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Publisher's Summary

Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann's repertoire for almost a decade. Now, in Jump Cut, she's back...and is soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.

Ellie gets the drive's contents decrypted, but before long discovers she's under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she's unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don't realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power - where more lives are on the line - including their own.

©2016 Poisoned Pen Press (P)2017 Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Story puts a strain on believability

Actions and motivations of many of the characters truly strain believability at times, but the story is engaging and suspenseful. The main characters are likable and interesting. Nan McNamara gives the characters distinct and appropriate voices. It's a good match of narrator with story. I continue to enjoy this series.

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

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Jump Cut: Jump into This One

What did you like best about this story?

....for Your Cut of Excitement! This is the first book I had the opportunity to enjoy by Libby Fischer Hellman; and not the last. Based on this experience, I have already bought Book 2 in this series. Libby weaves a taut, fast-paced thriller like a master dropping clues all along the way. But beware, not all clues are all that helpful. Buy it now, and thank you later, and I just know you will!

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Taught thriller

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

Yes.

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

I was fully engaged in the storyline from start to finish.

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

The subject ended up to be surprisingly educational - in no way preachingly - and I was moved to do further research about it. Fascinating.

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  • Sarah
  • Springfield, GA United States
  • 06-27-17

Another exciting book in the Ellie Foreman series!

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Ellie Foreman has been hired to do a series of promotional videos for Delcroft Aviation. Then at the screening for the corporate big-wigs Charlotte Hollander shuts down the program. Ellie can't just walk away and wants to know why she was fired. As Ellie starts digging she enters a world of international espionage involving the Chinese. People are having "accidents" and disappearing all around her then Ellie's daughter is kidnapped. Will Ellie solve everything and get her daughter back safe and sound?<br/><br/>I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for my honest review.

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A totally engaging story

Jump Cut is a smart, sharply written, intense modern day thriller. I listened to the audio and was on the edge of my seat. My husband passing by stopped to listen. A totally engaging story. Recommend.

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SUPER GREAT STORY! A MUST READ

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

At least number one

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to decide but our heroine and her guy Luke because they believed in each other.

Have you listened to any of Nan McNamara’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First performance for me and I thought it was perfect!

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

when the trade off occurred for daughter and information chip

Any additional comments?

I freely received this audio book from the author, narrator or publisher and am freely offering my unbiased review.

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Typical Thriller

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This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.<br/>This is the first of the series that I have read/listened to. Although it was fine as a stand-alone, some background would have been helpful, but I do appreciate not being led circuitously through a back story.<br/><br/>For me, this one did not stand out from other suspense/espionage/thrillers. It seemed like just another run of the mill story. Ellie's quest to find out why her video triggered the cancellation seemed a bit far-fetched as did the Chinese spies. It was just an OK listen, with not much added by the voice of the narrator.

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  • Rosemary
  • Willoughby, OH, United States
  • 06-21-17

Spellbinding

Why did Delcroft VP Charlotte Hollander reject the promotional video that Ellie and her company produced? The work was well done. Ellie Foreman wants answers. She doesn't realize what that information will cost her and those she loves. Ellie is in over her head and getting in deeper. Delcroft Corporation is ruthless. They will destroy anyone who gets in their way. What can Ellie do to survive? This story is so realistic that I felt I was reading today's headlines. Libby Fischer Hellmann has crafted a taut thriller that made me shiver. The suspense and tension are powerful. Ellie is an old friend. I'm happy to see her again. She's feisty and smart. She's found love with Luke. He cares about her and wants to protect her and her daughter. I liked that he let stand on her own two feet, but is there if she needs support. Chicago provides the perfect backdrop for this story of death and deception. The hustle of the city hides the evil. Jump Cut pulls you into a drama of political intrigue and double dealing. This is a story that will make you question the difference between good and evil. This book Is guaranteed to keep you up all night. Nan McNamara, the narrator, adds to the suspense. This audiobook adds drama and emotion to Jump Cut. This novel is amazing.

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Jump Cut is a fun conspiracy thriller/mystery

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This book starts out a bit slow, but that's because there is so much buildup that must happen in order for the reader to understand the many intricacies of the plot. It's like an avalanche that starts as a snowball slowly rolling down a hill and then gets bigger and bigger until it comes crashing towards you. There is A LOT going on in this book, and yet Libby Fischer Hellman does a great job of keeping the reader on top of it all and never confusing or overwhelming her audience. There is a lot of information coming, yet it is organized and put forth in a way that is clear and exciting to read. Even though the beginning is a bit slow, it is important to pay attention to the details so that you understand the why's of it all in the end. There are a few unanswered questions in the end, but it is almost okay that way, as Ellie says that she will never know the answers either (so neither will the reader). I do think that there were a few parts that were a bit drawn out and then a few that were a bit rushed, and those that were rushed could have been drawn out a bit more so as to be a bit more climatic. Overall, this is a very exciting thriller/mystery. I think that Libby Fischer Hellman does a good job of bringing emotion into the high stress situations and that brings another element that many thriller writers are missing nowadays. <br/><br/>I listened to the audiobook, so I cannot comment on any spelling/grammatical/formatting issues in the book. I can say that the audiobook is a high quality production and has a good narrator. The narrator, Nan McNamara, does a good job as the narrator, but she doesn't do as good of a job as some others in distinguishing between characters in dialogue, so it can get a bit confusing if there isn't "Luke said" or "Ellie Said". So I think she could have been stronger in her differentiation of characters voices in dialogue. There were times where I thought Luke was talking and it seemed like she was using Ellie's voice. It's important for narrators to use different tones so that we can tell the characters apart since we can't see the line breaks when listening. <br/><br/>The author sent me an audio copy in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion in any way, although I am very grateful to her for the opportunity to listen and review her work.

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Eye opening

I feel this story could have been half of what it was and still got the point across.For those who don't believe the governments are corrupt, should listen. Although a story, it does hold powerful truths.

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  • Wendy Hellion
  • 04-18-17

Enjoyable mystery

If you could sum up Jump Cut in three words, what would they be?

From the get go the author picked the pace, and though the five in the series you did not need to read the first five...

What about Nan McNamara’s performance did you like?

She matched the pace of the story and made it enjoyable to read

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

yes

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As I have said this is the fifth in the series, but she had the ability to let you dip your toe in a book, without being the need to start at the very beginning was enjoyable