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Life has never been easy for the second-born Callahan son, Wyatt. Trained as a doctor, but born a Callahan, his life has always been one of warring dualities. But when the Callahan family suffers a massive blow, it's time for Wyatt to step up and decide, once and for all, who he really is. Will Wyatt rise to the challenge as his enemies close in or will his actions lead to destruction of the world's most powerful mafia family?

Contains mature themes.

©2018 JJ McAvoy (P)2018 Tantor

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 15-10-2018

A COMPELLING STORYLINE EPICALLY TOLD

For twenty-one days I missed the release of this audiobook.. twenty-one days of missed opportunities to catch-up with the wickedly twisted events centered around, and inflicted by, the Callahan Mafia family. A dynasty of strong colorful characters whose multi-layered lives and actions have been masterfully concealed and slowly been revealed in this spin-off series from the deliciously dark Ruthless People series. They’re caught up in (or create) situations that are always self-serving.. they’re possessive, passionate, loyal to the family and deadly to anyone who crosses them.. or anyone they don’t like.. or anyone not family.. or anyone family who abuse their trust or breaks their rules. Yet these hardened characters draw you in, they woo you with their dark endearing personalities, they shock and shake you with their violent acts and they knock your moral compass off kilter when you find yourself justifying their bloodthirsty ruthless actions. However they feel heartache, are sucker-punched by betrayal and, given the chance, they love deeply and forever.

Phenomenal writing skills are yet again shown here by a very talented author who skilfully describes multiple character’s POVs in a gripping storyline that had WTF twists and had me staying awake til silly o’clock in the morning mentally chanting “just one more chapter” over and over.. and over again until there weren’t any chapters left. The intricate and intense web that J.J. McAvoy weaves has no-stop riveting action, compelling drama, lots of feels and some clever reveals as she tempts and taunts you with endless possibilities. Wyatt didn’t know that love was right there under his roof - he was so wrapped up in Ethan’s heartache and subsequent meltdown as well as controlling the fallout.. but, when Helen drunkenly admits her feelings one night, her revelations heat up this cold-blooded Mafia’s feelings.

Worth a credit? OMG yes.. it delivered so much more than I anticipated (even if it was my least favorite book in the series). Joel Froomkin’s narration was on-point, on fire and on another level from a lot of other narrators.. he WAS each an every individual character.. he made them multi-dimensional.. he brought the tension, the mood and the feels.. and he made this story utterly gripping, unstoppable and created a 5 star-worthy audiobook.

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 22-09-2018

Outstanding!! Spectacular!! All the stars!

Writing a review for this audio is difficult because I really can't praise this series enough and yet words won't do it justice. This story really gives you a deeper look within the relationship of the brother's Callahan, how friends can become more and how following your heart becomes the only thing to make sense when all else is chaos. J.J. McAvoy has build a world and has constructed a family dynamic that might seem very unorthodox but yet their main mantra is "Family First and above all." Having the flashbacks just gave so much weight to the message and things start to unravel and you are just taken for a ride. The chemistry amongst Wyatt & Helen is so real... You feel for Helen and root for what is going on. By the end of the audio the story takes such a turn that grabs you by the heart and squeezes. I cried so hard... OMG!!! And the narration, as with previous audios in this series, it's pure perfection!! Joel Froomkin has taken his talents and has made of this series a true show of his genius and how he is able to convey emotions and give each character an individual voice. You would think there are 10 people narrating this audio when it's all this man's voice and talent. Simply put this is THE BEST mafia series out there!!! The narration just takes it to another galaxy and I can't have enought!! BRAVO!!

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  • 🎀💖🎀😊Happy💥To💥Help🎀💖🎀😊
  • 06-10-2018

AWESOME as Usual:)

The author knows what their doing and does a superior job. Just make sure to start with book 1 first it helps alot since it's all about the kids in this series and her other series Ruthless People is about Mom and Dad :)
This specific title of the series has to do with Wyatt Callahan.
Great Books!!

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  • mindiegoblue
  • 30-05-2021

The Series Gets Better & Better!

This book is third in the Children of Vice series, which is a follow-up series to the Ruthless People series.

**As I have said in previous reviews, I highly recommend listening to the Ruthless People series BEFORE beginning the Children of Vice series.**

Children of Redemption continues with the multi-cultural, mixed-race mafia family that to the outside world, unfailingly defends and supports every family member, showing their allies and enemies alike that they are “all Callahans”. It’s not so easy being on the inside, however.

This book, like others in both series, has many LOL moments and hilarious banter. On the other hand, there are some incredibly heartbreaking moments in the lives of four MC’s, which isn’t prevalent in the previous books. Get out the tissues for this one because you will need them!

The heartbreak — juxtaposed with several brutally violent scenes — seems to add some balance, reminding us that even seemingly all-powerful people are as fragile as the rest of us and have to face their personal demons and their own mortality sooner or later.

The story line eventually leads us to a mutual redemption between two of the Callahans. The resolution is a welcome relief to all of the tension, competition, and jealousy between two people who should have been closest friends and allies. It is refreshing to see them face tragedy and finally end up not only as better human beings, but also as collaborative, forgiving partners in crime (literally). Even mobsters can grow! lol

This book really adds another layer to the MC’s and adds more texture to the ongoing story. It does pull at the heartstrings, but only after clobbering us over the head with vicious beatings, shootouts, masterful conniving, and all the other bad behavior that we love in the mafia genre.

Last but not least, Joel Froomkin continues to amaze with his narration and voicing of all characters, male and female, young and old. He uses convincing Irish and Italian accents and actually speaks some Irish and Italian. In this book, he adds a suave French gentleman to his broad repertoire!

I highly recommend this book, along with the others in the Ruthless People series and the Children of Vice series! Don’t miss these!

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  • KDM
  • 31-01-2021

Geez! Almost had a heart attack

How do I even put this in words?! This book tore my heart out! I cried and cried. It's the reality of the Mafia life they live. Damn! It was so good though! So many emotions right now! Great series! Now I have to rush to the last three to see how this unfolds! Joel has now become my favorite narrator. His talent is truly amazing!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-10-2019

They just keep getting better...

I am in aaww of these books. The character twist & turns you never seem coming.

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  • Kyla Rae
  • 30-07-2019

Wow!

Wyatt was my favorite of the children and listening to his story made me laugh, cry, and fall absolutely in love with him!

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  • J Glove
  • 23-05-2019

Like coming home

This book gels the Callahan family to where they should be.... but.... not all questions are answered...it was emotional going to the past and feeling their pain growing up, loosing their parents, but Evelyn keeps the family in tact... even when they don’t realize how...JJ McAvoy is brilliant with this series and the Ruthless series... but Joel is the glue... to keep so many characters separate, it’s great to hear them all in this series, can’t wait for the next book! Yes there must be...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2019

Wyattt!!!!

Wyatt, what can I say? My all time favorite. Wow what a surprise character. And Yummm. Lol.

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  • Rose Scott
  • 02-03-2019

The epilogues are a killer!!

These books are expertly narrated. Each characters voice are distinct and the emotional inflection is spot on!! Bravo!!

However!!!, the epilogues are killers. Ms McAvoy ensures you have no choice but to keep reading. She is a sly one!

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  • Vanessa
  • 25-10-2019

That was a bloody rollercoaster

Honestly! I can't stop listening. Such a talented author and an incredible Voice Actor. Listen to all 10 of these!!

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  • juliet
  • 24-09-2018

Speechless...

I have no words right now, I am mind blown, this book has everything love, heartbreak and betrayal.
I finished listening in a day I am utterly obsessed, this is by far the best book in the (ruthless people/ children of vice) series.
This book was amazing I still can’t even process how it ended and I can’t wait to read the next book.
You need to read this book highly recommend.

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