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Backlash

Don't..., Book 4
Narrated by: Dan Calley
Series: Don't..., Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

“Those five months away. Where were you, mukka?” (Jack Harrison)

In the aftermath of Jack Harrison’s release from the psychiatric unit, Gray Raoul’s innate “born this bastard way” instinct is to brutally repay the one responsible for financing Jack and Jan’s torturous psychological reconditioning. But that person is a professional player in their own right, one who knows exactly how to manipulate everyone in Gray’s life. To help negotiate this delicate situation, Gray seeks to contract Trace and his ex-Diadem Dom, Gabriel Hunter. But the more Gray seems to regain control, the clearer it becomes that there’s something not quite right about Jan Richards. 

As Jan’s world unravels, taking Jack and Gray with it and bringing out one particular deadly player, Gray’s left with one last defence: Break Jack down in order to partner up with Martin. But once freed, Martin’s out for retribution of his own, and he wants to get downright personal with Gray.

Complete trust between Master, sub, and lover, between Gray, Jack, and Jan - is about to be tested to the absolute limit.

©2015 Jack L. Pyke (P)2019 Jack L. Pyke

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Keeps getting better

Again this series keeps getting better, more roller coasters and heartache but so well written, you just can’t put these book down. Performance wise, Dan Calley has had a tough job portraying all that goes on with these men and he do it wonderfully well. The story line is hard, but if your looking for something other than the usual HEA you will not be disappointed. Just keeps getting better

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Keeps getting better and better

I’m always left with a serious book hangover when I finish one of Jack L. Pike’s books and it’s even more acute with the audiobook. I love the fast paced knife edge world Jack(Martin) Jan and Grey inhabit. There is so much to this book I feel like I need to listen to it again just to do it justice. It doesn’t hurt that I get to listen to Dan Calley’s lovely voice again either. This book is not only about finding out who was behind the attack on Jack and Jan but also about them being on the road to healing, finding each other again. Not easy especially if written by Jack L. Pyke. I love the hard fought for road in a story and this road is spiked. Dan Calley is excellent as always and knows how to pitch it just right to keep me on the edge of my seat.

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Wow

The books in this series have me hooked they just seem to get better and better. Can’t wait to see if we get Jack back soon although I’m finding Martin intriguing...../watch this space!!

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Just...amazing

This book has been an emotional rollercoaster. I so want these men to be happy and able to pull together. Poor Jan has always seemed to be a bit distant from the other two because of their shared history, and he's been coping with too much on his own. At about 30% in, I literally felt like nothing could ever be resolved satisfactorily for them...just seeing problems piling on top of more problems...and I almost gave up. Well...I am so glad I didn't. Suddenly, everything started to come right for me (because I am important too!) and the remaining 70% rushed past. I felt hopeful once again. What wonderful writing to wreak all these emotions from me and bring some light into all that darkness. (The 3 characters from Lynn Kelling's books are seamlessly integrated too.) Once again, Dan Calley proves to be excellent in his many roles. The 3 US voices are confidently spoken and all are very different. When I read a chapter rather than listen, I hear Jack's voice clearly in my head. Amazing!

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  • J Pearson
  • 04-09-20

Love the series, like the book

The Don't series and Dan Calley's performance of it are terrific. This book--Backlash--was less engrossing than the previous books, perhaps because two of the three main characters are seriously damaged and in a kind of limbo until Gray, who is himself damaged, figures out who financed events in the previous series. There's a lot of confused thinking in this book, and that's interesting psychologically, but not as suspenseful, and it lacks the occasional humor that livened up the previous books. Still, I'm glad I read it and after a break for some lighter fare, I'll return to the series. The narration is great as always except--I almost feel bad mentioning it, but--the American accents are just plain bad. It's like he took a few of the characteristics of regional dialect and emphasized them while not getting the underlying rhythms and cadences. I almost had to stop listening when Trace and the other Americans showed up.

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  • Joseph Lance Tonlet
  • 04-09-20

Brilliant

As always, incredible writing, incredible story telling, and incredible narration (Dan Calley has quickly become one of my all-time faves)!

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  • Carol
  • 09-05-20

Stunner! ‘Nuf said

Can’t put this series down. Perfect for COVID lockdown. Loose yourself in these complex characters. Not a story to listen to if not paying attention. No fluff and lots of intriguing details and twists. Highly recommended.

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  • Sue C
  • 30-04-20

there's a lot going on

Would I listen to it again: yes Did the story keep me engaged: yes Was I invested in the characters: yes Story comment: the characters in this series are well developed (all-be-it both physically and psychologiclaly scarred), there is a lot going on and pieces are starting to fall into place, it's just another day in the heart-wrenching, emotional rollercoaster that is this series. Narrator comment: I enjoyed Dan Calley's narration and think he's done a good job narrating Backlash. I had no problem distinguishing characters and the rhythm, inflections and intonations all worked to bring the book to life.

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  • Cat
  • 02-04-20

Dark and twisty

Just when you think the twists and turns can't get more shocking, Just when you think you are getting a conclusion perhaps a finally well deserved happily ever after or at least for now...DON'T. Sorry, I just couldn't resist that. But this should tell you enough. Gray is trying to find out who has financed the events in the previous books that have left both Jack and Jan broken trying to mend., and we find that Jan has his own secrets and that his life in a way set a lot of this mess inadvertently in motion. and if you thought the last was the m biggest shock you were gonna get and it couldn't get much twisty... Don't! I listened to the series on audio and I highly suggest you do too. Dan Calley gives the characters such depth, so much emotion and the accents just bring that special, secret, dark feel to the story... so on the Audio If you can...DO!

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  • Ana
  • 26-03-20

great book

I had such a good time with this guys. I love Gray so much. He is such an intriguing character and getting a little bit more of his history was great. I love the interactions between all of the characters. I liked them all but Gray is the one who got my heart. Even with how good the story was, I had a few low moments, mostly because of the slow pace and some very few moments when I didn’t felt the strong connection I always get from every one of the characters. Those were very few occasion and most of the time, I had a great time with the book. I alternate the ebook and the audiobook. I love the narration. The voices given to Gray, Jack and Jan are so perfect. I was so excited to see how Trace, Gabe and Darrek would make themselves noticed since there are already so much characters but it worked perfectly. I Really liked the book as well as the narration.

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  • BlueRose
  • 24-12-19

Will leave you disoriented

Genre: LGBTQIA, M/M/M Romance, Dark Fiction 4 Blue Roses 4 Blue Flames Narrator Dan Calley gave a very slow, intense and top heavy delivery. His usual enthusiasm was missing. I got the idea he was as frustrated as I was. I felt this was overloaded with detail, my small brain was at times unable to keep up with it all. I found myself lost again in the maze I started out in book one of this series. I find it was extremely busy jumping from situations and persons, causing me to be unable to construct what the main thread of the plot was. It was totally unpredictable. I actually listened to this book twice. I had to make sure I’m not missing something crucial here, but alas, the disappointment and anticipation increased. Although, it may seem like a HEA. I got the feeling shit is about to hit the fan. Like the calm before a storm. I keep hearing that weird music from the soap opera Days of our Lives: “Like the sands through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives”. The author builds ridiculously high levels of tension, making me reach for emotional support, I’m never going to get while listening to this series. It sucked me into a maelstrom a f@#king whirlpool of confusion, violence, and destruction. I recommend this series if you want to end up disoriented and mentally bruised. Happy Listening

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  • Shannon Vess
  • 23-12-19

keeping me on the edge of my seat once again

again Jack has kept me on the edge of my seat with this amazingly entertaining story enjoyed it from beginning to the end and the narration by Dan was stop on in making this story jump off the page.

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  • TG
  • 09-12-19

Sucks you in

and doesn’t let you go. Another awesome book in this series. I’ve stayed up way too late with these books but it’s so worth it. Highly recommend.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 04-12-19

Dark and Murky

There was a lot going on this book and putting down my thoughts is going to be a challenge. I am still impacted when I think of Jan and Jack’s capture and subsequent torture and rape. Over and over they’d been abused and the psychological was as bad as the physical – although the physical was horrendous (Jack required surgery, for example). This all happened in Book 2 and Book 3 was the two men dealing with the aftermath. Gray is right there with them, of course, because he’s not only the third man in their triad, but often the backbone. Jan is ‘soft lad’ and Jack is ‘mukka’. Gray is the MI5 operative who holds everything together. This book gives us a real insight into Jan and how he is – or is not – coping with the lingering effects of the captivity. Although he’d been mistreated, it was watching the horrific abuse heaped on Jack that has been truly eating away at his soul. He’s chosen an unproductive way of dealing with the memories and I could hardly blame him. But he’s about to come crashing down with Gray there to help. Jack’s there as well, but he’s got his own demons. Jack has an alternate personality – Martin. Martin appeared briefly in the last book but is back big time in this story. His appearance always hurts me because I have an affinity for Jack and when Martin comes out, it’s usually to protect Jack in some way. Martin has vengeance on his mind – actions Jack would likely never partake in (which is saying something because he also has violence simmering just below the surface). As a warning, this is, again, a very violent book. There are also many many many different characters whose morality is often ambiguous. Even the clean and wholesome Jan isn’t all he appears to be. There is a claiming in this story, showing just how serious the men are becoming in their relationship. I wonder sometimes if it’s so healthy for them to become so enmeshed. Is Jack really going to heal surrounded by violence? And his renunciation of the Master’s Circle was, I though, his way of stepping back from BDSM. This book proves otherwise. Dare, Trace, and Gabe are visiting London from the States, there to try to help the triad of Jack, Jan, and Gray sort themselves out. Also for a bit of comic levity, which I appreciated. This book might not be quite as dark as Book 2, but there were definitely moments when I felt the weight. The description of desperate rats was enough to turn my stomach. All that being said, I’m addicted to this series. This book ends with some things resolved and others up in the air. In other words, I can’t wait for the next book to come out on audio. This is a mammoth story, clocking in at over 14 hours. Occasionally I felt it drag, but I enjoyed the pacing most of the time. There is a lot going on and none of the descriptions are scrimped upon. Dan Calley narrates this series and he’s perfect. His deep voice resonates yet he’s able to provide different voices for all the characters. His American accents are unique, to say the least. I am enjoying this series am waiting with bated breath for the next book.