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It's time to finish what he started... A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree. When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose. As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell sets out to track him down. But Farrell's not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have both of them in their sights...

A visceral and heart-wrenching cross between No Country For Old Men and Silence of the Lambs, this is an exhilarating debut from a new author who will be thrilling crime fiction fans for many years to come.

©2013 Sean Lynch (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 04-12-15

New Favorite Author. Read This One First, K?

Here's a series that needs starting at the beginning, and this is IT! Wuddan' openert! Here's the private eye that the great authors of the 30s, 40s, and 50s should have imagined if the censors and cultural gatekeepers would have permitted. Bob Farrell is HARD BOILED and his sidekick Kevin Kearns is tougher than a diner's 2 buck blue plate steak.

Yeah, there's a lot of gore, gristle, and groaning in scenes fogged grim in gun smoke and blood spatter. And then there are the rules… Well, that's the point… There ain't no rules. Just vigilante crowbars prying through the thick doors of procedure, hardened steel of judicial precedent, and impregnable cop culture.

I just finished the second in the Farrell/Kearns epic… "The Fourth Motive"... since I couldn't wait to listen to Jeff Harding read these two books in succession. In a lot of ways, "Fourth" is a sequel to "Wounded Prey" and may be a tad better. Which is high praise, I enjoyed "Wounded Prey" that much.

Oh, if you're squeamish, maybe you'd like something else. Fair warning, eh?

Yeah, there're grissley moments here. but unlike some authors who wallow in the stuff (getting off on the cretin's pleasure) you won't find a sadist's high in either "Wounded Prey" or "The Fourth Motive."

Here's tough stuff from a new favorite author of mine.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Gritty Renegade Cop Story

I'm often critical and turned off when an author's main detective character goes rogue. But Lynch creates a believable scenario where his retired cop had special knowledge of who the killer was from his tour in Vietnam 20 years earlier. The Iowa police are stymied because they have no knowledge of who the killer is and how to find him. All they know is out of nowhere a man abducted an 8 year old girl in front of 20 witnesses and shot and killed her teacher.

There's so much more, including humorous run ins with an overbearing, tactless FBI agent who is repeatedly thwarted from getting involved in the case. Suffice to say there is good reason why the police and FBI cannot be the best chance of finding te killer.

Jeff Harding seems new to me as a narrator. I should have researched him in my library before this writing. He delivers an outstanding performance, one of the best I've encountered.

Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat from the opening chapter on this one.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Gets Better At the End

I rarely abandon a book but almost did this one. The narrator had one particularly annoying voice that really grated. Excessive, unnecessarily vulgar dialogue. We all know the words but they seemed like filler to cover up lousy dialogue.

Okay story. It definitely got better as it went along.

But you have to suspend belief more than in most stories like this. Retired cop goes after killer he saw briefly thirty years ago! Rookie cop joins in? The FBI is frequently portrayed as incompetent and heavy handed, but this went way over the top, almost made them slapstick characters.

Someone else may love this book, but definitely not me

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  • Kate
  • Saco, ME, United States
  • 07-03-13

My Kind of Story!

Story follows a disgraced deputy and an alcoholic ex cop as they try to find a serial killer while avoiding the FBI who are looking for them and the killers. The killer is a frighteningly evil person with a tragic past of his own. The story moves along well with some humor but quite a bit of intensity. I like that it kept my attention and I often wanted to keep listening after my daily commute ended....that's always a plus in a book.

If you like intense thrillers, you will enjoy this one.

I hope we see more from this author and these characters.

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 05-08-15

I Really Like This Guy!

It doesn't get any better for a 100+ books/year listener than finding a new author (at least new to me!). This guy - Sean Lynch - is "different". His psychos are REALLY psycho and not for the squeamish AT ALL. BE WARNED.... but his intrepid heroes are a couple of loose cannons who drive the bureaucrat "Feebs" nuts. The narrator - Harding - has Bob Ferrell's voice down perfect. You can hear the gravel from 1,000 unfiltered Camels in every syllable.

I ordered Lynch's 2nd book when I was half-way thru this one and went right into it when I was done. Now ready for the 3rd installment to come out this Spring.

The crimes are VERY graphic and the odd ball humor is ever-present. Write faster Sean!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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So excited to find this author!

Thanks to another audible reviewer I gave this book a shot and I loved it! I like the lead character - a tough old cop with a serious drinking problem who is the perfect balance of jaded and a good man. Great narration as well and the baddest bad guy ever! I mean this guy is SCARY.

It does get a bit gory, so maybe not for the faint of heart, but I enjoyed it. I already plan to get the next book in the series.

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Hated the narration.

The narration was sing-song and matter of fact about some gruesome stuff. I didn't care enough to finish it and asked to give it back. And I'm not squeamish!

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Too Much Gore, but well-written

If you could sum up Wounded Prey in three words, what would they be?

This is a very long chase involving a horrendous, animalistic villain and two peace officers. One of them, the senior guy, is a serious loose cannon who is a retired San Francisco PD officer. The junior cop is a green recruit, who gets talked into some serious law-breaking to chase down the bad guy. Mr. Lynch can be very funny. The villain, Slocomb, is a Viet Nam vet who is a killing machine. He has turned his civilian attentions to helpless little girls, kidnapping them and eventually hanging them upside down from trees. You gotta have a strong stomach to read this stuff. Way more than three words.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The funniest character is an FBI officer named Steve Scanlan, who is constantly mocked by having to speak nasally, through a terrible cold and cough. The (anti-) hero is Bob Farrell, the older cop who breaks every rule in the book to track down his prey. Kevin Kearns is the naive young man who is caught up in the devious web of Farrell's devise, and who comes very close to dying during the chase.

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

I liked Jeff Harding a lot. Having never listened to him narrate before, I was pleasantly surprised with his range and his many versions of emotions under strain. I have already begun listening to the second book in the series, The Fourth Motive. Always a good sign.

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

Not one in particular. There are a number of them, from the horrors of Viet Nam to the snatching of vulnerable children, to the conflicts between local law enforcement and the arrogant, preening and overweening FBI. Good material.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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Terrible narration

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

If the narrator had been better I might have been able to finish the audiotape.

Has Wounded Prey turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, the genre is what I enjoy, which is why I fell for the 4.95 sale. The trouble is the narration. When simply telling the story the narrator is not too bad, I could get used to that. But, the way he characterizes each speaker is simple terrible, making them all, even the protagonist, sound like cartoon caricatures from the backwoods with smarmy, supposed "hillbilly" accents. I listened to 2 hours of this audiobook, trying to see if it would get better as the story itself was interesting. But it didn't get better. I simply could not listen to the characters speak, in the narrator's chosen style. By the way, this is my 75th audio book from audible, I have returned only 2 for bad narration, this one and Shogun which was also terrible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

No. Maybe if you gave it to me free and paid me to listen.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed that I couldn't stick with the narration to find out what happened.

Any additional comments?

I might go look at the book, as that would not subject me to that horrible narration. I think it would be better even if narrated by the automatic kindle guy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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wounded prey

suspenseful, but keeps moving, entertaining but disturbing. The narrator does a good job, all and all you won't be disappointed.