A Long-Winded Bourne-like Thriller
4 out of 5 stars
I kept going back and forth on this book. I’ll be blunt up front — it was an enjoyable book that was a little long-winded. Guare wrote a story that was really full of detail and didn’t dart from topic to topic like a lot of first-time authors will. But instead, she may have spent a little bit too much time explaining some of the backstories of the main character(s).
Deceptive Cadence is a story about mistaken identities, unexpected secret agents, and family bonds. There is a lot more going on, but those are the main totems for this book, and most of the story fits within at least one of these.
Guare was able to tell an interesting story here, and one that I did enjoy reading. The characters were fun and different and the title of the book along with the backstory of its main character revolved around music. That was a different touch.
The story itself, other than being a little long-winded, had a nice story arc to it. I did find myself lost in the details from time to time, but maybe I’m just used to reading more developed stories and characters. Every story has to start somewhere.
If/when Guare continues this series, I would definitely be interested in continuing it, especially now that she’s gotten most of the introductions out of the way. That should lend itself to being what it was meant to be — a mix between a Bourne Identity and almost an old “gumshoe” or detective story.
I will add though, Farell’s narration of this was excellent. He was able to lend voices to so many characters and made them all so believable. His narration really helped move this story forward. I can honestly say that due to his narration alone this went from being a 3 or 3.5 to a 4-star book.
Book Description:Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare
Narrator: Wayne Farrell
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Series: The Virtuosic Spy #1
on March 11, 2016
Meet Conor McBride. A man with deadly skills he never wanted to learn. But if he wants to survive, he'd better start using them. Fast.
He was a talented musician once, but now he's disappeared into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother.
On a journey from the green fields of Ireland to the tumultuous streets of India, Conor McBride is following the trail of a brother who betrayed him, but he's playing a dangerous game without rules. More betrayals are on the way as he comes to realize the allies he trusted to help him might be the people he should fear the most.
Gold Medal Winner for Fiction, Readers Favorite Awards
Winner, Finalist Medal for Best Action/Adventure, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller, Kindle Book Awards
B.R.A.G. Medallion Recipient
With gripping stories, stunningly evocative settings, and a cast of richly drawn characters headlined by an irresistible hero, reviewers are raving about this unique suspense series.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Kathryn Guare lives in the Vermont town where she grew up, part of the third generation of her family to call the tiny capital city of Montpelier home. She spent ten years as an executive with a global health membership and advocacy organization, worked as a tour coordinator in a travel agency, and has traveled extensively in Europe and India. She has a passion for Classical music, all things Celtic, and exploring ethnic foods and diverse cultures. Her first novel, “Deceptive Cadence” was awarded two Gold Medals in the Readers Favorite Awards, one for Best Suspense/Thriller and one for Best Audiobook.
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