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Die Hard meets Talk Radio in this heart-pounding, relentlessly fast-paced thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Fourth Monkey - master of suspense, J.D. Barker. 

“I’m going to offer you a choice.” 

Controversial satellite radio talk show host, Jordan Briggs, has clawed her way to the top of the broadcast world. She doesn’t hold back, doesn’t spare feelings, and has no trouble sharing what’s on her mind. Her rigorous pursuit of success has come at a price, though. Her marriage is in ruins, she hasn’t spoken to her mother in years, and she’s distanced herself from all those close to her. If not for her young daughter, Charlotte, her personal life would be in complete shambles. 

When a subdued man calls into the show and asks to play a game, she sees it as nothing more than a way to kick-start the morning, breathe life into the beginnings of drive-time for her listeners. Against her producer’s advice, she agrees, and unwittingly opens a door to the past. 

Live on the air with an audience of millions, what starts out as a game quickly turns deadly - events long thought buried resurface and Jordan Briggs is forced to reconcile with one simple fact - all decisions have consequences.   

©2021 J.D. Barker (P)2021 Recorded Books

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WOW!!!! This book is Amazing!!!!

I started listening to this book this morning and could not turn it off or even pause it for a few minutes until it was done. This book is as good if not better than Barker’s Fourth Monkey.
The protagonist is Jordan Briggs is a radio talk show host. She’s popular and controversial. Opinionated and crass. Often called a bitch. Her character is so fleshed out she could be a neighbor and isn’t that how a really good book should read?
Ten years earlier when she was just starting out she played a game/prank the woman at the center of the prank moved to NY from the heartland of the US. Cute and shy and broke, she was given a dare by Jordan. The date turns into a disaster with a few dead bodies under the wheels of the girl’s car. The girl goes to prison but Jordan walks away unscathed. This is the story of one of the victim’s husband and how time does not heal all wounds.
The two narrators Brian Hutchinson and Mia Barron work wonderfully together.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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I hate to say I hated it

JD Barker is the author of one my favorite series of all time so when I heard he was coming up with a new book I pounced on it. I even ordered a signed copy. This book was horrible and if I didn’t pay for my hard copy and my audible copy I wouldn’t have even finished it. All very unlikable characters. Even Cole the “good guy” was not very likable. Couldn’t get invested in anyone. Maybe not enough character building but even then I don’t know if that would have mattered. Even the 11 year old was unlikable. I’m just sad because I was expecting something great and was disappointed.

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A Book for People who Don’t Like Thrillers

Not really my usual cup of tea, but really clever and hard to put down. Finished it in two days. Highly recommended

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“Literary Popcorn”

This book is absolutely a thrill ride you don’t want to end, just like popcorn you can’t stop eating. JD Barker is a favorite author of mine. I devour every word he writes in record time, never disappointed.

The narrators both nailed their narratives and flowed well to further enhance the book.

Get this one. You won’t be disappointed and you won’t be able to stop listening!

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Loved this book!

OMG! I loved this book! The story line was great. It kept me on the edge of my seat, so to speak. From the beginning, I just kept thinking, when's the movie? It is that good.

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Suspense at it's best

This could be a spoiler review, so I'll just say this. It's really well-paced for most of the book. I think it could have been a 10-hour book and nailed it, but the 2+ extra hours seemed like they were killing time. that said, it was an awesome story. If you have read this guy before you'll see the similarity to his other books.

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If the main woman doesn't die I'm going to be mad.

You are going to be doing a lot of fast forwarding. There is so much nothing in this book. Word vomit. Stuff that adds nothing to the plot. A LOT OF FILLER. A LOT!

I dislike everyone but the guy killing people! Even the little girl. I hope at no point this book try's to make the main woman likeable. Because she isn't. not even a little. She needs to die. I'm on chapter 36 and if I could I would return this book.

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Tension-filled.

A novel that starts off very strong with propulsive action. Controversial, smug and annoying radio talk show host, Jordan Briggs thrives on being caustic, Her marriage is in ruins, she hasn’t spoken to her mother in years, and she's distanced herself from all those close to her, the only bright spot being her 11 year old daughter, Charlotte. Charlotte, presumably take after her mother and is a smug know-it-all.

Jordan's chapters alternate with those of officer/detective Hundley Cole.

Then the bombs starts to go off. A man calling himself Bernie phones in to Jordan’s show, claiming responsibility. He wants to 'play a game with her' and it will change her world completely. Then he says: I’m going to offer you a choice.”

The first half of the book was excellent with good pacing, 5 stars, but then the book lost momentum for me. It became Die Hard on steroids. It also required putting aside logic and reality, to believe that everything happening would be possible. I was also disturbed by the high body count, with little acknowledgement of what was happening to many 'innocent bystanders' in the city, people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, dropping the book to 3 ½ stars. A thoughtful author's note at the end brought it to 4 stars overall.

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Great book!

I couldn’t put it down! So good! Looking forward to others by this author ! It was great!

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Good Story, Poor Narration

The blurb reads "Die Hard meets Talk Radio," and that's entirely accurate. It's a fast paced thriller with strong, mostly unlikeable but mostly believable characters. All the ugly is right out in the open for you to grimace at, and you can probably think of people right here in the real world who are just like the ones you're reading about. It's going to make a good movie someday. Now, a note on the Audible Audio format: UGH. I didn't like these narrators at all! There's a lot of dialogue, and the chapters flip back and forth between Jordan and Cole. During Jordan's chapters, the reader (Mia Barron) changed her voice when a male character answered Jordan, and did it in a way that made them all sound slow-witted, which they weren't. Worse, the male narrator (Brian Hutchison) read with strange, multiple misplaced pauses in every sentence. Perhaps you've heard of the "Shatner pause" mocking William Shatner's speech patterns? Well, multiply the number of pauses Shatner would do times a thousand, and you have Hutchison. It was interminable, especially since the book was so action-packed. Do yourself a favor and choose a hard copy or e-book, but DON'T get the audio if you read this book. J. D. described his process in an author's end note, comparing his books to popcorn. This one is pretty tasty, so dig in!

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 04-12-21

Another winner

At times though provoking, and always entertaining. The story is narrated by 2 people which has been the case with all the previous books I have listened to from this author. This gives the narrative a better feel to the characters. The story flows smoothly from the start and keeps the listener guessing throughout. All the characters are quickly well developed, especially Charlotte who is fantastic and witty, bringing a sarcastic sense of humour to complement the darkness of characters that lead the plot.

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  • Gary Thrower
  • 04-05-21

Literary Popcorn???

Is this really literary popcorn? If it is then it is the best and most enjoyable popcorn ever!

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  • Carol
  • 07-25-21

Overly verbose silly story about NOTHING

As a HUGE JD Barker fan this was very disappointing. Coming from the 4MK series, that didn’t miss a beat, I read Barkers next offering She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be which I found to be overly verbose in parts . . . . . Well A Callers Game takes overly verbose to a whole new level that I can only assume that becoming famous has made Barker arrogant enough to not listen to his editor, or perhaps he’s employed an editor who is a yes man!

I’m a bit disappointed I’ll never get the 12 hours back that I spent on the one dimensional characters and a pointless story.

Honesty we’re all going loopy because of Covid, but Covid loopyness is not an excuse for this horrendous offering.