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Publisher's Summary

From the number one international best-selling author of Holy Island and Impostor.

From the shadows into the light....

When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot ignore the call to duty.

With one already dead and more human cargo missing from the wreckage, Ryan and his team race to find the remaining souls - before it’s too late and their investigation turns to murder. As they uncover the seedy underbelly of Tyneside, cold and calculated opportunism clashes with the rock-hard arm of the Law, but there’s one thing that proves stronger than stone....

The human spirit.

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular North Eastern landscape.

©2021 LJ Ross (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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I hate Ryan

I don't know why I keep buying these books. Smarmy, earnest, corny and so cliche..

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Awesome series..

Love, love, love the DC Ryan Mysteries. I've read them all except Cuthbert's Way, that one would never download for me. Not even the people at Audible could help me. So, hopefully I didn't miss another great book because I finally gave up on it.

This one was about human trafficking and, I swear, Lawana was one of the bravest women I've ever read about AND I'm going to assume the last guy who took her will be in the next book, cuz he sure got away in this one.

No sex or swearing at all.

As for the narration: Jonathan Keeble is awesome in this book. You don't even have to be told who's talking, if you've read all the Ryan books, because his voices for all the main characters are always so exact, so perfect.

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The Rock

Wow, what a book, one of the best, this brought out so many emotions in me while I was listening to it. DCI Ryan & Team are one of my favorite characters and would so love them to make a TV series out of them. I am sure it would be followed by millions of people, as the books are. I am totally addicted. Love the narration, the best.

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Another good DCI Ryan story

We waited a long time for this audiobook. It was worth it, as usual.

The subject of human trafficking is troubling and it’s been the subject of several books lately. Our valiant team of murder detectives has a lot to deal with after a woman’s body is found on the beach following the shipwreck of the fishing boat bringing the trafficked women to the UK.

The familiar characters are back and that’s always good.

As usual, Jonathan Keeble does a masterful job with the narration.

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Great!!!

This series never disappoints! Can’t wait for the next !!! Perhaps an Alexander Gregory while waiting?!!! 🙂

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Good Story

Good Story. I'm assuming the next one will clear up the loose ends. I really enjoy these characters and hope there are many more stories to come

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The Rock

Was a good book with good action and a interesting story
Looking forward to the next book thanks 🤠🇦🇺🍷💪

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  • Lou Lou
  • 06-11-21

Another brilliant visit to Ryan and his team!

While impatiently waiting for this to become available on Audible, I read some of the reviews on Amazon, and saw complaints that half of the book was about the interpersonal relationships between all of the main characters, and not enough police procedural.

That is entirely true, but so has every other one of the excellent books in this series! It's one of the traits that make them so thoroughly enjoyable for so many people, me included!

Like many people, I was annoyed that the last two books were split into two, when it clearly should have been one book, and it smacked of the publishers putting profits above all else. Hopefully lessons have been learned from so much criticism of that fact, and it didn't feel as though that had happened again, apart from a nice lead in to a future book.

Wonderful narration as always! I can't contemplate a DCI Ryan book without Jonathan Keeble bringing all of the characters to life. He is a Master of his craft!!

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  • S. Little
  • 06-12-21

Disappointing

The narrator was excellent. I feel that more themes could have been developed, and more threads followed. It was too short, without depth. These books are getting 'thinner' as the series progresses. I would have to read very good reviews before trying another in the series. So disappointing as it was a series that I had enjoyed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-21

Hmmmmm...

Well I used to love these books of which beautiful Northumberland was one of the main stars and Ryan was your fairly archetypal flawed genius but now Northumberland is hardly a backdrop and Ryan is so perfect his halo must give him headaches sometimes and the romance is a bit schmultzy - I am not sure where the author will go next and I will follow out of curiosity and loyalty- but ......


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  • Judith
  • 06-17-21

Note to self

Whilst I have enjoyed this series, I'm not enjoying being taken for a ride, these books are getting shorter and shorter! Admittedly this one was better than the last 2- which were actually 1 book split into 2, but still this is a very short romp!

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  • denise
  • 06-14-21

this was one of the best books I have ever read

and I know I have to wait for the next one l j ross please keep writing you have helped me in the saddest time of my life when I lost my mum from covid 19 thank you so much x

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  • Christine Jankowski
  • 06-14-21

Another cracking book

I've waited for the new book to arrive and it didn't dissapoimt...I can't stop listening..love The Author..The Narrator and The all the characters ....cant believe i now have to wait for the next installment to see if they can find their next unsolved case....loved every minute and so sad it has finished...took me 2 days to finishand now I've got the long wait again

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  • Frances Green
  • 06-18-21

odd

Good listen, enjoyable book but a very abrupt end.
disappointed to be honest. I know the next book will carry on but I feel it's just a money maker.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-21

The rock

Amazing exciting and wonderfully written book. thank you for this great experience. loved the whole series and waiting fir the next one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-21

Sadly shorter

Sadly so much shorter than the previous books and it does have an impact

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  • Miss A. C. Thompson
  • 07-25-21

Entertaining

Enjoyed this audiobook and got through it in few days. Good story ,good characters, liked I knew and had been to all the locations.
The only very off-putting thing was the narrators attempt at the female characters voices. It was like he was talking the micky and he doesn't think much of women, which is ironic considering the storyline and funny how the choice of voice the handsome hero policeman was smooth and convincing.

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  • Tina Britton-Johnson
  • 06-09-21

Delightful reading

I have gone through this whole series, I am hoping LJ Ross will continue writing about DCI Ryan and his team. I actually bought the Kindle edition first when it came out but waited for the Audible version because Jonathan Keeble is my favourite narrator, I never tire listening to him!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-21

is this Mills and Boone?

lj Ross books are usually clever ,well plotted and informative on their setting. Unfortunately a good third of this book was padded with cloying , sentimental and unrealistic romantic claptrap.

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