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Scott JarvisInvestigations, Book 1
Narrated by: Lee Strayer
Series: Scott Jarvis Investigations, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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Number one is finally here....

A simple missing person’s case sparks off a young Orlando detective’s journey into a deadly world of shadow and mystery....

An idealist at heart, detective Scott Jarvis finds himself growing more and more disillusioned with police work. Assigned to what at first seems like a fairly mundane case to find a missing NASA engineer, he uncovers a puzzle that leads him into the dark underworld of organized crime and international intrigue. Just as he’s making real progress, Jarvis is pulled off the case and told in no uncertain terms to lay off.

Frustrated and haunted by the shadows of his past, Jarvis confronts the most important choice of his life - stay on the job or turn in his badge and become a private investigator...play by somebody else’s rules or play by his own.

His choice leads him back into the shadow world of smuggling, murder, and a threat to national security that could spell disaster for the young detective.

A great beginning to a new detective series that takes you on a journey from Orlando to the Florida Keys.

©2017 Scott W. Cook (P)2020 Scott W. Cook

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Life is a series of choices.

Scott Jarvis is an homicide detective with Orlando police department but has been increasingly frustrated by the constraints on him from above. A lawyer father is able to secure the almost instant release of his son, Jarvis is pulled from a missing person investigation and both have unfortunate consdquences. So Jarvis' friend convinces him to try the go it alone approach as a P.I.

This is the first book of the series and was originally, according to an author's note, written in the third person but has been re-crafted to now appear in the first person, bringing it into alignment with the later books. So the reader is given the Scott Jarvis perspective, ably interpreted by Lee Strayer, who gives a good performance as the sardonic P.I., his voice replete with good humored banter and sarcasm, very pleasant on the ear, well paced and intoned. His individual voicing of the separate characters is nicely executed, keeping everyone distinctly different. A nice, easy on the ear listen.

With action aplenty on land and on sea, this semi comedic police murder thriller is enjoyable fun. The main character occasionally talks directly to the reader, as well as his close friends, revealing both his insecurities as well as his public bravado with Sherlock Holmes joking allusions. The characterisation of the support characters as well as of Jarvis is sufficient to lift them from flat cartoons to living beings, giving the whole story life. My thanks to the rights holder of Choices, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Very enjoyable. A book for the reader who likes their heroes to have a lively sense of humour as they battle for the good guys.

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  • Jeff H.
  • 15-03-20

Great prequel - Jarvis’s origin story!

This is the fourth book in the series but is actually set up to be the first one in the timeline. This book could be a standalone if it needed to be, but it doesn’t since there are three more after this!

Anyway, it’s cool to see where and why Jarvis becomes a PI (spoiler alert - doesn’t like his day job!) and his process in his new line of work. Filled with action and the mob, it’s another Jarvis thriller that is action punched after we get through the leaving of the old job and making of the new.

5/5 stars and I can’t wait for the 5 installment!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-20

The Birth of Jarvis

Truth is... it was kinda fun waiting for this book having read the next 3 ahead in the series. Unlike some, I enjoy the origin story concept often used when books and movies run out of things to write. However this is not the case with this writer. This was the birth of the Jarvis character, written first and held in a vault to age like a good whiskey. As much as I've enjoyed sipping from the writers other stock, reading choices allowed insights into the Jarvis character that reveals how and why Scott is who he is. I again enjoyed the quick wit, and gritty methods the writer uses to rocket you through the story. I listen to it 2 days back to back. On several occasions I received stares, from random bystanders, for my outburst while listening to the book. keep them coming Mr.Cook.

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  • Travis W.
  • 11-03-20

I'm hooked on this series

this isn't something I would normally pick but after getting a free copy of this I proceeded to get the rest. listen to it... totally worth the credit!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • scott
  • 10-03-20

Good listen

A good listen, good action, if your looking for action this is one for it. The narrator was a good choice to read it, the voice matchs the story.

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  • Michael Roll
  • 19-02-20

Excellent origin story!

What a fantastic origin story for what was already an outstanding series! Learning about why Jarvis became a P.I. makes him even more likable. And they story is a great one as a stand alone if you haven’t had time to dig into the series yet. You’re gonna like this one!

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  • Jane
  • 06-02-20

another winner!

great action and characters! really entertaining!! the storyline was interesting and the humorous dialogue excellent.

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 15-03-20

Just another modern detective mystery

Although this is listed as book 1 of the series, I felt lost at times as I listened. There seemed to be assumed knowledge of characters and past events as though I jumped into the middle of the series. (Who is Jessica Stuart?) I found this quite frustrating.

I also felt this story is just too contrived and unrealistic. When a law officer is terminated from a police department, I'm sure his/her badge must be turned in. Jarvis gets too injured yet functions too well. And his rationalization for becoming a private investigator just doesn't make sense. Then there's the obligatory romance. There's lots of action and some suspense, but there's really nothing new or compelling here.

My reaction to Lee Strayer's performance is mixed. He did attempt to give distinctive voices to the characters, but some sounded too similar to one another. And I don't think he used accents in places where it might have been appropriate to do so. Perhaps he felt he could not perform them well. I heard a couple of brief instances of duplicated audio, but overall, his narration is satisfactory.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Laura
  • 12-03-20

Slow and Unbelievable

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Part of enjoying a story is enjoying the characters and being interested in their adventure. Unfortunately, neither was true, for me, in this book. I found the MC Scott to be too snarky, too sarcastic and too flippant all the time that it began to grate and I just couldn't take him or his "expertise" seriously. The dialogue was very stiff and at times, struck me as odd. The plot moved very slowly - half the book was spent with MC Scott being dissatisfied with being a cop and opening up a private eye business - which he did not seem to like as he was being hired to investigate cheating spouses. The second half of the book is where the "action" starts after Scott is hired by the FBI [actually his love interest] to investigate mafia-type criminal activity because there were no investigators with sufficient experience to be able to handle such an investigation [this stretches credibility - the bureau is filled with nothing but investigators with various levels of experience not to mention the legal ramifications of hiring a civilian to conduct a criminal investigation. I could believe the FBI hiring Scott to advise their investigation but not conduct it.]. The story, to me, strained its credulity several times. For example, when Scott gets involved in a fire fight, resulting in several people's deaths [bad guys]. The cops arrive and Scott, being a former cop, provides a perfunctory statement confessing to the homicides and leaves. Nothing more is said or done about it. At another point, Scott is working undercover and tells a "mafia" employee his plan to take down the operation thirty seconds after meeting him to elicit his help and then leaves the employee alone. So, is it realistic that this employee will keep this information to himself after just meeting Scott? Or provide this information to his boss who is paying/protecting him?

The narrator, Lee Strayer, did a good job with the narration.

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  • Audio Gobbler
  • 04-02-20

Finally, book 1 is out and a winner

It's good to finally hear the story of how Jarvis became the wise cracking PI we all know and love. Lee Strayer adds his powerful narrating skills to really bring this one alive. Full of humor, insight, action and twists, this is a fine start to this series, which I feel only gets better with each book...