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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Smith Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400186297
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A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.

On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.

Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe’s convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won’t let her out of his sight, because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And remorselessly hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse “wife,” Disco.

As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that ends in a shattering cataclysm of violence, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world’s best new thriller writers.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/8/2014

    " This book started out strong, a vivid, tough noir story, following several potentially interesting characters. But the multitude of characters, all unlikable, began to slow the story down and I had to struggle through the middle section. But then it picked up again at the end and delivered on it's excellent noir beginnings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tristan Vink | 1/28/2014

    " This South African set crime novel is one of the most violent and brutal I've ever read. While none of the characters are really sympathetic, Smith's well paced writing style makes it a compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dj | 1/14/2014

    " could be the highest 'body count' in any book i've ever read. then again, if the title is 'wake up dead' this makes sense. despite this it was quite well written and read as plausible. looking forward to #3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 12/12/2013

    " It made my skin crawl. Roger Smith has an amazing ability to capture the essence of the bad characters. It was a great page turner and I enjoyed each and every character. Such a talented author ... I am a fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/4/2013

    " A real South African shoot-em-up. Set in Cape Town, our spring destination. Either I am used to the violence or the writing was not as strong, but I did not have to read the ending while in the middle of the book, as I did MIXED BLOOD. It sure makes gang wars real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Ormsby | 11/19/2013

    " If you like your prose gritty, check out RS, noir with a South African spin. Fans of Dutch Leonard will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbpie | 11/11/2013

    " not for the squeamish, this action-packed thriller is set in Cape Town, South Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Fordred | 6/30/2013

    " enjoyed Mixed Blood more but still a good red. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stan Lanier | 5/6/2013

    " It is a ride, but a bit over the top? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/15/2013

    " "A Thriller" is right--I had a hard time putting this book down. Full of action and characters who seemed to come to life. I'll look for more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 11/1/2012

    " this could have been really good. character development was mediocre. hard to like any of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Shannon | 3/4/2012

    " Sleek, deftly plotted, absolutely wonderful noir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin Greenwood | 9/15/2011

    " Amaaaaaazing read! At last some gripping South African reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delta Tish | 8/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, it keeps you wondering whats going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 5/9/2011

    " started as a strong noir, ended as a kind of silly thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sela Still | 4/12/2011

    " One helluva ride through gangland Cape Town, an unforgiving tale of losers and occasional winners. Recommended for those who like their action pacey and racey. This is in your face storytelling. A page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbpie | 2/19/2011

    " not for the squeamish, this action-packed thriller is set in Cape Town, South Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 2/16/2011

    " Sleek, deftly plotted, absolutely wonderful noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stan | 1/17/2011

    " It is a ride, but a bit over the top? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scotchneat | 12/24/2010

    " Definitely not a travel ad for Capetown.

    Cops, gangs and an ex-model from Florida get caught up in a lot of blood in a landscape that seems more apocalyptic than real.

    If you like Pelecanos, you'll probably like this.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sela | 7/12/2010

    " One helluva ride through gangland Cape Town, an unforgiving tale of losers and occasional winners. Recommended for those who like their action pacey and racey. This is in your face storytelling. A page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/28/2010

    " started as a strong noir, ended as a kind of silly thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dj | 3/13/2010

    " could be the highest 'body count' in any book i've ever read. then again, if the title is 'wake up dead' this makes sense. despite this it was quite well written and read as plausible. looking forward to #3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 3/10/2010

    " "A Thriller" is right--I had a hard time putting this book down. Full of action and characters who seemed to come to life. I'll look for more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delta | 3/3/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, it keeps you wondering whats going to happen. "

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About the Author
Author Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. A motion picture version of his acclaimed debut thriller, Mixed Blood, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is in the works.