Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

22267616 Title: Hell & High Water

Author: Charlie Cochet

Narrator: Mark Westfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

My View – Story:

I read this book not so long ago when it was first published and was very excited to see it come out on Audio so quickly. Let me tell you it is just as good the second time round and still firmly a new favourite series for me.

Charlie Cochet has created a new world of shifters in the THIRDS series. It is not so much about insta love and shouting ‘mine’, not that I don’t love that too, but more about not being wanted or accepted by society. Shifters, or Therians, are seen as the lesser segment of society and are treated accordingly.

The normal police departments are unable to cope with Therians and don’t always treat them fairly so a new branch was set up, namely the THIRDS. This force is staffed with both human and Therians working in partnership.
Dex is one of the good guys working for the human police. He has a greater understanding of Therians, given that his brother is one, but believes everyone should be treated fairly. His partner doesn’t hold the same values though and when he shoots and kills a young Therian Dex feels he has to be honest and report it which doesn’t go down well with the rest of the force. He is effectively pushed out of his job and given a new roll at the Thirds.

Things don’t go exactly as planned on his first day in his new job. Not only is his father now his boss, his brother is on the same team and he has been partnered up with a man with more issues than a magazine stand!

Brodie Sloan is a Jaguar Therian, as alpha as they come and leads the Destructive Delta team which is the toughest and craziest team out there. His last partner on the team was also his lover and he is dead. Brodie doesn’t want him replaced and has pushed out every other person trying for the position. He may just have bitten off more than he can chew with Dex. The new man infuriates him from the start but he is not above noticing the reactions of most of the others on the team and they seem to like him.

There is a lot of world building in this first book as you would expect at the start of a new series. There are obviously a lot of secrets about Brodie and the Therian race in general that are going to come out in the future and Charlie does a good job of drawing you in and making you eager for more. This first book also gives you a lot of secondary characters that are both interesting and vital to the story and hopefully will remain a vital part of the series as it expands.

Brodie and Dex move forward together slowly but surely whilst fighting an enemy that seems to be always one step ahead. Friendships can’t always be trusted as Dex will find out and just when they think they have everything under control the shit really hits the fan and leaves you wanting book 2 immediately!

My View – Narration:

This is the first time I have listened to a narration by Mark Westfield. Although he has what I would call a dry voice I felt he brought the characters to life especially Dex and Sloane. At just over 10 hours it is certainly easier to listen to a voice that keeps you engaged.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Audible US
Audible UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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