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One Step Ahead Audiobook

One Step Ahead: Memoirs of a Gentlemen Thief

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Publisher's Summary

Fresh off the exposé of an organized crime syndicate, an award-winning investigative reporter lives in fear for his life. Relocating to Detroit under a new government issued identity, Nathan Davies finds himself dealing with the underbelly of American society once again.

America's most notorious thief, Zachary Landon, thrives upon the wealthy residents of the Motor City. Only targeting those who oppress the weak, Landon has become known as a modern day Robin of the Hood.

Davies quickly becomes enamored with the legend of Landon and soon his desire to learn more pushes aside the fear that has kept him alive. After a chance meeting, a bond begins to form and Nathan finds that Zachary Landon truly deserves to be glorified, not persecuted.

As truths are told, drawing Nathan in even further, he learns that when it comes to the gentleman thief, nothing is left to chance.

©2016 W.C. Hoffman (P)2016 Abracadabra Productions

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    Norma Miles 29/07/2016
    Norma Miles 29/07/2016
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    "Elegant surprise"
    What did you like most about One Step Ahead?

    Written as a series of shortish stories held together by a theme, this delightful book is perfect to pick up when reading time is limited Set in a period of earlier elegance and politeness, the 'Gentleman Thief' is that and more - in particular, suave and very clever. Think a combination of Raffles and Sherlock Holmes. The stories reflect this, being most unusual crimes solved (or initiated) by the man of the title.
    The narration is excellent. Rich McVicar's voice is easy to listen to, beautifully modulated and perfectly fitting the subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am grateful to the publisher, author or narrator who sent me a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • med c
    01/07/16
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    "One step ahead"
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    Another great book written by the author. Full of suspense and thrill. Narration is good too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • erobbins33
    28/06/16
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    "Awesome!"

    I received this audio book for free from the author, as a fan of his previous works, in exchange for an honest review.
    I really enjoyed hearing this compendium of short stories. Landon is a "gentleman thief". If you're a fan of that tv show, Leverage, you'll understand the appeal. He only hits targets that deserve it, and usually only gets a fraction of a "normal" fee. He gets screwed over more often than not, and has a powerful ally/foe in his "childhood friend" the police inspector. This is well written, well narrated, and a perfect blend of ironic sarcasm and mind-blowing intuition. I can't wait for the next installment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie F.
    29/08/16
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    "Fun story, looking forward to the next one"

    I really enjoyed this book. One of the main characters, Zachary Landon, really minded me of Sherlock Holmes - not that he was a detective (he was the thief), but in the way of his thought processes, and the way his mind worked. He is very observant, and sees things going on that most people would miss. He develops a bond with a reporter named Nathan Davies, and shares his insights with him. What I found odd, though, was that he is always guarded and doesn't seem to fully trust Davies, even though he has taken him into his confidence. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Rich McVicar. I don't think I've ever listened to anything he's done before, but I was rather pleased with the narration and the different voices he gave to the characters. I would definitely check out more books that he has narrated. And the story itself was engrossing, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/07/16
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    "everything about this book was great"

    Great thrills great book and great stories. narrator had a great voice I enjoyed every moment of the book. I received this book free for a honest review and unbiased option from the author and or narrator via audio book boom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bookwurm
    Pennsylvania, USA
    07/09/16
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    "Stories of a Gentlemen Thief-Very Enjoyable"

    Very good narration of these well written short stories of a gentlemen thief. Would like to hear more of his work. I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy
    Marietta, NY, USA
    21/08/16
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    "Excellent Narration gives Story Fresh life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended this story to many others. The story is a little old fashioned since it's set in the 1940's and the language is a little decorus and formal but the narration brings out the personalities which highlight the mystery, the humor and makes it enjoyable and move fast. The gentleman thief character is a fun puzzle to unravel and with the narration, you will enjoy him more and more as the story goes on.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say enough how well the narration captures the nature and tone of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bookaholic
    Ohio, USA
    21/07/16
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    "Poe and Doyle, meet Hoffman and Leblanc"

    The author's note explains these stories are his modernized and Americanized versions of the public domain stories of Maurice Leblanc's "Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief." To tie the stories together, Hoffman has used the journalist in hiding who becomes friends with Landon, the renamed gentleman-thief, and listens to his tales. His role is to be the American equivalent of Dr. Watson, methinks. Landon strikes me as a Holmes-Moriarty amalgam with a little of Poe's detective Dupin thrown in. Expect keen observation, deduction, and quick wit. The time period used by the author for his reworking of the stories is 1940s Detroit.

    It's a quick listen, and I found it enjoyable. I might even listen again, which is high praise from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Patterson
    15/07/16
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    "Well thought out"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, quirky collection of stories to keep you guessing


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

    How did he know that!!


    Which character – as performed by Rich McVicar – was your favorite?

    Zachary Landon is quick-witted, and thrives on the gullibility of the rich.


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

    I know where you got your shoes cost me $10.00 in New Orleans!


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dee
    LA
    12/07/16
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    "Liked it once I figured it out"
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    At first glance, I thought I was getting a straight mystery listen. It turned out to be a series of mystery vignettes but they were very well written and I enjoyed them immensely. What a character that gentleman thief was! If you are expecting an A to Z listen with the usual stops along the way, this listen will disappoint. HOWEVER, if what you want is a great mystery in the Poirot tradition, you will be ever so entertained. The narrator was awesome as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melisa
    Ponchatoula, LA, United States
    10/07/16
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    "Not what I expected from the description at all."

    This - "Fresh off the exposé of an organized crime syndicate, an award-winning investigative reporter lives in fear for his life." - led me to expect there would be some action and suspense. There isn't any. It's a group of short stories about the same character that have been retold and strung together to resemble a novel, but not very successfully. I truly think it would be more successful in ebook or print format, but in audio, it is very jarring how one "story" just stops and another starts with no warning. I kept rewinding thinking I'd missed something. In print, this might be more obvious with chapter headings. If they'd left the stories as separate you'd have story titles to alert you that they are not going to start talking about something totally different. It just didn't work for me. Also, I didn't care much for either main character. The narrator did a great job (I'd listen to other work by him) but I do think this particular book would be somewhat better in print.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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