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High Force Audiobook

High Force: The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

Hell has unleashed a demon - and he's coming for you....

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend - Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend?

There's a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus. Ryan and his team must find The Hacker before he takes another life - but are they too late?

The clock is ticking....

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

©2016 LJ Ross (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A literary phenomenon." (Evening Chronicle)

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    E. Walsh Pittsburgh PA. 04-24-17
    E. Walsh Pittsburgh PA. 04-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I didn't want to leave my car"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend that if possible the books are read in order.
    They build and get better as the series moves along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of High Force?

    Don't want to spoil the plot but when the title makes more sense there is a really nail biting few "pages" that light up the entire book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Got to be the High Force !!


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

    Not cry!
    However I was feeling deep concern about the policemen and women that over the series I feel that I have come to know, like and care for.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that this isn't the end and that Ryan will be back with Frank tagging along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-07-17
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome read and Awesome narration.."

    So, 5th book in the series and they just get better and better but I hated it because book 4 was a cliffhanger and I read it 9/2/16 and had to wait all this time to read the next. That wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t read 50 or 60+ books in between then and now. That’s why I hate cliffhangers and I wouldn’t have read book 4 if I’d known it was one.

    However, I’m glad I did read this. It was awesome. Although, Keir is just so sick and what he does to people is beyond gruesome. And I doubt it has to be described in such detail. Poor MacKenzie was his prisoner through the whole book and he just loved to play with her. He didn’t rape her or anything like that but every time you turned around he reminded her he could kill her any time he wanted to. And once he let her escape, only to be watching her from the roof with a rifle aimed at her. He loved his mind games.

    Here’s my only problem with the book: A word was found on Beth’s palm that said “Invictus.” When Lowerson asks what it meant the BOOK said “unvanquished,” but the READER said “I remain.” And that happened 3 times. Then when “Maneo” was written in with the entrails of 2 victims in was READ as “unvanquished” but the BOOK said “I remain.” The whole thing was crazy and needs to be fixed.

    As with every book I loved the secondary characters: Anna, Lowerson, Phillips, and MacKenzie. They were all terrific.

    WOW! What an ending! I loved it! With 3 guns aimed you just don't know who it was that pulled the trigger, or if that all did at once. Spectacular ending.

    There was no sex in this book but the romantic feelings between Ryan and Anna was so sweet. And the F-bomb was used 2 times.

    As to the narrator: Jonathan Keeble was wonderful. His voices from book to book are exactly the same, Ryan’s was sexy as hell and Phillips’s was gruff and raspy and Lowerson sounded as young as he was supposed to and Keir Edwards sounded as crazy as he was supposed to be. And he read with great emotion, too. And the women sounded just as they should.

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  • Maggie
    4/4/17
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    "Excellent; simpler but compelling"

    This is a good follow up to the previous DCI Ryan trilogy, completing the story of The Hacker (no spoilers if you haven't heard it or read it yet)
    It's a far simpler story than the previous trilogy, because there are no mysteries about who the 'baddie' is, and no strange quasi-religious groups to stretch credulity.
    It's simple in that at the end of the last book The Hacker kidnapped Denise McKenzie, and this takes us through the next couple of weeks. The writing takes you into the heads of all the participants and keeps you on a knife edge.
    I was disappointed that the book came out so long before the Audiobook, but if that was to wait until Jonathan Keeble was available, I have to concede it was a good decision. His narration is as excellent as the previous books and seems a flowing continuation.
    Definitely recommend, and will be interested to see where Ryan and Phillips go from here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • TLJ
    5/17/17
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    "REALLY poor ending"
    What disappointed you about High Force?

    The ending. Honestly so bad, I was really annoyed!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The ending.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It promised more.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Rm Walters
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
    4/13/17
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does High Force rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of High Force?

    The last hour, I was on tenterhooks even though I had already read the book on my Kindle.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    A really good narrator, I hope to listen to more of him in the near future


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

    It gave me palpitations, followed by a huge cheer at the end!


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all the other books in the series, but I reckon this one tops the lot. I just wonder what the author will come up with next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kimmie
    4/8/17
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    "Fantastic"

    I loved this story but I hope it's not the end of Ryan and Anna, please write a book 6, we have to hear of their wedding and Denise and Franks, can't get enough of the story lines. MORE PLEASE

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Ireland
    4/7/17
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    "Nail biting!"

    This book is almost impossible not to listen to in one sitting! It grabs you at once and wraps you in its web. It's a fabulous detective series Not to be missed.

    Lucky to find this author when his first book in the DCI Ryan series was released by Audible. They are all stand alone novels but it makes it more enjoyable if you get in on the first novel Holy Island.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RJW1979
    4/7/17
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    "Well worth waiting for!"

    Such great characters and a great continuation of the DCI Ryan series. Only slight complaint is that you have to turn the volume up loud as Keeble has such a gentle, calming voice it is a little bit difficult to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • june scammell
    4/6/17
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    "gripping book"

    yet again a gripping story with strong characters love all the regional mentions too especially good when you know the area

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    5/21/17
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    "Worth waiting for!"

    The suspense is kept up from the first sentence to the last! An exhausting listen, superbly read, as usual, by Jonathan Keeble!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An old 14 Crew
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom
    5/8/17
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    "A Good Local Story"

    Mr Keeble is a super narrator but the story was slightly spoilt by the lack of research into local place names: otherwise another light listen from LJ Ross.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    5/7/17
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    "Follows on from the cliffhanger end to book 4"


    Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and this means Detective Chief Inspector Ryan's worst nightmare has just become a reality.

    The murderer of his sister has kidnapped one of his team and is going on a killing rampage. The Hacker also has Anna, Ryan's fiance, in his sights.

    Ryan and his team battle to find their colleagues and put the Hacker back in prison.

    A good story, well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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