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The Darkest Thread

Flint K-9 Search & Rescue Mysteries Series, Book 1
By: Jen Blood
Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious "Bennington Triangle" of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past 100 years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings K-9 handler Jamie Flint and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search.

When Jack realizes the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls' aunts 10 years before, it becomes clear that he and Jamie are dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path.

©2016 Jen Blood (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Patricia
  • 02-12-2017

Too unrealistic to believe

I'm willing to suspend my disbelief and make allowances to further the plot but there is no way ANY police officer, let alone the FBI, would let a paranoid, distraught old man run free among innocent civilians with a loaded gun in plain view even if it's on his own property. Then not to pull their weapons in response to his threats with the gun and shoot him after he shoots an innocent teenager. Then to allow the man to take that injured teen hostage and allow another teen to offer herself as another hostage. Then for the lead agent to barely argue and return to his hotel room that same night to conduct the other side of the investigation. He should have remained at the house near the hostages and called in HRT, SWAT, an ambulance, backup and begun negotiations. Only an idiot would have allowed the situation to get so out of hand.
Then there is the boy's mother standing quietly by after she sees her son shot and knowing he is going to be taken hostage with no medical care. What kind of mother would not be screaming bloody murder and needing to be physically restrained to keep her from her son. Then she mutely allows the girl to be taken as well when she is also responsible for her. No one insists on medical treatment or even offers to take medical supplies to the house for the boy. When he goes down in front of her she does nothing. Except for his fellow hostage no one seems to be particularly worried about his medical condition throughout the remainder of the story. When the lead FBI agent tells his mother the plan to rescue the hostages if the old man's demands aren't met isn't any of her business she meekly accepts that mentally acknowledging it isn't any of her concern??!! The hostages are her gunshot son and his friend whom she is responsible for. It is totally her concern. She stated at least twice in the book that she isn't intimidated by aggressive men then several times she turns around and acts in total opposition to her claims of being tough and independent. She's supposed to be an excellent dog trainer and tracker yet she repeatedly dismisses the alerts of her dogs and several times the alerts of all the rescue dogs in the vicinity. Her character is too inconsistent to be believable.
The seemingly somewhat involved father tells her he won't come unless he's needed? His son has been shot and taken hostage and that's not being needed?!
Then to top it all we're supposed to accept that mother and son can see and communicate with the dead and those around them who know just blithely accept it without question or any skepticism or suggestion that they go see a psychiatrist. Mother and son are more bothered about it than everyone else is.
I finished listening despite the above and more as I wanted to know how it ended and it was well written and remained interesting but I will not be listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Michael T Coyle
  • 03-07-2018

Book 4 stars, narration 2.

I found the narration of the main character irritating due to the accent. The accent presence and intensity carried throughout the story. An accent can add depth to a character and authenticity to the book setting. The accent of the main character gave an impression of her being an unintelligent, crude and aggressive back woods woman. The details of the character implied she was intelligent, independent, and confident. None of the other characters were given the same accent adding some disjoint in the story.

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  • Cheryl
  • 30-03-2018

Good characters, sloppy plotting

This is the second book I’ve listened to now with sloppy, too-crazy-to-believe plotting. I liked the characters so I stuck it out, hoping for a resolution at least to the wildly unbelievable actions and in some cases inaction. Again wish I hadn’t wasted my time or money.

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  • Mary Schlemmer
  • 01-09-2019

Okay book

The audio performance is good. The story is a bit involved and convoluted. It is fiction, so I don't expect it to be completely factual, however some of the characters' actions go against what normal people would do. A civilian person bursting into private discussions between FBI agents would not happen. Is one example. I loved the dogs and the development of their personalities along with the people. I was looking for a bit more of the romance. This is more of a mystery.

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  • Dixie's Mom
  • 21-07-2019

definitely enjoyed

really liked this book, will look for more by this author. held attention entire book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-2019

A supernatural twist!

A great rescue story with a supernatural twist. This is an entertaining listen if you enjoy working dogs.

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  • Ray Goodman
  • 13-06-2019

Creepy but it kept my attention.

I was unaware when I chose this book that some of the characters were ghosts and crimes horrific. However, I did enjoy the book. I never did figure out "who dunnit".

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  • Niko
  • 01-06-2019

Overall a good story

It was tough to ignore all of the incorrect explanations of SAR, SAR dog training, & their abilities. I almost stopped listening because it was so inaccurate. The lead female character was not as likable as you would expect for the heroine. That could have been due to the Narrator, her tone made her sound aggressive & brash. I could also be due to the fact that the lead character was explaining all the SAR related items.
It took me 2 attempts to listen to the whole book.
Outside of that it was a good story that kept you guessing.

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 15-04-2019

Great premise but weak story

I hesitated to buy this book because of mixed reviews - and after listening I agree with other reviewers that there are a lot of flaws in the story. The portrayal of FBI agents as either incompetent or corrupt (or both) is so overdone it’s not believable and there are enough vague references to things that happened in the past that I kept double-checking to make sure this was really the first book in the series. The ending is rushed and then suddenly explained without letting the final events unfold.

Even though I thought the story was a C- I liked the main characters and the search and rescue dogs enough that I will probably give the second book in the series a try and see if the author can craft a better story for these characters. There’s potential for something better.

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  • LSTEW
  • 04-04-2019

Best book I’ve listened to this year!

Wow I really liked this story! Well written so you can’t figure out what’s gonna happen next. I already bought the second one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-09-2019

Good book

Very enjoyable. Just a little lost at times when time lines clashed. Didn't see the culprit coming. The author kept them well hidden. Not for the claustrophobic as there is lots of time underground, still not sure how victims got there. The paranormal side is low key but integral, good read.