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Second Watch Audiobook

Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel, Book 21

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author J. A. Jance delivers an emotional and resonant mystery that takes us deep into Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont's past and raises challenging questions about duty, honor, and the debt that is owed to those who sacrifice their lives for their country.

Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD, and then even earlier, to his days in Vietnam, reminding him of people and events he hasn't thought about in years.

When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried. A masterful demonstration of J. A. Jance's superb craftsmanship, Second Watch is a thought-provoking novel that is also a poignant look at one of the most painful and divisive moments in our history - Vietnam - and a reminder of the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe to those who served then...and those who do now.

Performed by J. R. Horne

©2013 J. A. Jance (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-16-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "a unique idea"

    After writing 20 books about Beaumont what can an author do different? Jance certainly came up with a unique twist for the twenty first book. I found the weaving of fiction with non-fiction a distinctive idea. Beau is in the having both knees replaced and has had some hallucination with his pain medication that triggers him to ask to open a cold case, his first homicide. He is also hallucinating about his Lieutenant from his Army days in Viet Nam. What Jance does with these two plots is interesting and different from her usual stories. One is non-fiction the other is fiction, there is of course suspense, some action, and humor as she weaves her story. In this book she also brings in Bisbee, Arizona and Sherriff Joan Brady in a brief appearance. J.R. Home did a good job narrating the book. If you are a fan of Jance you will enjoy her new book.

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    Carole 06-20-14
    Carole 06-20-14

    Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,

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    "Too Much Repeated information"

    If you have read previous books in this series, then this book will feel very tedious. There's so much backstory for JP Beaumont that it takes pages and pages to summarize all of that. The past event summarizing seems to go on forever--very tedious if you have read the previous novels.

    In addition, there is a very, very long series of flashbacks involving a 2nd story about Vietnam Veterans that is completely separate from the main mystery.

    With all this extra material, I really lost interest in the main mystery. Tedious, tedious, tedious. I think this is the last J.A. Jance book that I'll purchase.

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    Rod Kawana, Australia 11-06-13
    Rod Kawana, Australia 11-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good listen"

    A different style than previous books. Good narrator and storyline. Interesting all the way through.

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    Sherry 10-18-13
    Sherry 10-18-13
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    "Oustanding in the series"

    I love all of the JP Beaumont books, but this in particular was a standout. Full of insight and emotion for JP. Finally, a narrator who is as good as Gene Engene. Don't let him go please.
    The authors notes at the end discussing how the idea for the book came about was fascinating. Glad the author didn't listen to a teacher who didn't believe in her writing dream. The books have given me hours of pleasure.

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    jw 09-09-17
    jw 09-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Different from her others"

    Didn't realize until the end that J.P.'s friend from Vietnam was based on a true person. At first I didn't care for the story going back in the past, thought it was a little boring, part was the narrator, almost didn't finish listening. Glad I did, it turned out to be a pretty good story, not as good as her others but I love J. P. & Joanna's series.

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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 08-29-17
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 08-29-17 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Loved this book"


    i wasn''t familiar with this author until i saw her on the TV series "Greed," telling her true story. Now I wanna write a book with as much heart felt writing as this. Bravo. THis book left me with chills going up my back.

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    Rob 01-31-17
    Rob 01-31-17
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    "Excellent combing of truth & fiction"

    A great Beaumont story combined wirh a real life character. J A. Jance did a superb heart-touchng job.

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    Amazon Customer 12-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "J P early years"

    Love the double plot and the resolution of both, loved the nurse, and J P determination in rehab.

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    joan davey 09-23-15
    joan davey 09-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    absolutely loved it. JP Beaumont is our favorite character. J. A. Jance is an excellent storyteller as always in all of her books . Looking forward to more. I can't get enough of her books.

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    Josephine Winfrey E. Orange, NJ 07-23-15
    Josephine Winfrey E. Orange, NJ 07-23-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Another one for JP!"

    I still love this character. Even though he's agingg, JP still gets the answers. I like the personal touch from the author in this book.

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