The Collins Case

Heartfelt Cases, Book 1
Narrated by: Kristin Condon
Series: Heartfelt Cases, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A young family disappears …

FBI Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson isn’t assigned the case, but she works it anyway because she knows the Collins family. Add in a baffling case of internet thievery, and Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, have plenty to think about.

Who took the Collins family and why?

One thing’s certain: time is running out.

If Ann and Patrick don’t work fast, Rachel Collins and her kids will die.

©2012 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2014 Julie C. Gilbert

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Are the theft and kidnapping cases linked?

Weeell, I'm not exactly sure how to write this one. Don't get me wrong, I was kept entertained by the audiobook of The Collins Case and I'll probably be listening to more of the Heartfelt Cases series. I did enjoy the suspense elements and the awkwardness between two characters as their relationship changed into something more. But... I'll be honest... I found certain scenes, and the characters' reactions to certain events, to be pretty unrealistic to the point of being frustrating at times. The audio production, while not terrible, was not the best either.

Was this audiobook a winner for me? No, not really. Will it stop me from checking out more books from Julie C. Gilbert? No, it won't. Overall it was OK and, like I said, I'll be listening to the rest of the books in the series that have been released on audiobook.

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

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Beware of Religious content

This is a story of a man's past catching up with him. Unfortunately, his new life, including wife and children were part of the collateral damage.
The FBI, whilst on another case, was alerted to a setup, which in turn, led to the kidnapped victims.
There's a lot of people looking to their faith in the Lord, which is an integral part of this story. If you are offended by such references, I suggest this may not be a suitable read for you.

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Good story

I really enjoyed this story. I am hard to please when it comes to Christian Fiction, and I was overall pleased. There were 2 phrases that I found completely unnecessary to the story and not what I would consider clean. But otherwise I enjoyed it thoroughly. I also did not like the music blurb between chapters.

Other than the two language issues, the only other problem I had was that it went too fast and things sometimes lined up all too well. I wish this book were about 100 pages longer so we could savor it even more. I thought it was well done. The narrator was pretty good.

I received this Copy for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Fast moving action...hang on tight!

The story line was suspenseful without needing unnecessary violence. Evil & danger surface even though he had walked away from his past. It now comes back to haunt him and threatens to derail any hope of a normal & decent life. We see a family taken hostage and used as pawns to leverage Dads' cooperation in a scheme where his skills excelled. Can he not only rescue them but can forgiveness & grace rebuild this broken family?
We find a Christian faith that is lived rather than preached even through devastating circumstances.
The narration added a layer of energy & a touch of realism to make a good story even better.
I requested a review copy of this title & am willingly sharing my view of this title.

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FBI kidnapping story

Very interesting story about an involved kidnapping plot. An agent's best friend is one of the victims. Thanks to the author for a free audio book. The only thing I didn't like was the music between chapters. I was able to fold clothes and do other chores d/t someone else reading for me.

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I really liked this one

I had a hard time hearing what the narrator said through my Bluetooth earbuds, but switching to wired earbuds fixed the problem. I mention just in case you experience the same. It would be a shame to not listen or give up.

Anyway, I liked this enough that I am going on with the series immediately. Great story with likable characters.

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Good

Read other books by her, and have enjoyed them. Good plot, characters were good. Looking forward to reading more in this series
Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.

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A police procedural with heart

If you've read/listened to the intro short story for the series, you know what you're in for - FBI agents working a case using their hearts as well as their heads. Christian mystery with a message of hope.

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An exciting Christian mystery

In The Collins Case by Julie C. Gilbert, Dr. Rachel Collins is busy putting away her groceries when a stranger sneaks up on her and orders her to cooperate, or her two children, 3-year-old Emily and 5-year-old Jason, will suffer. The man gives Rachel an injection that knocks her out, and she wakes up the next day in the Cora Compound in Stanley County, South Dakota. Meanwhile, Rachel's husband, Chris, also Dr. Collins, comes home after a long day at the hospital to find his family missing. He starts to call his cop friend, but hangs up almost immediately. Right then his phone rings, and a voice he hasn't heard for years tells him that if he doesn't meet the man on the Brooklyn Bridge, Chris's family will suffer. So Chris blows up his house and disappears.

Monday morning Ann Davidson goes into her job at the FBI, where her partner, Patrick Duncan, shows her a newspaper article that her college friend, Rachel, has disappeared with her family. So Ann takes off for Pennsylvania for a few days to investigate on her own. But she can't stay long because the man in charge of their unit at the FBI calls an urgent meeting. Someone investigates the biggest attack on the banking system in the U.S., taking anywhere between three cents and $4 from anyone with an online banking account, leading to a multi- billion dollar haul.

The narrative goes back and forth between Ann's perspective and that of Rachel. Both have to rely on both their inner strength and their faith in God. Many Christian fictional books tend to preach or tell the readers that a life following God will now be ideal. But in this book, the Christians live out their faith realistically, struggling to trust God despite not seeing his purpose in the situation. I liked the statement of Ann's thoughts one day, reminding herself that God will avenge, but asking God to allow her just one swing. But the book also shows people who refuse to accept God and his help. Further, we see how Christians don't have a perfect life and that even though Christians have God, that doesn't stop bad things from happening to them. As a Christian who suffers from a severe pain disorder, I can relate to the frustration of not seeing God's purpose in difficult situations, but I also can see the need to trust him, as the characters in this book are forced to do.

The plot of this book moves quickly and excitingly, but it didn't give me the added tension that a typical thriller would do. I found myself getting invested in the story and appreciating the way the book kept us connected to the story and the characters. There were some interesting twists that kept me glued to the book.

The audio version of this book is performed by Kristin Condon. She has a soft, gentle voice that suits this recording well. I did find it annoying that the recording played music at the start of each chapter. I much prefer not to interrupt the flow of the narrator's voice with music or sound effects, as I use my audiobooks to relax, and I don't like the disruption. But Condon's performance was very strong.

The Collins Case was a very interesting book, with great angles to the plot. I do rather suspect a couple details were not fully accurate to real law enforcement, but I can't talk about those without giving away spoilers. I think this book is especially great for Christians, to encourage them in their faith. I'm not sure if non-Christians would find the discussions of faith off-putting, but I suspect that would depend upon the individual reading the book. I really did enjoy this book and give it four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that had no effect at all on the content of my review.

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To Religiously orientated

book was supposed to be a mystery not a constant religious songs, prayers, devotion.
By several chapters just got tired of it and gave up since there was So much. Wanted a mystery not a sermon.

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  • miss
  • 04-23-20

wow

another fantastic audiobook from the pen of Julie C Gilbert and narrated by Kirsten Condon.

Filled with action, emotion and faith xxxx

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  • Julie
  • 10-29-19

Tugs at the heart strings

This was a different book for me but I did enjoy it. It is very Faith based, which is why it is different (a lot of calling on God to help make the right decision) but I liked the story plot and will be checking out the next in the series. I wish it had a happier ending but still some good came out of the tragedy.
A young family goes missing the night there house blows up. The mother just happens to be friends with an FBI agent who can't help but look into the case. Julie Ann has to work two case as she is official assigned a group that are hacking into bank records and stealing money. When the two case collided things turn deadly and bullets start flying. With help from unseen forces Julie Ann and her partner Patrick go up against drug trackers in a race to save a family.
I liked the narrator and she did have a nice signing voice but not to sure about having music at the start of each chapter, it made me jump the first couple of times,
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 08-09-19

amazing

amazing new series of heartfelt cases by Julie C. Gilbert can't wait for more cases