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Hard Tide Audiobook

Hard Tide: Florida Coast Adventures, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When his father disappears in a freak boating accident, something smells fishy to ex-marine Billy Ryder. Now, after two decades away, Billy has come back to Pleasantville, Florida, a town whose surf is only rivaled by its share of sun.

Only Pleasantville isn't how he remembers it. A local gang has taken over the small fishing village and has scared the locals into submission, and worse, they just may have killed his dad for trying to stop them.

Now, if Billy wants to bring them to justice, he'll have to do something he hasn't done since his mother died. Step back on a boat.

That's okay though because after six tours in Iraq, Billy is really good at rooting out evil. And Pleasantville has a whole lot of evil.

Author's Note: If you're looking for a lazy slice of life Florida book don't buy this. If you want guns, guts, and action in the vein of Clive Cussler that takes place along the Florida Coast, buy this book.

©2017 Johnny Asa (P)2017 Johnny Asa

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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 10-18-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 10-18-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Ready for prime time?"

    Our former Marine hero, Billy Ryder receives a strange phone call from his father; a call that signaled danger and the need for immediate action. Duffle packed Billy is on his way back to his home town of Pleasantville, Florida. Only when Billy gets home it’s not as he remembers. Gangs rule the streets and his father is somehow involved with them. As Billy has served six tours in Iraq he knows there is only one way to deal with the bad guys. He starts at the bottom and works his way up looking for his father. Billy has his work cut out for himself and only has his old girlfriend and a service buddy to rely on. This is a pretty good story with lots of action, but it seems a bit more suited for the young adult crowd rather than prime time. I liked the story, but I’m debating whether to continue with the series. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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    Eric Hunley Hampton, VA USA 10-15-17
    Eric Hunley Hampton, VA USA 10-15-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Lightning fast read - relentless"

    This book was over the top, unrealistic, ludicrous, but delightful. It starts out with action and never lets up. The narrator was well matched and I look forward to the next one in the series.
    I definitely recommend this book to action fans.

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

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17
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    "Like an 80s B action flick."

    This book is like an 80's B action flick. And I say that as someone who totally enjoys 80s B action movies. What do I mean by 80s B action movie? The story is over the top on action, but really pushes the boundaries on believability.I could totally see the lead character being played by someone like Michael Dudikoff. While the story is a little thin, the crazy action scenes are just pure silly fun and Billy Ryder really is portrayed as a total badass. He shoots like a sniper, fights like an MMA champion, and can take as much punishment as the Hulk. Go in with a healthy suspension of disbelief and just enjoy the ride. I'd definitely check out more of Billy's adventures.

    As always, Joe Hempel delivers a solid performance, bringing this over the top adventure to life.

    I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Kristal New York 10-11-17
    Kristal New York 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I liked all of the action and drama"

    The story was action packed and was predictable. I would definitely recommend this book. The narrator was pretty good. His emotions/tone didn't seem to fit some of the situations but it wasn't a big deal

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    Darc 10-10-17
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    "Violence galore!"

    Ex marine , Billy, gets a call from his Dad in the middle of the night that is cut off with a gun shot. Billy drives 40 hours to Florida only to find his father is missing and ends up with a head on fight with the local gang, the Scorpions. If you want guns, guts, and fast action, this is the book for you. The plot moved along quite and the narration was well done.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Joseph Mahoney 10-09-17
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    "Roller Coaster Ride of Adventure!!!"

    Hard Tide: Florida Coast Adventures, Book 1 by Johnny Asa is a fast moving action packed audiobook. Billy Ryder is a retired marine. He gets an odd phone message from his father that sounds like his dad's life is in danger. So off we go with Billy to Pleasantville, FL his hometown that he has not returned to since enlisting in the marines. The town is controlled by a gang known as the Scorpions. Billy will stop at nothing to find his father. Enlisting help along the way from a fellow marine he served with and the girl he left behind. I highly recommend this audiobook. There are tons of action and plenty of mayhem. This story moves quickly and his highly enjoyable. I know this shows my age but it reminds me a great deal of the Mack Bolan novels of the 80's and 90's in the best possible way.

    The narration is done by Joe Hempel. Once again Mr. Hempel provides an excellent performance voice a cast of varied characters where each is unique and memorable. I always truly enjoy Mr. Hempel's narration.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review.

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    willee 10-05-17
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    "Adventurous Thriller"

    I enjoyed listening to this thriller on the sea book. I has good character development, liked Billy (ex-marine) who was a badass trying to save his father. This book is full of violence, gangs, drug lords and corrupt local law on land and sea.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

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    Kimberly Smith Oklahoma City 10-05-17
    Kimberly Smith Oklahoma City 10-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent series starter!! Can't wait for the next in series!!!!"

    Although some of the action was a little far fetched, I LOVED this book. It is full of action from the get go and keeps you guessing. I could not put it down and finished in one sitting. The narration is excellent too! I will definitely listen to the next book in the series. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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    "You really wouldn't like him when he's angry!"

    Billy Rider left his hometown of Pleasantville in Florida two decades before and hasn't been back since. Until, that is, he receives a phone message from his dad asking him to come at once, and then the sound of thunder claps exploding behind his father's distressed voice. Unable to get a callback, Billy drives for two days solid to the home of his old man, Bob. to find it has been trashed. Readers, enjoy the peace of these opening pages: after this, there won't be time to breathe.

    This book is really action packed with bodies strewn about like confetti. Determined to find his father, Billy becomes a one man tornado of criminal extinction, punching and shooting his way through, it seemed, almost the entire corrupt population of his old town. And gets the girl along the way. Wow. The real mystery is how did he survived the preceding twenty years without being locked up and the key conveniently lost? I must confess, I loved it.

    Without the terrific reading by Joe Hempel, however, it could have had a far more unreal and sinister feel. Yes, disbelief needs suspending big time, but Mr.Hempel's characterisation has Billy, from whose point of view this story is told, as a slightly sardonic but remorseful figure, blaming himself for almost everything he can, but especially for having left behind his old girlfriend without a word when he left to join the military all those years before. His need to find his father dominates everything, however, other than the stubborn determination not to let other innocents be caught and harmed in what he perceives as his fight. Fully voicing all the characters individually as well as carrying the ongoing text with gusto and excitement, the narration is a superb performance.

    More like a real life comic hero figure than is usually to be found in mystery thrillers, Billy Rider is a character to watch out for in future books. What will he do next, I wonder? Perhaps singlehandedly overcome Isis? My thanks to the rights holder of Hard Tide, who generously gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom without any expectations of return. Not to be taken too seriously, this is an easy listen and for everyone enjoying fast action, fantastic, furious fun.

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