarah
  • Springfield, GA United States
  • 06-27-17

Another exciting book in the Ellie Foreman series!

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Ellie Foreman has been hired to do a series of promotional videos for Delcroft Aviation. Then at the screening for the corporate big-wigs Charlotte Hollander shuts down the program. Ellie can't just walk away and wants to know why she was fired. As Ellie starts digging she enters a world of international espionage involving the Chinese. People are having "accidents" and disappearing all around her then Ellie's daughter is kidnapped. Will Ellie solve everything and get her daughter back safe and sound?

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for my honest review.

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A totally engaging story

Jump Cut is a smart, sharply written, intense modern day thriller. I listened to the audio and was on the edge of my seat. My husband passing by stopped to listen. A totally engaging story. Recommend.

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  • Wendy Hellion
  • 04-18-17

Enjoyable mystery

If you could sum up Jump Cut in three words, what would they be?

From the get go the author picked the pace, and though the five in the series you did not need to read the first five...

What about Nan McNamara’s performance did you like?

She matched the pace of the story and made it enjoyable to read

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

yes

Any additional comments?

As I have said this is the fifth in the series, but she had the ability to let you dip your toe in a book, without being the need to start at the very beginning was enjoyable