• Rapid Fire

  • Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (442 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Raine's old boyfriend Andy Fontana is back in town...and at the top of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. With a fortune in diamonds hidden somewhere in the wilderness, several recent acts of eco-terrorism and an unsolved murder laid at Andy's door, the feds turn to Raine Stockton, with her unsurpassed knowledge of the mountains and her reputation as a wilderness tracker, to help bring Andy to justice. The only problem is that Raine still believes Andy is innocent...

With the help of Cisco, her golden retriever, Raine must uncover the truth about the man she once loved and uncover a killer in the process.

©2008 Donna Ball (P)2014 Donna Ball

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Too much obsession

The second edition of the Raine Stockton dog mysteries dropped a notch from the initial book in my opinion due to to Raine's weird obsession with her college boyfriend turned eco terrorist Andy Fontana whom she hasn't seen in fifteen years. She hides information from her uncle the sheriff; her deputy ex-husband; whom she inexplicably is enraged with for 'allowing' the FBI and Homeland Security to search her house after Fontana had broken into it. In fact she's pissed off at her ex-husband Buck Lawson for pretty much everything that Andy Fontana has done or set into motion.
Back from the initial book in the series are Maude, Sonny, Uncle Ro, and of course the four legged members of the cast Cisco, Mystery, and the two Australian Shepherds. Dexter Franklin also makes another appearance as a villain. This is an excellent follow up mystery despite the aforementioned self perceived weaknesses.

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Like owner like dog..

I like the basic idea of this series, love the dog and all the characters... Except the main character/supposed heroine. 1. How can she be upset with her dog when he acts just like her: unruly, rude and dumb. At least the dog is likable. The owner is just rude to the point of mean at times and completely oblivious that she is usually causing more harm than help. Not sure I can carry on in the series.

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Dogs Lovers Only

While I totally enjoyed the canines in Rapid Fire, the "eco-terrorist/old boyfriend plot" just didn't make sense to me. Just as unbelievable was Raine's relationship with Buck, her estranged husband and childhood friend. Donna Ball is brilliant at portraying dogs and people who love dogs but not romantic relationships.

Although I thought Raine (dog trainer), her friends, family and dogs were all interesting & engrossing characters, Raine's estranged husband Buck's character was too inconsistent. Supposedly Buck was a dedicated law enforcement officer with a good heart who cared about people yet repeatedly cheated on Raine. Instead of being justifiably angry with Buck, Raine seemed to think it was her fault that he couldn't keep his zipper shut.

Strangely, Buck acted jealous of Andy, another childhood friend, because Raine dated Andy in college. Really??? Buck doesn't want to be faithful to Raine yet he was still upset about an old boyfriend Raine hasn't seen in about 15 years. Buck and Raine lived in different houses but weren't planning to divorce or trying to save the marriage.

Unfortunately, the men just ruined this book for me.

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Dog Lovers

Great character development for both humans and furry friends. I listen to audio to go to sleep and thins series is has been very enjoyable .

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Love Dog Stories

Love the story the way it was written and the way it was told .The person who told the story gave it a lot of timely emotion. I don't want to be the spoiler so it's a great read!

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A Little Heart-Breaking

A sad and nerve wrecking tail. No dogs in danger during this mystery. Interesting facts about mountain wildlife and forestry. A little heart-breaking, especially with the tearing out of the forest and mountain to be replaced by industry.

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NEW ADVENTURES OF FUN LOVING DOGS

Would you consider the audio edition of Rapid Fire to be better than the print version?

AUDIO BEST FOR ME AS IT GOES WITH ME EVERYWHERE.

What did you like best about this story?

THE WELL DRAWN PEOPLE AND DOGS, I CAN ALWAYS SEE ONE OF MY PAST DOGS DOING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT OCCUR IN THE STORY.

What about Donna Postel’s performance did you like?

VERY GOOD AND CLEAR MAKES LISTENING VERY EASY

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

NOT SURE AS I LIKE TO HEAR STORIES AND SELDOM GO TO MOVIES, BUT I DO LIKE TO SEE MOVIES ON TV THAT WE HAVE LOAD ON SERVER.

Any additional comments?

KEEP GOOD AUDIO BOOKS COMING.

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Good, but brought up politics.

I listened to the whole series including reading the one that's not on audio. I love dog series, especially search and rescue and this one is pretty good, but there are a lot of things that bothered me in it. The main character is a dog trainer, but she is the worst dog trainer ever. It's like all of her dogs are out of control most of the time and she has no clue as to what they need. I'm surprised, but I somehow could get around that and enjoy this series and Raine is a likable person. One of my favorite characters is Sonny the dog psychic because she would tell Raine exactly what the dog needed which Raine should have known, but still it takes her a while to figure it out.

Very disappointing that I was well into the books when they start to get political. The bad guy extremists are called Patriots so I'm assuming the author is a liberal and trying to make conservatives look bad. :( I was hoping that would be contained to just that one story, but was brought up again in later books as an extra punch. It makes me sad that an otherwise pretty good story has to bring up politics. Why even go there and alienate half your audience? I enjoyed the narrator and the story, it's just apparent the author doesn't know much about dog training and then again, the politics.

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Awesome !!!!!

Awesome awesome series. Couldn't get Bone Yard in Audible, but bought through Kindle and had to read but VERY VERY worth it. On to the next book of series. Very excited!!!

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What?

Buck was unfaithful multiple times- Why would Raine want him still?
irritating...
Love the narrator