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Wanted

The Chase Ryder Series, Book 1
By: Jo Ho
Narrated by: Heather Masters
Series: The Chase Ryder Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Winner of the Young Adult Sci-fi category, Readers' Favorite Book Awards - 2018

To them, he was an experiment. To me, he is family. 

The first time I saw him, I had no idea he had recently escaped from a mysterious lab. That he had been created there. I'd been living on the streets, which was tough, but preferable to home. Then one day, I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. 

I saved him. But then he saved me and I realized that Muttface wasn't a normal dog. He was crazy intelligent. I'm talking Mensa levels. 

When we sought help from a grieving veterinarian named Sully, his clinic was attacked and destroyed by mercenaries. So now here we are, the three of us. On the run across the country against a powerful enemy. Who are they and what do they want with us? 

Through the danger, terror, and pain, one thing was becoming clear to me: I have finally found the family I always wanted and I will do anything to keep them safe....

Even if it means risking my own life. 

*The award-winning creator & screenwriter of ground-breaking BBC television show, Spirit Warriors starring Jessica Henwick (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones, The Defenders) brings you an action-packed thrill-ride in her debut novel fans unanimously raved about, describing it as a "Must-Read" and "Unputdownable". If you loved Dean Koontz's Watchers, Marvel movie Logan, Maximum Ride, and stories about dogs, you will love The Chase Ryder Series.*  

©2016 Jo Ho (P)2017 Jo Ho

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You will want this book.

Wow, this is the first book by this author that I have ready or listened to but if this book is any judge of the authors work then it won't be be the last. If fact as soon as I have finished writing this review I am off to see if there are anymore books in this series. Being a dog owner this hit so many heart strings for me and I did have a few tears but I still really enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the way they all bonded together, especially the dog. There was plenty of action, as they found ways to get out the different situations they found themselves in. The story is told from a number of the characters perspective and I thought that it really helped the story flow, as you knew why people were doing what they were doing. I young runaway girl looking for food helps a starving dog and a strong bond is formed. But the dog is no ordinarily dog which becomes apparent when the dog saves the girls life and gets hurt in the process. Chase fearing she is going to lose her best friend she rushes him to a veterinarian clinic run by grieving widow Sully. After the operation Sully wants to learn more about the two strays that barged into his home and in doing so he makes a phone call that will change all three of there lives for ever. The dog seems to have escaped from a medical lab and his highly contagious. But if that is the case why do the men that have turned up to collect him look like soldiers and why are they carrying guns? The trio flee into the night, starting a big man hunt for them. Up against a rich, powerful and deadly foe can they stay one step ahead of the bad guys? One thing is for sure a young homeless girl might have a few tricks up her sleeve when it come to protecting her family. I liked the narrator and thought she was a good choice for a teenage girl (the main character) and did well with the other characters too. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An exciting adventure with genuine warmth

Listening to this audiobook took me back to the movies I loved as a kid, though Chase is certainly no Goonie; this is darker, more mature stuff. All the characters have experienced genuine trauma, and whilst on the run they find comfort in companionship. Who better to teach the power of friendship than a dog. This would make a great book to listen to on a road trip, hopefully there’ll be more to come in the series.

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fantastic

what a wonderful book, well written with rounded characters and great narration. love Bandit the border collie and his amazing talent, being an owner of a border Collie I know how intelligent they can be so quite believable. would recommend this for all ages from about 12 onwards xxxx

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Only fools play the 'What if?' game.

A quick act of kindness by a troubled homeless girl is the introduction of Chase to the remarkable dog who will become more than a friend, he'll bring her the sense of family. Written in a mix of first and third person, this delightful S.F.thriller adventure had warmth, excitement and raises some issues to ponder, not least those of identity and relationships. The story is a quick and easy read with some emotional highlights and is suitable for all ages. And especially dog owners. Narration by Heather Masters is good, her young sounding voice reflecting the sense of Chase herself and delivered with a great sense of timing, well intoned and clear. The text is clearly articulated and her performance also conveys the emotion inherent within it, nicely done. I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of Wanted by the rights holder. Thank you. This was an enjoyable and imaginative story that Y.A.s especially should be able to relate to, but also recommended to oldsters like myself who still have that memory of the emotions of youth.

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Touching Tale

This is the first in the Chase Ryder series and is surprisingly well coordinated in terms of character development, emotional suspense and reader appeal. Bandit is exceptionally realistic and Chase is the typical street smart teen with a chip on her shoulder and an untrusting attitude to match. More for the burgeoning YA market i feel but can easily be enjoyed by adults a there is a lot of depth to the interactions between the 3 main characters. Narration from Heather Masters in one word is masterful ,with good range for the male characters and she suits the Chase character well. I expect to hear more from this narrator. Only spoil i think is at some small points the story becomes a bit stretched as to how they evade capture especially towards the end. I wouldnt discount this series due to this as its not far away from a 4.5 such is the authors skill in binging the attention of the listener. This audio was gifted to me and i chose to leave an honest review and as such is my own opinion.

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Really enjoyed listening to this

Wanted is about a girl living on the streets and a dog that finds her and the trouble that follows all because of the dog. It’s a story about finding friendship, family and reconnecting.. Jo Ho wrote a really good book which I loved reading and I thought the Audible would be a good listen also, it did not disappoint. Heather Masters did a really great job narrating this book, there was only a subtle difference between the voices but you could definitely tell who was who. A definite must listen.

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A wonderful book for all ages. Highly recommend!

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I'm quite a bit older than the usual YA audience but I found this audiobook just delightful! Wonderful characters that you fall in love with and a story that had me at the edge of my seat. Chase, Sully and Bandit tore at my heart and I found myself desperately hoping that they would find the happy ending they so deserved. This was a very original story about a relationship I don't often see and I loved every second of it. The narration was superb too. I've never heard of this author before but I will be reading her other work for sure.

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A great story, awesomely narrated!

This book really has it all - love, loss, hate, friendship, family, action, adventure, fight scenes, calm bits. It really keeps you hooked from beginning, through all the twists and turns, to the very end. And, if you listen to the audiobook like I did, you also get an awesome narrator, who really brings the story to life, even having recognisably different voices for every different characters! I absolutely loved this book, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who likes adventure stories, from young adults upwards. NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

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Charming, fast-paced and fun

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A great story, charming, fast-paced, action packed and emotional plus one very special dog - what's not to like? I loved this book and the audio version has been done really well bringing these amazing characters to life.

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  • Karen M.
  • 06-01-18

Loved This!

Animal lovers of all ages will just love this wonderful story and be rooting for Bandit. I was captivated from beginning to end and completely wowed by this tale of survival, love and family. Sometimes real family is the one you create, not the one you are born into. Although I am much older than the target audience, the characters tugged at my heartstrings and I fell in love with Bandit the dog. The suspense kept me riveted to this terrific story and I enjoyed the tender moments as well. The ending was very satisfying. The narration was excellent and definitely one of the highlights. Her voice as 14 year old Chase was very believable and I loved the emotion that she brought to the characters. This was a terrific listen and I would highly recommend Wanted.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Mandy Buffington
  • 22-03-19

Amazing story

I received this book for free at my request but the opinion is my own. This book was awesome! Chase is use to living on the streets not trusting anyone due to her past running into a dog that gets hurt. She soon finds out he has special abilities and wants to protect him. Great characters, fun plot, really fun read. You definitely root for not only the dog but for chase to let down her guard toward people.

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  • Adriana B
  • 03-05-19

Outstanding New YA/Teen Series!

This is such a great adventure for kids and adults of all ages! Bandit is such an amazing lovable dog that will capture your heart! This is a suspenseful fast paced book that grabs your attention from beginning to the awesome conclusion. Narration was excellent and brought the story to life. I hope Heather will be narrating the whole series. The characters are well developed and each scene is so well described that I felt immersed into the story. It was a great rollercoaster ride with some twists and turns. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series! This author is so talented. She knows how to capture her audience and keep them on their toes all the way through. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 26-02-19

Great New Adventure Series

This one won't disappoint, it starts off pretty quickly and keeps your attention throughout the book. I don't want to give anything away so l will keep my review brief. On top of the adventure you go on an emotional ride as you learn about the characters and watch as they grow closer together. This was a pretty clean book, there were only a few bad words but no f-bombs. I would say this is great for 4th grade and up, it's definitely geared toward the teenage crowd but one that adults can get into and enjoy as well. The narration is spot on and a lot of fun to listen to. It's a great start to the series and I would highly recommend it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Teresa
  • 04-02-19

Wanted: Book Two in This Series: Loved It

I loved everything about Wanted. I can see how Jo Ho is an award-winning screenwriter. The structure of this story was AMAZING. Chase was an immediate likeable character but when Muttface came into the picture, they suddenly became the dynamic duo. Then when Sully entered they became the thrilling trio. Even though I'm an adult, I felt a connection with this story. It's a perfect YA series. It was exciting, fun, relateable, and for anyone who loves dogs, a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Heather Masters WAS Chase. She gave Chase an excellent voice. Such a fabulous narrator. She took this book over the top with her read. I hope she reads the whole series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • bruce
  • 22-01-18

Even more remarkable as an audio book

Heather Masters narration of this exciting story is really something special. She reads with an amazing emotional versatility and wonderful wry sense of humor, which I had completely missed when I read this first as a book. I reveled in Chase’s personality with the subtle inflections in her voice and marveled at the deep voice and unsympathetic hardness of the professional mercenary. It was as if I was watching a film. Quite a few times I was so engrossed in the story that I reached for the iPad to adjust the picture or reached for my glasses because I couldn’t see it quite clearly enough, and then laughed, realizing I was listening to a an audiobook.

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  • Cindy Smith
  • 03-01-18

Great Teen Adventure

Chase is a homeless teen who is saved by an extraordinary dog she names Bandit. Not only does he help keep her from danger but also provides food for this starving girl and a loving companionship that she craves.

The story starts off quick and continues with the same energy throughout. She takes Bandit to a vet (Sully) after being injured and soon finds out that Bandit has escaped from a medical research institution. Sully, a depressed widower, assumes responsibility and takes the trio on the run.

The story line is imaginative and a little predictable but beautiful just the same. The dialogue is on a teen or pre-teen level so just perfect for the right audience. I had to give it a four in lieu of a five rating even though I am not the intended audience.

Heather did a great job narrating. I was provided this audiobook for my honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-17

Fantastic Book, Narration Makes it Even Better

The narration by Heather Masters makes this fantastic book even better. She adds an extra dimension of life to Jo Ho's already-cinematic and emotional writing, fully embodying the character of Chase. You really feel as if you are in Chase's shoes, and feel every bit of fear, terror, and pain that she does. Absolutely brilliant and a must-listen by all young adult and thriller fans, and of course, all you dog lovers out there. If you're looking for a great story, fantastic writing with engaging voice delivery, you couldn't do much better than this. I've loved both reading the book and experiencing the story again in a new way via this audiobook. Highly, highly recommend.

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  • Nolan
  • 09-01-18

A Girl, A Dog, and the Guy Who Loved Them Both!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

As someone who is privileged to travel with a guide dog, I've spent years fantasizing about the excellence of being able to unlock the communication between us and break down all those barriers.

That's exactly what happens to Chase Ryder, a 14-year-old street-wise homeless girl who befriends a dog--but not just any dog. This one is an escapee from a lab where he has been genetically engineered and enhanced such that he has far higher levels of intelligence than even the smartest dog.

Of course, it takes a while for young Chase to figure that out and to come up with a brilliant way of tapping into the dog's intelligence. But that's not her first priority. She first must evade the security forces of the guy who owns the lab in which the dog had been treated. That lab wants its dog back in the worst way, and the security detail will stop at nothing to realize its goal.

But Chase is no pushover, and when she teams up with a veterinarian still reeling from the death of his wife some time back, the threesome are invincible.

This is a fun story written with a lot of talent. I confess when Chase insists her dog is a guide dog so she can take it inside places, my blood boiled. My working dog has been the victim of difficult interactions from fake service dogs. In yet another part of the book, Chase depicts herself as someone on the Autism spectrum in order to take the dog into yet another facility. In the hands of a lesser writer, these shabby tropes would be predictable. But throughout the book, this author proves decisively that a lack of talent isn't the issue here. I'm glad I was able to read this, and my enjoyment of it was enough that a couple of threadbare sections didn't ruin the book at all. It's well worth your time and purchase.

The main reason this book truly stands out is the magnificent narration of Heather Masters. She is one of a super-tiny cadre of narrators who are so talented they make the audiobook seem like it is the only edition that matters. Her differentiated voices were beautifully done. The inflections and cadences she uses just stand out and place her light years ahead of other narrators. Indeed, it was her narration that helped me decide to request this book, and she proved every bit as enjoyable and excellent as the sample indicated she would be.

So you have a brilliant narrator, a delightful teenager character, a nice-guy veterinarian, and a dog who can use an iPad. What's not to like about this book?

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  • Neesie315
  • 10-09-20

Genetically Engineered Dogs

This was an entertaining book from start to finish. When a genetically engineered dog befriends a homeless girl living on the streets, little does she know what will happen next. Chase Ryder is tough, but when the dog shows up, she immediately feels a bond with him. Naming him Bandit, she soon finds out that there is more to this "Muttface" than meets the eye. When the dog defends Chase against a thief, he is gravely injured. Chase finds a Veterinarian to hopefully save Bandit's life. Jake "Sully" Sullivan is still grieving the death of his life Emma and has pushed everyone away. When Chase and Bandit show up at his clinic, he has no choice but to try to save Bandit. After Sully reports finding the dog on a lost animals website, the adventure begins. Sully, Chase and Bandit find themselves on a run for their lives as armed mercenaries come after the dog. This book was reminiscent of some of Dean Koontz's books involving dogs with enhanced intelligence. The story is fast paced and entertaining from start to finish. The villain of the story is just insane enough to make you feel sorry for him (in a way). The narrator does a great job and makes an already great story even more enjoyable. I look forward to continuing the adventures of Bandit and friends in subsequent books.