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An intelligent and well written thriller, Power in the Blood seems to lose it's way after a good beginning. The plot becomes convoluted, veering away into crazy chaos in an attempt to prevent the reader solving the who-dun-it puzzle before the big reveal. However, the characterisation of the main protagonist, prison chaplain John Jordan, was excellent.
The narration of this book was excellent. Jason Betz reads in a slightly downbeat fashion which suits the character of Jordan who has to deal with his own inner turmoils. There is little differentiation in the voicings of the various protagonists - this is far more an intelligent reading than a performance - but this doesn't matter as each personality is still distinctive.
A good series start with a powerful central character with a somewhat different perspective to most investigative stories. Definite flaws here, but I personally enjoyed the book and look forward to the next.
I’m all for some gratuitous sex and violence, but it should serve and spice a credible plot. Our late 20s hero has already racked up being a disgraced pastor, a tarnished detective, a recovering alcoholic and years past a bitter divorce. He’s now the world wise chaplain at the local prison. He needs to be at least 15 years older but that wouldn’t fit with all the sexy 20 somethings that are constantly in pursuit, Bloody murders at the prison abound fueled by a corrupt prison captain running a gay prison prostitution ring and filming blackmail rape tapes. A bit of HIV contagion thrown in to threaten our hero and keep up the nail biting suspense (he’s actually negative,..whew). All the unlikely plot lines mash and crash into an unbelievable (but you guessed it , bloody and violent finish (or two).
I gave it a few points because the reader did his best and and it had a little campy feel.
What did you love best about Power in the Blood?
The audio book is very easy to listen to. The voice is interesting and not a boring, monotone type voice that makes you lose interest. The story is intriguing and the reader doesn't present it as if he is reading from a book, but as if he is actually telling a true story which makes it even better. Jason narrating brings visualization to events that are happening. I am thoroughly enjoying the book and look forward to the next one!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Power in the Blood?
I can answer this best once I have listened to the book in its entirety.
What does Jason Betz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jason's voice is like that of a mystery story teller...as if you were watching a mystery on television with someone telling the story. I'm really enjoying it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It definitely keeps you wanting to listen to more, but I have set aside times to listen to it because of my busy schedule. I normally listened while working on my crochet, or while resting.
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This is a great book, and Jason brings it to life. You can't go wrong with this if you like mysteries.