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Publisher's Summary

From Ronald H. Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie is the powerful story of the lengths a father will go through to protect his daughter and an action-packed thriller that will take you on an unforgettable journey of murder and deception, testing the bonds of family and love.

Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago - that is until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine. With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched not only to rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?

©2015 Ronald H. Balson (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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a must read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

intrigue and historical value

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Sophie?

It was all memorable!

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

Mr. Berman gets 5 stars!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fasten your seatbelts!

Any additional comments?

Loved it from beginning to end!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

Great book as great as once we were briothers. You won't be disappointed Hurry and write a new one

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A fascinating mystery with an irritating victim

This would have been an easy 5 star had it not been for the hero/victim's bad judgements on just about every key decision and maybe the biggest case of self pity in modern literature. But wait, this is still a great story with remarkablly evil and brilliant bad guys!

The crimes are well conceived and devilishly manipulative. Despite the foolish victim, his friends are loyal and equally smart and resourceful. And they are as tough and savvy as he is pitiful.

Fred Berman's natural voice is not my favorite, but his accents have to be the most realistic I have ever listened to. Truly he is magnificent.

Is it worth a credit? Absolutely.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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A Bit of Everything: Intrigue, Suspense, Romance

Where does Saving Sophie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best I've listened to in a very long time. Exciting and gets you hooked from the very beginning.

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

Yes. Although it opens with intrigue, the main character's story is slowly revealed. I couldn't wait to hear more, & knew there was an intriguing, complicated truth to be discovered.

What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Reading this book would be good too, but Mr. Berman brings the story alive.

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

No, I was just "on the edge of my seat" during my listen.

Any additional comments?

This is a well crafted & suspenseful novel. It has an excellent plot with twists & turns.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 11-26-17

Overblown Story with Too Many Characters

In contrast to other listeners who gave this book rave reviews, I found it to be a muddled story that introduced a plethora of shallowly descripted characters who added little to the story. In addition, it plodded along, giving broad hints at the inevitable ending throughout, as if the author was "working it out" as he went. It was just a rather mediocre, if not annoying book in my opinion.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Impressive voice actor

There were so many different characters and many with foreign accents and the voice actor did not skip a beat! I was impressed!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining and Intelligent

Very much enjoyed the narration of this interesting story, with its twists and turns, feeling and rich information.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Clichéd, predictable, unbelievable

This book needs better nuanced evil bad guys. It creats similar good guys so the outcome is predictable. The book improbably links two unbelievable plot lines together peopled with stereotypical two-dimensional characters (Russian-mafia thugs. and and an ultra-wealthy unscrupulous capitalist) battling heroic Israeli spies. the CIA, and IDF special forces against Arabic nationalists with a bio-weapon capable of wiping out Israel. Oh yes, along the way, they reunite a kidnapped Palestinian child with her Jewish-American father and clear him of an imbezzlement scheme. This is supposedly a typical month or three's work for all involved: bad guys dead or in jail, good guys all happy, and pretty bows typing all conflicts together...but, of course, no Middle East solution.

Its happy endings were predictable by the second half. It was maudlin throughout and the conflicts were obviously contrived.

The reader couldn't pronounce common Hebrew names such Moshe ("Moshee") and Eliezar "Ell-ee-zar") and misidentified bits of clothing (Hebraic and Arabic) repeatedly.

The happy endings were predictable by the second half. It was maudlin throughout and the conflicts were largely contrived.

The book cries out for better writing and editing, a more imaginative and better integrated plot, and a director or reader who bothers to research even everyday foreign names and common-noun pronunciations.

That a villain bears my family name hasn't affected this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great characters, fascinating story, and a history lesson to boot!

Loved the narrator, Fred Berman. Very skillful at creating the voices of all of the characters. Story was interesting suspense with some believable twists. A wonderful history lesson wrapped in story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A little confusing

I found I had to reread sections of the book in order to keep the characters straight. Also I found that the story was not interwoven enough - that the parts in Palestine was too separate from Hawaii and Chicago.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Jackie Commissar
  • 07-20-17

Amazing Book

Highly recommended this wonderful story it kept me riveted from beginning to end! Narration well done.

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  • Marion
  • 10-02-17

Excellent as always!

I have become a fan of Ronald Balson! I've now read 3 of his books and they are all brilliant. His research into the era and story is so detailed. He never fails to keep me riveted. The narrator too is excellent taking off the German and Arabic accents perfectly of his various books. I certainly recommend this book.