The Hidden Son

  • by Dianna T. Benson
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When US DEA Special Agent Lelisa Desmond refuses to follow an order to bury evidence in a high profile case, her superior hires a hit man to forever silence her deep in the ocean off Grand Cayman Island. Lelisa survives the first attempt on her life, but someone close to her is mistakenly murdered in her place.
With no one to trust, Lelisa enlists Inspector Alec Dyer for assistance but soon learn she's his number one suspect in the homicide. She sets off on a daring mission to bring down the man who ordered her execution - a man in a high position, with powerful friends; a man who will stop at nothing to keep his son hidden.

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The opening passages to this book are rivetting: a young woman, Lelisa Desmond, is deep diving in the beautiful waters of the Cayman Islands when she realises that her dive buddy is no longer behind her. An increasingly panicked search finally reveals him, not breathing, and she is forced to rise up too quickly through the ocean in an attempt to get him to the surface and onto their boat in an attempt to save his life. What had happened to Rick, her dearest friend? And why had the mysterious lone diver she saw not responded to her frantic below water appeals for help?
The book throughout is engaging, written with an immediacy which adds excitement and a growing tension to Lelisa's fight to save her own life and bring justice down on a man, her much respected mentor and superior, who's desire to save his son from punishment has blinded him to everything else. Lots of action, unexpected plot twists, a second old mystery playing alongside the main story, and an encouragement to turn to prayer and God in time of need (although this latter is gently done, without ongoing prostelisation). And, as always, Joe Hempel's superb narration carries it all forward, helping bring to life the various characters encountered. Reading briskly but clearly, the changing intonation of his very easy to listen to voice reveal the emotions written into the text, whilst each protagonist is given individual personality. Any book read by Mr.Hempel is always going to be a pleasurable experience.

I was gifted my copy of The Hidden Son by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. Whilst the plot did not quite live up to the expectations created by the introduction, this was still a very worthwhile listen with two quite complex leading protagonists, interesting side characters, a thrilling, plot twisting, rush for justice and a superb narrator. I look forward to future books in this trilogy.

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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-03-2017
  • Publisher: Dianna T. Benson