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The Keeper

Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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When a famous artist is kidnapped, the only one who can save him has a body no one can see, and a voice few can hear. Angel, spirit, or ghost - the Keeper doesn't know exactly what he is. But he knows he needs to protect Michael Delacroix, a famous artist who is kidnapped and locked in a windowless room deep beneath a Napa Valley vineyard. 

Desperate to save the only person who knows he exists, the Keeper uses his abilities to convince two strong-willed women to search for Michael: a reporter who thinks her visions are signs from the Universe, and a nun who swears she hears the voice of God. Together they close in on the kidnapper - a psychotic killer who also hears a voice inside his head, pushing him toward murder. But once the Keeper learns the tragic reason he feels so connected to Michael, is it too late to save him?

©2018 T. F. Allen (P)2019 T. F. Allen

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I always had a purpose in this world.

Michael, a reclusive artist already considered by many to be the greatest painter of his generation,. hit news headlines when found in the Chicago Art Institute having destroyed his most famous art work, known simply as Jolene. It depicted the portrait of a young woman, one side of her face slashed with coloured scars. Michael had slashed the entire canvass with a knife, completely killing the picture.
Released from custody, Michael leaves his manager to return to his studio to paint but is, instead, abducted by a rival, a psychotic former art student at the same college as Michael, and jealous of his abilities. His disappearance might well have gone unnoticed for some time, but Michael has a guardian, a Keeper, who did not fully know who or what he was other than he needed to keep Michael safe.

A mystery thriller with a hint of the supernatural, the Keeper is cleverly written in the first person from the Keeper's point of view and since this character has the ability to move effortlessly between places and people, the reader is treated to an all round understanding from each of the small cast of protagonists. Sounds awkward to explain but actually works extremely well. The narrative is also visually bright, as befits a tale whose main characters are.painters. Narration is by B.J.Harrison who gives a powerfully emotional performance, perfectly in keeping with the story and each of the several protagonists are given clearly distinctive voices in keeping with their characters. It was a pleasure to listen to him read and he added to the overall enjoyment of the book's experience.

I was most fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of The Keeper, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. It is hard to believe that this is a first novel, so well was it presented. It is a story to keep the reader constantly on their metaphorical toes, one which demands there be no stopping along the way. And yet there is still sufficient space for some thoughtful ponderings along the way. Very enjoyable. In fact my only criticism is that the follow-up excerpt from another book, The Night Janitor, does not allow a space between the ending of The Keeper and the sample following it - which tended to instantly destroy that good feeling which had been built up.

Good book, well written, good narration, interesting story - buy it, enjoy it, and keep your finger ready for the off switch as the ending comes in sight.

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Really enjoyed this audio book, had a few tears towards the end. Excellent narrator. I recommend

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  • timj26
  • 02-05-19

Great thriller

I’m glad I came across this one
I thought the idea and reveal of the keeper was fantastic
Donnie’s slip into madness was done very well and the narrator does a great job with these characters
Looking forward to the authors next novel the night janitor after the preview at the end of this
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Dee
  • 03-05-19

Wow!!! Just, WOW!!!

This book absolutely blew my mind. The concept of "the keeper" and his relationship to the main character, Michael, was different and intense and special and surreal and mindblowing.

The book is told from the focal point of the keeper and what he sees and feels while he is trying to save Michael. Things got...intense.

This psychological thriller has the dubious distinction of portraying the ickiest bad guy that I've ever had the non-pleasure. He still makes me shudder.

This is a well-written story but I must give the narrator his due. Harrison was excellent. He took an incredibly good story and made it great. There were some seriously intense moments (quite a few, actually) and he portrayed them to perfection.

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  • Carl M.
  • 29-07-19

Great Twists

Lots of twists and turns in this thriller. I really enjoyed the narration as well. Many books have a short story with lots of filler material. This one keeps the pace from start to finish. Two thumbs up.

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  • Deedra
  • 09-07-19

The Keeper

This was an amazing book!I enjoyed every minute of it! A presence has always been there for Michael.No one can see him,but he is there anyway.He ends up being more than just a voice in Michaels head.B.J. Harrison was a fine narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Laura
  • 11-06-19

Don't Miss This Thriller!

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Michael is a great artist. He takes a knife and destroys one of his best known paintings. Soon thereafter, he is kidnapped. But, no one knows it except for the Keeper - who is a spirit and can travel uninhibited and inhabit people's minds. In an effort to help Michael, the Keeper seeks out a nun - who believes she hears the voice of God and a reporter.

This is a really good and intense paranormal thriller. It had me from the very beginning and it doesn't let go. It is told completely from the point of view of The Keeper, which allows you to get into the thoughts of multiple characters but also allows you to interpret those thoughts/motivations through The Keeper's looking glass. It was completely captivating. The action is non-stop with one twist after another. Highly recommend!!

The narrator was fantastic and was such a compliment to the written word - elevating it to another level.

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 26-05-19

One of My Favorites

So there are plenty of wonderful things to say about this audiobook ranging from the unique character POV to the wonderfully suspenseful plot and the in-depth characters.

The Keeper’s role in life, as far as he can tell, is to watch over a young up and coming artist named Michael. The Keeper doesn’t know what he really is, but for his entire existence, he has made sure that Michael is safe. When Michael is suddenly kidnapped and taken hostage by a jealous artist, The Keeper embarks on a mission to influence people to come to Michael’s rescue. It’s this move that leads him to the truth of who he really is.

As I noted, I adored this audiobook. For some reason, the Keeper reminded me of Castiel from Supernatural and from there I was hooked. This book has all the wonderful things needed for a psychological thriller and even has an unlikely rescue duo of a Wiccan reporter and an elderly Nun.

This book will not disappoint.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Myztikal
  • 18-05-19

Excellent Supernatual Mystery

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Michael, whom the book is about, has a guardian of angel of sorts. Although we don’t learn until the end who he is and how he’s connected to his charge.
The storytelling is unique in how this ethereal being “pops inside heads” to tell the reader what each character is thinking or contemplating. It mostly works for this first person POV to become omnipresent but it also deterred from the story because we knew almost everything and everyone, including fears and motivations - or could guess it.

The Keeper is in a class of its own. I’ve not encountered another book quite like this.

The back story about how our villain became immersed in his madness was interesting, but it isn’t quite believable.

I liked how the first victim truly acted like a victim who slowly came to terms with a possibility of a rescue, but didn’t become heroic overnight. The secondary characters, overall, were written with care.

Michael, however, remained an enigma. I never really got to know nor care about him.

The climax seemed to drag longer than I wanted and we completely skipped over the rescue and any lingering questions or repercussions from actions.

B J Harrison made this non earthly being intriguing and captivating. I love several other narrators, but believe he was a solid choice to bring this book and its characters to life.

It’s nearly a 4 star, but not quite. But definitely out of reach for a lower 3 star rating.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 15-05-19

crazy in the best of ways

holy crap this book is absolutely amazing I just can't describe how good is the story was without making spoilers or without telling you about the book just believe me it was incredible the concept was so unusual and so freaking amazing I just loved every single second of it


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  • Jesse
  • 11-05-19

Fun thriller with a supernatural twist.

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

The Keeper is a fun thriller with a supernatural twist. The characters are likable (or despicable, in the case of the antagonist), the plot is plausible, and the ending is good without being too predictable.

The narration of the audiobook is well done. The narrator does a good job of portraying the different characters, and helps to build the suspense.

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  • Randy Murphy
  • 05-05-19

Fantastic

I was blown away with the story and intensity of this novel. The concept was done very well and you felt for all the characters. I will definitely pick up more from this author. The narrator did a great job of bringing everything to life and portraying the emotions of all the characters. All in all a fantastic audio. I was given a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.