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One Last Prayer for the Rays

A DCI Yorke Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
Series: A DCI Yorke Thriller, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

School should be the safest place in the world. Not this winter. Detective Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect: recently released local murderer Thomas Ray. But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. 

Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers change him forever? 

The shocking and exhilarating new crime thriller will have you listening late into the night.

Praise for the book:

"An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can't wait to see more of Detective Yorke." (best-selling crime author Stephen Booth)

©2018 Wesley Fletcher-Markin (P)2020 Wesley Fletcher-Markin

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a gripping story

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review. I had not listened to any of this authors books before, but thats already about to change. This is a gripping story that is very well narrated, and keeps you hooked until the very end. An excellent storyline

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great stuff

Aubrey Parsons is a fantasic narrator who brings the story to life and a well written book with great characters

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Weird and 'bloody' entertaining

This is an exciting and rather novel story that starts off with a bang and heads off into the weird and bloody at full speed..

Please note that it's not for the faint hearted, there are some fairly graphic descriptions of torture in this story.

There are some editing issues here though, I'm not sure if they're in the book itself, or within the audio, but having listened to this narrator before, I'd guess that they are within the book, names being muddled up (Paul being referred to as Phil, Lacey being referred to as Lucy on several occasions BEFORE she 'reinvents' herself as Lucy) , mispronunciation of some fairly basic words which are likely the result of typos within the book but I cannot be sure, never having read the physical book myself.

Aubrey Parsons does a great job with the narration as usual, and was a pleasure to listen to.

I was lucky enough to receive a free review copy and I'm delighted to leave this review.

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A great book and a fantastic narrator!

I rarely leave reviews but this book had me hooked! The story and the narrator made it hard to stop listening! Fantastic!!!

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Solid plot

For at least a third of the book I was confused as to who was who. There were a lot of characters, many who were indistinguishable from each other, except by name. While the plot was solid and at times fast paced, it often got bogged down by things such as naming everyone at a police briefing, or questioning witnesses who it turned out didn't see a thing.

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An excellent first in the series

An exciting, thrilling and sometimes gory novel that is both well written and well narrated. This is a new author to me but I'm already hooked and looking forward to reading/listening to more of Detective Michael Yorke.

I received a free copy of this audiobook either from the author or a promotion or giveaway and am voluntarily writing an honest and unbiased review.

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Excellent listen

Great story with lots of twists and turns. fantastic narration from Aubrey Parsons as expected. Off to listen to book 2 now!

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Brilliant!

What a whirlwind of a story! I was hooked from the start and left guessing until the reveal! Narrated really well. I loved it.

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Couldn't turn off

Really enjoyed this book, both the story and a brilliant narrator. This the first story of a series and can't wait to listen to the others. I put this book on and ended up completing it in one go.

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Enough to make you a vegetarian!

I can't believe this is a debut novel. What a roller coaster of a ride. I listened to the entire 9 hours and 7 minutes in one session. Every time a member of my family tried to engage me in conversation they were on the receiving end of the 'death stare'. In Detective Yorke, we meet an interesting and thoughtful police officer who obviously has a fascinating back story that is yet to be fully revealed. I particularly enjoy the police officers all getting along with each other and their office banter. The cliche of members of the police service all stabbing each other in the back and then climbing over their colleagues' dead bodies to get a promotion is both irritating and tiresome. I thanked my parents profusely for the fact that, being Jewish, I don't eat pig because I definitely never would again after listening to this book. Action packed, full of twists and turns, nobody is who they first seem to be and by the end, I was inside out and upside down in a delightfully, "Well, I never did..." kind of way. Giddy with excitement now to listen to The Repenting Serpent. Wes Markin, you have a stalker, er, scratch that, a fan!

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  • Milica
  • 05-02-20

Excellent crime thriller

A boy disappears from school and DCI Yorke must unravel the truth behind a demented family to try and save him.
 
This book starts off with a bang and keeps up the fast pace throughout. Through various twists and turns, the sordid truth unravels leaving the listener on the edge of their seat throughout to hear what happens. This book was a nail-biting crime thriller revealing disturbing secrets of a scary family that you will never believe! Wes created a sinister and captivating story that I could not stop listening to.

The narrator was good and i enjoyed his performance.
 
I recommend this book as an excellent and gripping crime thriller that you will not be bored with and definitely not be able to predict. Warning: do not start this book unless you have a lot of time, you will not be able to put it down! I cant wait to hear the next one!
 
Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-20

it needs an in-depth prequel

I enjoy the overall story as I was reading this book I kept feeling I was reading this book out of sequence that there had to be a book that came before it I found that there was a short story written about the main character very well written short story which it answered some of the questions i had about this book but it did not answer all of them I wish there was another book I love the characters in this book but their backstories are foggy to me do you believe this author is on the right track and is going to develop into a incredible storyteller I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more of his books

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 10-03-20

Very good story!

This is an awesome mystery story that was quite enjoyable. Both the writing and narration are impeccable.

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  • Megan Dann
  • 09-03-20

Tense 3.5 Stars!

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

I wish we had gotten to know Yorke better as he's the biggest piece in the puzzle. There were a ton of characters that I got lost in, almost too many characters. I liked that the action began immediately and that the tension was gripping for the duration of the book. I liked the pacing and the dark tone, espeically for a murder mystery thriller. Parsons' narration grew on me as the story progressed, and added to the tension and tone with his own dialect and characterization. Don't want to ruin anything, but brace yourself for the end!

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  • richard joesten
  • 29-02-20

One Last Prayer for the Rays

A fantastic listen that kept me inthralledv and on the edge of my seat the whole time. It's fast paced and epic scenes. The Author and Narrator has done an excellent job The Author has done a fantastic job at world building as well as Character building. I definitely recommend.
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  • April H.
  • 15-02-20

More Detective Work and Less Gore

One Last Prayer for the Rays
A DCI Yorke Thriller, Book 1
By: Wes Markin

WARNING ******** If you are sensitive to blood and gore you need to avoid this book!!!

This is a mystery thriller that starts fast and keeps the listener spellbound throughout, If you can get past the gore. The Ray family are the most extremely

dysfunctional kind of people imaginable.

A twelve year old boy disappears from school and the hunt is on. Many twists and turns and some unexpected surprises thrown in.

I probably won't follow this series if it continues like this one. A lot more detective work with less gore would help.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Aubrey Parsons gave an exciting performance.

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

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  • Brittany
  • 11-02-20

Interesting twist

This was a good listen. At first I thought I needed more backstory on the characters. As the story continues you get all the information you need about the history of the Ray family and their troubles. This story grabbed me from the beginning and I kept coming back to listen. Each character was developed well and the narrator did a great job of making each person their own. I look forward to the next book in this series. I received this book for free for an honest review,

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  • Gadennas
  • 05-02-20

A great story

Imo this book was a great story, that kept me wanting to just keep listening to it regardless of what I was supposed to be doing. The flow in the story kept you in the story, instead of being interested in this part and just wanting to skip a different part because it just didn't seem quite as part of the story.


I thought that the narration was done extremely well throughout the whole book. This is the first book that I have listened to from this narrator, but I will definitely be looking up more of his work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-20

Great Story, Okay Performance

I had read the book before listening to the audio, so I don't know if it would have come across differently if I was hearing it for the first time. I enjoyed the book, and when given the opportunity to get a free copy of the audio in return for an honest review, I jumped on it. The story is just as intriguing when listening, but it took me some time to get used to the narrator's voice. I felt the character differentiation wasn't as clear as it could have been, so it was more like having the book read than a performance of the book. If you have to make a choice, I'd recommend reading the book; if you prefer listening, then the story makes it worthwhile.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-20

A little uneven <br />

Too many characters! But I suppose that was central to the plot. Yorke isn't very fleshed out so I hope he will be in other books. It held my attention throughout. Some clever plot twists and a rather unique premise for a police procedural!