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The Hidden Son Audiobook

The Hidden Son: The Cayman Islands Trilogy, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

When US DEA Special Agent Lelisa Desmond refuses to follow an order to bury evidence in a high profile case, her superior hires a hit man to forever silence her deep in the ocean off Grand Cayman Island. Lelisa survives the first attempt on her life, but someone close to her is mistakenly murdered in her place.

With no one to trust, Lelisa enlists Inspector Alec Dyer for assistance but soon learn she's his number one suspect in the homicide. She sets off on a daring mission to bring down the man who ordered her execution - a man in a high position, with powerful friends; a man who will stop at nothing to keep his son hidden.

©2016 Dianna T. Benson (P)2017 Dianna T. Benson

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    trixie 04-09-17
    trixie 04-09-17
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    "Volume 1"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The Hidden Son kept the twists and turns coming as I tried enough to find out what was happening next. It was like watching an action movie as the brilliantly-described pictures blossomed in my mind. Since this is a trilogy-I’ll definitely be back for books 2 and 3.


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    Joe Hempel's narration is clear and perfect for the book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tad B. New York 07-02-17
    Tad B. New York 07-02-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    "Mystery + Romance + The Lord"
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    "Hidden Son" really had me going for a while. The murder mystery element is satisfying to unravel, there are several strong female characters, interesting plot and locations. Where the book started to lose me is when it turned into a romance story. I was far more interested in the DEA murder plot than I was a budding romance between the two main characters. I decided to forgive this element, however, as the plot was still pretty good. Ultimately, the book did lose me though. Towards the end the book turns preachy and talks about the necessity of the Christian God in one's life. I did not expect prosthelytizing in my murder mystery, nor was it welcome. The final scene in the book talks about the protagonist's new found faith - a complete right turn from the story. The take away from this book had nothing to do with the murder, the mystery or even the romance. The take away was - accept god into your life. Not cool, murder mystery book, not cool. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as I don't support surprise dogma in my thrillers.<br/><br/>That said, Joe Hempel is always a wonderful narrator! <br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 04-03-17
    Jan 04-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Oh my!!! So many unexpected twists"

    This book was so good!!! I loved the unexpected twists in this book. I was totally surprised with the ending and never saw it coming. I hate giving away spoilers in reviews and will not in this review other than this book ended so well. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rabid Reader 04-18-17
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    "Corruption, murder and intrigue"

    This is an entertaining audiobook that has lots of surprising twists. It is full of corruption, mystery, intrigue and has some romance mixed in there as well. Set in the beautiful Caymen Islands, DEA agent Lelisa Desmond becomes the hunted instead of the hunter. Caught in a web of deceit and framed by her boss, she meets Inspector Alex Dyer when her boyfriend dies under suspicious circumstances when diving with her. Dyer, still grieving over the disappearance of his teenage daughter two years ago, becomes embroiled in the treachery and both their lives are put on the line. Mental and physical survival for both is dependant on unraveling the lies and revealing the truth. Joe Hempel did a good job of the narration, he made Lelisa's boss, Delford, seem truly selfish and malicious. This is a suspenseful story with characters you quickly become attached to and a plot full of twists and turns. I really enjoyed the story but I did find the ending just a little too perfect for me. Having said that, I will definitely listen to the other books in the series when they come out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Mahoney 03-31-17 Member Since 2017

    Quiet man who enjoy Audible Audio-books as a way to escape from the world each day. They provide an excellent soundtrack for my daily walks.

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    "DEA Murder Mystery Blah Results..."

    What can I say about The Hidden Son: The Cayman Islands Trilogy, Volume 1. For starters I will not be listening to volume 2. The only reason I was able to finish Volume 1 was I enjoy the work of the narrator Joe Hemple. The does an excellent job and can bring life to even the most mediocre story. Less than 1/3 of the way in you could tell how the story would end with both plots. I became tired for the main character Lelisa and her paranoia and the standard cliche of a woman in a mans world in law enforcement. Alec Dyer is a Detective in the Cayman's investigating the death of her dive partner helps her solve the case against Lelis set up by her boss RAC Delford who ordered her to destroy evidence she had against RAC Delfords son a pro athlete. I could have given the story a third star except for the subplot about Alec and his dead daughter. Ugh.

    The narration is top notch. Joe Hemple is a genius. He gives life to a story that limps along at times. He makes RAC Delford a character of pure malicious evil. That is why he is one of my favorite narrators. The man is simply awesome.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nomi 05-30-17
    Nomi 05-30-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "👍🏻"

    On the edge of your seat thriller. Lots of action with unexpected twists this was a fun read.

    I always enjoy Joe Hempel. Great performance as always.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BlueEyes Ontario 05-29-17
    BlueEyes Ontario 05-29-17

    Mom of 2 teens who loves to read and edit books. I am Chief Editor for Southern Owl Publications, and I edit for several indie authors.

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    "Absolutely loved this story!"
    Would you listen to The Hidden Son again? Why?

    I would most certainly listen to this story again. I appreciate a well written mystery with characters that grab my attention and are true to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of the story was perfect; the police and investigation aspects were bang on. The characters were believable and easy to like. Although it took me quite awhile to finish listening to this story, I had no trouble at all, picking up where I left off.


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    Joe's performance was amazing, and he does the voices of the characters with enthusiasm and skill. It is one of the reasons he is my favorite narrators.


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

    Two storylines, meshed into one.


    Any additional comments?

    If there is a second volume in this series, I would drop everything to read it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-26-17
    Tammy 05-26-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "Great Author ever better Narrator great team"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator
    Dianna T. Benson has the ability of telling a story that has so many twists and turns coming at you you are always looking to the next chapter to see what will be happening. The Hidden Son , to me, was like being in the middle of an action movie on the TV,
    Joe Hempel's narration is clear and concise, he is top notch and wow such a genius.
    I can recommend this audio book to anyone who wants to listen.

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    Karen M. 05-18-17
    Karen M. 05-18-17
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    "Great Listen!"
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    The Hidden Son was a very entertaining listen, laced with intrigue and suspense. The clever plot twists sucked me in and kept me guessing. As good as the story was, the highlight for me was the excellent narration of Joe Hempel. The pacing and character voices were spot on and really enhanced my listening experience. Well done! I would recommend The Hidden Son.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 05-07-17
    Ryan 05-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Murder in Paradise. Almost perfect"

    The Hidden Son is quite a mixed bag. Murder, medical emergencies, races across countries, car chases, its got it all. Our two main characters Lelisa Desmond and Alec Dayer in a game of cat and mouse with an assassin and his boss, Lelisa's superior. Overall its a good novel. When it's going it goes very well. However there are times where it stalls for exposition and it lasts for a while. My recommendation is to emphasise that the audience wants to hear things from the character, There were a lot of opportunities to hear from the characters that we are told in long texts of exposition that could have been really interesting instead of dragging on. And to warn you our heroine sits in silence... A lot. And her ongoing paranoia does drag on a little long.

    Despite my criticism I still found this novel very enjoyable to listen to. The characters were good and their interactions were fun to watch. Following them makes you want to see them succeed and find out what happens next when things go sideways. I would give it 3.5 stars story wise but lean it to 4 just because it does go smooth once it finds its way after a shaky start.

    The narrator Joe Hempel did a great job with this novel. The pacing was good, and the characters' voices fit very well to their personality.

    As a part 1 want to see where the author takes things from here and would recommend this book.

    *This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ""Where's the evidence, agent?""
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    The opening passages to this book are rivetting: a young woman, Lelisa Desmond, is deep diving in the beautiful waters of the Cayman Islands when she realises that her dive buddy is no longer behind her. An increasingly panicked search finally reveals him, not breathing, and she is forced to rise up too quickly through the ocean in an attempt to get him to the surface and onto their boat in an attempt to save his life. What had happened to Rick, her dearest friend? And why had the mysterious lone diver she saw not responded to her frantic below water appeals for help?<br/>The book throughout is engaging, written with an immediacy which adds excitement and a growing tension to Lelisa's fight to save her own life and bring justice down on a man, her much respected mentor and superior, who's desire to save his son from punishment has blinded him to everything else. Lots of action, unexpected plot twists, a second old mystery playing alongside the main story, and an encouragement to turn to prayer and God in time of need (although this latter is gently done, without ongoing prostelisation). And, as always, Joe Hempel's superb narration carries it all forward, helping bring to life the various characters encountered. Reading briskly but clearly, the changing intonation of his very easy to listen to voice reveal the emotions written into the text, whilst each protagonist is given individual personality. Any book read by Mr.Hempel is always going to be a pleasurable experience.<br/><br/>I was gifted my copy of The Hidden Son by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. Whilst the plot did not quite live up to the expectations created by the introduction, this was still a very worthwhile listen with two quite complex leading protagonists, interesting side characters, a thrilling, plot twisting, rush for justice and a superb narrator. I look forward to future books in this trilogy.<br/>

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