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Exit Strategy

Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Diamonds, danger, and a deadly secret... A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller

Private investigator and forensic accountant Katerina Carter uncovers a sinister connection between blood diamonds and organized crime. Then two company employees are brutally murdered and her investigation becomes much more dangerous than she had ever imagined. Can she can stay alive long enough to expose the real criminals...or will her first case be her last?

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Exit Strategy is an action-packed legal crime thriller in the vein of Michael Connelly and John Grisham, teeming with greed, corruption, and conspiracy in the corridors of power.

©2012, 2017 Colleen Cross, Colleen Cross (P)2018 Colleen Cross

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A really great read

A whirlwind story of murder, betrayal, underhand dealings, diamonds and a mafia boss. When Forensic Accountant Katerina Carter is hired to find a missing 5 billion dollars she uncovers layer upon layer of deception and soon realises that she can trust no one. A really great read with excellent narration by Petrea Burchard

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Intricate and Intriguing Mystery

Exit Strategy is my first book by Author Colleen Cross. Although I enjoyed the storyline it did get a bit technical at times but the way it was written and narrated I was able to understand the premise of forensic accounting and the authenticity of the diamonds, were they really from Liberty's mine?

Katerina Carter is hired by Susan Sullivan of Liberty Holdings to investigate the sudden disappearance of Paul Byrant and $5 billion which disappeared at the same time. After this obvious coincidence, there are two unexpected murders but it takes Kat to connect the dots, on the other hand, Officer Platt of the Vancouver police department seems to be floundering.

The story involves bribery, murder, money laundering, conflict diamonds, mobsters and an international criminal/terrorist. All of this activity doesn't seem to stop Kat from her investigation. Although she has been fired by Liberty, survived a murder attempt and is now deeper in debt than ever, she continues to try to solve the case without an apparent payout or recognition of any kind in sight.

Kat is an intelligent woman but despite all the warnings, the brutal slaying of her cat and the attempt on her life she takes no precautions and goes on an early morning jog along an isolated path and then gets kidnapped. I found that really hard to swallow.

The book is beautifully narrated, I had attempted to read this book some time ago but gave up, I found that I had no trouble taking in the story and fully understanding it when I listened to it. I'm so glad I did because it was definitely worth my time.

I was given a copy of this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.



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Interesting story

Very interesting story, a twist on the murder mystery with money and diamonds mixed it. ( what more could a girl want aha) great story with a lot of detailing mixed it about diamond mining. Has a couple of dry moments in the explanations but these are needed to advance the storyline. I'd recommend this book as a great lazy listen

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Brilliant legal thriller

Legal thrillers have never been high on my listening list, but this very one may just change that,I really enjoyed this one.
From the very beginning the opening line ,the action came thick and fast, from then it just got better and better.
I found Katerina, believable and a real tryer, I loved all the close relationships, which proves there is nothing more important than family, specially in such a story.
I found the plot well written and twisty and turny, just when i thought I had a handle on the story, another twist would hit from nowhere, I enjoyed every min of it.
Every character whether a main player or minor role, I honestly loved the bad guys as much as the good.
What started life as a simple fraud case soon grew so many arms and legs,it turned into a big brilliant legal thriller spider.
The narrator for this rollercoaster was, Petrea Burchard, another new name in a increasingly long list of new and brilliant narrators I've heard since starting this blog, she does an excellent job, good pace and timing, wonderful accents, one to keep an ear out for.
If legal thrillers are your thing, 0r like me you are fairly new to the genre this would be a good place to start, it has action, suspense and action and a class story as well.

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A very suspenseful thriller

Who'd have thought a story that is mostly about the mining and economics of diamonds could be so thrilling. Yet Colleen Cross pulls it off. I knew a little about blood diamonds (mainly from watching a movie and researching afterwards) but not a great deal.
This book pulls together some quite extensive financial accounting details of the diamond trade, mob bosses, murder, kidnapping and makes a breathtaking chase against time. I was gripped by Katerina's investigation (even the numbers scenes where done with a nice pace) and twists and turns of the action. A very clever, interesting and well-written tale.
The audio was excellent, by Petrea Burchard, with great voices delineating characters, and keeping the pace of the story, it flowed in my ears, and listened to this in pretty much one sitting.
Overall a cracking first book, in a series, that I most certainly will carry on reading or listening to.

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Easy to follow crime story.

I enjoyed this audio book once I had got over the voice of Harry who sounded oddly like Marge Simpson. This was a little disconcerting considering it was meant to be a serious crime drama!
That said, the story was good, and easy to follow with a few moments where I shouted at Kat and her impetuousness.
I would definitely look out for a book by Colleen Cross again but with a different narrator.

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Very misleading

Extremely misleading hook calling this a legal thriller in any way. I don’t think a law, a lawyer, or a legal case is mentioned in the entire book.

It seems to be the an attempt by an ex stock broker or hedge fund manager, to bring excitement to a world only 1% of the population understands or cares about.

It doesn’t work. The stock trading explanations are interminably dull, no one cares.

The plot, such as it is, chooses to be explained to the reader/listener through incredibly unnatural dialogue between unbelievable characters. It’s like a scooby doo cartoon.

Kat, the ‘hero’ *mild spoiler alert* is left for dead at least 3 times and then miraculously wakes up somewhere safe but slightly injured.

a) if you like legal thrillers, THIS ISN’T ONE b) I stuck with it as I’d paid for it, as a stand alone story, unless stocks & shares flick your switch it’s dull, ploddy & utterly predictable.

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  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 26-05-19

Fast Paced

I wasn't expecting there to be so much action in a book where the main character is a forensic accountant. Less than 30 mins into the book I was hooked as we follow Kat and her investigation into the missing diamond money. This author does a fantastic job of keeping us guessing all the way through with multiple twists and turns. Kat is a tenacious and fabulous main female character that is easy to relate to and is a very smart in depth character. Very well written and I applaud the author for making the forensic accounting aspects of the book intriguing as well as easy to follow. I also liked that there was the possibility of a love interest and hope to see it expanded on in future books of this series.

The narrator gave an excellent performance. The narration was clear with good voice differentiation and a consistent speed even though it was a thriller. I feel like the narrator was definitely an excellent match for this book and Kat.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Fascinating

Loved this audiobook. I was fascinated by the world Kat lived in throughout this fast paced story. Lots of new information to take in, but that just made it a whole lot more interesting. I liked the plot and intrigue relating to business shenanigans and the shifting of illegal diamonds. A great debut, and excellent narration that kept me hooked. Looking forward to the next one.

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A clever and exciting thriller

Overall the story was exciting and enjoyable. The story was well thought out and the characters were believable.

The narrator was very easy to listen to, I would happily listen to her again.


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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 16-02-19

DAYUM GOOD

Wow, great thriller by Colleen Cross!
I was enthralled and really enjoyed it - well written and beautifully narrated.
It's a wild ride... are you ready?
It's most definitely worth a listen :)

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  • Jan M
  • 15-10-18

AWESOME!!!!

Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross is so much more than I expected. I was immediately pulled into this book featuring Katerina Carter. I was really intrigued with the stock trades and diamonds, without divulging too many details. The author wrote financial crimes so realistically, its scary. I loved the twists and non-stop action. The imagery is fantastic! I was so surprised and satisfied with the ending! I cannot recommend this book enough. Petrea Burchard performed this book flawlessly. She is so easy to listen to and adds the right emotions to the scene. Her distinguishable voices for the various characters is also great. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. This book is a standalone listen and the start of a new series.

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  • Betababe
  • 02-02-19

Forensic Accounting

Narrator Petrea Burchard always comes through with a complete cast of characters, male and female, to put forth an engaging play. In this she is assisted by author Colleen Cross' clever tale of terrorism, diamond smuggling, banking, murder, and fraud. I've read several of the author's paranormal tales (crime-solving witches) which were cozies; RCMP involvement (why, yes, this is a Canadian story) introduces more of a procedural bent to this thriller. But it is the antics of our hapless heroine, an accomplished accountant on the edge of bankruptcy, which provide counterpoint to the dastardly deeds of the villains. While of a more serious bent, flashes of humor cannot be suppressed and there is much to be loved as Kat conquers all.

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  • BookLover
  • 30-01-19

Who Knew Forensic Accounting Could be So Involved

I have to say, it took me a few minutes to start getting into this book, but I am so glad that I kept on listening because I feel like I actually learn several new facts/tid bits about the diamond trading, as well as shorting the stocks-of which I looked up and read on both avenues after listening to this book-so thank you for teaching me something new.

The main character Kat, is hired to do some forensics accounting for Liberty Holdings with the company suspects it's CFO, Paul Byrant of embellishing funds. Once Kat starts getting too close and asking "too many questions" she is let go from her job from doing their tracing of the funds. However, she continues to investigate on her own, which almost cost her her own life in the process and also the life of her beloved cat.

My favorite character by far is Uncle Harry.....loved his jovial spirit and him going through the trash after scolding Kat is humorous.

This is my first book that I have had the pleasure of listening to Petrea Burchard and she did a phenomenal job!!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 04-11-18

Riveting!

Well-written tale of murder, greed and betrayal! Twists and turns hold your attention to the end!

Petrea Burchard did an excellent job of narrating! Knew her characters well.

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

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  • Jan
  • 19-10-18

Follow the Money

greed, embezzling, diamonds, murder, suspense *****

Follow the money.
Never get complacent.
Blood diamonds are cursed.
Forensic accounting is waaaay above my pay grade, and I wouldn't even know how to follow the kind of money trail that's in this book. But reading it is a different story, the suspense just kept building! Even when I realized that I was in over my head, I just couldn't stop and research like I usually do because I just couldn't put it down! A real thrill ride.
The narrator extraordinaire is Petrea Burchard and she adds to everything.

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  • cosmitron
  • 25-10-18

A winner

This Audio Book has it all.... suspense..... mystery........well written......... great variety of characters....... good Narrator


This is worth your time go Download.



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  • Darla McCollim
  • 14-10-19

an accountant with attitude

I never knew how exciting being a forensic accountant can be. I just thought it was number crunching and computer work. Colleen Cross certainly knows how to make her Katerina kick butt. I really enjoy her secondary characters too. I love Uncle Harry who hangs out doing the filing to Verna with dementia who thinks she's on vacation in Prague and gives Kat gardening assignments on her old home. Petrea Burchard does such great grizzled character voices. I just wish her main character had more strength in her voice.

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  • Shelby
  • 11-10-19

intelligent & riveting!

A great listen that had me staying up late to finish! I loved the main character- very human & relatable (with numerous quirky side characters). Diving into book 2 to see what Kat Carter is up to next.

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  • Q147
  • 03-10-19

Thrilling till the end!

It was very difficult to stop this book's narration to get anything else done. The story is fast paced and keeps you captived throughout. Katerina has a wonderful set of supporters that plays a really active role in helping her solve the case.

Not my normal genre, but definitely a book and author that I will recommend and enjoy in future.
The narrator made it easy to follow the different characters and kept the suspence building.

I cannot wait to start the second book and see what case will next throw Katerina in turmoil and adventure.

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