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Professional blackmailer John Sharp, aka One Eyed Jack, is a man who knows how to keep a secret - for a price. But when a routine case of infidelity takes an unexpected detour, he soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of double-blackmail, commodities manipulation, and trying to rescue the woman that had once been his target.

©2012 Christopher J. Lynch (P)2018 Christopher J. Lynch

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I loved this story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! It is extremely well written and the narrator did an amazing job. You will not be disappointed with this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fresh, New, Character! Great Story. Love it!

My boyfriend and I love to listen to Audiobooks on the road. Usually as we are listening, we note characters are a bit cliche and expected, but not this time. Jack is a unique. new character. He is more complex than you think he'll be, with a fascinating career and a couple of turns in the story line that were not what we expected. Great book! I hope there's another One Eyed Jack story in the works!

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Blackmail thriller

One Eyed Jack got off to a little bit of a slow start for me, but once it got rolling, I really enjoyed the read. The story follows One Eyed Jack, who makes his living blackmailing people. He does have a redeeming quality though, in that he doesn't like to see injustice. This is the case when he spots a lover's tryst and decides to blackmail the couple, but once he finds out that one of his marks is already being blackmailed, his interest is piqued and he begins to investigate. The tryst was not what it seemed and one of the parties is innocent. Jack doesn't like this and forms a plan to help.

Jack turns out to be a likeable character who has problems of his own to deal with. Apart from the start, the pace was quite good and the plot kept me wondering what would happen next.
A good audiobook. Well worth a listen.

The narration was great and I felt it suited the main character. The other voices for characters worked well too.

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  • Ekaterin
  • Colorado Springs United States
  • 01-26-18

A complicated web of blackmail

Christopher J. Lynch's One Eyed Jack is a story of blackmail on steroids. The main character, Jack, has turned extortion into a precision business, taking what he calls a "sin tax" from those with something immoral or nefarious to hide.

One of his usual practices is staking out sleazy motels to take pictures of those about to meet up, and extorting money from them to keep the secret. This is where he runs into Marion, a woman caught in more than Jack's trap, and where his focus changes as he tries to go after the bigger fish turning her life upside down.

I wouldn't exactly call it a page turner, but I did keep listening and wanted to know what would happen. It ends in a bit of a cliff hanger, but there is enough resolution so one doesn't feel completely cheated. If I have any complaint about the story, it's that Lynch occasionally throws in very detailed unimportant-to-the-story details. This happens more in the beginning, and once the main story gets rolling, I didn't notice it happening anymore. There is one scene I found totally unbelievable, but I don't want to give anything away.

Tom Jordan does an excellent job with the men's voices. His women's voices were all a bit wispy and made me feel like they were all about to fall asleep, besides all sounding nearly the same. However, I know it is a difficult thing for men to do women's voices without sounding goofy. I might suggest, though, to vary speech patterns or something to give them some unique personality.

All in all, One Eyed Jack is an enjoyable "listen" that I would recommend.

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  • Casey
  • Huron, SD, United States
  • 02-08-18

Good Story, Interesting Character, Fun Narration

First, the character is a lot of fun. He's hardly the first antihero in literature but the author gives him a lot of depth mostly by letting you learn about what kind of guy he really is as the story is unfolding and you can see how he acts.

Second, the story moves at a good pace. I practically listened to this book from start to finish without a single pause and the few pauses I did take were always short. I couldn't wait to get back to see what was going to happen next. I did not have all of the answers come to me right away while listening and I appreciate not always knowing for sure what is coming up next.

I really enjoyed Tom Jordan's narration. This is the first book I heard him narrate and I feel like he just got the character from the start. I even enjoyed his female voices which is not something I say often about male narrators doing female characters. It didn't feel like I was being read a story. It felt like I was listening to a friend whom I hadn't talked to in a couple of months talking to me about a misadventure he found himself in. Credit for that goes to both the writing and the author and performance of the narrator.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free had no baring on my opinion of it.

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Need more

The story was great, the narrator had a great voice. I just wish the story was more detailed, it felt like something was missing.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 02-19-18

I loved this listen!!

Tom Jordan can narrate the phone book and I would still want more. There is a silky male softness to his voice and listening to him was the best part of this listen. I digress.

This is a really good story and I sincerely hope there is a book two. Jack was a great character! He does bad things but to bad people so that's okay, right? The twists and turns were exciting and when the bad guy was revealed, I couldn't wait for his downfall.

I loved this listen so much! It was a great mystery thriller with a great, albeit morally challenged, main character.

I really hope there is a book two. Jack needs to dispense more of his own brand of justice.

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Omg.. What a Great book!!



Where do I start?

Every time I thought things couldn't get any worse for Jack the author threw even more hardships at him. You really felt he was being driven insane by the killer, and I can't say too much about what happens to him without giving away spoilers.

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

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Sin Tax

Awesome Book! I really enjoyed listening to this book and the narrator's performance was superb. The various characters all had their own voice and accent. The story was woven with so many unexpected twists, and had an interesting storyline. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Blackmail as a career, who would have thought.

Would you listen to One Eyed Jack again? Why?

Black mail as a career, requires multiple marks and complexities. So many crimes, so little time as they may say. And the longer your in the business, the more complex it becomes by those looking to end your career. But, One Eyed Jack needs to have some personal time too. The secrets he must keep make my head spin. It's a very good story.