When finding criminals is your business, it's easy to make a killing.
Finn Harding (Mr. Finn to his clients) specializes in finding people who don't want to be found. Stripped of his PI license, Finn begins working for the type of clientele who operate in the shadows, pay in cash, and don't care if he's licensed or not. As Finn becomes ensnared in a plot to take over a black-market information brokerage, he finds himself and his family straddling the thin line between life and death. With his own clients gunning for him, Finn must evade a psychopathic killer, special agents from the FBI's cybercrime unit, and a Detroit mob boss.
Finn is about to find out that working with criminals has its advantages. Staying alive isn't one of them.
Trace Conger delivers a sharp-edged and gritty tale of crime, murder, and family. It's a fast-paced crime thriller that holds nothing back.
I enjoyed listening to this story. Narration was engaging and entertaining. The characters are relatable and interesting.
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Excellent book, hard to put down. the narration was fantastic...as was the story line. I wasn't even half finished before I was eager to get my hands on his next book.
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Well-written. This story makes you feel empathy for the main character, Mr. Finn, a "regular guy" doing his best.
In all fairness, I didn't finish the book. Actually I didn't get past the 45 minute mark, but hear me out.
The narration was robotic, I mean, I have yet to listen to a narrator so un-engaged with a story line, but then when you consider the story, maybe it is understandable.
This is a story about someone who is supposed to find dangerous people or people who don't want to be found, but all they talk about is COFFEE. Just about every sentence has a reference to coffee in it. What the heck?
The interactions between characters is one dimensional and doesn't keep my interest at all. For example Mr. Finn's ex wife tells him that he needs to leave before her new man comes home and it is not that he came over for some kinky stuff, he was sitting there with his own sick daughter, but there is no explanation on why he can't be in the house. Every character interaction is like that, no dimension and no sense. No thank you.
The only reason I am not returning this is that I only paid $1.99 for it and I am not that petty, but I will not be wasting my time on it any longer.
Detailed discription on the events happening at that time. Great narration. Kept me intense on what was to happen next
the story hit a few hard-to-believe bumps but it was an exilerating ride nonetheless. I would recommend it.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A better book.
What could Trace Conger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Without giving away any spoilers, the main character has no redeeming qualities. Perhaps if our "hero" had been forced into his actions by something other than greed, he might have been a more sympathetic character.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Narration was fine.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Shadow Broker?
Not "cut" so much as provided a better reason for the grandfather character to even be in the book, other than the one chapter where he plays an important role.
Any additional comments?
Okay. Beware -- SPOILER follows:
Grandpa's only reason for being in the book is to defend his granddaughter when one of the bad guys breaks into the house to kill her. Mental image of what was going to happen if not for tough old man = ugh.
Who wants to read or listen to a book about a supposedly upstanding private eye who makes one "mistake" based on greed and immediately turns into a cold-blooded killer who walks away completely unscathed?
Finn Harding used to be a private investigator but recently lost his PI license. Still, he has bills to pay and he takes on jobs from people who don’t care that he’s no longer licensed. Finn is going to be pulled into the criminal world deeper than he’s ever ventured before. Not only will his life be threatened, but also those of his family as well.
Set mostly in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, this mystery starts off with a crook paying Finn to find out who is blackmailing him. Things get deeper and darker the more Finn digs into the case. His client asks for more and Finn has to decide just how far a field from the law will he wander. This set up makes Finn a pretty interesting character. At the beginning, he’s not above skirting the ethics of the PI business. He has a shady side. But once he loses his PI license and starts working for criminals, he has some hard choices to make about what he will and will not do.
I liked that our hero was not without family. He’s got an ex-wife (Brooke) and their young 6 year old daughter (Becca), who he shares custody with. Then there’s his own father, Granpa Albert. In fact, Albert has some of my favorite scenes in the book, using plain simple ruse to out fox some bad guys. And I don’t blame the nursing home at all for kicking him out.
Finn’s main client, Bishop, runs an illegal on-line black market. There a person can use bit coins to purchase everything from illegal drugs, to assassins, to slaves, to exotic pets, etc. Bishop’s site has been hacked into and the hacker is threatening to hand over info to the federal authorities unless he’s paid monthly. This hacker is the person Finn must find. Things heat up once Finn discovers the hacker and Bishop’s Detroit crime lord boss gets involved. Now several people want Finn dead. I really enjoyed that this story had such twists and things got so complicated for Finn.
Finn walks his readers through the process of hunting down the hacker, of working out his real identity. I liked that we got to see Finn’s thought process and his method for finding his target. However, Finn himself doesn’t take many pains to conceal his own identity. At first, this bothered me and I thought perhaps the author had been a bit lazy here. But then I had to consider that this is Finn’s first time working for the criminal element instead of merely bending a few laws to fulfill a legal private investigation task. Since he didn’t need a strong alias in the past, he probably didn’t think of creating one before jumping into this hacker hunt. But that could just be me making assumptions as Finn doesn’t really mull the point over in his head.
There’s not many female characters in this book. Brooke, the ex-wife, is almost a non-entity. She’s a nurse and fell in love with a doctor (Daryl) but beyond that, we don’t really know anything else. Becca is the female character that has the most scenes and lines. She’s only 6, so I don’t expect her to take part in the investigation or the action scenes. The relationship between her and her father is well done and those scenes show the softer side to Finn. Yet the story could have been balanced a little more by including another relevant female character or two.
Over all, I enjoyed my time with this book. It was well paced and Finn is an interesting character. I liked the touch of noir mystery to it even though we were dealing with 21st century crime.
I received a copy of this book at no cost from the author (via Audiobook Boom) in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: Kyle Tait did a pretty good job. He’s a good fit for Finn. I liked his regional accents for Cincinnati and Detroit. His little girl voice was pretty good too.
Would you listen to The Shadow Broker again? Why?
Interesting drama. Quite gory but I enjoyed.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
What did you love best about The Shadow Broker?
It was exciting and suspenseful. The main character is awesome. He is cool and level headed, goes out of his way not to kill people, but can hold his own in a very bad world.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes, Finn's decisions to do illegal things make perfect sense at the time. Little by little he is pulled in over his head. His plan looked good. Who could know how wrong it would turn out? Can he keep his family safe and stay alive?
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite was definitely when Grandpa Albert disarms the jerk trying to kill his son and granddaughter. Done with old dude style and grit.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This is an intense, edge of your seat crime drama. It is like a cross between "Magnum PI" and "Breaking Bad." I listened to the whole thing in three days and looked forward to each installment.
Any additional comments?
It is a relatively clean book. No gratuitous sex scenes. It has some graphic violence. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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