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A Destiny to Die For, Book 1

By: Rik Stone
Narrated by: Stephanie Montalvo
Series: A Destiny to Die For, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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THE DREAM
Born in a favela, Angelita believes it is her destiny to become rich and powerful.

THE CHANCE
She stumbles upon a half million dollars worth of heroin in her dead uncle's bathroom. 

THE PROBLEM
The drugs belong to the Cartel.

©2019 Rik Stone (P)2019 Rik Stone

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Me, little bigshot

Born in 1983, one of eight siblings, to a beautiful mother but brutal father in the slums of North Eastern Brazil, Angelito was always determined to have more, to leave that place and that life of poverty, scavenging and babies. For which, she needed money. At four, she learned the art of picking pockets from two older brothers, at eight, she began to realize she had power to influence and by fourteen was already running a small protection racket amongst local shopkeepers. But it was never enough...

A Destiny to Die For, charts Angelita's journey as she attempts the near impossible: to drag herself into a better, more comfortable and secure life. She will do whatever she has to in order to 'check out and leave', from stealing to dealing and more, but not prositution. It's an unforgiving world: she sees loved ones disappear and she tries to insure that she will be safe, but there's always danger lurking.
This is an harrowing story about despair and growing up with nothing, not even hope (Angelina's father was a licenced scavenger, allowing him to search rubbish dumps for salab!e items) and the characters drawn feel very real. Despite that, the story is vibrant, unexpected, not fast moving but always with an underlying tension. Narrator Stephanie Montalvo gives an excellent performance, telling her story in the first person as 'Little Angel', giving increased identity to all of the protagonists with separate voicings and reading throughout with careful emotion and story understanding. She truly becomes Angelita.

It is a different type of thriller than I had been expecting when I requested a copy from the rights holder via Audiobook Boom - and my thanks for the complimentary copy freely gifted to me - and in many ways more powerful because of it. Like the characters featured, it felt real. Well written, it always held my attention, never dragged and, despite not actually liking the main protagonist, my sympathies were always with her, willing her on to succeed. A powerful book with a second one to fellow. I will be looking out for that one certainly. And I recommend A Destiny to Die For as essential reading for everyone: perhaps it would make us all appreciate just fortunate we are.

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  • Majortask
  • Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • 19-09-19

Brilliantly told and narrated

What superb freshness in this brilliant story. I was engaged from the beginning and held to the end. Narration and characterization was brilliant. Can’t wait for next book.

‘I was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request and have left a voluntary review’.

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  • Wilnise
  • 12-09-19

READ READ!!!!!

I love love this book, I couldn’t stop listening. Stephanie, wow what an amazing narrator. Angelita is one smart cookie she rule with an iron hand and her brothers will slaughter anyone that hurt her including her own siblings. This is a must read and it’s shows that if you set your mind up to do something nothing can stop you. Can’t wait for book 2.

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  • Q Garcia
  • 09-09-19

Brazilian Hit-Woman

A little girl born and raised in a Brazilian slum goes from child pickpocket to teen drug dealer to paid assassin. Her unbelievable ability to compartmentalize her actions, even at an early age, gives insight into the hard life where she must fight for everything. Although fiction, it feels real. I was gifted this from the author for my honest review.

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  • Jerry in CBad
  • 05-09-19

A Bloody Destiny!

The story is well written and narrated with plenty of twists and turns. However, it is a bleak existence for our protagonist without a conscience. Her struggles are real and she overcomes for the most part, but it's a tough journey. Check it out is you like true-to-life South American "jungle" justice. And, the second book is available now as well!

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  • kaylady
  • 31-08-19

Murder endangers the soul

A detailed murder mystery that is enhanced by the thoughts of the murderess, both regrets and concern that she does not feel more guilt. Her life story from childhood to her twenties.

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  • Julie
  • 29-08-19

It is destiny that you will need to get book 2

This was a very different book for me to listen to but the cover caught my eye and then the blurb sounding interesting, so I gave it ago not really sure what to expect as it is the first book by this author that I have read or listened too. I did enjoy it and the ending made certain that I will be looking out for book two, just to find out what happened as it stops very suddenly. It wasn't quite as much action pack as the cover would have you believe but still interesting.
This is the story of Angelita and her and her families struggle to get out of poverty in the Favela. Her whole world changes when her Uncle disappears after taking her out for the day and she is the only one that sort of knows what happened to him. Knowing he is gone she and her older brothers move into his apartment and when she stumbles over a lot of drugs they decide to put it to good use and form there own Gang, so they can take on the man who killed there uncle and all funded by his own drug money. But things don't go to plan and bodies on both sides start to pile up.
I liked the narrator and thought she was easy to listen to, I hope she reads book two and I look forward to finding out.

I was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request and have left a voluntary review.

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  • Rayc
  • 31-07-19

Intense

A Destiny to Die For, Book 1.
I am a fan of Rik Stone's writing. This one is different very different but also similar. There is a lot of violence in this book,
That is life in the "Flavelas".
I found it a little slow to start but it builds to a tense and violent crescendo, I can highly reccommend this audio book.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Catrina P
  • 11-10-19

A Destiny to Die For

An intense story about the series of events that take a young Brazilian girl from innocence to being a powerful hit-woman and crime boss. The stage is definitely set for what could be a thrilling sequel.

An intense and thrilling story written by Rik Stone and performed by Stephanie Montalvo.

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  • Amanda Urbinato
  • 10-10-19

WOW...

This audiobook was given to me at my request. I am providing a voluntary review:

This was soooo good. Rik Stone can really write. From the first few pages I was hooked. I couldn't put it down, I finished it in one day. I'm not 100% sure why, but I really wasn't forward to reading this one at first. Maybe it was just the cover didn't do it for me. I don't know, but I'm so happy I was so very wrong. I loved Angelita as a kid. She was already so good at manipulating the men in her life. She always seem so confident. I cant wait to read the next book. The narration was also very well done. Such a good book.

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  • Derek J. Hollis
  • 09-10-19

From victim to Crime Boss

Angelita knew she could get her way even from a young age. Although she was taken advantage of as early as 8 years old she turned the tables and quickly became the top of the food chain. I found this audiobook very easy to listen to as the narrator did such a great job portraying Angelita on her journey through the criminal ranks.

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  • Crystal Crossings
  • 09-10-19

To much at such a young age.

This one started with heartbreaking action and ended in the same way. I loved Stephanie Montavio the narrator was great. Angelita's life is horrible learning how to steal at the young age of four then at eight a crime was attempted but Angelita had been taught how to stop it. The Brazilian “favelas” is a horrible place crime, dirt, grime, overcrowding, with harshest aspects of the human soul and Angelita does what she needs to do to survive. This was a different type of book that I read and I highly recommend it. I have both the eBook and audiobook and wither you read or listen or do what I did listen while I read. I highly recommend the book.