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Too much internal dialogue

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-2020

Very little happens and the plot moves ahead with some bizarre jumps. Did not believe anything between the couple other than that they were physically attracted to one another. The writer has plenty of promise but the story is poor.

Unexpectedly engrossing

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-2020

Far more interesting than the description led me to believe. The story of these long ago people had me enthralled.

Never gets started

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-2020

Unlikable character I could not listen to any more, made worse by the fact that very little happens.

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-2020

What a wonderful story. I was utterly convinced by everything in this story - the main character Caje, the emotional journey he goes through (it’s not sappy) and the science. I found myself unable to stop listening. An adventure with brains and heart.

Well written but...

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-2020

Jack Olsen is a talented writer and his talent for evoking time and place shows through this story. It is told from the perspective of the killer himself. Unfortunately, the killer is a professional victim where things everyone goes through in life are seen as personal attacks. While the idea is interesting, his voice becomes very much the same and quite boring, focusing extensively, for example, on cars and trucks he owns or drives. Counterpoints would have helped because I couldn’t bear to spend longer in his mind. Couldn’t finish.

Enjoyable but in need of editing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-2020

There are some interesting ideas here and some genuinely funny moments. The book would have benefitted from editing though, especially to tighten up dialogue “are you ok?” “I’m fine” ad nauseam; or repeated words in the same sentence or paragraph; or, the same idea explained once and then again in sometimes quite childish language. It really took me out of the story. Thankfully, the author improves dramatically with The Hitman’s Guide, which I recommend. I would also have enjoyed it more with just a little less practical joking between the two MCs. It was OTT at times. There was some good fun in there though and Seneca is genuinely amusing. It was not as scary as book 1 in the series and the gift thing remained quite undefined, even at the end. The author has talent and I look forward to book 2 in the The a Hitman’s series but won’t be getting any further novels published before then as that seems to be when some real attention to editing was employed.

Disliked the MC Bear

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-2020

Being inside Bear’s head was grating. He was whiny, self pitying and engaged in endless, repetitive monologues that had me skipping ahead. He was so consistently rude to his friends I had no idea what any of them saw in him. Having listened to the end, I got to hear him being breathtakingly hypocritical too. Apparently I’m in the minority, but this was not enjoyable at all. Far too much unnecessary, immature angst.

Clunky writing

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2020

I loved the Hitman’s Guide but it’s hard to believe this is the same writer. I just could not hear “are you ok?” “I’m fine,” or “he said,” one more time. There was also a lot of repetition of words within the same sentence or paragraph. Distracting. The story itself had promise but things moved too quickly between the two MCs, the humour was not actually funny to me and there was a distinct lack of chemistry between Lane and Felix, who did not feel like fleshed out characters to me. I usually love Joel Leslie but pauses between speech and “he said,” “I said,” made these more noticeable. Could not stay within the story at all.

Hilarious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2020

Genuinely laugh out loud funny. Leland is hyper and an absolute classic and Jackson is a perfect foil for him. Loved them and their relationship so much. Can’t wait for the next book.

Well worth the credit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-2020

The world created by Lee Welch is original and immersive. I loved the two main characters and the genuinely difficult circumstances they had to navigate and I did not want it to end. The narration was excellent. I have no doubt that I will be listening to this again soon.