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Hit Back Harder

The DI Stella Cole Thrillers, Book 2
Narrated by: Helen E Moore
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

When everyone’s outside the law, the one who blinks first loses

Detective Inspector Stella Cole has only one case: to find - and kill - the remaining members of a legal conspiracy who turned her world into ashes.

But their leader, Adam Collier, is her boss. And he’s pulling in friends from the underworld to take the fight to Stella. Chief among them an Albanian drug lord nicknamed The Shark.

Regrouping in Spain, Stella makes contact with an old adversary. A retired gangster named Ronnie “The Razor” Wilks. He proposes a deal that tests Stella’s resolve to the limit.

The only problem? Stella is losing her mind to a second, unrelentingly brutal version of herself she’s dubbed “Other Stella”. As the violence escalates, the question is, which one will win?

A visceral, psychological crime thriller...

Hit Back Harder picks up where the first book in the series, Hit and Run, left off. Stella has already shot and killed a High Court judge. But will she have the skills and the survival instincts to fight off the ruthless killers on her tail?

Expect a rising body count and corrupt deals between people who are morally compromised.

...for listeners who like the dark side.

Fans of Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, Jeffery Deaver, and Ian Rankin will love Stella Cole.

©2017 Sunfish Ltd (P)2018 Sunfish Ltd

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Great story and beautifully read

I thought Helen brought the story to life superbly. Her voice is eloquent and clear and her delivery is spot on. This was the ‘upside’ of the book for me.

Andromeda's Twin's review is a little unfair, and to say the downside of the book is the narration is a matter of personal opinion. Yes, there are a few mispronunciations, just like there are from all the other narrators on all the other audiobooks I’ve listened to. Maybe Andromeda’s Twin is listening from too far away. See what I did there?

Rule number one: if you’re going to write a review criticising something, don't make any cringeworthy spelling and punctuation errors “There are pretty awful”. “The plastic surgeons dream” but hey, nobody’s perfect, right?

Rule number two: don’t pretend to speak for anyone else “we just need to give her more time to perfect her art”.

Don’t let Andromeda’s Twin's review put you off.

This is a great book, read with passion, commitment and flair.

Don’t worry about the occasional mispronunciation.

Do what you’re supposed to do.

Just enjoy the story!

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For me A Step Too Far

I enjoyed the first in series, but for me this damaged, split-personality theme, as developed further in part 2; and at times the rather laboured performance reading, both took it too far.

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Fantastic story

I loved ''Hit and Run'' and this one is even better, outstandingly so, made even better by the fact that there will be a third book (well there already is, which I just checked out but not in audio at the moment).

The only downside of this book is the narrator, who is great in some ways, but still on a learning curve I think, she makes some dreadful mispronunciations, my favourite in this book being 'artisanal' followed by the ever popular 'cadaver' but Helen is pleasant to listen to when she's not making you cringe with 'artisanal' mispronunciations, the biggest downside of her narration are her attempts at accents and characterisations, there are pretty awful but I really love the effort she puts into certain scenes, the plastic surgeons dream for instance (I don't want to post any spoilers so I'm being deliberately vague) , Helen could be an awesome narrator, we just need to give her more time to perfect her art.

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  • 29-03-20

AMAZING STORY!!!!

I'm so hooked on this series! The narration has been truly amazing. The ending pushes me right into the next book. I can't even look at another book until I've finished this series. Andy Maslen has a way of grasping your full attention throughout the book. Excellent story telling and my hat is off to Helen Moore for being a gifted narrator.

I highly recommend this series but start with Book 1 first!

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  • 30-12-19

Fantastic!

Great series! I’m starting the third book immediately. The story and narration are both amazing.