An interesting trilogy
4 out of 5 stars
When a series of books (a trilogy in this case) is released separately, it can cause issues with readers and reviewers. Especially when the entire performance is under 10 hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good novella or short novel, but sometimes you need the whole story to get a feel for the whole book. I definitely would have been mad or frustrated reading these books separately, so I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to read the series together in one place.
Sometimes in books like this, I will review each book on its own and then give an overall feeling — I’m just going to give my overall opinion on the book. If you want to see story by story, you can check each of those out on Amazon and Audible.
This kind of story isn’t always my go to, but I found myself getting really into the story as it progressed. A lot of times these feel either too far fetched or too real. When an author can make it feel real, authentic, and almost a little gritty — that’s the perfect equilibrium. These books seem to hit that perfect spot for me.
Each one of these stories would be easily digested in one sitting, and the way that Shepphird wrote them made them feel like they were going even faster.
The character development and actual characters in The Shill Trilogy were just so enthralling and interesting that I kept trying to put the book down, but I couldn’t.
The narration for this was done by Kera O’Bryon, who does a really nice job. And allows for a seamless integration into the main character’s point of view. She definitely kept me interested throughout and added to the drama, thrilling, and fast-paced action that was going on inside these books.
Overall, The Shill Trilogy is one of those books that hit high notes and low notes for me, but overall I enjoyed it. Any book that can keep my interest and make me stay doing whatever I’m doing is a winner. (I’m usually driving to work while listening to audiobooks). If you enjoy gritty but well thought out crime/con-man fiction, then this trilogy is definitely for you.
The Shill Trilogy by John Shipphird
Narrator: Kera O’Bryon
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Published by Blackstone Audio on December 20, 2016
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Struggling actress Jane Innes is seduced by a handsome new arrival in her acting class. He makes a proposition. He admits he's a con man and needs Jane to pose as a rich, carefree heiress to fulfill her part in his intricate scam. All goes as planned until Jane's true identity threatens to surface and their scheme begins to crack at the seams. It all leads to a tangled maze of deception, depravity, and murder.
Kill the Shill
Her role in the con game was to be the shill before the scam exploded in bloody violence. Discarded, sacrificed like a pawn, Jane's left holding the bag. The swindlers left a murderous trail and millions of dollars are missing. The problem: Jane knows too much. She's a liability they can't afford to keep around. But the con artists underestimated Jane. They miscalculated her tenacity and will to survive. Not one to be crossed, her plan is to use their own weapon, the "art of deception", against them. Facing insurmountable odds Jane sets out to settle the score with fierce determination and a few tricks up her sleeve.
Beware the Shill
Bruised, battered, but determined, Jane Innes must navigate a tangled web of deception, depravity, and murder, and turn the tables on cunning swindlers. Using the art of deception, this out-of-work actress embarks on a daring caper - her last chance to take down a deadly adversary.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.