Summary

Four high-octane crime thrillers, each critically acclaimed as separate publications, now collected in a set. Hundreds of five-star reviews of the individual volumes testify to their reputation as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.
©2017 Ian Patrick (P)2017 Ian Patrick
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rene Chell on 14-02-18

Absorbing and chilling

What made the experience of listening to The Ryder Quartet the most enjoyable?

Very scarily like real life in that country. The news each day seems to be uncannily like what is described in this and other books from South Africa.

What other book might you compare The Ryder Quartet to, and why?

The Bourne trilogy comes to mind because of the action and the evil forces ranged against the good guys.

What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

Nice and easy, no fuss. He doesn't do the women so well. But the men are well done.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very sad in places and very funny in places.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Blaine on 07-02-18

Very true to life and exciting

What did you like most about The Ryder Quartet?

The four stories make a very good overall tale. They are well connected without any false cliff-hanging moments just to make you go and buy the next book. It is all plausible and very well researched in my opinion.

What other book might you compare The Ryder Quartet to, and why?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Just as good. Thrilling and believable.

What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

He does the accents well without turning it into a whole melodrama.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are indeed lots of moments where it is very sad and also very funny at parts.

Any additional comments?

I read one of the books in the quartet last year. It was great to read/listen to all of them in sequence.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica Phelps on 20-01-18

So true and well researched

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very entertaining and very real

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ryder Quartet?

Like Fiona and Jeremy Ryder, my husband and I also fling ourselves in despair onto the lounge floor when The Sharks drop the ball five yards from the line. That was so brilliant.

Which scene was your favorite?

For me, the repartee between the cops and their spouses/partners was the most enjoyable aspect of the books. Married to a retired detective, who tells me that these books are UNCANNILY ACCURATE, I know a bit about the things cops have to deal with. I also know a bit about their passion for rugby. The discussions about rugby were hilarious (and very accurate, too, when it came to arguments about what happened in the world cup matches).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The attack on a family at the hands of thugs was very moving, especially the aftermath

Any additional comments?

I live in a suburb that is right at the heart of the action that is portrayed in these stories. It is quite nerve-wracking, in fact, knowing the features of the city and the topography of the surrounding beaches and sugar-cane fields, and hearing regularly about awful crimes that are committed in the same vein as those described in these books. I listened with rapt attention to the characters and their adventures.

We loved listening to these stories. They are so true to life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hadrian on 11-01-18

Stylish set of four crime thrillers

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Thirty-something hours of audiobook action. What's not to like? OK, there's a little bit of slowing down at one point in the first book, to get readers and listeners apprised of the facts they need to follow the action, but then it soon bursts back into life. I thought all four books were really good. I gained insights into life in a province I don't know that well but that I certainly do see a lot of in the media. Downright awful criminals. Here they get their come-uppance, at least to some extent. But what's especially good is the cultural value I gained from listening to these books. I learnt a lot about police work and camaraderie and also about violent crime. And human nature. Good plot, well written, well narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ryder Quartet?

The devilish weapon right at the beginning - about thirty pages into book one - is a chilling moment. But then there are many more such moments. Like the attack on a family in book four. Maybe the best of all is the final c hapter of book four when Ryder goes on the attack.

Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

The two Afrikaans detectives Koekemoer and Dippenaar ("Koeks 'n Dipps") are a scream.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The attack on the dog at the end is really moving.

Any additional comments?

Good writing, good speaking, relevant and up-to-date drama. I liked it a helluva lot.

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