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The unforgetable hero who once saved souls...and now deals death

A mysterious, one-eyed stranger wanders into Farewell, New Mexico, a dusty border town rife with corruption. He's known only as The Preacher, an ex-Priest, ex-Special Forces commando, and now a professional gambler who has given up on his own salvation...but is determined to find justice for a murdered Vietnam vet...even if it means taking on the entire, God forsaken town.

©2016 Ted Thackrey Jr. (P)2017 Brash Books, LLC

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  • Eric Hunley
  • 09-10-2017

Solid literary pulp

This was a very entertaining book. It is in the tradition of literary pulp fiction like John D MacDonald's Travis McGee series. It was written in the 1980s, but holds up well. It's always nice to listen to a book from the past that doesn't date itself too badly.
The character of Preacher (no name) like Robert B Parker's Spenser (no first name) is very interesting and follows the classic line of a stranger coming to town (in this case he is invited) and solving a mystery that is corrupting the community.
Good narration and quick pace.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mike
  • 20-01-2018

"The Preacher", You'll Love and Hate This Book

The author has a gift for writing, a poet, a word smith. There is no forced dialogue, no conjured story, nothing but great writing with a character you will love. The narration is spot on fantastic, another with the gift of gab and timing. If you don't enjoy the book, and hate the ending there is ice water in your veins.
Bravo!

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  • Bill Beaulac
  • 04-11-2017

Gambling, Nam, fights, relationships, and sermons

What an unexpected mix of themes which are intricately woven into a series of unexpected twists and turns. The Preacher (we never get to know his name) relies on his self-defense strategies (both physical and psychological) as a result of surviving a tour in Vietnam in th especial forces. Those experiences, combined with his biblical perspectives, set the foundation for the story. Both the story and the characters are well developed and full of surprises along the way. This listen really grew on me as it combines so many facets of human experiences that work together to create a powerful and engrossing story. The publisher's summary peaked my interest, but the story far surpassed the write up. The narration was certainly a plus, as well. I would recommend this listen to this genre. . A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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  • Heather North
  • 01-11-2017

Great listen!

Fantastic narrator. I really enjoyed the story and the characters are interesting. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Karen M.
  • 26-10-2017

Terrific Listen!

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this, so imagine my surprise when I LOVED it! Preacher is certainly one of the most unique characters that I've come across in a long time. He's an ex-preacher who is now a professional poker player and a detective that kicks butt when the need arises. Oh, and did I mention that he has only one eye? Surrounding him was a very interesting cast of characters, good and bad alike. The writing was fantastic and I especially enjoyed the dialogue. Shawn Compton was the perfect voice for Preacher and did a very good job overall. I can definitely see this as a series and I hope that the author continues Preacher's story. The Preacher was a great listening experience and I would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • TU
  • 26-10-2017

A really entertaining book. Hope it's a series!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The overall premise is nothing new, but I thought this was really well executed and entertaining. It had a modern western feel with a murder mystery, vengeance seeking vigilante spin to it. I hope it becomes a series, because I'd love to see what wrongs Preacher rights next.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 19-10-2017

Greed and murder at its best!

A great whodunit with twists and turns to hold your attention throughout.
The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices for the characters. Loved the New England accent!

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  • Eddie Mittelstedt
  • 13-10-2017

The Wa is strong in this one

I’ve always been fascinated with the game of Poker, at least on the professional level. It’s a game of learning how people tick and how to exploit their weaknesses. Although it seems almost impossible to know a person in the short few hours at a poker table “better than their spouse or mother” it’s awkwardly true. When it comes to winning and losing money, a person’s base comes out for those willing to see and recognize it.

Preacher is an interesting book in the fact that it takes a professional poker player and places him in the role of the hero-detective. The title character’s skill at the game allows him to read people on the level of Sherlock Holmes, and helps him uncover the thick plot surrounding the death of a friend-of-a-friend.

Preacher is an interesting character. The author judiciously fills in his back-story and the result is fascinating and tragic. You can’t help but marvel at the hurdles life has thrown at him, and how he has overcome them. The wa is without a doubt, strong in this one. (Having only listened to the book, I am guessing at the spelling. I can’t seem to come up with a page about it during a search, so I’m sure I spelled this wrong.)

The narrator did a fine job. At times he got a little monotonous when his voice should have reflected anger, fear, or simple excitement during a fight scene. But I have no complaints otherwise.

For the most part it’s a great book. I enjoyed the listen and for it’s length I never felt bored with it or ready to be done.

This audiobook was gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review

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  • mandy
  • 11-10-2017

Good!

I really enjoyed this story! Very unique and interesting. Well developed characters, action and fantastic narration - I highly recommend this audio!


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  • Rhonda
  • 11-10-2017

Good mystery with a great lead character

I really liked the main character in this book. He was an interesting man who plays poker for a living. We learn a lot about him as he goes about solving the mystery. He uses his poker skills to not only play the game but to get to know the other players. I found it interesting how much he could learn about the other players by how they played poker. Not just what cards they were likely to have but he could tell a lot about the character of the men. Mr. Compton did a fine job with the narration of this book. His performance was perfect as the preacher. He was able to bring him to life and make me "see" him as I was listening. I love when this happens! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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