Number-one New York Times best-selling Prey author John Sandford and Michele Cook debut a high-octane young adult thriller series.
Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin.
Odin's a brilliant hacker but a bit of a loose cannon. He and a group of radical animal-rights activists hit a Singular Corp. research lab in Eugene, Oregon. The raid was a disaster, but Odin escaped with a set of highly encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.
When Shay gets a frantic 3 a.m. phone call from Odin - talking about evidence of unspeakable experiments, and a ruthless corporation, and how he must hide - she's concerned. When she gets a menacing visit from Singular's security team, she knows: Her brother's a dead man walking.
What Singular doesn't know - yet - is that 16-year-old Shay is every bit as ruthless as their security force, and she will burn Singular to the ground, if that's what it takes to save her brother.
©2014 John Sandford and Michele Cook (P)2014 Listening Library
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"Should have left the YA knock offs to Patterson"
This could have been yet one more James Patterson junk novels where a great author lends their name to another writer to push out commercial tripe for young adults. Teens unite to save the world from evil corporations. Oh come on, hasn't this been done to death. Sandford is one of my all time favorite writers. May be that's why this apparent sell out was so hard to swallow.
Kevin J Anderson's Dark Between the Stars
Voice has the quality of nails on a chalkboard. After getting used to the irritating tenor, Sands does to a good job of "telling" the story instead of reading it. Maybe its just the teenage girl screaming and wanna be hip team talk that rubs me the wrong way.
Is spite of everything else, the book did take a worn out plot and move it along at a Sandford worthy pace and it is well written. I just wish I hadn't known where it was going before I got half way through the book.
I hated it when Patterson decided to franchise his creativity to turn out mediocre dime store novels. I hope this series is Sandford's only venture down that path.
"Nothing like typical Sandford"
The narrator is terrible. Sandford's other books have great narrators who improve the story line.
Since they are a married couple, I thought the book would have much of the type of story he writes, however this looks like a book she wrote and he put his name with her to sell it.
She is one of the most irritating readers I have listened to.
The reader was so terrible that I didn't finish the book.
"SANDFORD AND WIFE TEAM"
MAKE IT MORE FOR ADULTS - SANDFORD STYLE - READ BY FERRONE
LET THE WIFE WRITE FOR TEENS - UNDER HER OWN NAME.
NO IT'S FOR KIDS - NOT HONEST TO USE SANDFORD REPUTATION ON SUCH A BAD PIECE OF WORK HOPE SHE CAN COOK BETTER THAN SHE CAN WRITE
ITS FOR KIDS AND SOUNDS LIKE IT
DISAPPOINTMENT - EXPECTED SANDFORD QUALITY. MISREPRESENTATION.
SEE IF TEENS LIKE IT.
"Incomplete ending requires second book"
Finishing the book instead of requiring me to buy the sequel and not informing me this was part 1 of a two or 3 part series.
Part 2 if if ever comes out
Yes, she was great
Yes, let us know next time that this is the frist part of a 2 or 3 part series. And that the story does not resolve itself in part 1.
finished this book. it was good - a YA story. it more young people were the main charaters rather than YA -
I stopped in the middle - thinking I would wait to the next one so I could go straight to the next book. But decided to finish it.
I enjoyed it worth a read. though I would not call it YA
"Good but not great - it takes awhile to get into"
Seems geared towards a younger audience than the Davenport series but it was pretty good once I got into it. I will get the next one when it comes out.
"OMG!! This is not YA; this is SANDFORD @ his best"
unrelenting fast-paced gritty
This is only YA in the broadest sense - no twitter; no malls; no video games. Soulless corportations doing horrifying science and young adults the only real opponents. Cutting edge action with believable villains and great characters.
I was incredulous at how it ended. Please tell me the next one is already written>>>>>>PLEASE.
I heard Sandford speak and few years back and he said he would not write YA with malls and tweets. He didn't. He took it UUUPPPP a major notch. Wow! Just WOW!!!
"Beware of narrator"
The narrator was terrible. She made all male characters sound like junior high boys and all the females sound either ditzy or ominous. One star is an exaggeration.
"Don't Waste Your Time"
Tara Sands needs to be replaced!!
So banal and ordinary! John Sandford can do so much better.
Didn't like it at all, listened to 2chapters and said, "Enough!"
"Not Bad for a Young Adult-Type Book"
I would approach it with caution. The narrator detracts from the quality a bit... she is a good performer but has some annoying voice inflections and is a bit too "cutesy" at times.
I would recommend it, particularly for a young adult and especially as a printed book.
Annoying. Grating.... but still, very Capable.
Yes, I vowed never to mispronounce the name of a city the way they kept mispronouncing "Eugene" in this audio book. NO ONE out here says "U-gene" like Tara Sands kept saying it. The name of the town is pronounced Eugene, with the accent on the second syllable not the first. Her pronunciation sounded like someone from deep Appalachia saying it. Perhaps Tara Sands thinks people in Oregon are backwards hicks... most folks from the East do. Two other minor issues: Not everyone in Oregon wears flannel shirts and the woods are pronounced "fore-est", not "far-est".
I'm only disappointed that Sandford did not vet this a little better in terms of the continuous mispronunciation of Eugene and, basically,the accuracy of anything to do with the Pacific Northwest.
But the story was very enjoyable and moved along well and the plot was engaging and well engineered - as all of Sandford's are in my experience. And while I found a number of things about Tara Sands to be annoying (as mentioned above) she is very good at mixing male and female voices.. and there were quite a few characters involved in this story so she had to keep track of all this while at the same time handling the acting. She's obviously a real pro.
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