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Publisher's Summary

The promise, as I remember it, happened this way.

Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. When a murder attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north across the border. But why would Wellington want his father dead? This question takes Cork on a journey through time as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventures in the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, where his love for a beautiful woman, far outside his culture, led him into a trap of treachery, greed, and murder.

The past and present collide along the rocky shores of Thunder Bay, where a father's unconditional love is tested by a son's deeply felt resentment, and where jealousy and revenge remain the code among men. As Cork hastens to uncover the truth and save his friend, he soon discovers that his own life is in danger and is reminded that the promises we keep - even for the best of friends - can sometimes place us in the hands of our worst enemies.

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  • Patti
  • Bolton, MA, United States
  • 03-27-13

Needs another narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I like to read series in order so no matter what I was going to buy this. But I was not happy.

What didn’t you like about Buck Schirner’s performance?

I don't like him like I don't like Dick Hill. Other people do, Its a matter of taste. Why the switch from David Chandler. I don't understand why the publishing company decides that in a series there should be different narrators. Maybe they don't listen to books so they don't get it. You get used to the way characters are read and the change is painful.

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

No

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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WHY THE CHANGE IN NARRATOR!!!!!?

I don't know this narrator and I haven't listened to the entire book yet, so I wouldn't be fair to comment on his performance at this time. What I do know is that I feel cheated when you change narrators in the middle of a series Not only is it a distraction,it also appears that the author gets more negative feedback then he would under normal circumstances.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Bloody Awful Narrator!!!!

I listened to the first six books in this series and really enjoyed them ... the characters are all interesting and I'm absolutely in love with Henry Meloux. So I was really looking forward to the next installment.

But the narrator in this (and apparently the next five) books is so bad that it all but threw the joy of reading this book right out the window. What a disappointment! This narrator makes just about everyone sound like a mush-mouthed moron. And the women!!! They all sound masculine. And old. And just plain ... plain! Even Jo, who is a really vital sexy woman, sounds boring and slow and soulless. And poor Sheriff Marcia ... she sounds idiotic ... like the narrator is trying to copy the female sheriff from Fargo (which is a caricature, y'all!) and failing mightily.

In looking for my next Corc O'Connor installment, I'm going to read the next four installments in hard copy and then download the 13th book which, apparently, is back to the David Chandler ... thank you to the editing gods!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good story... needs another narrator.

If you could sum up Thunder Bay in three words, what would they be?

The narrator was very monotone and I had a very hard time distinguishing between the characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

Anyone that can distinguish between characters and can read with some emotion.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Reader bad

What made the experience of listening to Thunder Bay the most enjoyable?

I have really enjoyed listening to the first six books, but not this one, the reader is not very good on this one.. Why did he change readers?

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

Did not enjoy his reading at all. No difference in any of the characters

Any additional comments?

Bring back David Chandler to read the books.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Why change narrator when you had a great one

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stuck with Chandler as the Narrator. He is not just a reader like Schirner is. He almost acts out the parts with voices. Struggle to get past narration to enjoy the story.

If you’ve listened to books by William Kent Krueger before, how does this one compare?

Difficult to get past this narrator. Struggling to give it a chance because of it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

Chandler is much better. Bad choice to switch.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This series just keeps getting better

I'm hooked.

The "Iron Lake" series by Wm Kent Krueger has just kept on getting better and better as each novel progresses in the life of Cork O'Connor..former sherif and present private detective and fry cook. I love the subtle Native American influences-handled with a nuance that gives the white man (or woman in this case) a real harsh description of life on the reservations. "Medicine Man" Henry, Corks father figure and probably his best friend is written with a wonderful irony and touch of sarcasm that I love. The real life family situations are touching though as the series has progressed, there is less family life and more detective work..and thats ok. Not every book needs to follow the same story line. I wish some other authors who write long series realized that and offered readers a touch of variety in their arcs.

It's not Tony Hillerman, It's not Craig Johnson or even the Joe Pickett series..it's a combination of every novel about the back woods and Native American culture that I've ever read.

Well worth blowing a bunch of credits on this series..don't start it unless you intend to buy all 14 (at this time). You've been warned.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Indeed why the change in narrator?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is the weakest of the Cork O'Conner series and the new narrator does not help.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Longmire series by Craig Johnson

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I've listened to David Chandler through both the C.J. Box and William Kent Krueger novels. Hearing this Buck guy tell the story, for me, is jarring and off-putting. I am certain Buck is a nice guy but he does not serve Joe Pickett or Cork O'Connorwell.

Did Thunder Bay inspire you to do anything?

Yes, look for another heartland/outdoors thriller author.<br/>

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed in change of narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

David Chandler, hands down

Any additional comments?

While I love the story and learning about Henry Meloux, I hate the change of narrators in the middle of the series. David Chandler did a much better job portraying the characters of this series. Buck Shirner is just a monotone reader ...not a wonderful narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great modern day western series continues

Cork O'Conner has just retired as Sherif of Aurora, Minnesota to spend more time with his family. Daughter, Jenny, actually does seem to need more attention as she has decisions to make now that she's graduated from high school. But Cork's good friend, Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man, asks Cork to help him fine his son whom he's never seen. Cork never knew that he had a son, and that son is now 73 years old, so he wonders at the sudden need to find him. This story goes from present day, to the 1920's to tell Henry's story, back to the present again. When someone tries to kill Henry today, the mystery grows.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these Cork O'Conner western mysteries. The inner connection between all the peoples in that area have added much to these mysteries. Cork is such a complex character as sherif, family man, park Ojibwe and part white, and outdoorsman. Kruger's writing is spectacular, setting scenery that sets me right there in my immagination. I listened to this on Audible and highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful