• Reflection

  • A Whitney Steel Novel, Book 1
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
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Reflection

By: Kim Cresswell
Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
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Publisher's summary

Florida investigative reporter Whitney Steel has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the "big" story. She found it. Now it may kill her.

After receiving a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When she's nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective - at least not right away.

Whitney and Blake are caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man's thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother's death over a decade ago.

Can they save an innocent child before it's too late?

Faced with tough choices and deadly consequences for many, Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

©2014 Kim Cresswell (P)2016 Todd Barselow / Auspicious Apparatus Press

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Reflection grabbed me from the first paragraph. It is a fast-paced action thriller with strong characters and a very real plot. It left me thinking well after I finished the last page. Through out the action I had to tell myself to breath. This is an excellent debut novel by the author

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Great Debut!

I really liked this debut novel by Kim Cresswell. Action, twists and suspense all rolled into one book. Oh yeah, and sex. (Romance). Didn't know this was in the book as to the teaser. I personally could have done without it and the story would have been the same.

Any way, I am still going to give this a 5 as it contains everything I look for in a thriller and mystery.

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Awesome!!

I think I really like audio books!! This is a favorite book, and the narrator was great! It really brought the book to life. I really makes the time go by faster as I'm doing things around the house! Can't wait for my Whitney Steel on Audible!!

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This NEEDS to be a movie...

Where does Reflection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I haven't had the opportunity to listen to a lot of audiobooks, but this one is definitely in the top 5.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The storyline that Kim Cresswell has created is FANTASTIC. I'm not usually into mystery suspense crime stories, but there's enough romance inserted throughout the story that I was HOOKED. And Blake is HOTTTT. I need a clone of HIM!

What about Rebecca Hansen’s performance did you like?

Rebecca has a very distinct voice and reading style. At first it drove me crazy, and didn't feel right for the story. But the further in I got, the less I focused on how *I* thought she should read it and more on the story itself. In the end, I'm glad that Rebecca read this story. Her ability to separate the characters with tone of voice was spot on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! Although it wasn't an option, I would have had I been given the opportunity.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for Retribution!!!

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*I received this as a free audio book in exchange for an honest review*

This was really interesting! I loved the premise and the characters, they felt quite well thought out. At first I thought that maybe they reacted a bit oddly compared to what I would have, but then realized that, with their professions, it WOULD be different, and seemed true to their character! Very fast paced, very intense. Very good!

The narrator was okay. Occasionally the stress put on words and pauses seemed off sometimes, but I realize that could easily be a personal preference. Her voice just wasn't for me. I can't say why, exactly, and I mean no disrespect to her at all, I'm not saying she has a terrible voice, or anything like that! It just didn't hear my ears right, I suppose. But, she had great pace and seemed to know the story well, which is always a good thing.

Overall, Bob says: 4 Platypires!

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Excellent Story

A first class investigative adventure. Full of action, suspense and passion. Reflection is a most enjoyable listen/read.

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Action packed

Reporter Whitney Steel is looking for the big story and when she catches a lead on the first cloned human, a small girl named Angel, it is almost the death of her. In steps undercover FBI Agent Blake (cutey guy)to save the day, well I think it turn into a week, thereabouts. But he also has his own job and agenda to take care of, besides keeping a nosey reporter in one piece, especially one he has fallen in love with.

This is a great book with non-stop action and some well placed twists and turns to keep you guessing. The characters are well rounded and likeable, well most of them. The story flows at a great pace. I had the audio version and found that narrator Rebecca Hansen did a great job on the different characters voices, especially as she settled into them.

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Unique Action Romance Book

Would you listen to Reflection again? Why?

Definitely. The narrator has a distinctive slightly nasal voice. She performs this book with a vaguely bored cadence reminiscent of Madeline Kahn. At first this detracts from the story, but then adds some unintentional amusement. The action scenes narrated in this ho-hum voice are funny, but the sex scenes are nothing short of hilarious. If you are as perverse as I am and delight in this type of incongruity, then this book is for you.

What other book might you compare Reflection to and why?

The story itself is a pretty decent action/steamy romance. It has an original plot that moves pretty quickly. The violence scenes are well-written. It is written in a Tom Clancy style.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not at all which is what makes this book interesting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It cracked me up repeatedly. "He had a tight body made for action," spoken in that disinterested voice is too funny.

Any additional comments?

Adult content--numerous sex scenes and violence. I received this book for free in exchange for a fair review.

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Investigative Reporter delves deeper into Murder

Where does Reflection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Audible book is suspenseful. Plot is intricately drawn. Performance by Rebecca Hansen is good. Rebecca's voice took awhile to adjust to, but the performance actually contributed to the writing in this story. This was entertaining. Above average for what I own of Audible books.

What did you like best about this story?

There is the well developed plot, as mentioned. The characters work and interact well throughout. Aspects of the story are interesting.

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

It was overall Good. A listenable, easily understood performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, eventually. After the story and its plot are less in my memory.

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Thank you for the opportunity to listen to and review this Audible work.This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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clone girl, the reporter and the security guy...

I really enjoyed this book...it was fast paced, non-stop action and kept you guessing 'what next?'. Whitney Steel, investigative reporter and daughter of an award winning journalist, is like a magnet for bad stuff! Whitney is having lunch w her ex husband, a senator, when he is gunned down just as he is about to give her something big! A few days following his funeral, she receives a package from her ex's attorney...it was big alright! A scientist has successfully cloned a human! Meanwhile, undercover FBI agent, Blake, is working as head of security for the scientist, Nathan Shaw. Blake believes that Shaw is responsible for the death of his sister, a scientist who worked for Shaw, and he intends to do whatever is necessary to take him down. The pair are on a collision course, when Whitney shows up to interview Shaw. Once Whitney has been dismissed from the interview, Shaw instructs Blake to get Whitney's information (a tape of the clone child) and dispose of her. Meanwhile, someone has made a few attempts on Whitney's life. As I've said, this book is chocked full of non-stop drama! Guns, bad guys, dead bodies, bombing...we get it all. We get an HEA...somewhat...because there are a few unanswered questions so we know that there is more in the next book! Now, on to the next book...Retribution!

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