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Summary

His daughter was taken. He’ll never get her back.

Set in the near future, Matt Deal is a British businessman married into a wealthy Florida family. Mercy, his 15-year-old daughter, is the glue in his rocky marriage to Lorey. His life is changed forever after Mercy is brutally sexually assaulted on a Destin beach, leaving her in a persistent vegetative state.

Trusting the local detectives to bring the rapists to justice, mixed martial arts expert Deal concentrates in vain on his Florida gym business, only to have his world further explode on learning the men responsible for his daughter’s injuries may escape justice.

Deal is isolated and at his wit's end after his rich father-in-law sends death threats blaming him for all these ills.

Who can he turn to? Where can he go? What will he do? Who can he trust? Will he return to a post-Brexit Britain or will he, ultimately, seek revenge? 

Fans of Jack Reacher, Barry Eisler, and any vigilante justice novel will love this book.

Trigger warning: Adult content. The story contains a scene of sexual violence and some scenes of explicit consensual adult sex.

©2019 Stephen Bentley (P)2020 Stephen Bentley

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Pretty good

I have never listened to anything by this author and I will say they write some good stuff. This one however is let down a bit in my opinion by the narration. It’s not as good as what I have come to expect by some some of the other books I have listened to. Having said that it’s a very good thriller all in all. Recommended listen.

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Excellent Revenge Thriller

An excellent revenge thriller. Set in the near future, when Matt's daughter is viciously attacked he swears vengeance. The story shifts between an England ravaged with strife and crime and Florida. There is a quite a graphic start to the book and violence throughout, the story is very well written with great strong characters and a gritty style. The narrator is fine and is easy to listen too but all the voices are American even when in England.
I Received a Complimentary copy from Storyorigin and am leaving a honest voluntary review

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fantastic

This is a fantastic, thrilling, fast paced, very erotic in places audiobook. It is well written by Stephen Bentley and narrated by Chris Defazio.

I can't wait for more

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Great start to an explosive series

Boom, your imagination runs wild with this explosive start to the series. This is an action-packed story with easily imaginable characters. I like the way the issue with Brexit and the UK is merged into the storyline.
Stephen Bentley has a talent for writing that really drags you in and keep you reading into the early hours.
I received this book from the author for free and wanted to give an honest review.

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Enjoyable Listen!

What a great audiobook! I really like this genre and I found Mercy really enjoyable. Really well written and performed. I appreciated the reference to potential ramifications of certain real life political decisions. I will be starting on the next book in the series tomorrow and I very much look forward to it

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A Hot Action Packed Thriller.

This is a wild ride of a novel, not for the squeamish or narrow minded. Matt Deal must battle through personal tragedy to seek revenge on the people who raped and left his daughter, Mercy, in a vegetative state and yet they avoided justice. The action jumps countries keeping the readers adrenaline pumping through to the final chapter. A hot thriller.

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More like a teenagers dream

Acttion, silly sex scene, action, silly sex scene, More silly sex senes. This was Like a revenge porn book written by a 17-year-old sex starved kid. Plot was somewhat ok. I simply couldn’t bear the writing style. But, like a train wreck, I couldn’t stop looking . I will not be buying the next one.

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  • 13-04-21

Fantastic Listening

I had read Mercy a while back on my kindle and I totally enjoyed it. When I saw it available as an audiobook I snapped it up thank's to Stephen's generosity again. I have read a few to several of Stephen's books, and enjoyed them all, and this audiobook is no exception. I am not going to spill the beans with spoilers, you are just going to have to get the books yourself, I am sure you will enjoy them. I was provided this audiobook for free from Stephen and Story Origin, and this is my voluntary unbiased review.

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  • Becky
  • 22-05-20

A father's revenge.

A thriller to the end and beyond. Matt Deal is seeking revenge for his daughter's rape and destruction. Great plot. Great characters. Great action. Well written. Looking forward to more of these characters.
I listened to Audible version and was sometimes lost with so many different characters. But once sorted out it was very entertaining.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Story Origin.

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  • Laura
  • 12-02-21

A Raw Deal

Stephen Bentley wrote a futuristic crime thriller whose protagonist's name is Matt Deal. The opening pages depicted a brutal assault upon Matt's teenage daughter that left her in a permanent vegetative state. The assault, the fact that the perpetrators might be allowed to go free, Matt's wife, and his father-in-law all conspire to make Matt change his life dramatically. This story is raw, gritty, visceral, and has some descriptive sex scenes. It is suspenseful and fast paced, and I recommend it to others who like this genre. Chris Defazio's narration is great. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 09-02-21

A well-written story from a good author

Mercy: Detective Matt Deal Thrillers, Book 1, my first highly enjoyable read from author Stephen Bentley, An author I'd not heard of before getting the opportunity to read & review this book.! December seemed to be my month for new authors, January continued the trend, and now February. A well written, entertaining read, with intriguing, well-developed characters. A bit slow to start but when it took off I couldn't turn pages fast enough. Chris Defazio"s outstanding narration added greatly to a good book's enjoyment. “I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." I look forward to reading more from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • CMJ.Albro
  • 24-08-20

Interesting

Interesting read. In Mercy, Matt Deal's life is changed forever when he essentially losses his fifteen year old daughter who is brutally assaulted and left for dead on the beach, her assailants walking free. What will Matt do now that his world has fallen apart: run or seek revenge??? Find out in Mercy.

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  • bownz
  • 30-08-21

Terrible

This book is graphic.Being graphic isn't why I gave it the rating that I did, I just didn't like the book. I think the narrator did a terrible job.I don't think the characters felt real because the narrator didn't seem to use much emotion. I couldn't even finish listening to the book because I couldn't stand listening to the narrator's voice. I couldn't believe the story either,it was way over the top.

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  • Korra II Baskerville
  • 29-08-21

Baskerville Book Reviews

Most of my review of this book is criticism. I want to say at the start, I enjoyed this book very much and I recommend it. It’s a great thriller. That being said….

I’m not fond of the use of the word faggot. While it’s a dysphemism some people still use, it was used by the protagonist which didn’t help to make him any more likable.

The second thing I really disliked about this story was the usage of the word “silencer” to refer to a suppressor. But even more than that was the misrepresentation of what they do. They don’t silence gunfire, they suppress it.

The third thing that annoys me was the cliffhanger ending. It ends right in the middle of a scene. There was no attempt to wrap it up. The summary doesn’t give you any indication that you need to read multiple books to get the full story. When you compare it to Sherlock Holmes stories, for example, they’re all standalone stories and you don’t need the full set to enjoy them. This has always annoyed me about books. The book cover, title, something should give an indication and say “part 1”.

While sites like Audible say “Detective Matt Deal Thrillers, Book 1”, that doesn’t always mean that the book is split. Look at Sherlock Holmes stories for example. They may be referred to as “Sherlock Holmes #5”, but they’re standalone.

This book is full of gratuitous violence and sex, murder, deceit and so much more. The sex scenes are a bit cringey if I’m being honest, they could really use some work. Everybody is just horny all the time. The hung protagonist doesn’t seem to encounter a woman who doesn’t want him. But it’s all good fun.

For the most part, the narrator sounds emotionless as he’s reading. Some of the story is set in the U.K. but nobody has even a hint of an accent. The only time an accent is even hinted at is when one character makes fun of another for it.

Despite all my complaints, I enjoyed this story very much. It’s fun, action-packed and, intense. It’s one of those books that reads like you’re listening to an action movie. Give it a read (or listen).

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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  • DDViews
  • 14-06-21

Good Reason for Revenge!

Matt Deal is a father with good reason for wanting revenge, his 15-year-old daughter (Mercy) was assaulted by a group of college students. The attack left Mercy in a coma with no sign of recovery and the assailants family money and influence had allowed them to walk free without conviction. Matt and his girlfriend Wolfie are determined to serve up the missing justice. The storyline was good, but the narration was too slow for me, listening to the audiobook at 1.3x to 1.5x speed did help somewhat. Matt Deal is a British citizen but the narrator did not even attempt to provide even a hint of a British accent. I received this audiobook from the author at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • David C Taylor
  • 14-06-21

Hard core detective story

I received an offer of a review copy of the Mercy audiobook through StoryOrigin and after reading in the title it was a Detective thriller I jumped on the opportunity. This story takes off right out of the gate with some very intense action that readers who prefer “clean” thrillers may find offensive or off-putting. So for anyone reading this review if you prefer not to read thrillers with adult subject matter maybe you are better off looking elsewhere, however if it’s not an issue for you, the intense action in this story starts right off the bat and stays on the same pace throughout the story. I honestly could see this as a Jason Statham movie. The dialogue throughout the story reminded me of old school detective stories which brought back a feeling of nostalgia. The only issue I had with the audiobook was the narration – Matt Deal and several other characters are British, sadly there was no British accent in the narration – and this really would have made this audiobook more enjoyable.

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  • Cyndi
  • 16-04-21

I couldn't finish it just 2 much sex and swearing

as I said I just couldn't take all the sex, sex talk and swearing. I wanted to find out what happened with Matt's daughter Mercy after how the book started but I just couldn't do it. if this is what all this author's books are like I guess I won't be reading or listening to any more