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REVIEW Audiobook: “Rise & Fall” by Charlie Cochet


After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he’s done. But Dex’s plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition’s crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn’t taking any chances. Dex’s team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost.

With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies—however well intentioned—begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who’s pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it’s up to Sloane to show him what’s at stake, and finally put a name to what’s in his heart

rise and fallTitle: Rise & Fall (THIRDS 4)
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 8 hours and 47 minutes
Release Date: 06-27-15
Purchase Links: Audible 


Well, this book worked as a reread for me, only in an audio version. While I still enjoyed it, I must confess that this wasn’t precisely my favorite audiobook (narration-wise speaking). I didn’t find his voice particularly pleasant, though he did have this thing where he spoke that captured your attention, so that was a good thing. Another good thing (because I like that in my audiobooks) were different voices he used. My problem was that I found Dex’s and Ash’s voice to be a bit of a turn off… They sounded.. weird. I really can’t explain it, I guess in both cases their voices were to high pitched. I had imagined, especially Ash’s voice, way deeper than it sounded. There are also some sort of special effects. Like, when a call came through you get that kind of echo in the audio.. About this, I liked it.. I mean it served for me to get a clue, but at the same time it sounded a bit too overdone. Still, it wasn’t bad. The thing for me was that, in the end, if I had to choose I’d pick the ebook version over the audio version. It wasn’t bad at all, but I guess I expected something different. Ha!.

About the story – Well, this book is still Dex & Sloane centered, not that I mind, since I love those two, especially Dex. I like how dorky and geeky and silly he is. So, I absolutely enjoyed listening about him again. This time though the romance area extends a bit to Calvin & Hobbs, and Ash & Cael. We get to see a bit more of each of these guys, both individually and as… err… couples… kind of.

The plot again goes around a mystery to be solved, a bad guy that needs to be catched, and the team doing whatever they can to protect their people and their team. I think one of the things I enjoyed the most here was to see how loyal they were to each other. It’s lovely when you read a book about a group of people that work together, but that at some point turned into a family. It’s truly lovely.

There is the usual humor, and the usua silly. I know some people don’t particularly like this, but in my case, I adore it. It makes me smile, and it gives me an awesome window to escape RL stress. Sometimes we need the laughs! The sex is as HOT as usual… Geez, this woman can write some amazing sex scenes!

The only two things that bothered me, even in this second re-read was the lies… I can’t deal with lies. I can’t. So yeah… I tried, again, to see things from Dex’s perspective, and I still had trouble understanding why he did what he did. The other one was Dex’s and Cael’s dad reaction by the end of the book…

So, to wrap this up, this is a fun book to listen to. I’d recommend it if you want to forget about the world. :)

About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

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