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In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.

Logan and his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, plan a reconciliation in posh Lake Tahoe. But upon landing in the Ruptured Duck, his beloved aging Cessna, Logan agrees to put those plans on hold when he's asked to help guide a search-and-rescue team to the remote, mountainous crash site. The team finds not only a long-missing airplane, with the mummified remains of its pilot still at the controls, but something much more recent and far more sinister: the body of a young man, shot to death only hours earlier. Someone has beaten the rescuers to the site and will clearly stop at nothing to profit from what the plane was carrying - including kidnapping and threatening to kill Savannah if Logan refuses to help them carry out their getaway plans. With the clock ticking and the love of his life in peril, Logan is drawn into a vexing vortex as personal and potentially deadly as any he's ever known.

Voodoo Ridge is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride filled with the kind of unexpected twists, full-throttle action, and wry humor that won Freed's Flat Spin and Fangs Out, the first two installments in the Cordell Logan mystery series, rave reviews and a legion of loyal fans.

©2014 David Freed (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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  • W. Brooks
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 05-02-17

Another A+ Cordell Logan story

David Freed's books about Cordell Logan, former special operative turned failing flight instructor are always well written. They have a good plot, meaningful action, snappy dialogue. Logan is a great character- fierce, flawed and funny. This book is a good one in the series. You won't be sorry spending g your credit. Also, it has Ray Porter as the reader. Porter has become one of my favorites. He's perfect for this kind of material. If you like him here, you should here him in his performs the Bobiverse series by Dennis Taylor.

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  • Jennifer
  • Santa Cruz, US, Canada
  • 05-09-16

Witty and insightful view of the world

I positively loved book 2 and 3 of this series. My review lacks 5 stars, because I keep thinking I can't over-rate books. The main character is incredibly likable and I value his constant reflections. His mysteries are good, but they are not as valuable as his constant insights. I highly recommend this if you are more interested in character development than intrigue, though both are absolutely present. If I were to say something critical, it is that the mystery is more intense than it should be/could be. Can't say more.

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  • Ms. Lucy
  • Fairfield, California
  • 04-27-15

Great Narrator, POOR Story

What would have made Voodoo Ridge better?

A story! The author definitely has writing skills but deciding on a plot that makes any sense would be something he needs to try in his next effort.

What was most disappointing about David Freed’s story?

There seemed to be lots of filler and too little in the way of an actual story. And I won't give away a major part of the book, but there is a death of an important character which seems to have no real point.

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

WOW! Where to begin? His voice is great, all by itself. He reads sarcasm as if it's a part of his normal way of communicating. He does different voices quite well and i will look for him as a narrator in my future Audible book choices.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator!

Any additional comments?

Nope.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Just awful! I am taken aback!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't imagine any reader who has read the first Cordell Logan book would appreciate this one. Mr. Logan was very funny in the earlier book that I read. However, he has been rendered into a pedantic gasbag who cannot stop talking about all of his various hard-won expertise in military science, espionage, flying and etc. A deeply boring protagonist.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Obviously not another of Mr. Freed's books. I have already tried the newest book that is narrated by Eoardo Ballerini. This is a book about four generations of Italians and their fairly boring interactions over the years. Again, 100% humorless. I mean, I don't need every book to be either a thriller or a laugh riot, but if you want your readers to stick with you, a style that incorporates a bit of humor does a lot to keep the reader interested. Without it, your characters become stiff, bloodless, stoic non-livers of life, and the reader soon gives up on enjoying anything lively or even spontaneous. The Brits often write in this way, as their sense of humor tends toward the loo. So they do over and over again the unrequited love bit, and the stiff upper lip thing, and the tamped down smoldering passions schtick. I am sorry to offend, but I think that most American readers share my frustration with these themes. Get on with it, mate! Life can, believe it or don't, be fun! And you don't have to be completely inane, like Monte Python.

How could the performance have been better?

Mr. Porter is an excellent narrator who, if given good material, easily holds my attention. This material, is just a sow's ear, and Mr. Porter cannot...you know.

What character would you cut from Voodoo Ridge?

I don't remember most of them. Logan, Savannah and Mrs. Schmuling are essential, I guess. Even the comical old Jewish lady can't do much with this stuff. The romance between Logan and Savannah is getting mighty tired by this point. This writing is so far beneath Lehane, or Hallinan, or Tom Perry, or Michael Connelly: If you have a day job, Mr. Freed, I think you should hold onto it.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Very well written and performed.

Laughed, cried, was captured by the story.
Ray Porter should perform all this author's books.
He seems to feel the author's words.

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Good at first but disappointing in the end

The first book of the Cordell Logan series was great, unusually good humor, restrained and believable violence, interesting characters. Then, the second disappointed a bit with a story too close to the first one and a bit rushed but showed promise nonetheless so I was eager to get to the third in the series. There was the return of Ray Porter as icing on the cake. The story starts with a great setting, evolves in a procedural novel with an intense investigation that kept me listening in my car after arriving home. Then the story starts to drag, the auxiliary characters are flat, the story meanders without clear direction, but I still had hope. Then, close to the end, came the big let down. Difficult to explain without spoilers so let me just say that I do not like when the author keeps telling us how smart a character is while he/she is acting plain dumb. It made me question if Logan was ever a member of the Alpha team or a pretender much lower in the Greek alphabet. I am in doubt now if I should give Mr. Freed another chance. Perhaps a return to Silva, Lee Child, or Flynn.

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The moral choice hurts sometimes

This is a very sad story involving the greater good. Poor Logan has some difficult choices here, and there will be loss no matter what he decides. This one is bound to bring tears. I am not sure why these stories are so engaging since he doesn't bust up like special ops fellows are wont to do. There is some action by the end, but most of the story is characters and real-to-life behavior. I guess it's about the mystery; the details are all here; there is no Deus ex machina in it, and we, with Logan, are left with several "if onlys". Life isn't as simple as kill the bad guys and the good guys go home.

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Intriguing Mystery, Great Reader, Tight Plot

What a great story! It had me hooked from the beginning until the end. The plot was very tight with the twists and turns making sense without being obvious. The reader did an excellent job capturing the voice of the main character and the other other characters. I loved the sarcastic but intelligent outlook of the protagonist and his commentary on pretty much everything. The characters each were interesting and felt like actual people. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Kathleen
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 08-01-14

Disappointing. In a Brutal Way.

LOVED the first book - in this one, I feel Freed had gotten into a storyline he felt jeopardized his series, and got out of it brutally and simplistically. Ray Porter's narration is great - otherwise I would have stopped listening. This one's a dud. Save your credits.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Buying the next one in the series now - love Logan

So far 3 for 3. I have liked all of these books and without writing a long review, can't explain all the reasons I really like Cordell Logan. The stories and the people keep me interested. Ray Porter does a fabulous job!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Caro
  • 01-25-15

Really enjoyed this!

This was the second time I've listened to a book from this author and narrator combination and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The main character Cordell Logan is a great invention and I hope to listen to more of him with this wonderful narrator. There is a second book in this series, of which this one is the third, but the second one is narrated by someone else. For me, Ray Porter is Cordell Logan so I haven't yet bought the second book. I may give in cos I love the format so much.

The story was ok to good, but the whole thing is supported by the great character that David Freed wrote along with the brilliant narration of Porter.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-09-16

"Because it's a giant cake, that's why."

Great story, fast action, excellent characterisations, quick dialogue, all packaged together and given back by a superb narrator. What more can I say? Buy it and enjoy.