• Vengeance in Death

  • In Death, Book 6
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,314 ratings)
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Vengeance in Death

By: J. D. Robb
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
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He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit - always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives.

Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of 10 years past - a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.

Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2006 J. D. Robb (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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Another Winner from J.D. Robb

I'm trying to space my reading of the "In Death" books a bit, so that I can savor each one rather than just gobble them down in an Eve Dallas frenzy and have no separate memories of individual books. It's not easy, believe me. As I have said in previous reviews, this futuristic mystery, police procedural, romance, thriller series is an addictive guilty pleasure for me.

In this excellent 6th episode in the Dallas-Roark saga, someone is killing off Irish men and women in NYC one by one using bizarre methods. As things progress, it becomes clear that the dead people are somehow connected with an incident far back in the shared past of Roark and Somerset, and that Roark and Somerset are the ultimate targets.

This plot provides the opportunity to explore their pasts in Dublin and learn more about the characters of both men and what shaped them. We also see the deepening and steadying of the love and marriage of Dallas and Roark, the growing friendship and professional relationship between Dallas and Peabody, and Dallas's growing recognition of both the benefits and the obligations of love and of friendship. For me, that is the main attraction of these books: watching Eve Dallas developing into a more complete person, while still retaining a lot of those rough edges that helped her survive her past.

The cast of the books continues to grow -- in "Vengeance " Ian McNabb is brought in to provide e-assistance in tracing the killer's Internet locations. Almost immediately, he is expressing a healthy interest in Peabody. As always, Susan Erickson gives McNabb just the right voice -- brash, breezy, informal and enthusiastic. I continue to be in awe of Erickson's narration -- exceptional quantity and quality of voices and accents.

After this great book, now I have to control myself to wait a whole week, if I can, before starting the next one in the series.

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Roarke's and Somerset's Pasts Catch Up to Them

Many aspects of the joint history of Roarke and Somerset are clarified and explained in this entry in the series. We meet Ian McNab for the first time, and Susan Ericksen treats us to Eve Dallas under the influence of a serious painkiller. It's a serious story, with a vengeful, brutal and bloody killer. Well done!

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Is there a Roarke out there for me?

I love Nora Roberts, but resisted reading her as J. D. Robb. I decided to try this summer and got the Audible version of the first in her "In Death" series. I absolutely love the books. I think the character of Eve is real enough. Although I realize that the character of Roarke is only a dream, I pretend that he really could exist. The narration is excellent, and the narrator is one of my favorites. I'm reading them in order.

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Vengenance In Death

J. Robb casts a believable plot in this classic murder mystery that holds your attention throughout.

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Dallas vs. Sommerset = Perfect Plot

I really like the series and thought this one was great. I'm really getting to know the characters and trying to figure out the plot twists as they the story unfolds. This series is keeping me busy and will continue for at least a few more months with as many as they have.

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Is the series possibly too long?

I don't know if I have possibly "read" too much of this series and I possibly need a break, but I just couldn't enjoy this one as I have the others.

Not to say this is a bad book, same story line, Roarke always implicated, always a friend involved now it's Summerset, surely no one world can have 1 person so involved in all aspects of everything?

I couldn't give it a bad rating because as the series goes, this is the same just different deaths, victims and suspects.

Something needs to change, something needs to happen. I think as a stand alone it would be great but I might have to give this a break for some time.

As much as I want to know how this relationship gets properly onto track, I just can't see myself doing 26/27 of these books, it would drive me nuts.

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Good plot, not the best in the series though

I've been reading the series in order. I like the characters, but always seem to have to suspend my beliefs - and not because of the future time settings of the novels. The characters seem to me to be ..."too." Roarke seems to be too good, too intuitive, too much a tool who's only purpose is to take care of Eve.

In other books, Eve seems to be more human. In this installment, she seems to be always yelling and uptight.

This book also minimizes the peripheral characters, Peabody, et al. The delightfully odd collection of Eve's friends are hardly mentioned. Perhaps, this is why Eve doesn't appear to be as likeable here.

The plot is good. I did guess "who-dun-it" ... mostly.. close to the beginning, but still enjoyed the chase.

This hasn't put me off the series. In every series, there are some installments that are better than others.

Narration was good..

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Yippie, this book is Awesome

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I have loved all of the books in this series but this one has been the best so far. Excellent. :)

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Please!!!

I have enjoyed the "In death " series. I am up to book six since I started trying to read them in sequence, plus a couple of others from later in the series. The characters are entertaining, Peabody is a great sidekick, Somerset is a pain in the #*%@. But they must put aphrodisiacs in the water in the year 2058. Please!! I like sex as much as anyone, but you cannot tell me that people really have as much gratuitous sex as Rourke and Dallas. They have a fight, it ends in sex. He goes away, when he comes back they immediately have sex. She goes away, when SHE comes back they have sex. She stubs her toe, they have sex. The cat barfs on the rug, they have sex. Give me a break! A bit more story, and a lot less sex would allow me to enjoy these books a lot more rather than risk my life trying to fast forward to "after the orgasm" while I'm driving, which is where I listen to my Audible books. Come on J.D. Put some of the sex in your Nora books instead, and save an innocent life!!

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When the past comes back with a vengeance

This one should not be your first book in the series. While you can skip around quite a bit after book 10, you need to have gone through the first three to understand Roarke, Eve, and Sommerset’s past and appreciate their hangups and weaknesses. My favorite parts of this installment were the clashes between Eve and Sommerset, and when Eve and Roarke head to Ireland. The motivation of the killer was over the top for me, but I get that a series with fifty-plus books is going to defy credulity in order to provide newer, badder villains.

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