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Three complete novels. More than 300 five and four-star reviews.

If you love Harlan Coban, Tami Hoag, Michael Connelly, or Lee Child, you'll also love Harry Starke. Harry is no Reacher or Bosch clone. He's a force unto himself, but the fans love him. If you like realism, fast-paced, nonstop action, you'll love Blair Howard's highly acclaimed series. Grab this box set of the first three stories now. You won't want to stop listening!

©2016 Blair Howard (P)2017 Blair Howard

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  • 04-16-17

I'm a new Harry Starke fan!

This is one of the best values I have ever gotten on Audible. Harry Starke is an interesting character -- part bad ass -- good guy-- and great detective. The novels all have a classic detective flavor similar to "Mike Hammer" "Spenser" or other classic detectives. The plots are in depth and pretty sophisticated --not the usual run of the mill detective stuff. His supporting staff and investigative partners (like Kate) are well developed and referenced in each novel. Sometimes I just like a good who-done-it novel and this is perfect! Three novels for 1 credit is a great bargain.




9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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New Detective Classics!

What made the experience of listening to The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 the most enjoyable?

While the location is modern day Chattanooga there is something about these books that take you back to the very best days of Raymond Chandler.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3?

Finding the body in the bath tub in Book 1

Which character – as performed by Tom Lennon – was your favorite?

Harry. He becomes Harry and you forget you are listening to a narrator at all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Each individual book, yes.

Any additional comments?

Will be moving on to the next books in the series now.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Hard to put down

Would you listen to The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 again? Why?

Sure, Interesting to see how even though Harry is a fully developed character right from the beginning of book 1, he definitely grows and fills out in each subsequent book. Actually gets even more likable.

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

Three good plots though Hill House was my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

The finale of Hill House is great!

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

The Spencer of Chattanooga!

Any additional comments?

The narrator does a really great job. Being all in the first person he really is like listening to the real Harry tell of his adventures.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A Great Series

I really enjoyed all 3 of these books & can't wait to get into the next set. Harry & his crew are great to watch & the stories all have significant twists & turns...it keeps you tuned in.
I enjoyed watching Harry get himself into all sorts of situations & how he figures out the "bad guy" Great series

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Harry Starke my new love

I have fallen in love with this series of books. Me. Howard attention to details is superb and it's funny. A must read. I am downloading the next set of books now!!!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Stories got better as characters were fleshed out

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

No. I don't know anyone else who listens to audio books. Their loss, I know.

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

I like a great mystery and these were not complex situations but what I enjoyed were the meetings of the minds which went over and over the aspects of the cases and came to a conclusion. Not tingly but just a very enjoyable listen during our summer monsoon storms here in AZ.

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

Lennon's accent is great. I have never visited the deep south but I have read that the accent is a little Brooklynish and he added that to his narration. His Jamaican accent could be improved though.

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

Relaxing in an intellectual way.

Any additional comments?

Ordered the next set. Can't wait to see where the characters go from here.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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loved them.

I loved the series. looking forward to book 4. will definately order it when it is released.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Series!

I purchased Harry Starke #1 a while ago and loved it. I went to buy #2 and found this set of 1 - 3. I could get #2 & #3 that meant for just one credit. If you have not bought #1 yet, this is an even better deal.

All three books have completely different plots and can be read as stand alone books, but they are even better if read in order. Harry is maturing, becoming more complex and growing up in many ways. In #1 he tends to jump a little too much from bed to bed, and in #3 he is completely settled in with the girl of his dreams for example.

The narrator is the same for all three titles which is fine with me. He does a great job of becoming Harry Starke. Being written in the first person if he didn't make the character as real and completely genuine as he sounds the books would not be near as enjoyable.

I will be buying the next set which is also available with books 4 - 6.

Long live Harry Starke!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Each one better than the one before!

Would you listen to The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 again? Why?

Sure. Harry and friends are simply a very likeable bunch. Even knowing who dun it now, still wouldn't stop me from listening to again.

What did you like best about this story?

Book 1 was good, but Harry becomes more real in each subsequent book. By book three he is not only a solid citizen, but someone you really like as a person.

Which character – as performed by Tom Lennon – was your favorite?

Well, he is Harry. I guess good acting is seeming like you are not and that's true here. Still, the minor character Bennie is so much fun I always look forward to him interacting with Harry. The books do have a humorous thread and he nails that perfectly with Bennie.

Any additional comments?

This three for one price is a great deal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good listening

Good plots food story line and the plots are very good .look forward to more books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Carrie S
  • 06-13-17

Really struggling to listen.

Where does The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite low in my list to be honest but not the worst.

The main problem for me is that it rambles, for instance you don't just meet new characters you get a two page rundown on what they're wearing, where they bought the clothes and why there's a stain on the shirt!

Harry himself is not particularly likeable, he's a womaniser and some of the comments on the women's appearances are straight out of the 70's, they actually made me cringe in places; the narrator didn't help either, but more on that below.

Hoping it improves as I'd really like to have found a new crime series to listen to and the plot ideas are there but...

Would you recommend The Harry Starke Series: Books 1-3 to your friends? Why or why not?

No I'm afraid not, only because the first book and the narrator are so cheesy.

What didn’t you like about Tom Lennon’s performance?

I have to say his performance is at times quite wooden, almost as though he's reading it a word or two at a time with no expression to speak of.

I've been spoiled recently as been listening a lot to Scott Brick, Ray Chase and Jeff Harding and they're very hard acts to follow, but even so it is pretty bad.

I see the rest of the series are narrated by the same guy, this made me very sad and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to continue.

I'm pushing on but the robotic performance is really starting to get to me!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not so far, certainly not the murders of his daily conquests, yawn.

Any additional comments?

I'm afraid the narrator reminds me of my husband reading to our children at bedtime in the early 80's, it worked a treat as it sent them to sleep within a few minutes. The same thing is happening to me!