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After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for - except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she's convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.

Aided by her former mafioso grandfather and well-connected financier brother, Harper embarks on a global manhunt, flying first to Africa, then Zurich to expose a high-level cover-up inside a powerful chocolate conglomerate.

But Harper has a few secrets of her own - starting with her lethal martial arts skills - and she's not afraid to take on any hired guns or guerrillas standing in her way. In trying to cover their tracks, the conspirators made one fatal miscalculation: they didn't count on Harper McDaniel coming for them.

©2017 James W. Hall (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Fast paced revenge!

What a great surprise this book was! I was browsing kindle unlimited books with narration and came across this one. I usually don't do so well with authors or narrators on kindle unlimited that I'm unfamiliar with but this one gives me hope :)
This is a fast paced, mostly fun story. It starts out with the heroine's husband and infant son getting murdered (that's the not so fun part). She thinks her husband (a journalist) is working on a story about chocolate. It's actually a story about the chocolate industry and slave labor including that of young children and the murder of an entire village to keep his secret. Harper McDaniel, former wife, mother and operative for an alphabet organization for the US is angry and she wants vengeance. With the help of her ex mafioso grandfather and adopted brother she tracks down the executioners.
Michelle Ferguson does a very good job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this fun, fast paced book. Especially from kindle unlimited where it's FREE. I look forward to the next book in this new series since the end of this book leaves you with a lead in for book two.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-04-17

They killed the wrong woman's husband and baby!

Actually, they killed Harper McDaniel's husband on purpose not considering that she had the training and investigative skills to find them and exact vengeance. It's all about a story about chocolate on which her journalist husband was working when he was murdered. The Kindle version this fast paced novel about justified revenge was a Kindle First selection on August 1. The Audible version was automatically added to my library on August 19 two weeks prior to its official release. I forgot about it until I read Shelley's review.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Novel

This was my first James Hall novel and I really enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and interesting. I lived all the twists and turns along the way and admired Harper's tenacity. I'm looking forward to more from this author.

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No way Harper would have survived those confrontations. She was taken advantage way too often for someone looking for trouble.

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Painful

Story was lame. If Harper karate chopped one more guy I was gonna can the whole book. Her character is unattractive, surly and the story wasn’t that interesting. There were moments, but not enough to make me listen to book 2.
I really liked the narrator, she could’ve done more for the male voices, as other reviewers mentioned, but her accents were really good.
Some of it was so improbable and ridiculous. Liked her mobster grandfather - some comic relief for a book that really needed relief.

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Not what I expected - in story or quality

I’m always looking for a new author or series to hook me - a character I enjoy and can follow, and will look forward to the next in the series. Unfortunately, this is not going to be that for me.

There was minimal character development, and I found the characteristics, traits, and responses of female lead highly improbable. The international elements of the story were interesting, but there just seemed to be too much going on at the same time. Sometimes I’ve wondered what editors cut out when they provide an abridged version of a book - with this one, I could think of a lot of things that just seemed unnecessary.

While the reader’s pronunciation of French, Spanish, and other non-English words was quite good, I was not a fan of her accents or reading style.

The search for a series to follow goes on...

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Terrific

I enjoyed this mystery and I looked forward to other books in this series. Most culinary mysteries are easy to predict with lots of recipes. However, this one has lots of twists and red herrings that left me pleasantly surprised and delighted!!

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look forward to more

new to me, great twists, kept me guessing, harper is a Fab heroine. wrd wrd wrd wrd

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 04-14-18

Maybe a good book but not with this narrator...

Worse narration ever. Good grief, Ross and Harper sounded just alike. This narrator didn't even try to sound manly. Don't believe all those 4 and 5 star reviews. And you don't really know how bad the narration is because the first 9 pages no one says a word AND when Ross finally spoke I thought for a minute that Harper was still talking.

I'll just read the book.

One reviewer said she would not want to listen to Michelle Ferguson again and I'm right there with her. MF is a sucky narrator. Don't quite your day job. You'll never make it as a narrator if you can't even try. No one wants to hear a man sound like a girl.

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Fun, fast moving, tale of personal justice.

If you like spy thrillers, conspiracies, and directly applied justice . . . then this will be fun. The main character is surprisingly competent and she gets help from her family.