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Author: Daniel Palmer Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781611063547
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Nine years after he left Shilo, New Hampshire, former Navy SEAL Tom Hawkins has moved back. It’s not an auspicious homecoming. Tom has returned to raise his teenage daughter, Jill, following the murder of his ex-wife, Kelly. Despite Tom’s efforts to stay close to Jill by coaching her high school soccer team, Kelly’s bitterness fractured their relationship. But together, they are on the mend, and life in Shilo is starting to shape up into something approaching normal.

Normal doesn’t last long. Shilo’s police sergeant makes it clear that Tom is his chief suspect in Kelly’s death. In the days that follow, an anonymous blog post alleges that Coach Hawkins is sleeping with one of his players, Internet rumors escalate, and incriminating evidence surfaces on Tom’s own computer and cell phone. Soon the FBI and police are investigating Tom for what appears to be a very disturbing and unprecedented series of crimes.

Someone is out to frame Tom—someone capable of destroying everything he loves without laying a finger on him. As he races to prove his innocence, he must unravel a tangle of lies about his family, the friends and colleagues he thought he knew, and about his past. For deep amid the secrets he’s been keeping—from a troubled tour of duty to the reason for his ex-wife’s death—is the truth that someone will gladly kill to protect.…

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 2/8/2014

    " I lucked out and won a copy signed by the author himself so I really wanted this thriller to be good and it was. The pace and writing was solid. What do you when you're trained for anything except your life crumbling around you? I recommend this without hesitation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/25/2014

    " There is a lot of plot twists but they actually have a general lesson taught in this book. I think this book was somewhat informative and it opens you to the power of technology and how careful you have to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 1/13/2014

    " Worth the read. Will read another one of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/13/2014

    " Tom Hawkins is the hometown hero and soccer coach for the State Champion Shilo High School Wildcats Varsity team. In the ten-year estrangement from his ex-wife Kelly, Tom has had only two purposes in life. To rebuild the relationship he once had with his now teenaged daughter Jill, a hard fought mission in its own right as Kelly is determined to continue her assignment to degrade him at every turn, and coach his teams to victory. His success with the soccer teams is noteworthy, a continuous stream of championship titles; his success with Jill not so much. A strange turn of events (of which Tom chooses not to question), finds him now coaching Jill as a member of the girls team. The chance for his dream of reconciliation allowing Tom to be the full-fledged father he should be looms on the horizon. Although his newly forged relationship with Jill, strained at best, Tom fears the ominous arrival of a police car at practice will shatter all hopes for the future. An exemplary career as a Navy Seal is of no use to Tom as he finds himself embroiled in an investigation whose evidence, although circumspect, even his hard fought skills cannot assist in proving his innocence. As the lead suspect in a tragic murder and rumors of impropriety abound Tom is helpless to save himself. People Tom thought were his friends now turn their backs on him, driving Tom in desperation to turn to an old teammate who is now an attorney. With Tom’s tenuous relationship with his daughter, Jill on the line along with his reputation, fear that the long-kept secret he has shared with no one is about to surface putting an end to everything he is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merle | 1/11/2014

    " It could happen to you.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/7/2014

    " An exciting, and at the same time scary fast paced story. What happens when a male high school soccer coach appears to have been framed for not one, but several incidents; murdering his wife, getting involved with one of his soccer players and if that's not bad enough, having child pornography on his computer? As the story develops, we're wondering if maybe he was involved in some or all of these instances, but if he wasn't who would want to pin these things on him and why? A great story that combines the best of "who did it?" "how did they do it?" "why did they do it?" "are they going to get caught" and "how are they going to get caught?". I give this a big recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ringomurph | 12/30/2013

    " I was sucked into this book from the very first chapter. Each chapter thereafter kept me interested. I found myself saying at night, "just one more chapter..." This was the fist book I read by this author but I'm looking forward to reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/25/2013

    " Could NOT put this book down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayesha | 12/20/2013

    " Its going great so far. Love the way it turns and i think most of it might be true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 12/11/2013

    " Would of given it 3.5, but alas, not allowed. I expected more from his 2nd novel, as his debut novel was pretty good (4.5). So I was a little disappointed that once again it seems we have another Author more concerned w/ quantity over quality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann-marie | 12/8/2013

    " I liked this book. It was a little hard keeping all the background info on the characters in place at first, but the story was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/23/2013

    " I picked this one because it had a coach who was accused of inappropriate behavior with one of the girls on his soccer team. This is something male teachers especially have to be concerned about. It turned out to be much more complicated a story line than I had expected, but it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 11/9/2013

    " Just finished this it n one day. I really enjoyed it! If you like a good mystery definitely pick this one up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 6/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story line, and I wasn't sure "who done it" until the end. I also enjoyed learning more about the technology involved in this plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/15/2012

    " This is a roller coaster of a thriller - the kind that loops the loop, has corkscrews, and pulls more g's in a turn than a jet fighter. (My complete review has been submitted to Suspense Magazine.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 8/28/2012

    " This is a fast action thriller. You are brought into the high school scene where you are introduced to sexting. I just couldn't put this book down. It held me from the very beginning. I will most definately read more books by Daniel Palmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 6/11/2012

    " Compelling, exciting murder mystery. Our hero is not only assumed to have murdered his wife by a convincingly stupid police department, but also framed as a child molester and pronographer. Predictable trouble with teenage daughter results. Good, fast plot, real people who didn't annoy me. "

About the Author

Daniel Palmer is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.