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Set in the mysterious and other-worldly landscape of Chile's Atacama Desert, this fast-paced and captivating mystery novel revolves around Pablo Nelson - an American by birth but with Chilean roots - who has resigned from being a detective in a small town in Vermont to open a hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. But soon after starting his new life, he finds himself drawn in to helping a Chilean detective solve a series of gruesome murders occurring in a remote desert village. In the process of the investigations, Nelson must confront his greatest fears and doubts about himself.

©2017 William Graham (P)2017 William Graham

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Too Tough a Task

If you could sum up Atacama Red in three words, what would they be?

Needed more time. This is a two and one half hour audio book, from a one hundred and nineteen page book. The author had to introduce characters, establish explanations for their actions, introduce a mystery with multiple bodies and include the "chase". There is an exotic location, a reasonably likeable protagonist. The work just wasn't long enough to accomplish all of the elements of a good mystery. Some of the motivations and actions by the characters seem to be just thrown out there and not reasonable.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Telegraphed. Which is what I meant that the work needed to be longer for that aspect to develop.

What about Dan Carroll’s performance did you like?

Dan Carroll has a pleasant voice. Easily understood.

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

Please stand back from the geyser!

Any additional comments?

I appreciate the opportunity to listen to and review this work.<br/><br/>I would like to see the work lengthened and developed a bit more. It's on the right track!<br/><br/>A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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Flat Story

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I wasn't quite sure what to make of this story. At first, it was so dry I was wondering if this was a true crime book. But it's not, it's just a flat, dry narrative fiction. The narrator really didn't help. He had a choppy telling of this story and his voice for the female detective was... hard to get through. I think this book would have been far superior if it had had a better voice over artist. That said, the interesting part of the story (cult killers!) was never fleshed out and it felt like the author spent a lot of time on unnecessary scenes and rushed through intriguing ones. I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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INTERESTING CONCEPT MYSTERY

I originally opted to listen to this audiobook because I like mysteries and my husband had worked in the Atacama desert prior to 1962 when we were wed. I did, however, find the narration too neutral and was not able to really get into the story. Am certain that there are many who would enjoy this book even though I was not very impressed with it.

I received this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher and am freely offering my honest and unbiased review.

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Meh

This whole thing left me feeling very MEH. Way to rushed to really enjoy the story or the characters. It was also boring. Just didn't hold me at all.

I didn't care for the narration much.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Short and to the point

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A matter of fact narrative. While there was not much action, this narrative made me imagine places in Chile. I would have preferred more interaction between characters.<br/><br/>Dan Carroll has a beautiful masculine voice with room for improvement, especially it needs more inflexion and sound more engaged. At times it was monotone.<br/><br/>I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 07-25-17

Let down by the narration and the duration

Another good short story mystery from William Graham. American ex-detective Pablo Nelson moves to Chile to escape his ghosts, only to be pulled into more detective work. Nelson must face his own issues while helping the Chilean authorities.

At two and a half hours this book fits a whole lot in, which works both for it and against it. It opens with Nelson's final case in the US before he moves, the one that haunts him. It then has to set up all the players in Chile and also set up the mystery. Because of this it all feels rushed and some &quot;get to know the character&quot; elements feel really forced. Especially the prologue section introducing Nelson. This section is an info dump on him that tells you a whole lot abut him but doesn't really engage you. There is also a lot more telling, rather than showing throughout.

The story was good. The mystery was good. The detective work good. It just needed more space and more time to breathe.

I found the narration and sound production rather lacking, which really took away from the book. As an overall thing the sound quality wasn't great. The whole thing sounded like I was listening though a wall, just a little bit muffled.

While Dan Carroll does provide voices for some characters they are spotty, and his 'main' voice for the narration and the main character is not engaging. The voices are also muddled at times - there was at least one point where I am almost certain he swapped the voices by accident between two people talking. So person one was saying things in persons two voice and vice versa. There are times when we move from internal conversation to a comment made out loud with no change in tone or pace so it all flows together.

The pacing is mostly okay, although there are some awkward pauses at times.

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

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  • DK
  • 07-21-17

Fantastic listened – why all the negative reviews?

Atacama: a Pablo Nelson mystery

William Graham weaves a masterful plot with wonderful characters in a beautiful setting (excepting the descriptions of victims final &quot;resting places.&quot;)

Pablo Nelson feels irrevocably damaged after failing to find a missing boy. He decides that he needs a fresh start and follows his mother's roots to Chile. Once he arrives, he buys a small hotel and goes through the motions of life.

Each character that checks into Pablo's hotel adds another layer to the mystery (cue up &quot;Hotel California&quot; *wink*.) Then as the plot thickens those layers are peeled away from a different angle and deeper.

Will the mystery of the murders wet Pablo's interest in life as a detective once again or will he find defeat in another unsolvable case? Will he find the desire to live on a more personal level? A combination of both or neither?

I thoroughly enjoyed it – the entire, too short, 2 1/2 hours.

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Pablo Nelson finds you cant always leave it behind

Atacama Red by William Graham was a pretty good listen. Pablo Nelson as he resigned from a detective job in Vermont feeling burned out and ready for a change. He decides to open a hotel in a small town in Chili with the hope of getting away from his old life. Fate has other things in store for him as finds himself helping Chilean detectives as they investigate some gruesome murders.
This is a good story not a great story but it is a relaxing listen and the twists and turns will keep you involved until the end.
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Dry like the desert.

What disappointed you about Atacama Red?

Where do I start. The characters aren't fleshed out at all. Their actions / reactions don't make much sense (from motivation perspective), their fate doesn't bother the listener much. The "mystery" isn't much of a mystery either. Plus the narrator did a poor job at best.

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A mystery to keep you guessing

I enjoyed the story, there are quite a few twist and there are clues layered into the story but they aren't obvious so I got most of the way through before I figured out one of the characters involved.

I like mysteries that aren't obvious but where you stand a chance of guessing who's involved. and this one delivered that for me.

This book created a good set-up for a series of books and I'm putting the next book on my 'to read' list.

I wasn't a fan of the narration, a few of the character voices were OK but most weren't particularly the female voices. I also found the flow of the narration a bit strange, not too bad but enough to be a bit distracting. I'd have preferred the eBook version.

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