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After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for - except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she's convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.

Aided by her former mafioso grandfather and well-connected financier brother, Harper embarks on a global manhunt, flying first to Africa, then Zurich to expose a high-level cover-up inside a powerful chocolate conglomerate.

But Harper has a few secrets of her own - starting with her lethal martial arts skills - and she's not afraid to take on any hired guns or guerrillas standing in her way. In trying to cover their tracks, the conspirators made one fatal miscalculation: they didn't count on Harper McDaniel coming for them.

©2017 James W. Hall (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Fast paced revenge!

What a great surprise this book was! I was browsing kindle unlimited books with narration and came across this one. I usually don't do so well with authors or narrators on kindle unlimited that I'm unfamiliar with but this one gives me hope :)
This is a fast paced, mostly fun story. It starts out with the heroine's husband and infant son getting murdered (that's the not so fun part). She thinks her husband (a journalist) is working on a story about chocolate. It's actually a story about the chocolate industry and slave labor including that of young children and the murder of an entire village to keep his secret. Harper McDaniel, former wife, mother and operative for an alphabet organization for the US is angry and she wants vengeance. With the help of her ex mafioso grandfather and adopted brother she tracks down the executioners.
Michelle Ferguson does a very good job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this fun, fast paced book. Especially from kindle unlimited where it's FREE. I look forward to the next book in this new series since the end of this book leaves you with a lead in for book two.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-04-17

They killed the wrong woman's husband and baby!

Actually, they killed Harper McDaniel's husband on purpose not considering that she had the training and investigative skills to find them and exact vengeance. It's all about a story about chocolate on which her journalist husband was working when he was murdered. The Kindle version this fast paced novel about justified revenge was a Kindle First selection on August 1. The Audible version was automatically added to my library on August 19 two weeks prior to its official release. I forgot about it until I read Shelley's review.

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Excellent Novel

This was my first James Hall novel and I really enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and interesting. I lived all the twists and turns along the way and admired Harper's tenacity. I'm looking forward to more from this author.

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Terrific

I enjoyed this mystery and I looked forward to other books in this series. Most culinary mysteries are easy to predict with lots of recipes. However, this one has lots of twists and red herrings that left me pleasantly surprised and delighted!!

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look forward to more

new to me, great twists, kept me guessing, harper is a Fab heroine. wrd wrd wrd wrd

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 04-14-18

Maybe a good book but not with this narrator...

Worse narration ever. Good grief, Ross and Harper sounded just alike. This narrator didn't even try to sound manly. Don't believe all those 4 and 5 star reviews. And you don't really know how bad the narration is because the first 9 pages no one says a word AND when Ross finally spoke I thought for a minute that Harper was still talking.

I'll just read the book.

One reviewer said she would not want to listen to Michelle Ferguson again and I'm right there with her. MF is a sucky narrator. Don't quite your day job. You'll never make it as a narrator if you can't even try. No one wants to hear a man sound like a girl.

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Fun, fast moving, tale of personal justice.

If you like spy thrillers, conspiracies, and directly applied justice . . . then this will be fun. The main character is surprisingly competent and she gets help from her family.

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Solid Mystery

I don’t remember buying this title, at all.  But there it was on my phone so I was like “why not”.  This is the second book I have encountered in a short time that is about a woman that loses a husband and a child and basically goes looking for their killers.  Is this some new sub-genera that I am unaware of?

Harper is a martial arts expert which comes in handy in a lot of situations in this story but also gets her into trouble, yet she is tenacious in trying to find her family’s killers.  She faces many foes and obstacles and she weaves through a dangerous mystery laid out before her with the help of her mafia Grandfather and banker brother.  

The story was interesting and had a pretty easy to follow mystery.  I did guess who the killer was before the end of the story but not too close to Harper's own discovery.  I am not sure if this was at Hall’s design or not.  This is the first story I have read/listened to by Hall so I have nothing to compare it to but the only issue I had was I never fully engaged with Harper.  I would have liked to feel more emotions, especially at some of the horrors that happened, yet I didn’t.  All I did was listen and I was never fully captured into Harper's pain or world.

Overall the story is a solid mystery and I am giving it 3 Boundless Stars, it was good.

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Great story

Surprised by a wonderful story. Loved the plot and characters. Enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next book!!!

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Thriller that keeps you guessing till the end

This was my first audible, and it was awesome.
Great story & strong characters. At sometimes confusing with some of the characters names. Still a good book