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Verona

Narrated by: Scott Merriman
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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When your mob families are at war, what are the risks of giving love a shot?

In this explosive short story, international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver brings readers a classic tale of star-crossed lovers who defy the boundaries of enemy territory. When an underworld kingpin gets taken out, his prime turf is up for grabs. For Irish crime lord Brendon Nagle and archrival John Yung, head of a forty-man tong, it’s war. For Nagle’s son, Andrew, and Yung’s daughter, Loi, it’s love at first sight. But others are watching as their secret love unfolds. Surveilled, suspected of betrayal, and targets of their fathers’ ruthless greed, Andrew and Loi know this story well. They’re doomed. But they have plans of their own. Challenging the violent rules of the mob, they’re rushing headlong toward a fate that few can see coming.

©2019 Jeffery Deaver (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • 01-09-2019

That was fun!

This fascinating suspense short story does not seem like a typical Jeffrey Deaver book at all. Deaver shu;ld consider writing other short stories. Great story and great narration!!

Of course a lot is left unresolved. Maybe Deaver will expand VERONA into a full novel.

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  • Pat the mom
  • 12-09-2019

No need for foul language!

Love mystery but no need for foul language to tell a story. Swearing
is an indication of a limited vocabulary so stopped reading at first chapter!

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  • Sue
  • 27-12-2019

Verona

I truly enjoyed this book. It leads to quite an ending. In most cases the narrator did a great job

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  • Christi Love4Books.me
  • 31-10-2019

Romeo and Juliet with an unexpected twist

Title: Verona
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Format: Audio
Narrator: Scott Merriman
Genre: Mystery - Organized Crime
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 1 in the Jeffery Deaver Short Stories Amazon Collection
POV: Various
Steam Level: Clean - just hints of more
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I've never read Jeffery Deaver but I've seen his books around. Verona was twisting mystery into organized crime and the children of two rival crime lords. Intriguing and not at all what I expected, Verona kept me listening to the end without pause. I'll definitely be reading/listening to more of Jeffrey Deaver's work.

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  • good
  • 29-10-2019

alt taker on romeo and juliet

This is a modern telling of Romeo and Juliet as rival gangster families. This interesting and I am glad they didn't keep the dpeech style from the original play. It takes some twists and turns and its a short but good listen.

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  • Cartec
  • 18-10-2019

A refreshing change

I have read many books by this author and of late I have stopped reading because his books were so verbose and would get so bogged down in the details that I would lose interest in the story. This was not the case with this novella. It was a great tale that kept the reader interested and a great ride to the end. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • JaM Reader
  • 02-10-2019

Great Double Cross.

I enjoyed this story very much. This is not a book I would normally go for and was pleasantly surprised. The characters were interesting and believable. The twist of the plot was not what I expected.

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  • Deborah Eastman
  • 30-09-2019

Enjoyed

This is the first story I listened to by Jeffery Deaver, I enjoyed the book didn't much care for the ending but I didn't write it. Over all very interesting to listen to.

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  • J B Blanding
  • 28-09-2019

Not quite Jeffrey Deaver

Why the story line was interesting it wasn't quite the Jeffrey Deaver story I'm used too . There was no thrill or mystery or devious kills. It was a little lackluster. I want it more. It reminded me of lack of 1st year writer or something.

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  • Brian
  • 25-09-2019

A Near-Perfect Short Story

I don't know what made me grab this Kindle/Amazon Original Story - but boy am I glad that I did. I don't think I've ever read anything from Deaver before this, but I'll be sure to add him to my list from now on.

He wrote a near perfect short story. 70 pages on a Kindle, and around 2 hours in audio - Verona was one of those stories that felt familiar yet brand new.  Deaver actually coins it's exact feeling late in the book. I'll throw it in spoiler tags just in case you don't want to know. [spoiler]Romeo and Juliet meets Bonnie and Clyde[/spoiler]

Without going too deeply into the story - I was fully and completely fooled.  I was a quarterback sitting happy in the backfield and just got absolutely blindsided by the twist in this story.  I don't know if it was obvious to others, but it caught me completely off guard.

The story itself was great.  It didn't need to be any longer and if I'm being frank - it probably couldn't have been.  Deaver was able to tell the story just the way it needed to be told without all the extra baggage of hundreds of unneeded pages.