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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Case Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781597105040
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As a television news correspondent, Alex Callahan has traveled to some of the most dangerous corners of the globe, covering famine, plague, and war. He’s seen more than his share of blood and death, and knows what it means to be afraid. But what he’s never known is the terror that grabs him when, on a tranquil summer afternoon, he ceases to be an observer of the dark side and, to his shock, becomes enmeshed in it.

Separated from his wife, and struggling not to become a stranger to his six-year-old twin sons, Alex is logging some all-too-rare quality time with the boys when they vanish without a trace amid the hurly-burly of a countryside Renaissance Fair.

Then the phone call comes. A chilling silence, slow, steady breathing, and the familiar, plaintive voice of a child—“Daddy?”—complete the nightmare and set in motion a juggernaut of frenzy and agony.

The longer the police search, exhausting leads without success, the deeper Alex’s certainty grows that time is running out. And when, at last, telltale signs reveal a hidden pattern of bizarre and ghoulish abductions, Alex vows to use his own relentless investigative skills to rescue his children from the shadowy figure dubbed The Piper.

Whoever this elusive stranger is, the profile that slowly emerges—from previous crimes involving twins, from the zealously secret world of professional magicians, and from the eerie culture of voodoo – suggests that The Piper is a predator unlike any other. A twisted soul hell-bent on fulfilling an unspeakably dark dream. A fiend with a terrifying true calling. What Alex Callahan is closing in on is a monster with a mission.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charleen | 2/9/2014

    " After the relative disappointment of The Eighth Day, this was more on par with what I've come to expect from a John Case novel. I was surprised by how abruptly it ended, with basically no denouement whatsoever. Minor quibbles aside, it was a very entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/2/2014

    " A little unbelievable/implausible but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip Raby | 2/1/2014

    " Enjoyable but down by an abrupt ending. It was if the authors got bored with the book and wanted to wrap it up quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mie and Gareth | 1/28/2014

    " Another inventive story line that keeps the reader gripped right to the conclusion. It probably wandered a bit in the middle and could have done with some editing. Still, another winner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Plass | 1/23/2014

    " Loved the book!! Until the ending where it felt a bit rushed and left me feeling like the book was unresolved. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Buck | 1/10/2014

    " A Good idea. Started with promise, bogged down in the middle and totally bombed at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/4/2014

    " this was a great murder mystery by john case, but bought other book by the couple who calls themselves john case and cannot get into it so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryony Allen | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book quite a lot. There's plenty of tension going on here and a plot that will have most parents of young children feeling a chill. Nice pacy writing with an unexpected ending. Well worth a look if you enjoy crime novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swapnil Kalollu | 12/6/2013

    " This was by far one of the best books I have read. And it was this very book that got me interested in reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 12/1/2013

    " The twins only reason I read this book past the first 10 chapters. It really bogs down and could have used some editing to move the story along. I did enjoy a couple of the characters, but the ending pretty much ruined the author for me.. At least for the time being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Baggett | 11/28/2013

    " Kept me on my toes. Loved the story line. Especially loved finding the Renaissance Faire near Annapolis playing in the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marietta | 10/11/2013

    " Absolutely chilling! I wondered how anyone in their right mind could come up with this plot, but it sucked me in as John Case usually does! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 IleneOnWords | 10/4/2013

    " This started off very well as a simple thriller, then it got way too muddled with way too many details! It had potential!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/2/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this creepy thriller about a TV reporter whose twin boys are kidnapped. It's quite violent in parts and gets deeply into voodoo and magic. It does get a bit waffly in parts but nevertheless it is a real page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/25/2013

    " Very good mystery of kidnapped twin sons, magic and voodoo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/18/2013

    " I'm a big fan of John Case, and this is the only one of his books that has disappointed me. Not that it was terrible, but nothing like what I've come to expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 9/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The fact that the guy quit his job to find his kids was good to me. I also did not like the ending where the mom would not know her kids were ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.N. | 2/2/2013

    " One of the best modern thrillers I have ever read and will read in my life. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reema Maheshwari | 2/2/2013

    " A good read :):) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Alice | 4/14/2012

    " I was completely bored with this book. I feel guilty for not caring enough about the cute twin boys, but I just could not finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/26/2012

    " I read it, but it was way too intense for me. I felt like it was well written but the plot is a scary one for me and it took awhile to shake it from my mind.... if you like scary murder mysteries, you should like this one. My Celeste Rating: R "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 8/13/2011

    " This is a well written, popular lit murder book. It is very, very well researched. Good escapist read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mehul | 8/12/2011

    " Thrilling in some parts. One-time read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 6/24/2011

    " This was good but not exceptional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/28/2011

    " Father Searches for 6 Year Old Twin Boys Kidnapped by Crazy Magician "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryony | 1/16/2011

    " I enjoyed this book quite a lot. There's plenty of tension going on here and a plot that will have most parents of young children feeling a chill. Nice pacy writing with an unexpected ending. Well worth a look if you enjoy crime novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Buck | 11/2/2010

    " A Good idea. Started with promise, bogged down in the middle and totally bombed at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mehul | 9/24/2010

    " Thrilling in some parts. One-time read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/2/2010

    " Loved the book!! Until the ending where it felt a bit rushed and left me feeling like the book was unresolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 3/9/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. The fact that the guy quit his job to find his kids was good to me. I also did not like the ending where the mom would not know her kids were ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swapnil | 12/27/2009

    " This was by far one of the best books I have read. And it was this very book that got me interested in reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Artha | 12/14/2009

    " The plot was interesting but dragged out way to much, to much detail, just got so boring, I did alot of skip reading and it got too wierd and bizzare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 5/17/2009

    " This is a well written, popular lit murder book. It is very, very well researched. Good escapist read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/26/2009

    " This book was a little bit predictable, but I enjoyed the mystery and the writing was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ahmad | 10/23/2008

    " how to develope a thriller story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 8/9/2008

    " this was a great murder mystery by john case, but bought other book by the couple who calls themselves john case and cannot get into it so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/17/2008

    " I read it, but it was way too intense for me. I felt like it was well written but the plot is a scary one for me and it took awhile to shake it from my mind.... if you like scary murder mysteries, you should like this one. My Celeste Rating: R "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 4/9/2008

    " This was a good beach/summer read book with some twists. If your getting sick of James Patterson but looking for a decent murder mystery this was good. Near the end I thought I had the book figured out and would not have picked it as good but it through me some twists I didn't expect. "

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About the Author
Author John Case

John Case is a pseudonym for the writing duo Jim and Carolyn Hougan. Case is the bestselling author of The Genesis Code, The First Horseman, and The Syndrome

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.