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Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

Tilt-a-Whirl: John Ceepak, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real-estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven.

John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation. He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a 24-year-old part-time summer cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money left over to play with his beach buddies at night.

In the first novel in a new series written in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen's work, the Tilt-a-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits, as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction.

©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Anthony Award, Best First Mystery, 2006

  • 2006 Anthony Award, Best First Novel
  • "A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." (James Patterson)
    "From page 1, this debut stands out as refreshingly different....an absolute triumph." (Booklist)

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    A.S Sarasota, Fl 07-20-17
    A.S Sarasota, Fl 07-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "NOT Family Friendly"

    I had read a review that said this was a family friendly book. It is NOT! For the life of me I cannot fathom why the author felt the need to use the F-bomb in every other sentence. It completely ruined the book. It was very disturbing content and did not need the shock/gross out content that it gave. I started cringing uncomfortably as it continued. The narrator was great, he did a great job. I might add that I am no stranger to expletives myself but too much is too much. Will not be continuing with the series.

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    Colleen 07-20-17
    Colleen 07-20-17

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    "Who cares what the plot is about..."

    There are some laugh out loud laughs in this book. The two main characters are great & play well off each other. And... the Narration is wonderfully good!!! Love the narrator!!!

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    Sharon Wood 07-19-17
    Sharon Wood 07-19-17
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    "Intriguing, fun and well read."

    Being from a law enforcement family I thought this would be good listen. It was VERY good. Enjoyed the characters ( extremely well done by Mr. Woodman) and the twists and turns throughout. Great ending.

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    Sandy Munster, IN- United States 07-19-17
    Sandy Munster, IN- United States 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "narration sold this one for me"

    I liked the story. end made me a bit sad. I like it when the narration let's me fall into the story almost like I was there. just like this one. was a good listen.

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    Barking Mad 07-19-17
    Barking Mad 07-19-17 Member Since 2012

    Architect & Environtmtal Designer specializing in off grid, low impact living.

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    "Surprise Discovery"
    If you could sum up Tilt-a-Whirl in three words, what would they be?

    Tilted and whirled!


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

    When the duplicity of the protagonist is reveled yet I found myself feeling protective, I realized that they too were also a casualty, a broken product of their short life.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm reading the next book which speaks volumes!

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    Joey L. 07-17-17
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    "I look forward to more in this series"

    I love the character of John Ceepak & Danny adds a great balance. I hope Dr. McDaniels makes more appearances in future books.

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    Sally Filler 07-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Certainly NOT a family novel"

    While I agree that the writer is very talented and much of the dialogue is humorous the book took a very dark and PERVERSE turn. Turned out to be a disgusting book that I just don't know if I can chance another go at any of the other books in the series. NOT for a young reader or for ANYONE at all squeamish!

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    Kindle Customer 07-13-17 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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    "TILT-a-WHIRL"
    If you could sum up Tilt-a-Whirl in three words, what would they be?

    LAUGH A MINUTE! 👙 🏊 😀 🏧


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

    Yes, and no. What I mean by that is, I really didn't care about who killed who, I was more interested interested in Danny and Ceepak. They are a match made in heaven as far as I'm concerned. I'm so tired of reading psychological thrillers and non- fiction ( which is my choice, of course,) but what a refreshing break.


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

    Laughter, and great visualization of just who Danny and Ceepak would look like!


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

    I did, and laughed the whole way through.
    I've already downloaded the next three books. I'm half way through the second! 😀


    Any additional comments?

    "Note to author," Please take my review as an extreme complement. Even though I didn't really care about your mystery, it was because your characters were so great and I couldn't concentrate on anything else but them. This is the first time I have ever written this.

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    Chrism13 07-12-17
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    "That'll Work!"

    What a perfect summer vacation read. Got this book as a Deal of the Day, and it did not disappoint. Although, not as funny as others found it, I still very much enjoyed the book.


    I can see why it won a Best First Mystery award.

    Story is sold and well thought out, with plenty of twists and turns. The characters are likeable and very memorable. The narrator does an excellent job on the voices.

    I will be continuing on with this series.

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    J Carter hannie2 07-12-17
    J Carter hannie2 07-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Tilt the words--Still cringing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved the book EXCEPT the language. My friend was cringing, and couldn't finish it. When comedy is funny, you don't need to use the really bad words. We are not talking about "hell & damns," we are talking about connecting Jesus to really bad words. What is the reason for it? It detracts from the book & the humor.The writing is good, the intelligence is good, so what is the point?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tilt-a-Whirl?

    Getting to know our hero and how he is overly precise military with the honor and integrity--like a Captain America. Really cute and clever how the author put this together.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Performance was great.


    Do you think Tilt-a-Whirl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a whole series, but with the words so very offensive to the person of God and Jesus, it would have to offend most people on the planet.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad -- such a waste of such a good subject, good hero, good secondary hero, etc. We won't go to the rest of the series.

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