• Black Rain

  • Hawker & Laidlaw Series, Book 1
  • By: Graham Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Graham Brown, co-author of the New York Times best-selling thriller Devil's Gate with Clive Cussler, comes Black Rain....  

Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city. Assisted by a renowned university professor and protected by a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys into the tangled rain forest - unaware that they are replacements for a group that vanished weeks before, and that the treasure they are seeking is no mere artifact but a breakthrough discovery that could transform the world.   

Shadowed by a ruthless billionaire, threatened by a violent indigenous tribe, and stalked by an unseen enemy that leaves battered corpses in its wake, the group desperately seeks the connection between the deadly reality of the Mayan legend, the nomadic tribe that haunts them, and the chilling secret buried beneath the ancient ruins.

©2010 Graham Brown (P)2018 Tantor

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My disappointment regarding Black Rain.

I liked the story very much and I gave it a 4star overall, however a good author doesn’t need to resort to using filthy language. We can deal with a bad word occasionally, but foul isn’t needed or necessary for a good author. Mr Graham teams up with Clive Cussler and of the 70 plus books I have listened to of his novels, none use filthy language. Follow the example of a master.

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Drones & not as in the fun to fly ones

The story wasn’t bad, there were some errors in it as far as the responses of militarily and spook and wet work people. There is a fitting level of action and violence. Some responses of acted just like they should and in other areas acted school yard. There was a bit of disconnect. The premise was fresh. Unfortunately, Jeffrey Kafer just drones on. I have had professors that were livelier. I don’t know how else to describe the reading. There’s very little difference between his characters there’s almost no tonal inflection or emphasizing. He has a very mellifluous voice but IMHO, he shouldn’t be reading action books.

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Whoa take a breath narrator

This book sounded pretty interesting however the narrator must have been drinking a lot of coffee when he recorded this! I actually turned down the speed of the narrator. That helped but I couldn’t even follow the story line until the last 2 hours when it got pretty good. I did make it to the end however there were times I didn’t think I’d make it! Interesting story premise with the use of Mayan legends and lore however, no need for swear words! They do not add one good thing to the story!

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Black Rain

Very interesting book, total different view on the Mayan culture, well worth listening or reading I loved it and look forward to getting the next in the series

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Wow

I am impressed. I had my doubts about this book as I began listening to it. There have been a number of such tales that held great promise only to disappoint as the story developed. Most cases it was the author’s attempt to develop the protagonist. It becomes long winded and boring. Not this story it’s pretty good, though with a cluster of loose threads at the end. I hope they will be cleared up in the next book.

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I really liked this 2012 explanation. The narrator was easy to listen to as well.