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Publisher's Summary

When Diana Ladd's daughter is kidnapped, all evidence points to a diabolical killer imprisoned years ago for terrorizing the Ladd family. A sequel to Hour of the Hunter.
© J. A. Jance; (P)1999 Books in Motion

Critic Reviews

"Gene Engene uses vocal intonations and accents to distinguish each character in a nearly flawless performance of this complex and suspenseful tale of murder, revenge and just a hint of the supernatural." (AudioFile)

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  • Linda
  • Anthem, AZ, United States
  • 11-27-07

Not at all up to par for Jance

None of the three books in this particular Jance series compare favorably with her others, but this one, I would rate the lowest. Although I found the stories of the Tohono O'Odham tribe interesting, I thought her Tohono O'Odham characters themselves were very idealized and quite unbelievable. The writing/storyline itself bogged down badly as well.

This review should not discourage anyone away from her other series, though -- especially the Joanna Brady ones.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Patroo
  • the High Desert
  • 08-29-08

I enjoyed reading this book in print...

As a long-time Jance fan, I've read all of her works multiple times. I hadn't revisited this story in the last year, and I find that I don't care for this one any more. The reader doesn't have a great range of voices for bringing diverse characters to life, and also has a reading rhythm that doesn't quite work for me. Frankly, a reader can make or break a book. While George Guidall can't read them all, I certainly wish he could read more of them.
Other stories featuring Lani and the Walkers are much better, or at least less disturbing to listen to. Perhaps that's the issue - the villain is so VERY villainous in this one. In print I could skim past the less appealing segments; in audio, I can only wince and wait.
A more adept reader could perhaps make that wait less uncomfortable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • GLADDY
  • WEBSTER, MA, US
  • 12-31-07

Loved it!!!!!

I found the first two books of this series very interesting. The characters are all well developed and after a while you feel you know them personally. I cannot agree with the previous reviewer. I would recommend this series to anyone. It is just as good as her Joanna Brady series but with a different type of story line. The characters are unforgetable and I hated to see each book end. I will be listening to book 3 in the series and hope it is just as well written. The reader was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A learning experience and entertaining

I enjoy this narrator as much as the story itself. I could relate so thoroughly to this story. My favorite aunt was an adopted Native American. The way the story was woven with the present and history of I'itoi and Mualig Siakam was masterfully done.

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Truly Amazing Story

I love every book and every character from J.A. Jance. Listening to the audio form was even better than the original reading.

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  • RS
  • 06-01-15

Different from usual Jance

Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Gene Engene?

We have listened to several Jance series - and liked every book in each series. We also like Engene - he does a great job.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. A. Jance again?

Yes, the Walker series isn't our favorite. We love Beaumont, Brady and Reynolds series.

What about Gene Engene’s performance did you like?

He has a good voice and a great pace.

Did Kiss of the Bees inspire you to do anything?

1st reaction - Delete the book.

Any additional comments?

We just aren't used to such graphic violence from Jance. The jumping from Indian lore to current story is a bit distracting to us.

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terrible to listen to

How did the narrator detract from the book?

he was terrible. sounds like he is sucking on candy and terrible noise in the background.