????Have You Heard? ? Audiobooks For Your Listening Pleasure ? A Blood Thing by James Hankins ? Narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon ????

Posted July 4, 2018 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

A Blood Thing by James Hankins
Also by this author: The Inside Dark
Published by Brilliance Audio, Thomas & Mercer on June 5, 2018
Genres: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 397
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 1503950166

Never trust a blackmailer.

Vermont’s promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, “Keep this with you…keep it secret…you’re going to need it after the arrest.”

Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody—framed for the brutal murder of a young woman—and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands. All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake…because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.

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A Blood Thing by James Hankins is another one of those books that is a reflection of our times. Andrew Kane, the young governor of Vermont, comes from a wealthy family whose members have been heavily involved in public service and Andrew is on the fast track for a presidential run. He is that rarest of creatures — a politician who wants to do everything by the book. Wyatt Pickman is psychopath who has made a career of wreaking havoc in people’s lives for money. When Pickman frames Andrew’s beloved younger brother for murder and offers to provide evidence of Tyler Kane’s innocence if Andrew will fulfill his demands, Andrew’s dream quickly become a nightmare. To those around him, it seems as though Honest Andy is following in the footsteps of his predecessor who was known for his corruption as he begins pardoning prisoners for no apparent reason. Because each of Tyler Kane’s siblings bears a personal load of guilt for the accident that left him with special needs, they are even more vulnerable to blackmail. The author will keep you guessing as to who is paying a criminal mastermind’s exorbitant fee and whether this moral dilemma can end in anything but disaster for all involved? As with so many other things in the political world, the conclusion will require negotiation!

This is my first experience with narrator Timothy Andrés Pabon. His performance is just what is needed to make the story even more disturbing. His voice for Tyler makes him so sweet and sympathetic and his voice for the blackmailer will make your flesh crawl.

The theme of A Blood Thing is how far will someone go to help a family member? How important are ones principles when standing firm will mean the incarceration of a brother who has special needs? Is there ever a time when doing the wrong thing is the only thing that’s right? A Blood Thing is an engrossing tale of family guilt and loyalty and features one of the most chilling psychos I’ve encountered recently. I think readers and listeners will be fascinated by the complex schemes Wyatt Pickman devises in order to carry out his “job.” James Hankins has created a character who has no redeeming qualities.


About James Hankins

Bestselling author James Hankins has written stories almost his entire life, even during various career detours. His newest novel of suspense, THE INSIDE DARK, was published on July 11, 2017. Each of his previous books (THE PRETTIEST ONE, SHADY CROSS, BROTHERS AND BONES, JACK OF SPADES, and DRAWN) spent time in the Kindle Top 100 and became Amazon #1 bestsellers, with THE PRETTIEST ONE reaching the #1 spot across all categories in the Kindle Store. In addition, SHADY CROSS received a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly, while BROTHERS AND BONES earned one from Kirkus Reviews and was named to its list of Best Books of 2013.

James lives with his wife and twin sons just north of Boston.

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