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Hands Across the Sky Audiobook

Hands Across the Sky

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From the first word, Hands Across the Sky draws the listener into an intoxicating tale of mystery and hope, beautifully told.

When Ezra Quinn, a San Francisco techie, gets a call one Saturday morning, he has no idea that his life is about to change beyond his wildest imaginings. Quinn is offered a lucrative position in the Middle East in his field of wearable tech. A week later, he's on a flight to Dubai.

In Dubai, Quinn meets beautiful, cosmopolitan Leila, who orients him both to his work and to the political complexities in the region. Though the Middle East is on fire, Leila drops a hint that there is another way...the way of the Open Hand.

Leila accompanies Quinn to Cairo, where he meets Alif Zahir, the passionate, intelligent official at the center of the operation. As Quinn begins working on the project, he starts to become suspicious. Is Alif Zahir really who he says he is? And is the project truly aimed at peace? Soon, events will spiral out of control, and Ezra Quinn will find himself caught up in a web of violence and treason from which there seems no escape.

©2015 Andrew John Schmitz (P)2016 Andrew John Schmitz

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    Alan J. Vitello Arvada, CO 06-10-16
    Alan J. Vitello Arvada, CO 06-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Little Bit o' This..A Little Bit o' That..."

    Take a wee little pinch of the crazed Nazi dentist, from Marathon Man...throw in a heaping cup of anything by Dan Brown...add in a teensy bit of pretty much anything by Paulo Coehlo, sprinkle in a bit of the Millennial tech-savvy generation, to taste...and you've got yourself "Hands Across the Sky."
    This is one fast-paced, 21st Century, espionage adventure novel, featuring, quite possibly, one of the most naïve protagonists that I have ever experienced. (I mean, honestly, wouldn't you at least ASK what your new job responsibilities are, and what you new employer actually does BEFORE you pack up everything and move to a very, very, very politically unstable part of the world?)
    Nevertheless, other than an incredibly unsatisfying ending, which absolutely leads the listener and/or reader to conclude that this book MUST be the first in a series, "Hands Across the Sky" is an engaging and thought-provoking novel, that raises many questions about who actually writes the history we all accept as true, as well as, the role of our US government in the Middle East quagmire. It also offers a compelling narrative regarding the ancient conflict between our dark and our light; the will-to-power vs the desire to share, help, protect and nurture each other; the closed hand vs the Open Hand.

    Performer Collene Curran's reading is spot-on. She have a very lyrical and pleasant voice which renders the softer parts of the story all the better. Her way of describing food (of which there are many, in this book) are hunger-inducing, and a visceral, sensory experience for the listener. Listening to the scene where Ezra Quinn is taken far out into the desert, and (Wait! I can't say that SPOILER ALERT!)...well suffice to say, Curran's expert reading turns this horrifying scene up to "11."

    All-in-all, a great listen on your commute.
    Recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    christina 11-03-16
    christina 11-03-16
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    "Well-crafted and richly told"

    "Hands Across the Sky" is an immersive story, well-crafted and richly told. The listener is transported from the glittering San Francisco Bay to the heat and friction of modern-day Egypt. Politics and spirituality, technology and tradition are tensely woven into a tale of international espionage. Andrew John Schmitz's elegant and intoxicating writing is brought to life through the artful and imaginative voice of narrator Collene Curran.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Curly Locks 11-01-16
    Curly Locks 11-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating from the Start"
    Would you listen to Hands Across the Sky again? Why?

    A sumptuous exotic tale of adventure and sacrifice. Filled with rich imagery to arouse your senses. Although the story is set in modern day, you feel as though you have been transported to another time. Collene Curran performs her narration with a delicate touch. Her characters are well defined, and her narrator weaves their tales with fine threads of multiple colors and tones. You are drawn immediately into the story from the start and want to simply listen and follow the life changing journey of Ezra Quinn.I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for my honest review. However, I picked it out of the many titles offered to me because I immediately felt a connection when I heard Collene Curran's voice. I was not disappointed.


    What other book might you compare Hands Across the Sky to and why?

    The Kite Runner...in terms of the underlying tension that the middle east struggles with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Leila prepared the coffee for him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I felt a deep compassion and empathy for the struggles the characters experienced.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be looking for more audiobooks narrated by Collene Curran. She has a very unique style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Linz, Austria 06-18-17
    Andrea Linz, Austria 06-18-17 Member Since 2009
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    "swirl of violence"

    Naïve techie gets involved in the Arab spring movement in Egypt.
    What looks like an ideal jumping board for the next career step turns out to be a nightmare that starts with the attack on his life and ends with the death of his friends. The beginning is very good, but then the swirl of violence begins with many too players who accept the death of the individual as given for the cause. There is fear and terror, the hopelessness of the situation, which always allows the powerful to sit at the long branch.
    The starting scenario sounded interesting, the plot development and especially the end of the novel from the perspective of the main character were not conclusive for me. In a way the book just stopped and one might think it is actually the beginning of series.
    Narration was good and brought the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book junkie Pennsylvania 01-16-17
    Book junkie Pennsylvania 01-16-17
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    "Excellent first novel Andrew John Schmitz"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hands Across the Sky to be better than the print version?

    Either version would probably work for most people, but when the novels are set in other countries I find the audio book can help me in following the story better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hands Across the Sky?

    There were a lot of great moments in the book, but without giving away any spoilers for me it was the torture.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they are gathering for the demonstration and they don't think they will have enough people with them, then people all over the streets start holding up red flags.


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

    I liked when Quinn when to Tareks house and the descriptions and relationships that Quinn had with Tarek and his family.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an extremely well written novel. Thank you for the chance to listen to it for free for an honest review.Enjoyed narrator Collene Curran.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Mollinet Layton, Utah USA 12-05-16
    S. Mollinet Layton, Utah USA 12-05-16
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    "Modern Middle East adventure"

    This story combines elements of modern Egypt, modern middle east, technical know how, spies, intrigue, and love. It is set during the Arab spring mostly in Egypt. I enjoyed all the technical descriptions. Overall a good story and it kept my interest. Some sex, but not descriptive sex. A little violence. And a lot of hands theming.

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    Penni 11-24-16
    Penni 11-24-16
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    "Just ok"

    After having lived in Dubai for 7 years, I was astounded to hear there are oil fields and a camel market there. Oil- yes, but off shore and the camel market is so far into the beige desert, that it can't be seen from Burj Khalifa. A few other statements were just wrong, which put me off a bit, so I then kind of switched off and just listened for background noise while working. Would have been more interesting if the narrator would have changed her voice a bit more for the male characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kelly watley 11-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "5. or of 5 Star's 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟"

    Wow! Just finished reading Hands Across The Sky .. It was given to me as a gift. Outstanding. I found it difficult to put this book down. In fact, I didn't. I read it in one sitting. Thought it was a fast moving dramatic mystery story with compelling characters that deceptively results in an epiphanous moment of self-examination and reassessment of values. Looking forward to more in this series. Highly recommended And intriguing story..

    I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 11-16-16
    Daman 11-16-16
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    "Kept me glued till the end! Very well written!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hands Across the Sky to be better than the print version?

    The narration was amazing. I loved the subtle nuances the book had in regards to the different areas of the world and the plot of characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hands Across the Sky?

    The plot was very unique, and the cast of characters made this ensemble really turn brighter as I kept listening.


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 11-03-16
    Rachel 11-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "To slow for me"

    A political drama set in Egypt. It was beautifully written. But, I thought most of the events was unlikely and unrealistic. (He tells no one where he is going for the next year? He does not know what he is going to do, or for whom? He does not intervene the fight on the roof? Only one student is bugged?) In today's times, that is stupid, not adventures.
    The story spends a lot of time describing food and building atmospheric scenes, killing any possible suspense. It made this a slow, drawn-out drama, not a action or thriller.
    Just not my cup of tea, sorry.
    The narrator has a beautiful voice, but with all the descriptive scenes it felt to slow and drawn out.
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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