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Publisher's Summary

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular.

But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case. The crime seems to have Reyna's father at its centre, but investigating it inevitably brings Reyna closer to the childhood events he's purposely erased from his memory. He is also confronted by his half brothers, who have their own agenda and seem intent on protecting the family name from any implication of wrongdoing.

Reyna's choice, then, is either to push through the resistance and risk what he might reveal about his past or to forsake the strange, windswept Faroe Islands for good. His decision will change the lives of everyone around him, but the truths he's already uncovered can't be reburied.

©2016 Chris Ould (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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excellent first book

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

Yes, the characters are understated and interesting. The story is compelling. The writing and performance are excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are two characters that make me want to listen to the rest of this series and to whatever else this author offers--the Faroe Island dectective and the visiting British Detective. Both were introspective, non-hysterical, realistic characters.

What about Matt Addis’s performance did you like?

It was clear. The distinction between characters was clear. Everything about the performance was well done

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

no

Any additional comments?

I hope Audible picks up the rest of the series and the rest of the author's novels.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Slow

Slow going to an unsatisfactory end
Main character not particularly likable and one dimensional throughout

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Can't wait to read the other books in this series!

While some may find the plot a little slow, I felt that it allowed me to savor the book. The character development was good, but we are left with intriguing questions about Reyna's background, as well as his future. The setting of the Faroes also makes this book stand out from the pack. Imagine my shock when I learned that the main victim and the killer have very similar names to both my grandfathers!

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Faroese Mystery

If you could sum up The Blood Strand in three words, what would they be?

Prodigal son returns.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood Strand?

The protagonist's arrival on the Faeroe Islands is an interesting set up for the story.

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

No

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

No extreme reaction, it was a good book, well read. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next in series, but wasn't dazzled.

Any additional comments?

I hope the author spends more time describing the geography of the area more in future books. Also, in order to make his story more compelling, I think he needs to add more depth to his main character. Perhaps he is planning on having Jan's back story unfold through subsequent books. I hope so.

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Enjoyable foreign mystery

What made the experience of listening to The Blood Strand the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the story and the the new geography, however had difficulty with foreign names. I really had to concentrate at the beginning to keep characters in place. My fault for not being familiar with Scandinavian names.

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Great book!

Narration was superb and story terrific. I’m so glad there’s a sequel. I will start it immediately

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  • Casey
  • NIPOMO, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 03-29-17

Sad when it was finished. I want the next one.

it started out slow but develop great I was sad when it was over I wanted more it's a great book and I'm looking forward to the next novel

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Interesting location and story

I liked this book s lot. It took awhile to get used to the unfamiliar names and places, but once I did I really liked it. The reader was superb!

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  • Jacque
  • Lander, WY, United States
  • 06-30-16

Slow going

Despite an interesting location and good narration, Blood Strand failed to hold my interest. Maybe I'll try it again later.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Slow

Starts nowhere, goes nowhere, ends nowhere. Narration changes from first to third person randomly. The protagonist is drawn out to the Faroe Islands to see a long lost father, but that thread is dropped immediately. There seems to be no reason for his presence, no reason for him to be helping the local police with a web of vaguely interlinking crimes. I hear it's hard to get a book published but after slogging through this mess I don't imagine it can be =that= incredibly difficult.

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  • Rogayah
  • 03-17-16

Faroe - Scandinavian slow lane

This really was one of the best detective stories I have listened to i a long while. Not a fast paced story but one that unfolds slowly like a paper flower put in water. I hope that the others in this trilogy will live up to this first book.

The narrator Matt Addis is perfect for the telling of the tale - his characterisation is good and so too is his accent. Well read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 03-16-16

Just an excellent listen......

I can't say much more - good story and great characters. I enjoyed every minute and will look forward to more by the author and will follow up the narrator - well worth the time!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-16

A mystery set in an usual place

I enjoyed this story but the low ish score is only because at times, in my opinion, the storyline began to drift and repeat. This however did not prevent me from wanting to know the conclusion which didn't disappoint.

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  • Kathycrewe
  • 07-17-17

Absorbing

A novel with a difference because all the names and places are so very different to what you're used to. 5*++ for the narrator. I had to concentrate to keep up with the story, but that's no bad thing because the deeper you get into it, the more absorbing it becomes.
Highly recommended.

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  • Janet
  • 10-22-16

Excellent all round

The setting in the Faroe Isles is unusual and interesting. The story is compelling and plausible, well written. The narration by Matt Addis is superb, he brings the characters to life using a very good range of different registers and intonations.

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  • Anne
  • 08-06-17

Engaging and well written

I didn't know anything about the author but was intrigued by the setting. It turned out this was a great find - interesting and engaging main characters and an intriguing story. Will read the sequel asp and can't wait till the third book is published. Oh, and the reader's very subtle use of accents is excellent.

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  • helen
  • 08-02-17

very atmospheric<br />

A riveting read, performed well...a real page turner. i can't wait for the next one...

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  • MAGGS
  • 10-10-16

The blood Strand - enjoyable read

The blood Strand - enjoyable read
At first I thought the narrator was boring and slow but the more I got into the book I raised that it was what the book need as for me it went with the characters laid back approach.

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  • An-Marie
  • 09-04-16

A fascinating book!

Any additional comments?

This book is a fascinating insight into a place that I only knew the name of. The characters were well written and the narration flowed very smoothly, moving from the first to the third person effortlessly, clearly delineating each character. I am only disappointed to find that Book 1 is not followed by Books 2, 3 and, at least, 4!

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  • Martyn
  • 04-06-17

Find your Life

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

A great new series and look forward to Book2. Great description of the Island and one feels you begin to know the people. Very good story line

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Main character as you feel you are getting to know him and his background

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The Narrator was good BUT it was very difficult to jump from Firstperson to Third person with out a little break. One was following when the next sentace would be in a different Person. Surely there could have been sub chapters to allow for the changeover. Very well read and the languages were covered very well

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

No it held my attention right through and will look forward to more from this author

1 of 1 people found this review helpful