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The first time they tried to kill her, she went to the police. The second time, she knew better.

Caitlin Maxwell is on the run. They killed her husband, and now, they are after her. Alone and desperate, she turns to John Blalock, the one man from her past she knows she can trust. John risked his own life to save her once. Would he - could he - help her outwit and outrun her pursuers long enough for her to unravel the secret behind The Phoenix Egg?

©2003, 2017 Richard A. Bamberg (P)2018 Richard A. Bamberg

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With a good Editor could be a great book.

What did you like best about The Phoenix Egg? What did you like least?

It is a good story with interesting characters but is jumbled with many issues that require a good Editor.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The basic premise of being hunted and followed is of course a classic outline for a thriller and mystery.I felt the Science Fiction aspect of the story was not needed.

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

No......... but he is a very capable narrator he does a good job with the material he has to work with.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes the story has the potential to be a great movie.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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An action filled mystery

This is a good action packed mystery. It has a lot intrigue. It has a lot of bad language. Caitlin's husband is killed for the Phoenix Egg and now the hunters are after her. She turns to an old friend to help her. It seems everyone is after her. There are some scenes that are a bit hard to believe like an experienced assassin missing his target...Caitlin is at her house with gunmen after her, she gets away to an awaiting truck and stands and looks longingly at her house. I enjoyed the book.

The Narrator did a very good job. I enjoyed listening to him

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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EXCITING!! ACTION PACKED!!

this book was highly entertaining. I loved all the action! the simmering romance was great too. this was like an action movie!

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  • TU
  • 05-02-18

A decent listen

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an interesting and exciting story. I thought the author did a great job of building up the story and making me care about what happens to Caitlin. The narration was good, but I ended up bumping up the speed slightly to make it "fit" the pace of the story unfolding. This wasn't my favorite Richard Bamberg book, but it was still entertaining.

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Is there anyone not after her?

What a fantastic story about the greed of international organizations and governments and secret technology. Caitlin’s husband is killed before revealing where the Phoenix egg is, so of course the killers turn to Caitlin. Realizing she can’t trust the police, she tracks down an old friend hoping he will help her. Pretty soon it seems she’s running from everyone, and with a little help, they try to find what these pursuers are after and why it it so important.

This is the fourth book I’ve listened to by this author and he’s definitely on my list of “I’ll read/ listen to anything they write”.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. He did a good job narrating this book. His female voices could use a bit of refining and could be a little smoother so he’s more “telling the story” than reading it” but it was still an enjoyable listen. I listened in 1.25.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A little long & lots of bad language

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would clean the content up. There is lots of bad language throughout the book and it just got to be too much of an annoyance. The farther you get into it the more graphic it gets with the violence and then there was a sex scene as well - not 50 Shades of Gray in detail but still more then enough. Sadly by the description given on this book I had been looking forward to listening to this one and wanted to like it.

Would you recommend The Phoenix Egg to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. I did enjoy parts of the story but over all it just wasn't my style. There were a few plot holes that bugged me and times where the story felt forced or to much of a stretch.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Action Packed!

This book was provided at no charge for my review that said it was well worth the time. I would gladly have paid the credit for this story and will look out for a sequel. My only criticism and that is more of an observation is that times when the action was at its most hectic, John DiLeonardo's narration seemed to lag. His voices and characterizations were (are) excellent but I felt that a touch more urgency would have added a little spice. All in all though, I really liked this book Thanks

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I liked this book.

I believe this is a great cross-over type story. For the first 2/3 of the book, it's a very good detective story that turns into a better science fiction story. Pulled off extremely well. I highly recommend it. This is one that I will listen to again. Now for the obligatory: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun read!

I loved this book! The story has a few minor issues, but overall it was really cool! I thought the narration was great. I really liked the voices he did and it was very expressive. I saw another review saying the tempo was slow--I don't agree with that but don't forget you can always change the playback speed in the app. It's really easy, so I don't see this as an issue anyway. Overall it was a really cool story. Stick with it to the end!!

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Fast paced thriller

I was instantly engaged in the story and the main characters. The Phoenix Egg is one of those audiobooks that you want to continue listening to, even if you’re sitting in your driveway. Richard Bamberg is a great writer and I expect to listen to more thrillers by him.
I gave 4 stars because I think the ending could be better. Perhaps focusing a bit more on the actual Phoenix Egg would have wrapped the ending clearer for me.

John DiLeonardo is a great narrator. His switch between characters is clear and he pronounces words correctly, which I can’t say for some!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-11-18

One dies only once and for such a long time.

Just after agreeing a new contract for the firm owned by herself and her soon to be divorced husband, Scott, Caitlin receives a phone call from him, dialing from his car in Nappa Valley. Between strange grating sounds, he says goodbye and tells her he loves her, then silence. She realises he must have had an accident, knows he is dead. Back at the hotel, Caitlin finds her room ransacked and someone tries to kill her. With no assistance from hotel security or the police, she turns for help to someone who once saved her life and might then have loved had it not been for her impending marriage: an ex marine, John Blalock. Together, they try to stay alive as, seemingly, the whole world conspires to kill them, from the Japanese to U.S. government hit men. But why?

The Phoenix Egg is an action packed and intriguing story, with some interesting insights into personal privacy and security in this digital age. The couple is persued through the first half of the book without any knowledge of what could be so important that even the government is after them. And the discovery of what it is that has caused the intense excitement is also unique, with potential to open up further future stories. But the whole manages to not reach full potential by the use of clunky, unappealing main characters and their ability to survive (and continue) after impossible injury. They both remain cardboard cut outs to the end despite John's constant agonising over whether or not he's still in love with the woman he hadn't seen for over a decade.

Narrator, John DiLeonardo, has a pleasant, down to earth voice, reads well with good inflection and has distinctive voicings for the main protagonists. But, like the book, his reading also plods, given slowly and with constant tiny pauses. In the later part of the book, this reader increased the playback speed to 1.25, which helped but made the presentation feel rather stilted and robotic.The combination of text and narration turn what should be a fast paced thriller into more of a slow burn.

A clever plot idea which needed a rewrite and length reduction to tighten it, make it a real thriller. And this could start by disposing of the ridiculous epilogue ... Overall, the book was a disappointment, less than I had anticipated when I requested, and was gifted a complimentary copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for it, though. It was nearly very good.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 05-05-18

Phoenix or phone

I have read and enjoyed a number of books from this author with them mostly fitting into the urban fantasy genre, but this time his offering is more of a thriller with some sci-fi trappings to it.

After hearing the death of her soon to be ex-husband happen while he is on the phone with her, Caitlin Maxwell finds herself running from unknown parties who are trying to capture or even kill her in order to obtain something that she doesn't even have. With nobody else to turn to, she seeks out an old friend John Blalock to help her escape and survive this mysterious pursuit and to help her find out what they are all after.

The narrator gave a good performance with this book with a range of distinctive voices for the main characters that nicely enhanced the overall story.

Overall, I found this to be another enjoyable book from this author and will continue to look out for other works from him in the future.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]