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Randall Lee is a healer, a doctor, an accupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine. According to Tracy, his girl friend, he is not a crime fighter. Nor is he Batman. But he can't resist poking his nose into the search for the wife of the abrasive Detective Ramerez when she disappears after her husband is injured.
Because, although mild mannered and not wanting to put himself or Tracy into danger, Lee is far more than he seems on the surface.
This was a very different book from the usual crime/action thriller, with brilliant characterisations and the unexpected poking out around every corner. Plenty of action, too, much of it one-on-one organised fights and also Martial Arts sequences. For someone like me who knows nothing about (and cares even less for) this form of engagement, these often longish passages should have been deathly dull. There were not. They were rivetting, so well and tensely were they written. The story situations were also unusual.
Randall Lee himself emerges as a fully formed, three dimensional flawed but sympathetic character and narrator, Todd Curless, performs him perfectly, a slightly nerdy, sarcastic but self doubting man haunted by his past, his love for Tracy and his need to fulfill his path as a doctor. All this Mr.Curless conveys in his reading with good modulation and clear, warm diction. His voicings of the other characters, sometimes complex, are also good and mostly distinctive, the text readings perfectly paced.
I received this book, as a freely given gift, from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. Before requesting a copy, I had not previously read any other books by Charles Colyott and knew nothing of the Randall Lee Mystery Series of which Pressure Point is, apparently, number two. It was totally unnecessary, for the enjoyment of this strange and very exciting story. However, I will now be looking for the first book to get to know this strange and rather enigmatic figure better and await the next story with a definite impatience. Highly recommended - it might surprise you.
To Do List 1. get first book in this series, 2. get book three. Yes it is that good.3. See what else Charles Colyott has on Audible Just the right mix of eastern mysticism and western practicality. Who knew that an acupuncturist could be such a success at crime fighting.
Todd Curless did an excellent with accents and genders. an all around positive experience.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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