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A Few Good Fish

By: Amy Lane
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

A tomcat, a psychopath, and a psychic walk into the desert to rescue the men they love.... Can everybody make it out with their skin intact?

PI Jackson Rivers and Defense Attorney Ellery Cramer have barely recovered from last November, when stopping a serial killer nearly destroyed Jackson in both body and spirit. But their previous investigation poked a new danger with a stick, forcing Jackson and Ellery to leave town, so they can meet the snake in its den.

Jackson Rivers grew up with the mean streets as a classroom, and he learned a long time ago not to give a damn about his own life. But he gets a whole new education when the enemy takes Ellery. The man who pulled his shattered pieces from darkness and stitched them back together again is in trouble, and Jackson’s only chance to save him rests in the hands of fragile allies he barely knows. 

It’s going to take a little bit of luck to get these Few Good Fish out alive!

©2018 Amy Lane (P)2019 Dreamspinner Press

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Masterful Mr Tremblay, just masterful...

5 superb stars for the audio from Greg, 4 stars for the story. Unfortunately I thought most of the storyline was underwhelming to say the least; it was almost as if Ms Lane didn't know herself how the trilogy should end and ran out of ideas...it definitely fizzled rather than went out with a bang. The main mastermind got what he so richly deserved, but an 'accomplice' got away with what was left of the super-killing mindless military men and they were not heard of again...but only after they'd tried [and failed yet again] to kill Jackson, Ellery and their 'family'...nope, I'm sorry but cretins like that just don't disappear into the woodwork forever with the government's tacit approval, not buying it at all. The CIA or whoever does the US government killing for them nowadays [and of course it happens...don't let them tell you otherwise] would be all over that like bees on honey.

As far as the audio is concerned, I liked meeting Greg's interpretation of Burton and Ernie, although Ace's southern accent was a little creepy and Sunny was just...Sunny 🤨. The best part of the entire audio however [for me anyhoo] was Greg's extremely emotional and impassioned vocalisation of Jackson in the hospital chapel pleading for God to save Ellery's life...absolutely masterful, sighs. I defy anyone not to shed a few tears... 💙💚💛🧡💜

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  • Vicki
  • 10-02-19

What a team

What an odd conglomeration of "friends" Ellory and Jackson have accumulated - and thank God for it - because it takes almost all of them to survive the trouble they find themselves enmeshed in. Ellory and Jackson are still hurling snark and sarcasm between bullets and chasing down the bad guys.

I absolutely love Greg Tremblay and his abilities as a narrator. He is able to convey every emotion and vocal tone required with skill and style. I yawned practically every time a character did, felt the love behind Ellory's and Jackson's snarky comments, and shivered when I heard the ice in the villain's voice.

There is a scene in a church that is stunning in its writing and delivery. What a team.

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  • Janice Birnie
  • 07-02-19

A brilliant action packed thriller/romance.

A Few Good Fish is the third audiobook in the Fish Out of Water series by Amy Lane. It continues on from the previous novels in the series which should really be listened to in order. Amy Lane does smoothly include relevant snippets of events from the previous novels to make sure new listeners aren’t confused, however these stories are so riveting and well written that it would do this one an injustice to listen to it as a stand-alone.

Ellery Cramer is criminal defence attorney in one of the top law firms in Sacramento. On the advice of his high flying, slightly controlling, corporate lawyer mother he is forging a career that will pay very well and set him up for life. Coming from a happy, well-to-do, family Ellery has never had to deal with life’s harsher realities. Some of his clients and a very special co-worker have, however, introduced Ellery to a whole other, much darker world. In the period since he first formed a relationship with Jackson, the firm’s P.I., Ellery’s life has been a constant struggle to keep him, and their relationship, safe. Falling in Love was easy, surviving to enjoy their future together, not so much.

With a drug addicted mother and an absent father Jackson Rivers barely survived his childhood or his first career as a police officer. Life as a P.I. at a top tier law firm should be a piece of cake, but with the new job comes new enemies, some of whom haunt him from his past, and surviving adulthood is looking just as dicey.

In A Few Good Fish we find Jackson and Ellery recovering from a run in with a particularly evil and suspiciously well trained serial killer. A new threat in the form of a psychopathic naval officer with secrets he’ll kill to keep has emerged and the rest and recreation these incredible young men deserve is looking more and more like a pipe dream. This time it’s not just Jackson under the gun and it will take the help of some very unlikely characters, and all of their family and friends, if Ellery and Jackson are to make it out alive.

Amy Lane has written some of my favourite novels in the MM genre. This incredibly fast paced. and riveting, edge of your seat thriller/romance is among her best. I adore the MC’s and the extraordinary cast of characters surrounding them. Ellery’s mother is intelligent, witty, feisty and fabulous and a particular favourite of mine, but the loyalty and fierceness of Jackson’s made family is a joy to observe as well. Amy Lane is masterful at writing novels with fully fleshed out characters and A Few Good Fish is no exception.

Greg Tremblay is one of my favourite narrators. He is a voice actor at the very top of his game and in A Few Good Fish he gifts the listener with an impeccable performance that completely immerses you in the story. Greg’s voice characterisations; male, female, young, old, accents, personality, emotions; the works; are so pitch perfect that you’ll completely forget that there isn’t a large, brilliantly cast, group of actors performing. When you disappear into the world he creates it’s like living inside the lives of the characters. As a listener the real world just fell away, which is exactly what I want from an audiobook.

The combination of Amy Lane’s storytelling and Greg Tremblay’s performance made for a sublime listening experience.

Highly recommended.

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  • H. Martin
  • 10-03-19

A Few Good Fish

A Few Good Fish is book 3 in Amy Lane’s Fish Out of Water series. This is absolutely one of my favorites and one of the best series I have ever read, or listened to. This series, absolutely, MUST be read in order. I know, I always say that, but I’ve never meant it more than I do now. This series follows Jackson and Ellery and each book builds upon the previous one. If you’re a fan of this series, you probably thought the author was done putting Jackson and Ellery in dangerous situations, both emotionally and physically. If you were crazy enough to think that, you ARE SO WRONG!

It’s been a rough few months for Jackson and Ellery and things aren’t getting easier. Jackson thought he had suffered through pain before, but he learns there’s something more painful than physical pain, and that’s Ellery’s pain. This storyline continues from previous ones so I’m not going to get into the details or give anything away but Jackson and Ellery still have a lot to clean up. And the hits are coming at them from all sides.

But, no matter what they have to endure, Jackson and Ellery come away stronger as a couple. And, in this book, their future has been mentioned and for me, that felt huge! I love watching the family that Jackson, Cameron and Jade are building because it isn’t just one of them, it’s still all of them. And I loved having Ellery’s family more involved in this book! I’ve always been a fan of Lucy Satan, aka Taylor, but getting time with Ellery’s dad and getting to know him, was just icing on the top!

The audio version of this series is just as good and possibly better than reading the book. Greg Tremblay does a fantastic job bringing it to life. Even when I read one of these books in the series, it’s Greg’s voice narrating it in my head. He perfectly performs each and every character! They each have their own voice so you can just immerse yourself into the story.

I love Jackson and Ellery together, especially in this book. If you haven’t read or listened to this series, I can’t stress how highly I recommend you do so now. The author has done a masterful job of building this series. I would love, love, love if the author would continue her series. With the new project Jackson, Ellery and Jade have coming, the series could follow their cases. Maybe with a little (or a lot) less abuse to Jackson and Ellery, but I foresee great things for their future!

This book and series get all the stars there are! Seriously, read or listen to it and it will become one of your favorites too!

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**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by DreamSpinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

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  • Annika
  • 27-02-19

I love these guys

Jackson and Ellery are again swimming against the stream – investigating Owen’s past to find the person who trained him, who let him loose in society. So while the big bad from the first couple of books is dealt with – in a permanent way – it seems like he was just the beginning. There are secrets that people high on the food chain are willing to go to great lengths to keep hidden. It’s big and it’s bad and very, very dangerous.

Fish Out of Water is without a doubt my favourite Lane series. I love the mystery, the characters, not to mention Billy Bob the three legged cat. That being said, A Few More Fish is my least favourite in the series so far. The story just got too big and too unbelievable, not to mention that Ace and Sunny (from Racing the Sun) aren’t my favourite couple, so that cross-over didn’t quite work for me.

I love how far Jackson has come since we first met him, and seeing him now in a committed relationship is beautiful. His and Ellery’s relationship isn’t perfect, but it’s a work in progress. You feel the connection, and even though they might stumble at times you know they’ll pull through. With each book they grow stronger, they move forward. Don’t get me wrong, Jackson especially still have ways to go, but it’s still nice to see them making progress.

Greg Tremblay is music to my ears. I love listening to him and consider him to be one of my all-time favourite narrators out there. I love him narrating mystery and suspense books, there’s just something about that narration that really fits him. Once again he delivered a flawless performance. I mean he nails everything just right, the characters, the voices, the emotions he adds, the pacing. In short; everything was just right.

These books don’t really stand on their own; they build on each other, each a part of a whole, leaving things to be resolved. Knowing Jackson, a few more cars will be sacrificed in the future, all for the greater good of course.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 27-02-19

Probably my favourite story in the series

4.5* Overall

This is book #3 in the series and you really do need to read the previous two stories first to gain an insight into the characters and the ongoing story with the ‘baddies’.

Jackson and Ellery have been given a few months' respite and are only just recovering from the trauma they suffered at the end of the previous book before they face more danger together. The story builds to some exciting and nerve-wracking action chapters, but much of the story is about family, Jackson and Ellery’s deepening relationship, and also personal healing for Jackson. There’s plenty of conversation and shedding of burdens. Amy Lane writes wonderfully troubled characters and situations, but she does include a generous sprinkling of banter to add some humour to those bleak situations.

I liked how she included Ace and  Sonny—characters from another of her stories (Racing for the Sun). 

Once again Greg Tremblay's narration is superb.  Great character voices, spot on emotions, and perfect pacing. I could picture each scene as it unfolded and could feel the fear and tension the characters experienced. Highly recommended.