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Death Dealing Audiobook

Death Dealing: The Ryder Quartet, Book 4

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"The woman's cries floated down the passage and bubbled out through the front door in helpless, anguished, tortured spasms. It was a sound that echoed down the ages. The horror of mothers from any species that might ever have lived on the planet. A parent trying to deal with the impossible: the death of her young ones. It was a sound to chill the blood." A notorious killer escapes from prison. Heart-rending scenes show the kinds of trauma faced by victims of crime. The thrilling action takes place against a tapestry of courage and heroism in daily clashes between the forces of law and order on the one hand and brutal crime on the other.

©2015 Ian Steadman (P)2016 Ian Steadman

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    Beryl Reed Scarborough 01/08/2016
    Beryl Reed Scarborough 01/08/2016
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    "Heart-warmingly exciting thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. It is thrilling all the way with such lovely human (and canine) dimensions that kept me glued to the earphones.


    What other book might you compare Death Dealing to, and why?

    Anything from Stieg Larsson or Lee Child or James Patterson or... you name them... the top thriller writers. This is right up there with all of them.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favourite?

    I like the hero Jeremy Ryder. Just like Jack Reacher. Is it coincidence that they have the same initials? Maybe. But then there's also John Rebus, I suppose. And Jack Ryan. And... ha! now I can think of quite a few JR's.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Canine Force in the fight against crime


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the balance of human drama and crime-busting.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    William Lindemann Folkestone 03/08/2016
    William Lindemann Folkestone 03/08/2016
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    "What a nice surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Don't know. Haven't read it. Just listened to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Dealing?

    The final chapter is breath-taking. It has incredible action but breathtakingly good moments of emotion, too.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favourite?

    I liked Mavis, I have to say. But Ryder is as good as Jack Reacher, in my view. More interesting, in fact, because he has a personal life on display (instead of us just hearing about it), in his interactions with family and colleagues.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Man and dog against crime.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes me think of my own beautiful dog, who happens to be a border collie.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Vokes Egham 02/08/2016
    Martin Vokes Egham 02/08/2016
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    "Brilliant climax"
    Would you listen to Death Dealing again? Why?

    I'll definitely listen to this again. It really is captivating. It draws you in with a nice easy domestic family-life kind of drama and then Bam! it knocks you between the eyes. Sensational action and really intriguing characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A fantastic character called Sugar Bear. He's the best. Intelligent guy. Very intuitive, sharp, watches everyone closely, and keeps an eye on everything and everyone. He's the man, for sure.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. Not yet. I look forward to listening to more by him. I have to say that his narration is very good, but the voice could have been adapted more for the women characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For sure, but it's not possible. There's a lot to do in life. So I heard this in about four or five chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    None, really. Very good. Highly recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Harvey 09/08/2016
    Harvey 09/08/2016
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    "Heroic Dog"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Dealing to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I haven't read it. Only listened to it. But the story is excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I go with others whose reviews I have seen. The dog is the best character.


    What does Ian Patrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I liked his voice very much. Very authoritative, knows what he's doing. But there were a couple of slow bits, I have to say.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh boy. For sure. Quite a few. Can't give things away, but the last chapter is to die for (hee-hee).


    Any additional comments?

    This is really different and really nice. I now realise that I've listened to the last book in a series of four. It didn't really matter. I didn't need to know what happened before. But I'll make an effort to go and get the earliert books now.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marvyn Stratmore Norwich 11/10/2016
    Marvyn Stratmore Norwich 11/10/2016
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    "Very gripping and filled with trauma"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, oh yes. This was amazingly powerful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very traumatic and sad in places but hugely uplifting as well. Lots of action and excellent characterization


    What does Ian Patrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I loved the rich timbre of the voice and the interesting accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's a scene where a family is attacked by burglars. Can't expose what happened but oh my goodness that was powerful drama


    Any additional comments?

    Nice easy flow to it and really gripping.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Robinson Rotherham 28/11/2016
    Trevor Robinson Rotherham 28/11/2016
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    "Nail-biting thriller"
    Where does Death Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the very top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Dealing?

    The taking down of six very bad criminals in a park. That was one of the most electrifying scenes.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Haven't heard him before.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The aftermath of a brutal attack on a family. That was very touching and very real.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice plot, characterisation and underlying moral dilemma. Oh, yes. And the dog. A great character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Winson St Davids 25/11/2016
    Henry Winson St Davids 25/11/2016
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    "Unusual and very powerful"
    What did you like most about Death Dealing?

    It was so different from the norm and so totally satisfying. An exciting thriller set in an exotic location, with high drama and intricately woven relationships.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeremy Ryder is a Jack Reacher character with as much power and charisma as Jack but oodles more morality and sensitivity. He can put down the baddies without bblinking, buit he holds his punches when there are important principles at stake.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Nice and easy and very clear, with good use of accents and tone and feeling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final chapter is very, very moving. That really got me going.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it alone. It is very beautifully moody and descriptive and full of action at the right moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney Haines Sheffield 21/11/2016
    Rodney Haines Sheffield 21/11/2016
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    "Very powerful"
    Would you listen to Death Dealing again? Why?

    Yes. Very powerful and engaging. The plot is intriguing and keeps attention all the way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mavis the young policewoman was very interesting. I'd like to see her grow in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope. First one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without doubt, the traumatic experience of a wealthy family at the hands of thugs.


    Any additional comments?

    Detective Ryder is great. As fine a creation as Jack Reacher any day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edwin Swide Aberdeenshire 24/10/2016
    Edwin Swide Aberdeenshire 24/10/2016
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    "Very real and in your face"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Dealing the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't help thinking of a holiday I spent in this area of Africa so many years ago. It was so real. It brought everything back to me.


    What other book might you compare Death Dealing to, and why?

    I suppose the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because it is so exciting all the way through and doesn't let up for a moment. Brilliant descriptions and believable action.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    The accents were reall good and the voice and speech were very mature


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The traumatic incident in the family home was something NOT to write home about, for fear of scaring the kids. This was such a moving scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Very different and really nice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Vookes Portland 30/11/2016
    Susan Vookes Portland 30/11/2016
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    "High-octane excitement"
    Would you listen to Death Dealing again? Why?

    I was intrigued by the accents, both of the narrator and the characters he portrayed. Very clear diction, rich timbre, exciting drama yet intimate story-telling, a very good listen, this was.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Detective Ryder is a marvel. I like him better than Jack Reacher, actually. He seems more vulnerable, yet just as powerful and relentless in the pursuit of moral justice.


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Haven't heard any other.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I prefer to listen in healthy chunk-sizes. The book is nicely structured to allow one to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    A different kind of crime thriller, this is. Exotic and terrifically exciting.

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  • Kobus Kotze
    Walmer
    01/08/16
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    "The dog's the hero"
    If you could sum up Death Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding action thriller


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, all the way. Every twist and turn you can think of takes place and just as you think things are OK it hits you hard from another direction


    Have you listened to any of Ian Patrick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Never heard his voice before. This is excellent: good voice, good accents, good atmosphere


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. Definitely. There's a heart-stopping moment in a number of places, but especially in the last chapter. Oh boy. Hold on to your seats and have the tissues ready.


    Any additional comments?

    The detail of the places in and around Durban is fantastic. The research clearly has been done, and very well. There's a dog in this story that reminds me of my own dog. Brilliant animal. Just like mine. Listeners will love this.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hennie du Bois
    East London
    02/08/16
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    "Very different and quite exciting"
    If you could sum up Death Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional roller-coaster


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Dealing?

    The last chapter, without doubt. There is a devastating scene that will have you sitting bolt upright.


    What does Ian Patrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice easy fluid narration and very good accents


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although I didn't because of other interruptions.


    Any additional comments?

    Really, really, really good.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Jonkers
    George
    03/08/16
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    "Very real and very scary"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Dealing the most enjoyable?

    I used to live up there where the action takes place and it is so accurate. It is really scary to see how crime has escalated especially in that region, and this audiobook tells it as it is.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Am I allowed to say that my favourite character was a dog? If not, then my favourite character is Mavis, the young constable. Brave and intelligent woman.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    I liked Jeremy Ryder, too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I'd like to listen to it on a long drive from George to Joburg. Safer than reading it in bed, as I did. That was scary, because every sound in the house made me worry.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the accents of the characters.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    11/10/16
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    "Very very exciting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Yes, actually. The voices made it even more compelling


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Very balanced between action and emotion and real characters behaving in plausible ways


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very dark and mysterious. And very professional.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes. The things that happen to that family that are described in the dust cover are even more amazing when you hear it read.


    Any additional comments?

    The detective characters are all very entertaining and believable at the same time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warner Greville
    Weenen
    19/10/16
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    "Harrowing but very good"
    What did you love best about Death Dealing?

    The dust cover says it all: the traumatic encounter of innocent families with evil criminals, and the valiant cops that try to deal with a tsunami of crime. very well written and very well performed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Dealing?

    The scene in question with the family was very, very powerful and emotionally gripping.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    Actually, the character of Mavis was great. I liked her a lot. But Jeremy Ryder is the real hero. An action man like Jack Reacher, all the way. With a no-nonsense wife to keep him in check. And both support my rugby team so what's not to like?.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Good against evil in the fists of a no-nonsense detective.


    Any additional comments?

    A great scene with the dog at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Bradford
    Andes NY
    19/10/16
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    "Great dog, great detective"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Dealing the most enjoyable?

    The villains are bad and the good guys are real. Liked all the characterisations. Very exciting last chapter especially.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dog is wonderful. Like my own. But I liked the character of Mavis, too. Enterprising and cheeky detective in the making.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene is amazing. The dog takes over. The rest of the guys fall into place. Brilliant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The canine unit takes charge


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator could have had a woman doing the women's roles, but apart from that he does a really good job. Nice accents and rich tones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Brady
    Port Elizabeth
    21/11/16
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    "Stupendous"
    Where does Death Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of class


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Dealing?

    Jeremy Ryder taking out a group of baddies


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cops investigating an attack on a middle-class family


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yep. That scene did it to me. For sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very, very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leona
    Weiland
    15/11/16
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    "Very exciting and sometimes traumatic"
    Where does Death Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't heard many but this was really excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are so believable and the action is very compelling


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    Mavis was the best. I loved her. Then the villain with the matchstick in his mouth was fascinating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I was happy to listen to it over three or four days too.


    Any additional comments?

    Detective Ryder and his wife - oh, and his dog - are lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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