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Looking Glass

Narrated by: Will Damron
Series: The Naturalist, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case.

The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children's drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.

To unravel the mystery behind the Toy Man, Theo must set aside his scientific preconceptions and embrace a world where dreams and nightmares carry just as much weight as reality. As he becomes immersed in the case, he discovers a far-reaching conspiracy - one that hasn't yet claimed its last victim.

©2018 Andrew Mayne (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Lia
  • 21-10-18

Good Follow Up

This is the second book in Mayne’s Naturalist series (that was the name of the first book), about Dr. Theo Cray, a former professor whose combined expertise in biology and computer analysis and ability to spot patterns that no one else sees helped him identify a prolific serial killer of young women and brought him to the (mostly positive) attention of the intelligence community. Here he hunts a second killer, the Toy Man, whose preferred victims are young boys. It would be a good idea to read the first book before you read this one, both to gain useful background on Cray and because the author repeatedly refers to the murderer in the first book by name, so you will lose some of the suspense in that book if you read it after this one.

Unquestionably this book is a very good thriller: think Jonathan Kellerman with fewer interviews, a sprinkling of “spook” (as in spy, mysterious agencies with alphabet-letter titles) stuff, and some really cool science (fluorescent bacteria! CSI, eat your heart out!). The villain is certainly a quintessence of Evil, and the hunt for him is definitely suspenseful. However, at least for me, the book did not reach the almost painful level of intensity that the first volume did, nor was the character development as complex. In short, very good, yes; outstanding, no. Mayne can do better.

Will Damron was excellent with the delivery of the story

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  • shelley
  • 14-03-18

Excellent follow up to The Naturalist...

This author can write one heck of a good suspense/thriller. It's under the heading of techno and I can only guess because the protagonist has a doctorate in biology.
This is book #2 on the Theo Cray series. It is fantastic. The first book hooked me and I had hoped that this series did not begin with a one hit wonder. It didn't.
This book begins with an albino child being taken from his village.
Jump ahead and Theo is plagued with callers who want him to find their missing loved ones. He gained notoriety in the previous book for locating murder victims missing for many years. Now a man approaches Theo and asks him to locate his son's murderer from 10 years ago.
Whet Theo finds after agreeing is horrifying. He locates the house in South Central LA that has bones of children rising to the surface of a yard 17 bodies are found.
Using a computer is program he wrote he's able to find a pattern in a killer that children have called the Toy Man.
This book is written at a fast pace. I've been waiting with bated breath since The Naturalist came out. I was not disappointed, the book is fantastic. I can not wait for the next.
Will Damron does an outstanding job narrating. His portrayal of women is great!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Wayne
  • 15-03-18

Immensely entertaining suspense mystery, but...

...do not take the science seriously; it is mostly a product of the author's imagination. Looking Glass in Book 2 on author Andrew Mayne's The Naturalist/Professor Theo Cray series. This novel is about the hunt for a prolific serial killer known as Toy Man. The novel is far less plausible than, but just as entertaining as, The Naturalist, Book 1 in the series. Unlike Mayne's Jessica Blackwood FBI series, The Naturalist series does not include supernatural characters like warlocks, witches, ghosts, zombies, etc. Will Damron's narration of this book is outstanding.

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  • Sara
  • 07-06-18

Just Too Much

I really hate the direction Mayne has taken book 2 in the series. Horrible violence that centers on murdered children and science that just doesn't add up or make sense in terms of reality. I regret that I listened to any of this book.

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  • squishy
  • 27-05-19

2nd best

This book is def 2nd best in the series. Not much happened, Prof. Cray didnt get beat up once, guess he needed a rest! It went by so quickly I cant even compare it to the first book, not much sticks out in my mind. Still a fun, ok read, ready for #3

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  • Craig S. Thom
  • 28-03-19

Disappointing after the first book

The awkward scientist/mathematician of the Naturalist is now a jerk with good enough MMA skills to take out professionals. At times the accents in that reading made me cringe. YMMV.

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  • Gabriele
  • 23-02-19

Not as good as the first one

But it was still an engaging story, and I enjoyed it. It just wasn't as riveting as the first one...

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  • Judy Schafe -Runge
  • 06-01-19

Better than average

Story jumps around a little more than I enjoy.
As the story was winding down, the F bombs were dropped with greater frequency, not to my liking. Enough already. (Besides, they lose their power with repetition.

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  • L. Doms
  • 18-10-18

Excellent

Even better than the first book. Gripping and unexpected with entertaining theories. Mortified by the tale, but I couldn't put it down.

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  • Tim
  • 19-08-18

Potentially good but fails to deliver

It starts off interesting. Although the narrator is a bit annoying, he sounds sounds nerdy, but what the heck, he's playing the role of a biologist. So in that vein he's perfect, just not someone you want to listen to for 8 hours. The story line becomes the real problem, it is just to far fetched, the combative lead investigator, the bones in the dirt, the murdered wife to the missing child. It just doesn't have a flow that works. Not much else to say other than, skip this one. I'm getting a refund, only made it a 1/3 of the way through.

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