Gibson Vaughn, hero of the bestselling novel The Short Drop, returns in a smoldering thriller.
When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison.
Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money.
But Gibson isn't the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune.
The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he'll still have to face "Poisonfeather" - a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed...or worse.
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This book ends in a cliffhanger, of which I am not a fan. I would much prefer each book in a series to be pretty much complete in and of itself and not a tease for things to come. Moreover, this second book did not reveal the fate of two of the characters from the first book, which I think is just taunting us.
That being said, I did enjoy this story and learning more about Gibson Vaughn and will probably invest in the third book of the series. If I were to consider just the story and performance, I would give this book a 3.8. I'm rating it a 3 because of the tease and taunt.
"What a cliffhanger!"
I enjoy the complexity of the main character & supporting characters as well. The plot certainly kept me involved with many twists & turns. The narrator does a good job w various voices, especially Gibson's. however, a few times I have heard him slip into Gib's voice for another character & find it distracting. My main complaint is that I care enough about Gibson Vaughn that I want him to gain more control if his life. I want some of these unseen forces to stop treating him like a pawn & utilize his skills & integrity. It just seems inconsistent for such a strong character to suffer from the whims of others.
I'm also a little annoyed to have to wait a year (probably) to continue the story. I hope Fitzsimmons is well into book three. I will be PO'd if the next installment doesn't show Gibson gaining in personal power.
"Would have been 5 star if not for cliffhanger"
Don't get me wrong, this is a good story with good character and plot development that is a cross of mystery, tech thriller, conspiracy, and just enough spec-ops skills. The first in the series "The Short Drop" was 5 star excellent. This story was also very good with enough new and old characters to create a whole new story while keeping us hooked on what happened to some of the characters from the first book.
That being said. My message to Matthew FitzSimmons is that you are a talented writer/storyteller and you do not need to resort to serious cliffhanger to keep readers interested in the characters. Nor do I think your books should be in the $7 dollar discount catagory. Without the cliffhanger, this was defiantly credit worthy. In fact, I pre ordered this using a credit, I was so excited for the second. I also think "The Short Drop" did not get nearly enough attention.
The reader is excellent. He speaks in a calm voice that some may think is mono or not so exciting but don't you believe it. James Patrick Cronin is the voice of Gibson Vaughn. He matches Gibson's calm skill in thinking through the situation.
I really like this except for cliffhanger, I really hope book three is near.. Just sayin.
Shortstop was such a good book and I was so looking forward to the next book by Mr FitzSimmons. Poisonfeather was a disappointment. The plot wasn't as strong as Shortstop and I wasn't as invested in the characters. Worse, it ended in a cliffhanger. I wouldn't have bought the book and audio had I known that. Life is full of twists and turns, and I am at the point where I need a beginning, middle and end when I invest my time and money in a book. I may not be in a position to read the follow-up, and don't want the unresolved issues hanging in the back of my mind. Frankly, I consider authors who use cliffhangers to force their audience to buy another book/books to be ethically challenged. Poisonfeather is not a long book. There is no reason Mr. FitzSimmons couldn't have a satisfying ending.
Mr Cronin did an excellent job with the narration.
While I have it a point to recommend Shortstop to family and friends, I won't do the same with Poisonfeather.
"FitzSimmons and Cronin Set The Bar High"
I listened to this and loved it, not realizing it is the sequel to another great book, The Short Drop. So after finishing it, I listened again to The Short Drop. Remarkable work. They are just that good.
James Cronin does an outstanding job of narration. The combination of his reading and Fitzsimmons writing creates a synergy rarely found on Audible.
FitzSimmons creates wonderful characters and even better stories. He combines a keen sense of humor with a talent for suspense. Gibson Vaughn, the hero of the series, is drawn into a hunt for millions of dollars in order to restore the honor of the man who had helped turn his own life around.
Circumstances draw Gibson into the hunt with a seemingly hopeless ex-con hell bent on getting his share. This creates a tension between the two that is as humorous as it is irritating for our hero.
Poison Feather is a complicated mystery revolving around an imprisoned billionaire with no remorse, his dealings with the CIA and China, and millions of dollars in hiding, waiting for his release.
I highly recommend this book!
"Major disappointment after The Short Drop!"
The first novel in the Gibson Vaughn series, The Short Drop, was a solid 5 star suspense mystery. I would like to be able to award Poisonfeather at least 3 stars, but this novel is simply awful. Matthew FitzSimmons had real promise as an author, but after this novel I will never purchase another of his novels. I regret taking the time to listen to it.
"Phoned in sequel"
Yes, great writer and great narrator. The problem with this book after the incredible first book, is that this seems phoned in. The first book didn't need a sequel, the story is pretty straightforward and the characters are extremely bland. This book is missing the suspense and depth of story and character of the first. To me the main character isn't one who needed a follow up after the first book. This is shorter, and much more predictable. Disappointing.
No. I would recommend reading the first book because it is fantastic and a much better stand alone. As a standalone book, you may appreciate this more than I if Short Drop wasn't read. Otherwise its a waste of time.
Just read The Short Drop and skip this.
"Awesome! can't wait for book 3!"
Great story lots of depth and interesting characters. Unexpected ending. Picks up with main character where book 1 ended but it takes him on a new adventure. Cliff hanger ending so I need book 3!!
"Great follow up!"
Although I was looking forward to this book, I was surprised-and I'm never surprised these days. Great couple of twists in the storyline that helped move it along as well as a very cool ending.
Gibson's continued angst over his abilities as a father-first to provide and then to be the parent he aspires to be and that he feels his daughter deserves. It's a good story that drags a little as the tension builds and the payoff is rather anti-climactic but in a good way. The characters (mostly new) are lovable and well developed. This was a strength of the first book in my opinion.
You'll enjoy this if you liked the first one. As a stand alone I'm not sure how it'd hold up for me. I really fall for the better developed characters in series so I might not be the best one to ask on that.
"not a happy ending
The narrator is good, some parts are good, nice character development on some chatacters. too many loose ends and a very very unsatisfying ending.
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