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Plain Dealing Audiobook

Plain Dealing: The Ryder Quartet, Book 3

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Midnight on a moonlit beach. Six cops execute four thugs after a heinous crime. They are unaware that there is a witness to the executions. Thrilling action explores tactical, ethical, and criminal choices made by officers of the law. A stark image of moral ambiguity underpins their struggle to maintain courageous and precarious control of all-engulfing crime. Plain-dealing cops face scrutiny in an emotional journey through choices made in the day-to-day confrontation with evil.

©2015 Ian Patrick (P)2015 Ian Patrick

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    Tertius Delport 30/03/2016
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    "Best of the series"
    Would you listen to Plain Dealing again? Why?

    Very clear narration. Good speech. Good accents. Good resonant voice. Excellent studio quality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a fantastic second-last chapter where there are car chases, shoot-outs, cliff-hanging clashes, and just when you think it's all over, with a lovely denouement, there's another up-tick of excitement in the very last chapter. Beautifully structured. Lovely characters. Great dialogue. Final lines are like music.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Easy, knowledgeable, laid-back and richly resonant.


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

    The end of the second-last chapter is very moving. Well, the same goes for the chapter - I forget the number - at the end of Wednesday, where there is a really sad scene involving a woman cop.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really good from the very first moment right through to the closing moment.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Coultridge Abingdon 19/04/2016
    Dianne Coultridge Abingdon 19/04/2016
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    "Best of the three"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Plain Dealing to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, really. They're both so good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thabethe the villain is so bad. So, so bad. And so well performed. I love him. If you know what I mean.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final scene in the park is beautiful, but the scene just before that in the hospital is lyrically beautiful, too. Then the couple of traumatic scenes earlier on. I don't know. It's all wonderful.


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

    The Ryder Sanction: cops on the hunt


    Any additional comments?

    I heard the second book first and then got to the others. It doesn't matter, really. They're all great stories in themselves. But it's nice now to see the thread running through all of them. And the theme. Which I take to be 'what is justice; what is morality, when the devil is in your sights?'

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Jacobzyck London 09/05/2016
    Mark Jacobzyck London 09/05/2016
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    "In the top caliber"
    What made the experience of listening to Plain Dealing the most enjoyable?

    I got the audiobook some time ago but forgot to listen to it (family trauma and all that). Then I saw a review just a few days ago saying that this was in the same league as James Patterson and John Grisham, so thought it was time. I both listened and read at the same time. One night straight through. I kid you not. This was brilliant. Most definitely in the same league as Grisham (I don't know Patterson). The accents and narration were top drawer, and the structure of the plot is cliff-hangingly brilliant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Ryder and the forensics woman Nadine, but to tell you the truth I thought Mashego was outstanding. He is a no-nonsense guy with a deep and disturbed history. He was fascinating.


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

    The accents were great and the voice was rich and resonant with clear speech and lots of dramatic subtext.


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

    Yes. And I did!


    Any additional comments?

    Got to get the rest of the series now. And next time I won't wait for so long before getting down to it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne Halifax 11/05/2016
    Adrienne Halifax 11/05/2016
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    "Immensely satisfying"
    What made the experience of listening to Plain Dealing the most enjoyable?

    Thrills on every page, characters subtle and complex and intelligent and very colorful.


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

    The closing scene of the chapter (forget which number) that is headlined "Wednesday". That scene was breathtakingly shocking and so, so very sad. My goodness. I needed handkerchiefs.


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

    No others yet, but I'm getting the first book in the series next.


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

    Yes and no. I couldn't wait for the next scene in each case, but on the other hand I wanted to savor it in chunk-sizes.


    Any additional comments?

    I love these detectives. Such a change from the old seedy alcoholic troubled detectives that have become the norm. These detectives are a cross between Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Katz Bristol 02/08/2016
    Stephen Katz Bristol 02/08/2016
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    "Five star thrills all the way"
    Would you listen to Plain Dealing again? Why?

    Yes. Gripping and realistic and original. The characters are all convincing and the action is really reflective of the real world.


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

    The Bourne Trilogy. Same action and sparse dialogue and real emotions.


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

    Mashego was great, I thought, but probably Ryder. He didn't handle the women as well.


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

    For sure. There are some really emotional bits. Especially in the second-last chapter. Well, in the last chapter, too.


    Any additional comments?

    Very nice. Will get the others in the series, I think.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne Grenville 29/05/2016
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Plain Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Both the same, I would say. Both excellent.


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

    The Bourne Identity. Exciting, thrilling. Lots of action. Nice characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The chapter on the Wednesday. Last few pages. So traumatic. So exciting. So good for action-women!


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

    Yes. Most definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this style of writing. Very real and very exciting. Documentary feel, really.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda Jooste Whitby 26/07/2016
    Yolanda Jooste Whitby 26/07/2016
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    "Thrilling analysis of the real world of crime"
    Where does Plain Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite the best so far


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

    Anything by Lee Child or Michael Connelly, really


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very commanding and quiet and firm, with lovely hints of characters without trying to do the full Monty


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

    There are two or three very sad scenes that definitely bring forth some tears. Very moving indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the Detective Mashego guy. I think I understand him, especially given what's happening in the world of crime these days.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Harley 23/07/2016
    Harley 23/07/2016
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    "Five star action all the way"
    What made the experience of listening to Plain Dealing the most enjoyable?

    Very exciting. Thrills all the way and lots of nice character moments - either light-hearted or tenderly emotional - in between. A real novel wrapped up in an action thriller. Very accurate character depictions and brilliant accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moral dilemmas underlying everything are real and non-sentimental.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Easy and fluid and strong.


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

    The Mashego detective in the second-last scene of the book. Can't describe it without giving things away, but it was very compellingly brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    Part of a series, but I didn't need to know that. This worked well as a single thriller.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorraine Motsepe London 22/07/2016
    Lorraine Motsepe London 22/07/2016
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    "Exciting and authentic"
    Would you listen to Plain Dealing again? Why?

    Yes. Very exciting and nice different accents


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

    The Bourne trilogy


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many, really. The Wednesday carnage in the bush near Virginia is great


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I like this series very much

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Luyt Morpeth 24/08/2016
    Kevin Luyt Morpeth 24/08/2016
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    "Totally plausible"
    Where does Plain Dealing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best


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

    The Shield, or The Killing, or any of the Scandinavian thrillers


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very real and just like the characters I know from that area


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

    No. I like to hear it in big hefty pieces. So it took me three or four days. But I was gripped all the way.


    Any additional comments?

    Exciting and real and totally plausible. Like a documentary, really.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Suzanne
    Durban Berea
    19/03/16
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    "The best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Plain Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. I loved the book so much and now hearing this I love it even more.


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

    The opening scene is so brilliant you think it can't get better. But oh boy the second-last chapter is too amazing! And then there's a fantastic final chapter to cap it all. But the second-last chapter is to die for (ha! ha!)


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

    The accents, the lovely clear speech: all so real and true to life


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

    The final scene of the second-last chapter. The big guy in the bed. So amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    My former Vice-Chancellor gave this book a five-star review so I bought it. She was so, so right. It was five stars all the way. Then I decided to listen to the audio-book of the same thing. Now I'll go get the whole series.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Charlene
    Berea, Durban
    09/04/16
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    "Outstanding thriller"
    If you could sum up Plain Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    Justice, morality, revenge


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

    The last fifteen minutes at the end of the penultimate chapter is terrifying and cliff-hanging.


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

    Tenjiwe is magnificent. What a woman. What a cop. What a marks(wo)man!


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

    Both, in abundance.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice whimsical ending, wrapping up a beautiful thriller.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Storey
    Durban
    31/03/16
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Plain Dealing the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has got these characters right between the eyes. Very enjoyable accents and idiosyncrasies, and lovely tension.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mashego is a really intriguing character in this audio rendition of the book. Accent is slightly inferred and very authoritatively performed. I also like the forensics women. So sharp. They cut any macho men down to size, and rightly so.


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

    Mashego, for the above reasons.


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

    Yes and no. I like to hear it in big hefty pieces. The chapter sizes are perfect for this.


    Any additional comments?

    This is so realistic. It's like journalism rather than fiction. Totally believable all the way.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Marianne Bezuidenhout
    Durban
    19/04/16
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    "How brilliant is this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    From the very first sentence this audio-book grabs you by the throat and takes you on a rip-roaring ride. I loved it. All my friends who like thrillers will love this


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

    The shootout on the beach is terrifyingly real and so filled with tension


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

    I'm listening now to another one, so don';t have anything to compare yet, though I have read the books and love them.


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

    Oh dear. Without doubt. Three overwhelmingly sad moments spread through the book. Am I allowed to spoil it for others? Maybe not. But the second to last scene in the last chapter has a so, so sad scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best in the trilogy, for sure.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • David L
    New York
    01/05/16
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    "Excellent little thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah. Great listening thriller.


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

    Very, very good plot. Wow. Exciting and different.


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

    Very different. Exotic. Not the normal stuff.


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

    Lots of laughs and lots of sad stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very different and very, very good.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Clive Holder
    London
    09/05/16
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    "Spell-binding"
    What did you love best about Plain Dealing?

    The way the plot is put together is great. Each scene ends with you wanting more.


    What other book might you compare Plain Dealing to and why?

    Along came a Spider, by James Patterson. Because the action is suspenseful and the characters are totally convincing and subtle while complex.


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

    I really liked Nadine Salm, the forensics woman. Clever and sharp.


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

    The end of the second chapter from the end is really moving. But so is the chapter that ends on Wednesday after a shoot-out (or should I say "shooting" - I won't give away what actually happens) with the baddies.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really new and exciting. The style is different and really convincing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Corby
    New York
    31/07/16
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    "Top class"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very exciting and very well produced


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

    Lots of them, really, but the best is when the character Tenjy (Buthelezi ?) deals with the very bad guys in the middle of the book (the Wednesday chapter, as I recall). Oh my goodness, how wonderful was that. But very sad, too.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very dark and mysterious and totally captivating.


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

    Like I said, on the Wednesday in the bush near the airport. There's another moment, too, near the end. The morning of the last day, in the hospital. That's really moving and lovely all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to get the rest of this series now, even though I started with the third of the four books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Francis Howards
    Berea, Durban
    26/07/16
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    "Thrilling: best of the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Plain Dealing to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but they're both great


    What did you like best about this story?

    Action interspersed with totally believable scenes showing relationships and sub-textual subtlety


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

    Yes, two of them. This one beats both of them


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

    No. No need. It is good over a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the accents in this one. Real characters. Nice humour. Unforced and natural.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Goldie
    East Rockaway, NY
    23/07/16
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    "Very, very good"
    If you could sum up Plain Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    Heart-breaking action


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

    The moment when Constable Thenjiwe takes action against the perpetrators


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very authoritative and knowledgeable, and with a lovely resonant quality that entices the listener


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

    Cops strike back


    Any additional comments?

    The women characters are ALL very strong. I like that. It's not all macho male.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tshepo Mkhize
    Empangeni
    22/07/16
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    "Very current and topical"
    If you could sum up Plain Dealing in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, exciting, real


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

    The last two chapters are laden with excitement interspersed between very tender scenes


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

    Very believable, authoritative and persuasive and mysterious


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

    In the last resort, when justice fails, what weapons do cops rely on?


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very topical subject

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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