Random Acts

Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (303 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When social media becomes the ultimate tool of terror....

Teenager Amanda Castle was like a lot of people, posting pictures of her everyday life to a variety of social media sites. Not everyone who viewed her pictures was there to share in her experiences. One was there to steal her profile pictures.

A terrorist in Frankfurt was desperate to please his leadership. He planned the perfect attack, one in which vulnerable people would be invited through social media to participate in a flash mob. There, the unwitting participants, thinking they were taking part in a random act of kindness, would find themselves engaged in a random act of terror.

His ultimate plan: take the attack to America.

Using Amanda's pictures and the name CamaroChick19, the terrorist attempts to manipulate an unstable and socially-isolated young man named Victor into a position where he will be blamed for the attack. When the friendless Victor becomes obsessed with CamaroChick19, his tenuous grip on reality snaps and his life begins to violently unravel. Before the world closes in on him, Victor is determined to track down Amanda Castle and make her pay for everything that has gone sideways in his life.

©2018 Franklin Horton (P)2018 Franklin Horton

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Riviting Book

Random Acts" had me from the very beginning. It's a fast-paced story of how social media is manipulated to ensnare users in dangerous situations they simply weren't looking for. The cautionary tale shines a light on the dangers of oversharing, terrorism, and getting too close to online-only friends you've never actually seen or met. I really enjoyed how Horton created sympathy in the reader for even the worst people in the story, the most unsympathetic of characters. His attention to individual feelings and the cause & effect relationship between feelings and events in the story adds a human element to this thriller that thoroughly develops the characters and send the story over the top.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Excellent book with a lot of reality, scary as it could really happen to any of us. Highly recommend!

Kevin Pierce was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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Yet Another Excellent Franklin Horton Book!

Typically I lean towards reading Post Apocalyptic stories as I enjoy the genre, but when I saw Franklin Horton had written a new book I was immediately interested.

Random Acts is a really great story with lots of plot twists and action. The character development is well done and you really start caring for them as you get further into the story. Tying Terrorists - Gamers - Social Media Addicts - and Parents together provided enough intriguing situations to keep me engrossed straight through till the end.

Kevin Pierce did an amazing job as the narrator. He sets the bar so high that other narrators can't even begin to keep up.

I recommend this book highly as a great listen!

This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

While I was given this book in exchange for a review, I have reviewed the book honestly to the best of my ability. I would never recommend a book to someone else if I would not purchase it myself

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Thought Provoking Listen!

This book was great! I was impressed with both the author and narrator on this story. Typically I listen to contemporary romance with some mystery and thriller mixed in. This book was said to be geared for teens. I did not think it was only for teens. The story really pulled me in and made me think about identity theft from social media and terrorism. I wasn't expecting all of the twists and turns this book had. I was very impressed with both author and narrator. I will definitely listen to more books by them. I had requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. Without giving away spoilers, I loved the ending of this book.

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Another amazing book from Franklin Horton.

What a great book. Love the way he writes and with Kevin Pierce reading it. If you haven't gotten the Borrowed World series I highly suggest those.

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Yes!

I genuinely enjoyed this book. The characters were incredibly relatable and reflect a true understanding of our global society.

Looking for something different? Pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed.

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Scary to think about

I'm not really into books about terrorism but I do like a good thriller which this book was. It definitely gives the reader something to think about. I know social media isn't perfect but I never thought about it being used in an act of terrorism like that, yet the whole story seemed like something that could actually happen in this day and age. The characters were well developed, and the plot was intriguing. Kevin Pierce did a very good job bringing this story to life. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Surprisingly good!

I was iffy on this book since I'm not really into books with terrorists. But I was plenenty surprised at how good this book is. And frighten that any of this could actually come to life.

Kevin Pierce does an amazing job narrating.

I was given a copy of this audible free of cost and am happy to give my honest unbiased review

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Great story! Nice change for FH

Franklin Horton has created another great book! This is different from his other books I’ve listened to but just as exciting of a listen and kept me entertained for a long car ride.
Kevin Pierce is always a great narrator and delivers the story perfectly.

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what a ride! a stand alone masterpiece

one of my favorites by Horton. a suspenseful, emotional tale that opens ones eyes to the real world parallels.

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Deadly Game of Catfish

After reading the preview of this I was really excited and had some high expectations. At points this story was good and confirmed my excitement however there were things that also lacked. For instance there is almost 3 different storylines and one just disappears for chapters in the middle of the book. It almost made me forget what was going on during this timeline. The whole terrorism timeline, which is one of the main ones during the entire book takes a major backseat near the end of the book and is wrapped up in just a few paragraphs. I did like the incorporation of the online lifestyle that most younger generations now take part in. It was almost 2 different but very true senarios that probably happen more often then we think. It shows just how easily people can be catfished online and how everything is not always real on the internet. I did really like Cole, the father in the story but other than that many of the characters seemed to be almost stereotypes. I don’t want to go into much regarding each character though. I just could not get into this one as much as I tried. There was one point where Amanda wanted to do outdoors activities and I did like that as it balanced out her character nicely. The narration was very well done and at this point I expect nothing less from Kevin Pierce. I have listened to many of his performances and he does bring the words to life. It was easy to tell which character was speaking throughout the book. He used lots of pauses and added urgency to his voice in those scenes that needed it. It was a job well done. Overall, I just thought that there could have been more to this book. Some parts were just getting interesting and then fell off the map part way through the book. I would have liked to see more randomness turn into coincidences and chaos. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review VIA Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion.

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  • David Ellis
  • 08-25-18

Another brilliant episode

Personally I can’t put these down once they begin. Epic is the only way to describe the whole series. Don’t think this can’t happen, it can.