Reviewed by Roberta
TITLE: Flight or Fight
AUTHOR: Dirk Greyson
NARRATOR: Mark Westfield
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press LLC
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 39 mins
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2017
Life in the big city wasn’t what Mackenzie “Mack” Redford expected, and now he’s come home to Hartwick County, South Dakota, to serve as sheriff.
Brantley Calderone is looking for a new life. After leaving New York and buying a ranch, he’s settling in and getting used to living at a different pace – until he finds a dead woman on his porch and himself the prime suspect in her murder.
Mack and Brantley quickly realize several things: someone is trying to frame Brantley; he is no longer safe alone on his ranch; and there’s a definite attraction developing between them, one that only increases when Mack offers to let Brantley stay in his home. But as their romance escalates, so does the killer. They’ll have to stay one step ahead and figure out who wants Brantley dead before it’s too late. Only then can they start the life they’re both seeking – together.
I have to say that the blurb really had me wanting to listen to this story and I’m really glad that I did. This mystery/suspense/romance had me enthralled and wanting to know if I was correct as to whodunnit…I wasn’t. I’m ashamed to say that I normally guess pretty damn good and this time…nope…I was wrong and I’m really happy about that. Dirk did such an amazing job keeping us guessing the entire time and to think that I was sure…SURE…I tell ya whodunnit and to find out that I was wrong…I was just flabbergasted.
Brantley…such a nice guy who just wanted to find his own slice of heaven. To have a home of his own and make a life in a new place and then to have his life just turned completely upside down when he arrives home to find his real estate agent murdered on his front porch…Damn…and then to find out that he’s a suspect…not the best welcome to have in a new place. Brantley’s life hasn’t been the stuff of fairytales. He’s estranged from his family and his ex-work partner did some horrible things and when it came out…Brantley was cleared…but his work reputation was in tatters and no one…I mean No One would have anything to do with him. Brantley pulled up stakes and moved to this really small town and gets embroiled into this huge murder mystery and ends up finding the love of his life.
Mack is this guy who has had some trauma in his life…he’s been raised by his father after his mother left and then committed suicide when he was still a toddler. Mack and his father actually have a really wonderful relationship and that is really wonderfully surprising. Mack was a cop in the big city and it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be and he came home when his father got hurt and is now Sheriff. Things are going ok…nothing really major happens there until the murder of a real estate agent happens and then…all hell brakes loose and he’s now looking for a killer and trying to save the love of his life in the process.
As stated above, this was a great mystery/suspense story that had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing the entire time as to who was doing all of this stuff. I have to say that I was very engrossed with the story and had the best time seeing what was going to happen next. There were some good sexy times as well and that just furthered the romance part of the plot along. The romance was quick…very insta-lovey…but that trope doesn’t bother me…so well done, Dirk.
Narration: I have to say that I truly love Mark Westfield’s voice. I love that he can do so many different voices and never get them confused and you always know who is talking. I love that sound effects that he does…if someone is talking over the phone…it sounds like someone is talking over the phone and that really just adds another level to the whole listening experience. I think that Mark could read me the phone book and I’d be happy as a clam.
Overall, this was a very good book that held my attention with a wonderful narrator. You can’t go wrong listening to this wonderful story.