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Dark Sky Falling

Narrated by: Neal Arango
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Summary

A single dad leaves his daughter in the hands of a trusted relative. Now, both are missing.

Three years after his wife's death, Marcus reluctantly returns to the shark-tank world of dating. The evening has exceeded all expectations: interesting conversation with an attractive woman, excellent food, and first-rate wine. Life is good again. What Marcus doesn't know is that his nanny has just abducted his 11-year-old daughter...to Russia.

Marcus' live-in nanny is his ex-sister-in-law, a survivor of war crimes in her homeland Chechnya. Soon, Kamila's lingering trauma and desire for revenge will drive her along a path of deceit that threatens to shred the fabric of her family. Marcus and his longtime friend and newfound romantic interest, Stormy, pursue Kamila to Moscow, across the Russian countryside, and eventually into the heart of rebel territory controlled by Kamila's father. 

Standing between Marcus and Alyssa are corrupt embassy staff, Chechen rebel fighters, and the Russian army. Will Marcus and Stormy find Alyssa before Kamila gives in to her darkest thoughts? What drives Kamila's deep-seated hatred of Marcus?

If you enjoy suspense-filled psychological thrillers that keep you guessing till the end, you'll love Dark Sky Falling. Listen to the story today!

©2018 Richard Ryker (P)2019 Richard Ryker

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Annoying narrator but great story

I struggled to keep going with this book as many of the narrators pronunciations got on my nerves “Moscow” and “lada” most notably.
I enjoyed the twists and turns of what was a very well written story with characters you could easily buy into.

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  • jaime
  • 31-10-19

An edge of your seat thriller!!

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

This was an intense, edge of your seat, thrill ride! A parents worst nightmare come true! Your child stolen.

What they went through to get her back was terrifying, and in this world has a realistic bite...

The ending was surprising and bittersweet. I enjoyed this one a great deal!

Narration was excellent and on point throughout!


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  • NV Cefalo
  • 29-10-19

Powerful story with a perfect ending

*This book was given to me by the author at my request, and I provided this voluntary, unbiased review.*

4.9/5

This story was incredible! I had the hardest time putting this down. Right from the beginning, we are thrown into a high-tension situation, and the action continues throughout the story. Even when the story goes into a lull, we get much needed backstory and character development from multiple characters (not just the MC). The premise of the story is powerful; having your daughter go missing hits hard and the twists and turns throughout keep you engaged wanting more. I would HIGHLY recommend this to just about anyone; especially suspense/thriller lovers. A+ read.

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  • Milica
  • 23-10-19

Unique fast paced thriller performed masterfully

Marcus's daughter gets kidnapped by his deceased wife's sister. He and his girlfriend Stormy stop at nothing to find her, starting with flying to Russia where they believe she was taken.

This was a unique and intriguing thriller. There was no single boring moment throughout the whole story with fast paced action and suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

Neal narrated expertly. From amazing energy and passion in his performance, to impeccable accents and intonation for various characters. I thoroughly enjoyed his delivery.

Overall, i highly recommend this excellently performed thriller that you wont be able to stop listening to!

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Ian King
  • 20-12-19

Hold on to your seat!

This is a roller coaster ride through Russia and Ukraine. I doubt if you will be able to hold your breath for long enough as this panicked dad looks for his 11 year old daughter, across terrain that is hard to scope. Darkness and destruction lurk around every corner as he fights his way through crooked CEO's, untrustworthy guides and enemy soldiers wherever he turns. Is there anybody he can trust? And if he can trust them, will they even survive, themselves?
This is a great story well told, with vivid descriptions and unexpected twists at nearly every page. I like Rykers style of writing as he describes the environment, which captures your imagination clearly, you might even feel the stray bullets whiz by as you try to find where the next enemy might be coming from.
A good, 'Die hard' fans story which I think, would make a great movie.
Character and story development is also a strong point for Ryker; there where characters I loved and others I despised. The kidnapper was unpredictable and pretty vicious (for a woman), but then when your mind has been messed up with certain enhancement drugs and a tragic upbringing, you can still relate to the why... only the why, has been taken to the extreme.
I listened to the audio book version of this and for the most part, the narrators interpretation was excellent, the only thing that bothered me about it was that his narration was peaked, too often and for too long. It was a constant aggressive read, which had many places it could have been 'softened' in. I think this would have improved the flow of the story better.

This book was given to me at my request, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reader12
  • 20-10-19

Excellent Story!

A fast-paced thriller about a dad's search for his kidnapped daughter. Dark Sky Falling has something for every reader- suspense, romance, mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

I read and listened to the book. My only complaint is the audio version's performer portrays Marcus as very intense/overly angry. I didn't get the same impression when I read the book.

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  • Tess
  • 22-01-20

This was a really good story.

This story is about a little girl, that was kidnapped by her aunt. The aunt takes her to a war zone. The girls dad goes through he'll and back trying to find her.

I really loved this book. I'd really like to see it as a movie. But that's just my opinion. Listen to for youself, and let everyone know what you think

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  • PattyH
  • 16-02-20

Dark Sky Falling

Really good story of a man and his girlfriend searching for his kidnapped daughter.

The narration was fantastic. the narrator uses complex voices to add excitement to the story.

I received a copy of this audible free at my request. *All comments in my review are given freely and are strictly my own*

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  • Rayc
  • 18-11-19

I really don't know what to say about this book.

Dark Sky Falling.
This is the first of Richard Ryker I've read / listened to. Also my first for the narrator.

I don't know why but I liked this audiobook.
The story is not that gripping or fast paced, but there is something that keeps you reading.
It is a good read overall and the narration is clear and concise.
In summing up I would recommend this audiobook. And I would listen to more from the author and narrator in the future.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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  • Matthew
  • 14-11-19

Not my favourite, but listenable

Editing, sound levels, repetitive dialog...all had challenges in this offering. I happen to believe if those issues were cleaned up, this would be a better than decent book, but as it is now, I can just barely recommend it. The overall plot takes somewhat of a leap to get into, but, again, if it was presented better, I can see how it would be compelling.
Overall, barely recommended. I received my review copy for free from the author in exchange for this independent review.

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 19-10-19

Few likable characters

The only likable characters in this psychological thriller are Alyssa, and to a lesser degree, Stormy. Marcus is too hot-headed and Kamila's motives don't make a bit of sense. But the biggest Problem I have with this story is the inconsistent treatment of the language barrier. At one point, the language barrier prevents them from communicating, yet later, they're carrying on a conversation in the foreign language. The story is far too contrived to be believable.

Neal Arango's performance is satisfactory, although the slight echo in the studio makes the production seem a little unprofessional. He does give distinctive voices to the characters.

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

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