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Summary

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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Good solid story

My first listen in this series and I will go back. The story grew on me and had a likeable, affable lead character. it's difficult to stand out in this genre, due to the plethora of material. This is outside the "samey" crowd and is solid, well delivered and nicely-paced. I wasn't sold on the narrator, initially, but he did grow on me.

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Exciting plot

As a policeman Scott was interesting but it was when he decided to leave the force to become a PI that the story really took off. The plot hotted up and Scott had a more dangerous edge to him when it came to putting evil doers out of commission. This is the first in the series and I look forward to reading more in the series as the characters have a lot of promise.

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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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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 06-06-20

Excellent

Excellent narration, excellent plot, with the added touch of NASA mob gang, and good characters, well done. He has choices to make stay or leave. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Dee
  • 06-04-20

Seriously good!

There are few things in the audioverse better than a well-written mystery. This book was sensational. Scott Jarvis is a wonderful character and narrated to perfection. This mystery had all the usual characters but when you throw in NASA and mobsters, well, then you have something. Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-20

Really good!

This was a solid detective story, a little on the dark side which i like. This book didn't stand out as one of the most amazing mysteries I've ever read but i enjoyed it all the way through and ill probably forget about it in a few years and read it again and enjoy it a second time. I liked the narrator too he seemed like a natural, not trying too hard. I was given this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review.

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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.