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The Last One to Murder

Narrated by: Tom Fria
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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One man's revenge for Vietnam's war crimes rocks America! 

Some of the homecoming "heroes" have committed crimes against humanity...but now they wear medals, not handcuffs. Camouflaged by anarchy, these malicious acts appear to be safely buried...but the truth, itself, is ever-explosive. One wrong step - or the right one. 

The Code of Honor neglected afar, is known to haunt a criminal faction. Native soil means nothing....

A chilling 1980s serial killer thriller that forces the listener to question far more than "whodunnit". 

Buy now. You don't want to miss this thrilling crime saga today! 

©2018 Eric Reese (P)2018 Eric Reese

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  • ontario canada
  • 03-08-19

Good story

I enjoyed the story of xuan
His revenge plan is extreme yet the whole time you hope he pulls it off
A quick read that held my interest Worth checking out
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A Father and Husbands Revenge

This story is about a father going after those who killed his family. Keeps you on your toes! The end is what shocked me! Enjoy this one!

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Vengeance will blacken the soul!

Grief can lead to vengeance...and this is what has happened to a Vietnamese man. His wife and daughter were brutally attacked and murdered by 7 marines just before the end of the Vietnam War. It has taken several years but the old man is finally in America to meet out his vengeance. As the bodies pile up, we’re torn between wanting Xuan to accomplish his mission and wanting mercy for the 7.
This was a quick and captivating book; was well written and narrated. Worth the listen.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Realistic story

This isn't just a book about war, it's a book about writing about tragedy and coming to terms with loss. The story was meaningful and symbolic and just shocked me with the sheer amount of truth and power.

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  • CL
  • 11-05-18

Well-written and interesting characters.

Well-written and interesting characters. It's a real page turner! The book has great plot twists and believable resolutions. The thrills come fast and furious and you won't be disappointed.

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Listened to the book in one sitting.

Listened to the book in one sitting. The plot is good. Had a nice twist. Thrilling enough to keep my attention. Enjoyed how succinct the book was. Would enjoy it even if it was longer.

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  • Dee
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  • 03-25-19

Short but interesting

Xuan is on a mission. His mission, which he decided to accept, was to revenge the death of his family during the Vietnam war. He found and dealt.

It was a little slow in the beginning, but all in all, a good listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Enteraining

The Last One to Murder. An entertaining read.
Decent story line, some depth to characters,
Good audio quality and narration.
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VERY INTERESTING!

Very interesting story, I was captivated by the theme and listened all in one sitting.
Really enjoyed it!
When someone is wronged, there's no telling what they might do.
It's a sad story, but also full of vengeance, and I liked it!!
Thought both writing and narration was good, check it out! :)

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Needs help.

I received a free copy of this story for an honest review.
***The following review is based on the version I was supplied with by Audiobook Boom. I know that other/later versions have come out since, so keep that in mind when reading my review (specifically the questions below).***

THERE ARE SPOILERS!

Let me start by saying that while the idea was interesting, albeit not really a new idea, I had a lot of issues with this story/narration. I don’t know if this story was edited, my personal opinion was that it wasn’t, so because I’m good at picking up on mistakes/inconsistencies, anytime one of those mistakes popped up, I couldn’t help but notice, they were very distracting.

Therefore, because of the mistakes, the narration was not as good as it could have been. Now, I’m not saying that I was a fan of the narrator, I wasn’t, but the glaring mistakes only made it worst. When I first started listening, I thought the narrator might have been a good fit given what the story was about. It would have been great if he’d had an accent to go along with it but… My biggest issue with him was his lack of pausing between sentences. It felt like he was just reading one extremely long sentence. And how he was able to read all nonchalantly when he’d say something incorrect, well I’ll give him credit for that. Otherwise, the narrator sounded bored, and he had this whispery quality to his voice that just wasn’t helping, in my opinion. Plus, there was the robotic dialogue, not his fault but still…

Anyway, there were so many questionable phrases/sentences used throughout this story. Some include:

“He fought the urge to lose his patience.”
“He hid by a near dumpster.” This was when Xuan was following Tim.
“The moment was coming close as they were getting nearby the alleyway.”
“Tim was getting into the decisive alley.”
“She never stayed in bed even beside her flu.” This was in reference to Xuan’s daughter.
“You seemed to be running around being free.” This was when Xuan was talking to Zach.
“Xuan lerd (that’s how the narrator pronounced it) new things.”
“The FBI were searching the entire Texas.”

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My biggest question: What year was this story supposed to be taking place in? Please don't tell me it was supposed to be in the present. I've read so many news articles over the years that involve American soldiers going to another to a country to help. Then looking at the comments of people in completely different countries, they'll respond with stuff about how the soldiers were helping unless you call raping and killing of innocent people helping. That's not right. There are always bad eggs in every group of people. Given Xuan is an old man and his family had been killed only seven years prior, well...that had me really questioning what time period this was supposed to be taking place in.

Katherine’s son was home from college and went to Xuan because he was barely breathing. She didn’t think to call 911? Or take him to the hospital?

If the store came with the house that Xuan bought, besides the fact that he didn’t know he’d purchased the story as well, what paperwork was it that he had to fill out for Katherine?

Right before Xuan shoots Tim, it says, “with his last words he shot Tim…” Um…those weren’t words and that’s not a line you’d used for the killer. That would have only made sense if Tim had said something (his final words) and then died.

I swear when Katherine was first brought up, there was something about her being married but her husband was always away. Of course, when I went back looking for the part, I couldn’t find it. So that wasn’t referring to her, then who was it?

Did anyone else think it questionable that the seven guys were still living by each other and seemingly hanging out on a regular basis?

Why when Katherine’s son asked Xuan for a job, did she tell him not to offend Xuan? How is asking someone for a job offensive?

At the herb shop, a man came in and Xuan noticed that he was struggling and, then, for whatever reason, the man’s struggle seemed to make Xuan parched. Why? How?

Why in the world did Xuan tell Anna his plans? I mean, come on! Seriously? How had she even figured out that Xuan had killed her husband? She never said anything about that. That part just seemed strange like the author wanted one of the family members of a victim to know more or figure out Xuan’s plan, but then he didn’t provide any further detail surrounding it.

When Xuan pulled out his gun in front of Zachary and told him who he was and what Zachary and his friends had done, why did Zachary never say anything about his crimes? It was like Xuan hadn’t said anything about his wife and daughter.

How did Xuan get the key to cabin?

Was it just a coincidence that the day Katherine saw Xuan kill was the same day that the FBI put out that Xuan was a serial killer? That was a strange thing there. Wouldn’t the FBI have been following him around if they'd thought he was killing people? Or at least come to his house first before posting about him on the television?

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-24-19

Time to pay for what you've done.

A short novella of revenge: an old Vietnamese man travels to the USA to destroy those seven marines who had raped and murdered hi wife an daughter at the conclusion of the war. An intriguing list of ways to dispose of each individual in a close group of friends, but without any emotion in the writing and the premise didn't really good up. Nevertheless, an enjoyable short read.
Narration by Tom Cruz is fine, well paced and intoned, his slightly gruff voice well suited to the subject.
My thanks to the rights holder of Last One to Murder, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 08-25-19

A Wonderful Short Novel To Make You Think.

Seven brutal killers are to be murdered by the original two victims husband and father in an act of revenge. The back story is the Vietnam war but the time is now. Do we, the listener, condone what is to happen? Through good writing and narration we are constantly questioning our own feelings about the characters. An entertaining, interesting and worthwhile listen.

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  • Helen
  • 06-28-19

great book

very well written by Eric Reese and a good narrater
great short story but very interesting