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The hate is deep. The death is slow. The cause is silent.

You know that Atlanta PD has given up on a case when they call in Dr. Damon Keane. The sleuth scientist is quietly famous in forensic circles for unraveling the most daunting technical puzzles, but this case is bewildering. Two people are already dead. The third victim, a priest, is dying by inches in an Atlanta hospital, and the cause is a complete mystery to doctors and detectives alike.

As if matters weren't strange enough, the dying priest's rosary beads have suddenly turned the color of blood. Despite that bizarre transformation, Keane knows that he's not chasing something supernatural. The killer is a man - twisted by anger and a lust for vengeance - but still very much human. As the death toll mounts, the story races to London's Hyde Park and on to the edge of Siberia and a place once home to the world's most secret atomic city. For all of his perception and skill, Keane is always one step behind.

Time is running out. The killer is making final preparations to unleash a cloud of death over the entire city of Atlanta. By now, Damon Keane has learned that the only way to take down this villain is to outmatch his cunning in a face-to-face showdown. It's the most hectic travel weekend of the summer at the world's busiest airport....

"Smith spins an unsettling story in his stunning debut ... a flurry of unpredictable, nail biting, and clock-ticking scenarios ... should be on the Silver Screen." - San Francisco Book Review, five stars

©2015, 2016 James Marshall Smith (P)2017 James Marshall Smith

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  • lorraine rose-lerman
  • 13-01-18

Draws you in

The story draws you in from the first page it is engaging and entertaining. This was the first time I listened to a mystery on an audible book and I really enjoyed the experience.
The narration was clear and easy to follow without being overbearing. I thought the narrator did an excellent job either the different voices. I definitely recommend this book to others looking for a nice distraction

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  • 26-02-18

good stuff

exciting good story well presented, held my interest and plot twists were very well done

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  • 05-10-18

Medical Terrorist Thriller

Damon Keane is assigned to assist on a case of terrorism in Atlanta. The victims appear with terrible symptoms just to die shortly after. Keane is working with the Atlanta P.D., but at the same time, there is a struggle since they don’t agree with Keane’s decisions and ways.

From time to time I like to immerse myself in a thriller, feel the emotion of a page-turner. What I found different from this one to other stories is that we know who the killer is from almost the start, and the book revolves around Keane trying to demonstrate to the cops that this guy is the killer, and trying to catch him. There is plenty of action, a good amount of investigation, and a decent development of the main characters. I found it an entertaining book in a way that most thrillers are.

What I had issues with was the narration. The audio production was okay, but Peter Lerman’s monotonous tone killed the story for me. It was like listening to a news presenter relating a very boring news. There was little differentiation between the characters voices, and it was good that there were few women, because Lerman’s female voices sounded exactly like the men’s. Action scenes were narrated just like others where nothing important happened.

It was a good story, and I would recommend it to anyone into thrillers but I would not recommend this version. I really struggled to finish this book, since the way it was narrated made me lose interest again and again, and I almost lost the point of the story. I have seen this style of narration mostly in non-fiction, and checking his Audible, it seems Peter Leman has narrated a good amount of those.

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