Hard Tide

  • by Johnny Asa
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When his father disappears in a freak boating accident, something smells fishy to ex-marine Billy Ryder. Now, after two decades away, Billy has come back to Pleasantville, Florida, a town whose surf is only rivaled by its share of sun.
Only Pleasantville isn't how he remembers it. A local gang has taken over the small fishing village and has scared the locals into submission, and worse, they just may have killed his dad for trying to stop them.
Now, if Billy wants to bring them to justice, he'll have to do something he hasn't done since his mother died. Step back on a boat.
That's okay though because after six tours in Iraq, Billy is really good at rooting out evil. And Pleasantville has a whole lot of evil.
Author's Note: If you're looking for a lazy slice of life Florida book don't buy this. If you want guns, guts, and action in the vein of Clive Cussler that takes place along the Florida Coast, buy this book.

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You really wouldn't like him when he's angry!

Billy Rider left his hometown of Pleasantville in Florida two decades before and hasn't been back since. Until, that is, he receives a phone message from his dad asking him to come at once, and then the sound of thunder claps exploding behind his father's distressed voice. Unable to get a callback, Billy drives for two days solid to the home of his old man, Bob. to find it has been trashed. Readers, enjoy the peace of these opening pages: after this, there won't be time to breathe.

This book is really action packed with bodies strewn about like confetti. Determined to find his father, Billy becomes a one man tornado of criminal extinction, punching and shooting his way through, it seemed, almost the entire corrupt population of his old town. And gets the girl along the way. Wow. The real mystery is how did he survived the preceding twenty years without being locked up and the key conveniently lost? I must confess, I loved it.

Without the terrific reading by Joe Hempel, however, it could have had a far more unreal and sinister feel. Yes, disbelief needs suspending big time, but Mr.Hempel's characterisation has Billy, from whose point of view this story is told, as a slightly sardonic but remorseful figure, blaming himself for almost everything he can, but especially for having left behind his old girlfriend without a word when he left to join the military all those years before. His need to find his father dominates everything, however, other than the stubborn determination not to let other innocents be caught and harmed in what he perceives as his fight. Fully voicing all the characters individually as well as carrying the ongoing text with gusto and excitement, the narration is a superb performance.

More like a real life comic hero figure than is usually to be found in mystery thrillers, Billy Rider is a character to watch out for in future books. What will he do next, I wonder? Perhaps singlehandedly overcome Isis? My thanks to the rights holder of Hard Tide, who generously gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom without any expectations of return. Not to be taken too seriously, this is an easy listen and for everyone enjoying fast action, fantastic, furious fun.
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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-07-2017
  • Publisher: Johnny Asa