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In Alexander, Jane Bolton is burying her husband; Willow Hollis is trying to bury her past; and the rock star, Jett Renick, is returning home. A wild spring will toss them all together when 13-year old Sassy Bolton is kidnapped. The search will uncover dark truths about the small Georgia town, and already broken hearts will be tested by the vicious storms of life.

©2017 Scott Bowers (P)2017 Scott Bowers

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Great!

Really enjoyed this book! Narration was really well done as well!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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An Interesting Read...

This Was A Decent Read... The Story Lacked That Genius Climactic Moment... The Narrator Took On The Characters Easily However The Two Never Combined...

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Some mysteries left unresolved.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

The story starts out well and manages to capture audience attention. The characters are defined nicely. The pacing is mostly constant throughout the book. But when the book ends, you are left hanging with a few loose ends. There are a few of the sub mystery plots which aren't addressed at the end. I wonder whether there's going to be a subsequent novella.

I did hate the pretentious "quotes" / word salad at the beginning of each chapter. I've read multiple books recently which do the same thing, dunno why. The quotes seemingly don't have any relevance to the story at hand or add anything of importance. And yet, they are there.

The narration was mostly fine. There were a few instances where the characters sounded overtly dramatic. But other than that, it was alright.

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Great Read

I really enjoyed the story, the way in which it was written, and the narrator. I usually stick with nonfiction or classic literature, but I'm glad I tried something new. I would highly recommend this book. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.

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Good Southern Mystery

If I'm being perfectly honest, it took about an hour to really get into the book. Jane and Willow started out as very unlikable characters and Malcolm was just a despicable excuse for a human being. As the plot unfolded and the pace of the story picked up, I quickly became more engaged. Characters that I initially had no interest in became more sympathetic and relatable. I'm glad that I stuck with it because it turned out to be quite entertaining. I enjoyed the mystery, suspense and family drama. I would have given the story rating a 5 but the ending didn't quite tie up all of the loose ends for me. Rhett Samuel Price gave a great performance and made Black Bird, Fly! a very enjoyable listen. I would recommend this.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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A little pretentious

This is a good, character-driven mystery. It might have been great except for two things: First, although the characters are fully defined, the action and events are not. significant questions remain unanswered at the end of the story.

Second, each chapter begins with a section of pretentious babble -- meaningless sentences with no apparent relation to the story, seemingly included in a failed attempt to make the story more literary.

Rhett Samuel Price's performance borders on melodramatic and his accents aren't exactly accurate. Some are so think that it's difficult to understand, but he does manage to distinguish character voices.

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

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Great mystery!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author, Scott Michael Bowers, did such a great job with the character descriptions. He made the characters and the small little town seem like people and places you know. The narrator, Rhett Samuel Price, has a variety of voices and accents, making it easy to tell the difference between characters. Price was the perfect narrator for this story!

The small Georgia town of Alexander has something sinister going on. Jane Bolton just buried her husband. Her family finds out about her extra-marital affairs and her youngest daughter, Sassy, leaves only to be kidnapped. A family friend decides to hire an investigator who can get things done, no matter what it takes.

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Small Town Georgia

This book was a very enjoyable listen. The author’s vivid descriptions easily brought the characters to life. Secrets are unearthed in a small town in southern USA, with a twist here and there. The narrator did an excellent job and I had no trouble distinguishing between the characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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highly recommend

this book was superb, I highly recommend it,
the narrator Rhett Samuel Price was excellent

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-06-17

Life has a dark heart

Black Bird Fly is an atmospheric wandering through the small town of Alexander - and it did make me wonder why anyone would stay there? Whilst obviously a beautiful place, the overall impression of the inhabitants was one of disassociation and sadness, a black pall, and violence, hanging just out of sight over everyone.
Starting with a funeral, we are introduced to the main protagonists, slowly, skillfully, one by one. A rock star who escaped the town years before, now grieving the death of his singer, brings love to one of the inhabitants. Much is as it always has been. Then little Sassy goes missing.

This is a low key mystery story, not all of which is entirely resolved. The characterisations are excellent, almost a verbal snapshot of the town. However, the slowly ongoing story is further delayed by purple passages intermittently scattered throughout the text which, whilst adding a certain overall atmosphere, did not relate to the story itself in any obvious way.

A strange book which this reader found, equally, strangely appealing. And narrator Rhett Samuel Price's performance added to this almost dreamlike quality of sometimes squalid normalcy, his slow paced reading moving through the text almost like one of the black birds observing from above. His voicings of the characters was good and all was nicely, gently intonated and read with an understanding and compassion.

I was freely gifted a complimentary copy of Black Bird Fly, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for it. As I mentioned previously, I found it strangely compelling and, as such, would recommend it as a tiny peek into the life of a small town and the secrets the occupants carry. But not for those looking for a straightforward mystery thriller.