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The Naturalist Audiobook

The Naturalist: The Naturalist, Book 1

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Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.

As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue...or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts - before he becomes its prey?

©2017 Andrew Mayne (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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    CRB 10-18-17
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    "So much potential"

    I loved the idea of this book, I loved the science aspect, and I liked the main character, it started out great! so even though this narrator is annoying, and s l o w (compensate by listening to this author on speed 1.25x which helps), as the story went on and developed I felt it lost it's momentum and mystery. lots of eye-rolling moments and by the last quarter it started to feel like just another rushed typical thriller ending.

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    Wesley Robinson 10-13-17
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    "Great book!"

    Excellently well written and narrated. A strong storyline that grasps your attention throughout the entirety of the book. It's a bit far-fetched at times, but not enough to be unrealistic. Great listen!

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    G W. 10-11-17
    G W. 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Could have been great!"

    Interesting premise, interesting science, interesting characters, but The narrator delivered every line as if it was the most dramatic and pivotal point of the plot. Two hours of quiet hysteria was a little too much

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    Bradley Martin ALTADENA, CA, US 10-10-17
    Bradley Martin ALTADENA, CA, US 10-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "new favorite "

    just exciting and fun. really believed in the characters. good pace. happy i was stuck on traffic. my 15 mile commute which takes 45 minutes foothills to K-town in LA... wow. you have to read/listen to this one. and well performed to boot. character voices well separated. well done by all! <>

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    "Sequel Please!!!"

    Andrew Mayne introduces a likable geek investigator, part Columbo and part Sheldon Cooper, in this clever suspense novel that just cries out for a sequel. Our hero, Theo Cray, a college professor and research biologist, feels driven to examine the gruesome death of a former student who authorities believe was slashed to death by a killer bear. Theo is not so sure, and employs his special superpowers (statistics, patterns of predatory behavior, botany, etc) to seek justice for the girl. Great characters, paced at an exciting clip, and on helluva fun read.

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    "FANTASTIC!!! kept me on the edge of my seat!"

    Narrator was perfect. Loved this book! Heart pounding ending! This author now a. favorite.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 10-02-17
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    "Fantastic! I loved this book!!"

    When a young woman is killed by a bear while on a camping trip with her boyfriend Professor Theo Cray gets involved. The woman had once been a student of his. Theo is not convinced that it was an animal, he's positive that a man did this. A man killing like an animal would kill.

    In an attempt to prove his theory he begins to look for other animal killings that have gone unsolved. When he locates the body of a woman previously assumed missing, he becomes the prime suspect until the police determine that it was another animal killing.

    Cray is now driven to find more. With the help of a sophisticated computer program and his biological background he discovers more. Upon meeting an anthropologist with information dating back to the 1980's of an attack by maybe a mountain lion, maybe a man dressed up like a mountain lion. Cray now thinks he's found this murderers beginnings.
    This book starts out a little slow as you get background info, it increasingly speeds up until it like a roller coaster and by the end... forget it! This is a downward spiral with nail biting, stomach twisting suspense! I absolutely love books like this and listened to it in one day.

    Will Damron does a fantastic job narrating. I don't think anyone could possibly do any better.

    This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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