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The Black Art of Killing

Narrated by: Jonathan Guy Lewis
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
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Dr Leo Black is one of Oxford University's rising stars. His lectures play to a packed audience of adoring students. He seems destined for tenure amongst the gleaming spires. But Worcester College has never employed a man like Leo Black before.

For 20 years Leo served the SAS with distinction. And when the friend he served alongside is killed in Paris trying to prevent the abduction of a young British scientist, the world Leo has tried to put behind him begins to reel him back in.

When Leo's former Commanding Officer reveals that Paris represented far more than just a single, isolated tragedy, Leo reluctantly agrees to help, whatever the cost to his new life.

But as Leo gets closer to the startling truth about his friend's death, he also faces an uncomfortable recognition that, while he might be a promising academic, he is a truly exceptional soldier.

©2020 Matthew Hall (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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I wanted the 'hero' to die

Leo Black, frustrated academic, who everybody and his dog knows was a former SAS soldier, such a sensitive man, is forced back into a deniable operation where he turns into a murderous maniac with no morals and no skills. Hated him as a character and was disappointed every time he miraculously escaped death.

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Matthew Hall | The Black Art Of Killing

This was the first book by Matthew Hall that I have read. He had me from the first words and weaves words that transport one into the unfolding story.

Matthew is an exemplary writer and this is a well crafted book that I encourage you to read... You will not regret it.

Jonathan Day Lewis reads in a way that, I feel, not only does justice to the words on the page. Jonathan compliments and enhances Matthew Hall's narrative in an impassioned style that is enthralling.

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Excellent

Excellent story, with great characters, and superb narration.
Let's have more of Leo Black soon, please.

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enjoyable

I like this book more than I thought I would i liked the character it was a bit slow in places but overall a good book

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Good narration, weak ending

A nicely paced story read well, how the ending was a bit unbelievable. I liked the Coroner series and look forward to more from this author.

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  • 13-06-20

Loved it. An intelligent action thriller. Thought provoking with adrenaline.

A great blend of action, intelligent plot and international intrigue. Found myself going for walks to get a fix of the story. Narrator is smart and easy to listen to. Perfect match. No buyers regret on this one. Thanks.

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riveting

once I got o to the story I didn't want to stop listening, wish there was another audio book by this Uth6or

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Enjoyable

The story has to grab your attention which it did for me and a good narrator, thumbs up from me!

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Fantastic

I couldn't get enough of this book. I listened at every moment I could - cooking dinner, ironing, gardening. I hope this will become a new series.

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moved on...

superb..never thought the Coroner could be trumped..I was wrong...highly recommended. the narrator was excellent and I cannot wait for the next chapter for Leo Black.

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