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Publisher's Summary

Gibson Vaughn, hero of the bestselling novel The Short Drop, returns in a smoldering thriller.

When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison.

Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money.

But Gibson isn't the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune.

The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he'll still have to face "Poisonfeather" - a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed...or worse.

©2016 Matthew FitzSimmons (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Cliffhanger

This book ends in a cliffhanger, of which I am not a fan. I would much prefer each book in a series to be pretty much complete in and of itself and not a tease for things to come. Moreover, this second book did not reveal the fate of two of the characters from the first book, which I think is just taunting us.

That being said, I did enjoy this story and learning more about Gibson Vaughn and will probably invest in the third book of the series. If I were to consider just the story and performance, I would give this book a 3.8. I'm rating it a 3 because of the tease and taunt.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Cliffhanger

Shortstop was such a good book and I was so looking forward to the next book by Mr FitzSimmons. Poisonfeather was a disappointment. The plot wasn't as strong as Shortstop and I wasn't as invested in the characters. Worse, it ended in a cliffhanger. I wouldn't have bought the book and audio had I known that. Life is full of twists and turns, and I am at the point where I need a beginning, middle and end when I invest my time and money in a book. I may not be in a position to read the follow-up, and don't want the unresolved issues hanging in the back of my mind. Frankly, I consider authors who use cliffhangers to force their audience to buy another book/books to be ethically challenged. Poisonfeather is not a long book. There is no reason Mr. FitzSimmons couldn't have a satisfying ending.

Mr Cronin did an excellent job with the narration.

While I have it a point to recommend Shortstop to family and friends, I won't do the same with Poisonfeather.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 03-29-17

This Is NOT a Novel: Only a 12+ Hour Beginning

This is bait and switch. There was no clue in "Poison Feather's" description that this "book" abruptly ends, as if the writer after 43 chapters, went out for lunch and never returned so an editor, the reader, and maybe some interns swept together a rag-tag group of story lines, snarled them together in Chapter 44 and stopped having James Patrick Cronin speak.

Pity, I really wanted to know how any of this story's lines ended, but astonishingly listeners are simply left baffled. What happened? Did Matthew Fitzsimmons get sick? Have an accident? Lose interest? Go on a toot?

This is perhaps the third time that I've bought a book which was not really a book but some sort of come-on for successor books. BEWARE: "Poison Feather" is misrepresented as a story, instead it is a story particle which, after 12 hrs and 19 mins of listening stops. No I did not write "end" I wrote.... "STOP!"

It's a special pity since "Poison Feather" is reasonably well written and read - which is why the way that everyone simply goes home after Chapter 44 seems more like a TV series cancelled mid season, than a credit-worthy story.

Maybe all of this is resolved in some additional Fitzsimmons work? I will never find out... you shouldn't either.

I'm returning this thing and declaring Fitzsimmons' work a No-Go Zone.

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not a happy ending <br />

The narrator is good, some parts are good, nice character development on some chatacters. too many loose ends and a very very unsatisfying ending.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Phoned in sequel

Would you try another book from Matthew FitzSimmons and/or James Patrick Cronin?

Yes, great writer and great narrator. The problem with this book after the incredible first book, is that this seems phoned in. The first book didn't need a sequel, the story is pretty straightforward and the characters are extremely bland. This book is missing the suspense and depth of story and character of the first. To me the main character isn't one who needed a follow up after the first book. This is shorter, and much more predictable. Disappointing.

Would you recommend Poisonfeather to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I would recommend reading the first book because it is fantastic and a much better stand alone. As a standalone book, you may appreciate this more than I if Short Drop wasn't read. Otherwise its a waste of time.

Could you see Poisonfeather being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

Just read The Short Drop and skip this.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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What a cliffhanger!

I enjoy the complexity of the main character & supporting characters as well. The plot certainly kept me involved with many twists & turns. The narrator does a good job w various voices, especially Gibson's. however, a few times I have heard him slip into Gib's voice for another character & find it distracting. My main complaint is that I care enough about Gibson Vaughn that I want him to gain more control if his life. I want some of these unseen forces to stop treating him like a pawn & utilize his skills & integrity. It just seems inconsistent for such a strong character to suffer from the whims of others.

I'm also a little annoyed to have to wait a year (probably) to continue the story. I hope Fitzsimmons is well into book three. I will be PO'd if the next installment doesn't show Gibson gaining in personal power.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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FitzSimmons and Cronin Set The Bar High

I listened to this and loved it, not realizing it is the sequel to another great book, The Short Drop. So after finishing it, I listened again to The Short Drop. Remarkable work. They are just that good.

James Cronin does an outstanding job of narration. The combination of his reading and Fitzsimmons writing creates a synergy rarely found on Audible.

FitzSimmons creates wonderful characters and even better stories. He combines a keen sense of humor with a talent for suspense. Gibson Vaughn, the hero of the series, is drawn into a hunt for millions of dollars in order to restore the honor of the man who had helped turn his own life around.

Circumstances draw Gibson into the hunt with a seemingly hopeless ex-con hell bent on getting his share. This creates a tension between the two that is as humorous as it is irritating for our hero.

Poison Feather is a complicated mystery revolving around an imprisoned billionaire with no remorse, his dealings with the CIA and China, and millions of dollars in hiding, waiting for his release.

I highly recommend this book!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-23-16

Major disappointment after The Short Drop!

The first novel in the Gibson Vaughn series, The Short Drop, was a solid 5 star suspense mystery. I would like to be able to award Poisonfeather at least 3 stars, but this novel is simply awful. Matthew FitzSimmons had real promise as an author, but after this novel I will never purchase another of his novels. I regret taking the time to listen to it.

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Love it

I am HOOKED! Great narrator great story well written. I can't wait to start the next book in this series!

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Disappointing and annoying

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I loved Short Drop so much that I looked for the second book but what a contrast! How can this book come from the same author who wrote "Short Drop"? This is like a mundane narration of day to day script, no suspense, no intent, nothing. I cannot believe it is rated 4.2. I couldn't even finish it, it was dragging on and on and I just couldn't take it anymore.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-17

Brilliant plot

Loved listening to the book, very good plot. Can't wait to read the next one in the series