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Publisher's Summary

Never trust a blackmailer.

Vermont’s promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, “Keep this with you...keep it secret...you’re going to need it after the arrest.”

Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody - framed for the brutal murder of a young woman - and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands. All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake...because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.

©2018 James Hankins (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Edge of your seat psychological thriller...

Wow! This is such a fantastic psychological thriller. James Hankins has written such a warped tale of blackmail, murder and a Machiavellian murderer whose only skin he had in the game is his ability to disguise evidence from a crime to point to a particular person. Even if that person is completely innocent. Even though he himself committed the crime.
The publisher's summary gives a good foundation for this story so I won't elaborate on he storyline. It does leave out that the brother who is framed for murder had a TBI at seven years old and it left him intellectually impaired and with the innocence of a child.
The antagonist (Wyatt Pickman) is by far the most interesting character in this book. He is very methodical in his planning. Even his eating habits follow a pattern. He manipulates this entire family to nightmarish proportions.
But who is he? Who does he work for? And why does this person want to destroy the entire Kane family.
Timothy Andrés Pabon does an excellent job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-08-18

Author James Hankins writes another superb...

Author James Hankins writes another superb suspense mystery. The publisher's summary is quite good but it fails to mention that (1) Tyler Kane has sever mental issues due to a head injury he suffered as a child and (2) there are two other family members, Kane's sister and his state cop brother, that are major actors in this novel. A BLOOD THING is the 5th James Hankins audio book I have listened to; all have been excellent. I have purchased two more of his audio books and look forward to listening. This novel is a great psychological thriller. Narration is excellent.

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Crazy good!

This book kept me hooked, until the end. I felt so much for Tyler, the helpless brother. There was so much craziness in this story and just when you think things could not get any worse, they do. Wonderful story!

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A Great Book!

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't stop reading it. I have been trying to find words to describe it. Maybe these words could describe it: remarkable, fascinating, wonderful, thrilling, suspenseful, superb. No, these words don't do the book justice. The words in "A Blood Thing" go far deeper than any words in the dictionary. Every chapter was meticulously written so well that I was able to follow every situation without having to go back and reread anything. I did not for see any of the events that happened. James Hankins even kept a twist up until the last page. Thank you so much for all of your books and keeping my mind invigorated.

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Great story just got over complicated.

Loved most of the book; the characters are like able and the story is interesting. The ending portion seems rushed and disconnected.

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Disappointed

Hankins is usually good but not this time. The story is terrible. The only interesting character is the killer. The mentally challenged 'boy' is sympathetic but the remaining characters are one dimensional & stupid. Worst of all is the narrator: he read with a flat monotone, each character sounded exactedly the same. Awful!

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what the heck is this lame thing? maybe a 10 year

maybe someone 10 yrs old MIGHT enjoy it, but i have no idea why any company would publish this mess!

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Slow & redundant until the very end

The first 5 hours of this book are extremely slow, I spent the whole time waiting for it to get better. The characters come across as dumb (all of them, not just the disabled brother) and the writing is extremely redundant. The narrator will make a statement, and then the character repeats almost the same exact statement. The story finally gets interesting with maybe 2 hours left, then it feels like all of the twists are thrown in your face at once with brand new characters being introduced. This would have been much better had the author revealed a bit more throughout the book and developed more interesting characters. Narration was also very flat and boring, which didn’t help. Not sure how this got so many 5 star reviews.

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