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Serenity Stalked

The Shelby Alexander Thriller Series, Book 2
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A cold-blooded killer has blazed a trail of dead bodies across the country, with no one to stand in his way...until he starts killing on Shelby Alexander's home turf: the small Michigan town of Serenity.

As the first unspeakable murder shocks the sleepy Michigan town, the local media demands answers. Sheriff Wilkes, the crooked young lawman, targets Shelby Alexander, whose only crime is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shelby moves quickly to clear his name, even as the killer closes in on his next victim...and this time it's personal.

The second book in the Shelby Alexander Thriller Series, Serenity Stalked takes listeners inside the mind of a terrifying killer. The stakes have never been higher.

©2017 Craig A. Hart (P)2017 Craig A. Hart

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Serenity Stalked. Craig A Hart

I received this book FREE, I only gave 4 stars because It is a short story. But it has a beginning, middle and an end which is satisfactory.
A bit gory in places but keeps you alert all the way through. Very good.
A nice Audio narration too.

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  • shelley
  • 10-10-17

Good author-wish he wrote full length novels...

In this second book to the Serenity series there is a serial killer in the loose. The man moves around quite a bit, never staying in one place for too long. He moves each time after he's committed enough murders that people are beginning to get suspicious and before eyes fall on him he's gone. In this book he kills a family of three, makes it look like a home invasion. He then sets his sights on Carly, Shelby Alexander's young girlfriend (she's about the same age as his daughter). There's some cat and mouse play with her and the killer thinks he's falling in love with Carly but... he has to get Alexander out of the picture.
This is a busy story, great characters with lots of reminiscing about past kills, scheming about future kills and plans to stay safe.
Theo Holland does a great job narrating.
I RECOMMEND this novella
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  • Richard G.
  • 21-08-17

You always get your comeuppance!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes; well developed characters, a good plot, & good narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The insight into the mind of the serial killer & how he justifies his actions.

What about Theo Holland’s performance did you like?

Theo does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.

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

No extreme reaction, but I did enjoy the book very much.

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 01-02-20

Stalking the Night

While he's still healing up from his run in with the local, redneck drug cartel, Carley asks Shelby to "talk to" a former boyfriend who's been harassing her by text. When the man, his wife and baby all end up knifed to death a few hours after Shelby's visit he's the obvious suspect, particularly to the local law. Clearing his name and protecting Carley from a home invading stalker keep him busy through this second Serenity story.
I fell in love with Shelby Alexander in the first book of this series. He's an aging former boxer who drinks too much, doesn't exercise enough , is well past his prime and readily admits it. In spite of all that, he can still kick ass and take names when the need arises but he's not afraid to use his brains and his charm to avoid that if he can. As a hero, he's somebody those of us on the down side of 40 can connect with and appreciate.
If you're a fan of slightly long in the tooth, touch as nails, smart mouthed gumshoes, you'll love this story as much as I did.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 03-12-19

Killer targeted Shelby

Killer comes into Shelby’s area, and targets him. You don’t mess with Shelby or his girlfriend. A lot of blood and adventure to be able to clear himself. Given ARC audio also for my voluntary review review and my honest opinion The narration is good by Theo Holland.

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  • D M Reynolds
  • 22-11-19

A good sequel

Even shorter than the first, it’s more a novella than a full book. It builds nicely on the characters from the first In The series, bringing them in for a second installment.

Didn’t like its new pattern: it ended with a stuuninhg

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  • txdoc
  • 29-08-19

Another highly entertaining thriller...

This story picks up soon after the conclusion of the first book in the series. The same major characters are back and are more fully developed as the story unfolds. Instead of drug dealers, the antagonist in this story is a serial killer who becomes fixated on Shelby’s girlfriend, Carly. This is another of Mr. Hart’s fast-paced, action-packed thrillers but this one has, in my opinion, a creepier vibe to it given the insights into the mind of the killer stalking Carly. Like the first book in the series, this is a novella which can be read/listened to in one sitting if desired. One thing of curious note to me is that the e-book versions of these stories both have some coarse language, but the audio version of both stories seem to have been rewritten replacing a variety of curse words with the f-word. There were cases in which the substitution seemed fitting to the circumstances but other times I thought the original wording was more suitable to the situation (and less repetitive). It is a small thing but seemed noticeable when reading along with the audio version. This story did have a great hook at the end to compel readers to continue with the series, but the major conflict of the story is resolved so I would not call it a true cliffhanger ending. Regardless, this is another gripping story to thrill and entertain enthusiasts of this genre.

While I did purchase a copy of this book, the author gifted me with a code for the audio version and the above is my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Loriann Freeman
  • 14-10-18

Extremely captivating

This is the second book in this Serenity series and I loved it. I thought the first book was great....but the second one was even better. Much more detail on the killings, suspenseful, and kept my attention. I couldn't stop listening to this one. I loved how the author took you into the mind and past of the killer and he also gave you a surprise ending. Theo Holland took the story and brought the characters to life......he took you along on the path of the killer and you felt like you were there watching from a distance seeing it all happen. It was a work of art. Kudos to Craig & Theo on a job well done. I'm definitely ready to jump into book 3 next.

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  • Erik Therme
  • 01-09-17

Excellent!

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Craig A. Hart delivers another fast-paced, captivating thriller with Serenity Stalked. This time around, Shelby’s feisty girlfriend, Carly, is the target of a serial killer . . . but the killer may have bitten off more than they can chew. As with Hart’s other books, I read this in one day, and it didn’t disappoint!

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  • Shari
  • 27-08-17

Loved it!

I listened to this Saturday night while cleaning. I loved it, it held my interest and it was full of suspense. He did a good job developing the characters, I could imagine what they look like. I like the narration also. It's after midnight and I just finished it, I couldn't stop once I got started. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Rellim
  • 26-12-19

Good addition to the series

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This is the second book in the Shelby Alexander series and an enjoyable addition.

A serial killer is hunting in Serenity and his moves leave Shelby Alexander under suspicion for murder. Once the killer realizes the focus is on Shelby, he plots to frame him even further. This isn't really a mystery per se as the killer has nearly as many chapters as Shelby does, but there is enough action and intrigue to keep the listener engaged. It's a quick listen and I enjoyed it.

Theo Holland continues to be an excellent choice for this book. He sounds like how I imagine a 50+ former bad boy but trying to just get some peace and quiet man should sound. He gave all the characters unique voices and his accents were nice without being comical. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more from him.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.