The Grave Man

A Sam Prichard Mystery Thriller
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Sam Prichard, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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What would you do if your child went missing?

Meet retired cop Sam Prichard.

Sam Prichard was a cop, and a good one, until bullets took out the joint of his right hip. Now he's trying to learn to live without being a cop, getting to know his neighbors, learning to walk again and even ride a motorcycle. Life is bearable, barely, but then he gets asked to find a missing child, and the lure of getting back into some kind of police work is too much for him to resist. When he teams up with computer whiz Indiana Perkins, he suddenly becomes one of the best investigators he's ever even known.

Now he's found the missing child, but it's thrown him right into the middle of something that may be a drug war - or could be a chance to stop the next 9/11! There's no way out for Sam, so he's in for the ride of his life, but when the girl he's becoming fond of is suddenly drawn into the line of fire with her own little daughter, Sam is ready to forget all the rules and do whatever is necessary to win the day.

©2015 David Archer (P)2015 David Archer
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Good not great

cost to much for such a short book need to lower price. wouldn't mind finishing the series. although I prefer more action.

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Excellent overall - loved it

I loved the story and the characters and the style of the narration. Great twist at the end.

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Preposterous

So, if I got this right - the cute, petite MIT educated genius hacker goes home with the ex cop and proceeds to become his live-in '50's style cook/housekeeper and incidental Internet assistant; the 12-year old kidnap victim is returned by the terrorist drug lord not only unharmed but entertained and sated with ice cream; the hero gets the motorcycle and hot car - I'd have to have paid attention to get the rest of the boy entertainment value. Not being a boy, and never liking fairy tales, I was SO not impressed. This one's going on the "lame list."

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A pleasant surprise

It starts slow but picks up momentum lots of twists & turns. It was a Great read.

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The Grave Man

What a whirl wind of action! I enjoyed reading this book and was happy with the characters.

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good story and good performance

Nice story without forcing you to suspend disbelief. There were a few things were you had to stretch a little.

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Wow. I have found it

Looking for a great new detective series. Yeah I found it! Good story, full of who is good and who is bad. Has some humor, human kindness, and keeps you guessing till the end!

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Great story line

If you could sum up The Grave Man in three words, what would they be?

Injured cop helping

Who was your favorite character and why?

Indi because she funny

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

Lots of turns and twists

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I do was homeless
The upstairs was dusty as hell
They never found the girl

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Light and fun mystery!

The Sam Prichard series has real promise. The background is that cop Sam Prichard is shot in the hip and leg and is forced into retirement. He takes on a case for a neighbor who is the grandmother of a young girl who is missing. He is looking for computer help and finds it from a young lady, Indiana Perkins, who has a degree from MIT and 4 year old daughter. Sam gets a private detective license and starts the hunt. This book has lots of twists and turns. It is a thoroughly delightful listen. I'll definitely listen to the next book in the series.

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Decently Hokey

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If someone told me that Andy Taylor left Mayberry and started a PI business in Colorado, this is the kind of story I would expect to hear. Almost squeaky clean, the good guys are really good and the bad guys are still pretty good.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story lacked depth in the plot and character development. You never really feel that the characters in the story are in any real danger. Still, I found myself rooting for the good guys, so it does have some redeeming qualities.

Did Mikael Naramore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I had no problem distinguishing between the characters, but the nasal quality of his delivery was a little jarring.

Do you think The Grave Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The book is relatively short, Flesh out the characters more and add some depth to the plot and I would happily revisit these characters again.

Any additional comments?

This book has a very similar structure to Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes series. If you haven't read it, I would highly recommend that series over this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-26-16

Twisty Roads...

...is not the only thing with many twists and turns in this tale. Sometimes being on the right side can be very confusing. 🚨🚔🚕🚘

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  • 07-15-16

Cliché isn't always bad.

The voice is very calm at all times, which lends itself to the suave spy genre, but detracts from any feeling of urgency or action.
God, this book is cliché. Luckily, there was enough intrigue to keep you guessing about who the bad guy was.
Recommended to fans of books with cool, damaged cops as the protagonist.

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  • steve
  • 02-06-16

The next Jack Reacher???? Total nonesence

What disappointed you about The Grave Man?

All of it, if this written by an adult maybe he needs to read some Lee Child or Connelly this is dire solve a case with 3 phone calls and a google search.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Archer again?

no

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mikael Naramore?

no one could make this work

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Grave Man?

it is all bad

Any additional comments?

please can i have the 4 hours of last night back and a proper grown up story

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  • Loretta G Winter
  • 12-07-17

A 5 Stars Book

The 1st book I've encountered by this author. Brilliant & Mind capturing story. Will definitely buy more of these books. I am a murder mystery junkie looking for good quality books which get to the point without a lot of padding. Pleasurable narration.
Has the perfect voices for all the characters. A definite asset to the book.
Is on my revisit list. The book has definitely become a friend.

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