• Final Orders

  • Hazard and Somerset: Arrows in the Hand, Book 5
  • By: Gregory Ashe
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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An embattled author. Fanatical parents. A son who can’t stay out of trouble. It’s the last one that’ll probably kill him.

When Emery Hazard gets drawn into a brawl at a monthly school board meeting, he knows he’s in trouble; his husband, John-Henry Somerset, is chief of police, and they’re already under enough scrutiny as they try to finalize their foster son’s permanency plan.

Hazard’s actions, however, have an unexpected consequence: A woman shows up at his office the next day, and she wants to hire him to protect her mother. Loretta Ames is a famous—and famously troublesome—author, and a string of recent attempts on her life suggests that someone is determined to get rid of her. Under pressure from his assistant, Hazard takes the job, assuming that it will be two days of babysitting before Loretta returns to New York.

Her murder changes everything. To find the killer, Hazard and Somers will enter a murky world of concerned parents, entitled teenagers, internet trolls, and a whole lot of grassroots crazy. But nothing is straightforward about the investigation, and even Loretta’s daughter seems to have her own reasons to want her mother dead. And when the killer abducts Colt’s friend, Hazard and Somers realize they are running out of time, and they must race to save him before it’s too late.

©2022 Gregory Ashe (P)2022 Gregory Ashe

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Fantastic and... Relevant

As always, Gregory Ashe weaves a great story. And this book, kicking off over a controversial book and LGBTQ rights, felt very topical right now. Underlying this is the family drama with Colt and Hazard's investigations. We see home life, work life and favorite secondary characters (Dulac!) and a solid mystery. This is a satisfying end to this story arc and as always, I hope for another one. Tristan James is the voice I hear in my head, even when reading these books and he remains fantastic in this one.

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Hazard is the best character ever

I had a great time listening to this book. What an amazing story. 😍

GAAHH!! I am so happy my Hazard is back.😭🥳

Series 3 book 5. It has been a long journey of ups and downs, I feel like mostly downs. The writing is still amazing, raw and everything in between.

I ended up enjoying this one, I just wish these guys could catch a long break. They are allowed to be happy and boring. Gaaahh!! If only. Unfortunately that is not GA style.

The mystery in this one was engaging and mirrored what is happening in RL right now in the US of A. It was frustrating to read. 😪😣 Loved the twists though. One minute I was thinking I know everything, the next, I am like Oi! It's not what I thought. GA gets me every time.

The relationship between Hazard and Somers is interesting to read about, they are these everyday blue-collar, next door neighbours kinda guys. GAAHH!! This one had some hot scenes. 🔥🔥 Me is veeeerrryyyyy happy about that.

I miss Evie and Hazard moments.

Colt!!! We will not talk about him. I want to understand but I refuse to.

Theo and Auggie.... GAAAHHH!!!!!!!

Nico! Oi! Poor guy.

Overall! This was a great read/listen. I still want 10 more books. 🙈🤣

A Copy of the audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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LOVE Gregory Ashe and Tristian James

I love the Hazard and Somerset series and I was squirreling this away to save-like you do a nice present. I came down with covid this week and I listened to this one. Why did I wait so long. Thank you for 12 hours and 10 minutes of enjoyable entertainment while I was in my chair feeling blue (and blowing and coughing).
There are not enough good things to say about Tristan James narration. He is the perfect narrator for this series.
THANK YOU BOTH for for enjoyable hours of entertainment!

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Final Book in This Series

I received an advance copy -- this is the review:
The last book in the series focuses on the conflicts born within the midwestern town of Wahredua, as cultures clash. The rift in the American society, the conflict between the conservatives and the progressives becomes more than obvious in all things school-related. Theo (yes, no mistake here) becomes a sort of lightning rod when he asks his students to read the book of a famous LGBT author, and invites said author to offer a lecture on the book at the school. Parents protest, police gets involved, Hazard spends a night in prison. Somers is again under pressure. The author gives the lecture and then is found dead. Hazard and Somers struggle to discover what happened.
As in all books with these MCs, the best developed part concerns their relationship and their psychology. One can find the secondary characters flimsy or outrageous, sometimes barely sketched, or with doubtful motivations, but the mains remain beautifully built and compelling. In this book, Somers confronts again his cowardice as a teen. He choses to do this on his own, drifting away from his husband. Hazard tries to understand and to keep up, although he is actively left behind. Being Hazard, he manages pretty well to recover the ground.
Overall, a good read/listen. Kudos to Tristan James with his wonderful tones — creating distinct voices and accents for each of the characters.

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Keeps getting better

I’m sitting here trying to wipe the happy tears from my eyes to write this review. That last chapter. . . sigh.

One thing that I find interesting in Mr. Ashe’s books is how he incorporates current events/attitudes/issues into his mysteries. I like how he doesn’t shy away from his views.

Honestly, usually when a series follows the same characters, I get a bit . . . bored. I’m truly impressed how even now that H & S have been married for a bit, the author shows the struggles and love within the relationship/family and keeps it authentic. I’ve been married for a long time and am the parent of teens and I can say that he nails it. So much so that I find myself giving the “mom glare” just listening to Colt’s mouth!🤣

Tristan James is perfect as always. In fact, he’s the reason I only listen to this series in audiobook!

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Wonderful End of the Series

This is the fifth and final book of the 3rd Hazard & Somerset series You don’t have to read the previous two series to enjoy this series, although IMHO you will get more out of the story. Although this is the end of this series, it is not the end of this amazing couple. I love these guys and going with their journey of marriage, relationship & parenthood has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. This author pushes my buttons like no other. With a combination of humor (I seriously laughed out loud at some of the dialogue), drama, surprises, red herrings, emotional revelations, and of course, multiple murders; this story delivers.

In this installment Hazard is hired to protect a famous, controversial author from a group of radical “concerned parents” a.k.a – Christian fundamentalist, who feels she is corrupting their children with the “homosexual agenda.” When she turns up dead the mystery ensues with multiple red herrings and of course a “twist” at the end. Intermingled with Hazard and Somerset chasing a killer, they are also continuing the parents of a teenager crash course, as Colt gets wrap up in the murder investigation through a surprising amount of bad judgements. So much so, that his continued status as their foster son is put in jeopardy. Faced with losing Colt, Hazard comes to terms with just how devastating that would be. He has come a long way from the first book; lots of emotions there.

As usual Tristan James puts in another amazing performance. I truly can’t imagine any other voice bringing these characters to life. A++++

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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STOP.DON'T listen unless you want ALLLLL the FEELS

OMG. The end of this series-I laughed, cried, and everything in between -so many emotions. I really didn't want it to end, but alas, Gregory Ashe has the nerve to write OTHER fantastic series with OTHER fantastic characters. I really liked the tying up of arcs, left me satisfied. Tristan James brings these characters to life. Another GREAT book/series from a one-click author of mine. Buy. Listen. You won't be let down.

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LOVED!

This is the best book of this particular series. A lot of the central themes that run throughout the entire series have some resolution and there is a very good central plot. The narration is fantastic and I can never imagine any of these characters being portrayed by anybody besides Tristan James. Gregory Ashe is a great writer and this book is a very good example of this. This is a great listen that I couldn’t step away from. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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❤️❤️

Loved it! Fantastic like always and I adore this narrator. Hazard is still one of my favorite characters ever written

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Perfect

Omg. That book was everything I needed it to be. I really hope we get another series, because I just can’t be done with Hazard & Somers and the family they’ve built.

I finally don’t hate Nico. I’m still far too invested in a teenage relationship. Hazard trying to grow for his family. And Somers… dealing with things that have always haunted him. Ugh. I miss them already.

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  • L.D.
  • 08-29-22

Powerful

Final Orders is the last book in the Arrows in the Hand arc within the Hazard and Somerset series. Fair warning - these books MUST be read in order otherwise you’ll be confused.

I adore the Hazard and Somerset series, and Final Orders was spectacular from the enthralling mystery to the intricate relationships between Emery and John, their family, and friends. These men have grown so much. They aren’t perfect, but they feel real, and they have come so far. This book is full of suspense, humor, and action.

Tristan James has been an incredible narrator for the Hazard and Somerset series. This final book in the Arrows in the Hand arc was masterfully narrated and produced. Tristan embodies all the characters extremely well and has a keen sense of pacing and drama which only enhances the listening experience.

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  • Mary
  • 08-03-22

Just wonderful

Gregory Ashe is a superb writer and Tristan James is a superb narrator. This is a partnership made in audiobook heaven. I adore Hazard and Somerset and although the author has spoiled us with three series so far, I hope their will be more. Gregory Ashe is a one click author for me.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 08-03-22

So topical

Much of this book could be ripped from the headlines – fanatical parents, woke teachers, paramilitary groups, controversial author – all in and of themselves would make a compelling story. Throw it all together and you’ve got chaos. But, good chaos.

Although this is a Hazard and Somerset book, the story was more weighted in Emery’s point of view. This made sense – he has the most to lose. If he can’t hold on to their foster son, he’s likely to come apart at the seams. John Henry still has to deal with his meddling father and a police force who won’t always do what they’re told.

What begins as a simple bodyguard assignment for Emery turns darker when his protectee turns up dead. The famous author’s murder sets off a string of events that weren’t predictable, and yet made total sense as they happened. And every time Emery thinks he’s got a grasp on what’s going on, that knowledge slips through his fingers like sand and he’s back to figuring out who has which motive, who might’ve done the crime, and whether or not he can keep his foster son safe. Colt just seems to attract trouble wherever he goes.

I’ve always wanted this family to come together, and when that was threatened, I wanted to shake some sense into Colt. Yet over and over, he did the wrong thing for the right reason.

As usual, I didn’t see who the murderer was. Everything fell into place, of course, and I felt satisfied with the end. Throw in another couple of ripped from the headlines events, and the story rounded out nicely.

Is this the end of the line? The title refers to Colt’s future adoption into the household, but a few loose ends are still hanging. Gregory Ashe really loves this couple and their found family, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he started a new branch – after all, Colt hasn’t left for college yet.

Tristan James has narrated this series brilliantly, and I’ve enjoyed all his performances. Glad he helmed this one. If this is the end, I’ll be sad to see the men walk off into the sunset. If there’s more to come, count me in for the wild ride ahead.

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  • WallE
  • 07-30-22

Because you have to!!


I have already reviewed the e-book which you can read below this audiobook review. This may make you question well why listen to the audiobook? Well because you have to! You feel that you are in the moment. If you have not already done so you must listen to the audio recordings with Tristan James in both this and the past series which feature Hazard and Somerset. As with the other books in the series, this book is emotionally hard-going but not without its' ridiculous moments and Tristan captures all of these moments beautifully because he really gets Ashe's writing. His phrasing is sublime and you feel that he really is Hazard and Somerset and all the other great, good and bad characters in this series.
It is the end of the series but I hope not the end of the author/narrator relationship.


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'Well, the plan was to read this book slowly and savour it as I knew it was to be the last in the series. Initially, that was fine but then as Gregory Ashe cranked up the action I had to finish off the last half in a day.

It was the perfect ending with some beautiful moments of love, growth and laughter but also painful moments when no matter what you do you are never deemed good enough and kept dangling on a string. In the latter case, many of us get through this and seek and create loving relationships elsewhere; but as seen in this book and sadly in everyday life not all of us can manage the complex emotions that arise from a love that is continuously couched in criticism.

In this book we see how far Hazard and Somerset have come through the prism of watching the young; Colt, Ash and several others. Particularly for Somerset for whom it reignites what the past has cost him until recently in trying to please everyone but not himself.

I am prepared to let Hazard and Somerset go only if they continue with their short stories and pop up in other series

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 07-26-22

Enjoyable Story

The story premise is good and the characters are likeable. The narration was good too.

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