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Book one of the trilogy. If you were going to die, who would you kill? Tommy, a retired cop and former Marine, has cancer. He realizes he can kill without consequences, and he's got a list.

Pedophile priest, corrupt cop, racist presidential candidate — where to start? He enlists the help of an unlikely cast of unusual fellow patients to target his hit list.

The hardest battles, the ones he hadn't counted on, are right in his own home: an alcoholic, unfaithful wife and bringing himself to accept his son's sexuality.

In book one of this trilogy, Tommy befriends a black ex-con who is a fellow patient. As both seek redemption for their past misdeeds, and with nothing to lose, they set their sights on a priest who is accused of molesting children.

Will his fight for good come closer to home than he imagined?

©2017 Billy DeCarlo (P)2017 Billy DeCarlo

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Unique and interesting read

Would you listen to Vigilante Angels Book I: The Priest again? Why?

Yes it is filled with a variety of moral questions that could keep Philosophers very busy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vigilante Angels Book I: The Priest?

The moment when our hero begins to seriously believe his plan is possible.

What about Billy DeCarlo’s performance did you like?

He brings out the various characters and the nuance of the story.

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

Yes it is a well crafted story.

Any additional comments?

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

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The Cancer Ward Saints

I enjoy a good vigilante story, right next to a good revenge story. The overall plot was fun and while fairly simple it kept my attention and I made me need to know what was going to happen next. Since this is a quick story in a series it starts off running and never looks back. Perfect for this type of story. This also covers a wide range of topics and almost seemed like a platform for the author to get some of his personal thoughts and ideas out. For a simple vigilante story this really brought lots of thought provoking notions.
I wasn't overly excited about some of the dialogue. I get that this wanted to discuss race issues, as the main character is overcoming his own prejudice, but some of the dialogue just seemed off to me. I don’t mean anything bad, but every now and then things were said in relation to race that I just thought were only said in B movies or in high schools. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the banter between the two main characters, it just seemed that every now and then some of the dialogue wasn't realistic and didn't quite fit the person saying it. Can’t say I have much experience with those situations so I could be wrong.
That being said none of the dialogue distracted too much from the story. A few times some of the story felt very real and made me think that these things weren't made up and were based off some true accounts. The whole MO of the priest really creeped me out as I'm sure that it has been used before. Everything down to the drunk wife who they just pretend to not notice, the gay son who is afraid to tell his father, the simple question of did she say she loves me or loved me really were solid plot lines and it was these aspects that really made this a great story.
I've always been an advocate for authors narrating their own books, like singers singing their own songs, I feel I get more out of it. I assume to a degree, an assumption that I can’t back up, that the writing style is similar to how the author naturally speaks so I preferred to hear his tone and cadence for the dialogue. I think his voice fit well for Tommy but wasn't perfect for Moses, even though his tone changed I still heard Tommy talking. That possibly is why I assumed the writing style fit the author's natural speech.
In the end I enjoyed this book and if this is the first published book by DeCarlo I believe they will only get better. I'm looking forward to the next one in this series all ready.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Couldn't get into this one...

Vigilante Angels Book One: The Priest by Billy DeCarlo was a tougher listen for me. When I first got it, I downloaded it right away because I really liked the premise of the story. I found Tommy and his quest to eliminate some of the bad characters in society a little, okay, a lot, unbelievable. I mean, a bunch of cancer patients becoming vigilantes? I just couldn't get into it, as it was written. Tommy just seemed like a super pissed off old guy that was dying of cancer.

Billy DeCarlo narrated his own story, and he didn't do that bad, to be honest. It did sound like he was just reading the story and there weren't really and different character voices to differentiate the various people, but it was still an easy listen and I don't think that the narration really took away from the story at all. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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A Funny and Heartfelt Story

Where does Vigilante Angels Book I: The Priest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 10.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Tommy. He was a flawed but lovable character. It was wonderful to see his transformation from a cynical and jaded, prejudiced ex-cop to a compassionate man trying his best to redeem himself.

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

I like the tough-talking, no BS way he narrated the book. He really brought Tommy to life.

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

Tough Redeemer

Any additional comments?

The book was bitter sweet. It made me laugh as much as it made me sad.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 04-23-18

Authors should not narrate their stories

The idea of this story is so intriguing that I could not wait to download and listen. I hate to say it but I didn't finish it. I just did not connect with the narration.

The book seemed to be well-written and the motivation for the vigilante was a relatable one. This book deserved to be performed. The author/narrator just read the story. The listen never rose to the performance level that we expect from an audiobook.

I will be more than happy to try this listen again. With a different narrator.

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  • john mc
  • 02-14-18

Nice escapism

Different and a nice idea, Some of the dialogue is a bit corny, maybe a bit Sam Spade.