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Thursday, 5 May 2022


Charlie Parker 18: THE DIRTY SOUTH (UK audiobook)
The Dirty South by John Connolly
Read by Jeff Harding
Charlie Parker series Book 18
Genre: paranormal crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobook

About The Dirty South:
It is 1999, and someone is slaughtering young women in Burdon County, Arkansas.

But no one in the Dirty South wants to admit it.

In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. Obsessed with avenging his lost family, his life is about to take a shocking turn.

Witness the dawning of a conscience.

Witness the birth of a hunter.

Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.
Source: Info in the "About The Dirty South" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48724227-the-dirty-south on 17/05/2020.

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Charlie Parker 18: THE DIRTY SOUTH
My Thoughts:
Tried to read this book slowly to savour it. I succeeded, partially... it still went too fast for me.

I have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I finished A Book Of Bones. I wanted to know if Parker pursued Quayle further... and how Quayle fared after he received the mercy of the old gods... or did he die after all? Unfortunately, this thread in the story wasn't even mentioned in this book.

I didn't know that Bill Clinton (the 42nd president of the United States) came from Hope, Arkansas... That little tidbit of information is pertinent to me because it showcases the fact that John Connolly is a master spinner of tales where he weaves fact and fiction so seamlessly that his fiction "feels" so real to the readers. His tales connects to the readers. Kudos to the author!!

When this book was launched I saw that this book was advertised as the "becoming" of Charlie Parker or something similarly crucial. I didn't see that anywhere in the book. If Charlie Parker was ever "made", I think that would be in previous books than this. The Dirty South is a good installment of the Charlie Parker series, but not a pivotal work in the series.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (15 hrs & 22 mins)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Charlie Parker Series:

About John Connolly
John Connolly
John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.

He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

This page is administered by John's assistant, Clair, on John's behalf. If you'd like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact-at-johnconnollybooks.com, or by following him on Twitter at @JConnollyBooks.
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About Jeff Harding
Jeff Harding
Jeff Harding is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and TV but he maintains interest in fringe theatre. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly – an appropriate sport for the reader of Ben Hur.
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FTC Disclosure:
This book (in all it's formats) was purchased with private funds.

Tuesday, 5 April 2022


The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
Book 1 of the Reed & Billie series
Narrated by Charles Constant
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About The Boat Man:
Detective Reed Mattox, just three months removed from the death of his partner, has turned invisibility into an art form. Switching to the K-9, taking over the graveyard shift, moving to a farmhouse miles outside of Columbus, his every move has become predicated on putting as much distance between himself and the outside world as possible.

That distance is shattered though when bodies begin turning up in The Bottoms, the poverty-stricken section of town he is assigned to patrol. Grisly, horrific scenes start to pop up in the middle of the night and the overburdened precinct has no choice but to put Reed on it.

Now operating far outside of his comfort zone with a Belgian Malinois for a partner that attracts attention wherever they go, Reed is forced to unravel the murders, taking him clear across the city and back years in time, to an event that some very influential people will do anything to keep buried...
Source: Info in the About The Boat Man was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26495964-the-boat-man on 10/04/2019.

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My Thoughts:
This book was recommended to me by amazon because I once read Sydney Rye books. However, at that time I did not bite. What I didn't know was that I subscribed to Dustin Stevens' newsletter. I must have entered some giveaway and became a subscriber because I do not remember subscribing to this author particularly. Anyway, I opened the newsletter in my inbox and he was offering the second book in the series for free. Me, being me, OCD and all... I gotta start reading with book 1. So I decided to give this series a try. I was glad that I did because this book turned out to be enjoyable! This is my first Dustin Stevens read and I am quickly becoming a fan. This is also my first Charles Constant listen and also becoming a fan! I like the way he reads. His voice is not aggravating to the ears. And he pauses between scenes to let the listener know that the storyline has changed. All a "plus" to me! And I like Billie! She sounds so adorable to me! What I didn't like was the fact that the entitled, whiny, murderous little shit got away with little more than a scratch!! And no, that's not our antagonist here. It's a minor side character, but still annoying as hell, none-the-less.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Meet The Author

About Dustin Stevens:
I originally hail from the midwest, growing up in the heart of farm country, and still consider it, along with West Tennessee, my co-home. Between the two, I have a firm belief that football is the greatest of all past-times, sweet tea is really the only acceptable beverage for any occasion, there is not an event on earth that either gym shorts or boots can't be worn to, and that Dairy Queen is the best restaurant on the planet. Further, southern accents are a highly likeable feature on most everybody, English bulldogs sit atop the critter hierarchy, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Saturday night spent catfishing at the lake.

Since leaving the midwest I've been to college in New England, grad school in the Rockies, and lived in over a dozen different cities ranging from DC to Honolulu along the way. Each and every one of these experiences has shaped who I am at this point, a fact I hope is expressed in my writing. I have developed enormous affinity for locales and people of every size and shape, and even if I never figure out a way to properly convey them on paper, I am very much grateful for their presence in my life.

To sum it up, I asked a very good friend recently how they would describe me for something like this. Their response: "Plagued by realism and trained by experiences/education to be a pessimist, you somehow remain above all else an active dreamer." While I can't say those are the exact words I would choose, I can't say they're wrong. I travel, live in different places, try new foods, meet all kinds of different people, and above all else stay curious to a fault.

Here's hoping it continues to provide us all with some pretty good stories...

The Narrator

About Charles Constant:
Actor Charles Constant's professional storytelling career began at the age of thirteen, when he became an Actors' Equity Association apprentice. After training in Chicago and London, he went on to appear onstage in theaters across the country. Charles was chosen by Mark Cuban to narrate his book How to Win at the Sport of Business, and his work on Into the Crossfire became an Audible Listener Favorite in February 2014. Publishers Weekly says that he provides "strong" narration and finds his voice to be "deep and assertive."

FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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