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Publisher's Summary

San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.

Savich and Sherlock receive news of the attack as a mysterious note is delivered to Savich at the Hoover Building: FOR WHAT YOU DID YOU DESERVE THIS. Who sent the note? What does it mean?

As Ramsey Hunt’s life hangs in the balance, Savich and Sherlock race to San Francisco to answer the question: Why would anyone shoot the judge? When they discover one answer, more questions arise, until Savich and Sherlock face the final shock.

©2012 Catherine Coulter (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Beverly
  • Broken Arrow, OK, United States
  • 09-10-12

Another great read from Catherine Coulter

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

Didn't read print version

What other book might you compare Backfire to and why?

I have read all of this series, and I can't find another I like this well.

What does Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Male and Female voices and very good drama

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

Liked all of it

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  • James
  • Waynesboro, VA, United States
  • 08-27-12

An Outstanding Performance!

The story seems to be typical of Catherine Coulter's FBI series. The best patr of this book is the performance. What I usually hear with a two person performance is the male narrator reading from the male's point of view voicing the female's role like a single person read. Then the female will read from the woman's point of view, again voicing the man's role as in a single person read. This book, however, the men's dialogue is all done by the male reader; and the women's dialogue is all read by the woman, no matter who is doing the background narration. Very similar to an old radio program. An Outstanding Performance.

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  • Donna
  • Maryville, TN, United States
  • 08-27-12

Best Catherine Coulter Yet

Where does Backfire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

solid 8 out of 10

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

yes, one narrow escape after another, also Catherine brought characters from her other F.B.I books into the plot, I really like this.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

no, the children's voices sounded like an adult trying to sound like a child the male voices did not match the characters

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

Oh Yes!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

I wish this book had be narrated by Renee Redmond and Paul Costanzo the narrators of her last two F.B.I books they were excellent.

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Narration is terrible

Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ?

I love Catherine's FBI books but I couldn't get into this one but the narration and baby voices killed it. I wanted to hit something every time. After a while it seemed all I could hear were the children and those horrible voices instead of the adults so I gave up.

Has Backfire turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Lose the baby voices and listen to what kind of crap you are turning out.

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Love Catherine Coulter

What did you love best about Backfire?

the story and these characters. Savitch, Sherlock and the whole gang. Was waiting for the next in the series/

What was one of the most memorable moments of Backfire?

When they were in the elevator. don't want to give anything away. I was surprised how one of the villans came out of left field. ie: from the Judges background story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst ?

Yes

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Enjoyable "Read"

A lot of the reviews I read complained about the narration so I debated about purchasing it, but I'm glad I did. I don't have a problem with the narration, sure when they do a little kid voice it's a little irritating, but thankfully that doesn't happen very often.

This was a nice continuation of the series, even if some parts may be a little predictable.

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Disappointing

This one was a real disappointment. The story was unnecessarily complicated and frankly a bit boring compared to other books in this "series". The narration was also a definite disappointment. I admit I am not a fan of multiple narrators for one book and I found it distracting in this book. The male narrator in particular was very annoying, using exaggerated accents and overly babyish voices. The Tommy Lee Jones impression for one of the main male characters was particularly annoying. Overall, I'd say skip this book.

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Hideous narration

Especially the adults trying to do baby voices - couldn't be worse. I won't finish the book for that reason. I just can't listen to this.

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  • renee
  • United States
  • 08-27-12

Fabulous

I loved the story and wish it was longer! Would recommend to all readers! Enjoy!

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  • Denice
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 07-13-12

Twist and turns

I enjoyed the story with the twists and turns throughout the book. Listening to the book with all the different voices was a joy and added a depth that I did not get reading the book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful