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Rogue Wave

A Troy Bodean Tropical Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Theo Holland
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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From Amazon Number 1 best-selling author, David F. Berens. Back from his tour in Afghanistan, Troy Clint Bodean had everything he needed for some peace and quiet: a good fishing pole, a pickup truck, and a beach house on a small island in South Carolina. All was right with the world - until he found the hat. It was a straw cowboy hat with a peacock feather stuck in the band and it looked good on him, really good. That's when everyone started trying to kill him, and he had no idea why. Hold on to your hat! Suspenseful, gripping, and fast-paced, Hat Check - the first Troy Bodean Adventure - follows Troy trying desperately to stay alive and figure out why everyone is out to get him. Readers of Carl Hiaasen, Randy Wayne White, and Tim Dorsey will love the island feel and snappy humor of Hat Check.

©2017 David F. Berens (P)2017 David F. Berens

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  • Kari Anne
  • 26-12-17

Carl Hiaseen meets the Coen brothers

What made the experience of listening to Hat Check the most enjoyable?

Action driven story with a comedic edge. The narrator did a great job with the character voices, adding another dimension to the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hat Check?

Some of the exchanges between the two thugs had me equally laughing and horrified. Great, visceral imagery.

Which character – as performed by Theo Holland – was your favorite?

Hard to pick a favorite. The main character is sympathetic and engaging, carrying the story.

Some of the scenes with the two thugs are hilarious.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very funny and action driven.

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  • Richard G.
  • 14-11-17

A wild, rollercoaster ride!

What a fun ride! Crazy characters brought into each others' orbits through crazier circumstances.
Mr. Berens crafted an interesting story with wonderful characters, & Theo Holland really brought them to life.
I simply loved Darren 'The Body' McGlashin, both as written & as voiced.

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  • Peterack
  • 08-11-17

Fun, Rollicking Adventure Made Better by Narration

Hat Check is the first story in a Series featuring beach adventure Troy Beaudine. The book reminded me a lot of the film “it’s a mad mad mad mad world”.

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  • Patricia Freeman
  • 08-09-17

What a fun ride😁😁😁

I laughed and I got mad at Darren! The narrator did an awesome job with the voices. He had me in stitches every time he spoke as Darren 😻😻😻

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  • Cory
  • 22-01-20

Fun and Easy

In the vein of Hiassen here is a fun comic romp. Looking forward to the series.

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  • Brian
  • 06-07-19

A Fun and Funny Lighthearted Mystery

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Right away this story had the feeling of the “fun” and lighthearted mystery books I’ve read in the Fletch series. It’s still really early into the Troy Bodean series for me – but I can tell that he doesn’t take too much too serious. I don’t think it’ll ever be as funny or timeless as Fletch, but it’s definitely in the same vein.

Rogue Wave tells the story about Troy, a former military man home from war (Afghanistan, I believe) who is just trying to get by when things start to happen around him. He meets a gorgeous, but much younger than him girl, he finds a sweet hat, but only after be loses his fishing pole. And once things feel like they’re going well it seems that all hell breaks loose.

The book, as I said above was lighthearted and pretty harmless with minimal swearing. There was a lot of blood and gore (more than I would have honestly expected). And to be honest some of it felt overused and other points felt… over the top. I get that one of the main baddies was a brutishly large man – but I don’t think you can rip someone’s fingers off by just snatching a gun out of their hand. Along the same line – slamming a door on someone’s middle finger, unless it’s a metal door probably won’t sheer someone’s finger off (I say probably because I’m sure anything is possible).

I’m all for suspending my disbelief (I call it my movie/book goggles) but there were a few other scenes that just got to me that Berens or an editor didn’t catch. One of them was when they were out really late (the bar was about to close kind of late) and he decided he needed to stop at Starbucks on his way to the hospital. Now, much to my wife’s chagrin while she was in grad school – Starbucks isn’t open late. There were a few other just simple things that could have been avoided that got to me (and had me take a star away in my review).

Overall, I thought that Rogue Wave was an enjoyable story that I ended up really flying through. Sure, it had some inaccuracies and some details that just felt a little off, but it was still fun and enjoyable. I’m intrigued by the other books in the series and will probably check them out soon.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 17-10-18

Laugh until the tears run

A new opportunity in Troy Bodean’s life enables him to live the life of a beach bum, well, more or less. His good looks, inability to stay out of trouble and the sexy blonde chick who has recently sent him “interested” vibes turn his world upside down. His landlord has been recently found murdered, his discovery that his (Ms. Right) ex-girlfriend lives up the hill is just the beginning of his bad luck. His finding and rescuing a cowboy hat with a peacock feather in it is a sign of his luck changing … uh, no!

The hat holds the key to murder, intrigue and two very rude illiterate Australian hitmen sent to recover the mystery the hat holds. There are a slew of other characters that bring the listener to near tears of laughter – Chesney, the twin pole dancing blondes, the two Australian hit-men, and the ice cream truck guy.

An interesting and highly entertaining murder thriller with engaging characters that keep the action moving. David Berens has written an action-packed thriller that keeps the listener’s attention. In places, it is highly amusing while in others it is extremely dark. This is a good book, but one that has some highly violent scenes. I’m not sure I believed the two hit-men; they were a bit flakier than I would have imagined.

The characters are well-developed with realistic dialog throughout the book. Lots of moving pieces that come together, although I thought Bodean could have been developed slightly more. There were places where he did not seem the main character or he took too many steps back into the background.

The narrator, Theo Holland, has a talented voice that helped draw the listener in and added a bit of flair to the story. I enjoyed the voices he used for each character. He did a good solid job of narration, I enjoyed his voice.

I had no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

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  • Loriann Freeman
  • 26-07-18

Funny, colorful characters with a great story

This audio book caught my attention in the very beginning for 2 reasons: First the narrator's character voices. It catches your attention and has you waiting for more. Second was the action that happens in the very first chapter to set the story.

I think the detail in which the author describes the characters and locations helps you actually imagine them and then the narrator's voices for each of them just compliments the descriptions of them so well. It helps you see them more as if you were watching a movie and not just having someone read a book to you. I think the humor was just enough to make you chuckle but didn't take away from the seriousness of the situation. The characters were all very colorful, and eccentric which made the story that much more interesting.

I usually lose interest or my mind wonders when listening to audio books because the narrator is so monotone and boring. However, Theo Holland really brought the characters to life and kept my attention. Overall, I really enjoyed the collaboration between David Berens and Theo Holland. Great job!!! I'm looking forward to listening to the second book "Deep Wave".

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  • Debbie Mathisen
  • 25-10-18

Enjoyed Story

The story was really good. A few twists and turns and interesting plot and well developed characters. The narration however was terrible. Theo Holland read word for word without enthusiasm or passion in his voice. I almost returned the book because I was having trouble dealing with his narration. However, the story line got me and i decided to tough it out.