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Verona

Narrated by: Scott Merriman
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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When your mob families are at war, what are the risks of giving love a shot?

In this explosive short story, international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver brings readers a classic tale of star-crossed lovers who defy the boundaries of enemy territory. When an underworld kingpin gets taken out, his prime turf is up for grabs. For Irish crime lord Brendon Nagle and archrival John Yung, head of a forty-man tong, it’s war. For Nagle’s son, Andrew, and Yung’s daughter, Loi, it’s love at first sight. But others are watching as their secret love unfolds. Surveilled, suspected of betrayal, and targets of their fathers’ ruthless greed, Andrew and Loi know this story well. They’re doomed. But they have plans of their own. Challenging the violent rules of the mob, they’re rushing headlong toward a fate that few can see coming.

©2019 Jeffery Deaver (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-01-19

That was fun!

This fascinating suspense short story does not seem like a typical Jeffrey Deaver book at all. Deaver shu;ld consider writing other short stories. Great story and great narration!!

Of course a lot is left unresolved. Maybe Deaver will expand VERONA into a full novel.

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No need for foul language!

Love mystery but no need for foul language to tell a story. Swearing
is an indication of a limited vocabulary so stopped reading at first chapter!

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Great Double Cross.

I enjoyed this story very much. This is not a book I would normally go for and was pleasantly surprised. The characters were interesting and believable. The twist of the plot was not what I expected.

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Enjoyed

This is the first story I listened to by Jeffery Deaver, I enjoyed the book didn't much care for the ending but I didn't write it. Over all very interesting to listen to.

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Not quite Jeffrey Deaver

Why the story line was interesting it wasn't quite the Jeffrey Deaver story I'm used too . There was no thrill or mystery or devious kills. It was a little lackluster. I want it more. It reminded me of lack of 1st year writer or something.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-25-19

A Near-Perfect Short Story

I don't know what made me grab this Kindle/Amazon Original Story - but boy am I glad that I did. I don't think I've ever read anything from Deaver before this, but I'll be sure to add him to my list from now on.

He wrote a near perfect short story. 70 pages on a Kindle, and around 2 hours in audio - Verona was one of those stories that felt familiar yet brand new.  Deaver actually coins it's exact feeling late in the book. I'll throw it in spoiler tags just in case you don't want to know. [spoiler]Romeo and Juliet meets Bonnie and Clyde[/spoiler]

Without going too deeply into the story - I was fully and completely fooled.  I was a quarterback sitting happy in the backfield and just got absolutely blindsided by the twist in this story.  I don't know if it was obvious to others, but it caught me completely off guard.

The story itself was great.  It didn't need to be any longer and if I'm being frank - it probably couldn't have been.  Deaver was able to tell the story just the way it needed to be told without all the extra baggage of hundreds of unneeded pages.

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unique twist I did not see coming.performed well.

Perfect length for my flight. I don't want to spoil any part of the plot twists. I will just say worth a listen

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Good story

Short and sweet, this was good to listen to. The last few chapters were predictable, but still made a nice wrap up.

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Twists and turns!

A little slow to start, but once it got going, it was fabulous! You'll never guess the twist until the end!

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worth the price

Was entertaining but expected more from Deaver. I think he wrote this in high school.