• Flash

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (2,775 ratings)

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By: Tim Tigner
Narrated by: Dick Hill
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Publisher's Summary

They woke up in the trunk of a car,
with no idea where they were,
or why,
or when.

Imagine The Bourne Identity meets The Firm

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Two blood-spattered strangers awake, locked in the trunk of a car - with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what's happened, they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it's 2001 and he's still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it's 2002 and she's still grifting a living from the streets of LA.

Are they archenemies or co-conspirators? Lovers or friends? What are they doing in the Caribbean, and why is a Croatian assassin determined to kill them? The only thing they know for certain is that they'll be spending the rest of their lives in prison if the police catch them before they learn the truth. 

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Amazon named Tim Tigner an All-Star Author in December, 2017 and every month since for being one of the 100 most-read authors in Kindle Unlimited. 

©2013 Timothy Tigner (P)2015 Tim Tigner

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If not for Dick Hill

I don’t know where to start but to say I only managed to finish it because Dick Hill is so good at what he does.

This book reads like an old Mickey Spillane novel. Full of sixties misogyny and characters that are shallow and cartoonish.

There was almost no attention to the details that a modern thriller writer needs to create compelling intrigue like great writers such as Michael Connelly and Lee Child have made us expect.

Without getting into spoilers there are plot holes and snags that show a real lack of knowledge on the authors part.

If you like suspense novels for intricate plots that you hang on every detail, trying to figure out the clues laid down by the author, this is not for you. This is more like the written equivalent of one of the CSI tv shows, full of hyperbole and logic leaps.

I still gave it two stars because the author did manage to finish a book and get it published. Good for him. I hope he grows up a little in his thinking (especially towards women) and gets a good editor that will give honest feedback.

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As promised

When I first look for this book I had noticed author's note what to expect while reading his books. Baldacci and Child fans will find themselves smiling. First I couldn't decide what to think about it but then i got curious and read both betrayal and flash in four days.
Only thing I can say it was beyond my expectations and I will be looking for his novels from now on.

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Clunky

What would have made Flash better?

The story line intrigued me so I kept trying to listen. At just under 2 hrs, I gave up. The writing is clunky, gets bogged down with unnecessary description and just didn’t flow easily. Felt like a novice writer. The reading wasn’t any better. There were times my grocery list would be more exciting. Sorry, just couldn’t get into “the long legs” and perfect looks of a guy checking out the chicks while his life was on the line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

Not on purpose, perhaps he would be better with a better story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flash?

I would cut a ton on adjectives and show more expression and feelings. There’s a lot of telling going on.

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Nicely done all around

I enjoyed listening to this book as the narrator is one of the better narrators on Audible. The plotline kind of reminds me of the Bourne series where the characters cannot remember who they are but seem to be on some sort of mission that went wrong. If you like the detective and sci-fi genres, you might like this book.

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Opens like The Bourne Identity, but with a twist

Any additional comments?

A few weeks ago I’ve written a review for Betrayal, my first Tim Tigner book, and at that point I said that I’ll try more of his works because I enjoyed that Thriller so much, and that’s exactly what I did in the last 3 days.

Just two of Mr. Tigner’s Thrillers are available right now in audiobook format, both performed by the great Dick Hill, and the great news is that more will be released in the upcoming months. So, with Betrayal already listened to and reviewed, I’ve set my sights on Flash.

Flash has one of the most memorable opening scenes ever, reminiscent of the cult-classic The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, but with enough originality to be considered unique and very entertaining.

Two complete strangers, Troy, a former combat surgeon and Emmy, short for Emerald, find themselves locked in the trunk of a car, splattered with blood, sharing the small space with a dead body, without any clue of how they ended up in there. More then that, neither knows who the other one is and to make a bad situation even worse, the girl points a gun at Troy and starts asking questions.

This entire scene is smartly written, peppered with paranoia, uncertainty, hilarious thoughts and the musings of both characters involved in it. Troy and Emmy face a conundrum and they’ll have to stick together to find a solution for their collective problem. Oh and, guess what? Both have lost around 6 years from their lives, Troy thinks the year is 2001 and that he is in Afghanistan and Emerald believes she is still in Los Angeles in 2002, but, no, they are both wrong! It’s 2008, they are in the Cayman Islands, the dead guy in the car’s trunk is a Cop and the garage where the drama took place is the Police’s parking lot.

Troy and Emmy will combine their wits and will start to uncover a huge conspiracy that reaches well beyond the two of them and at the same time will try to piece together enough facts to unravel the mystery surrounding their amnesia. They will encounter some really bad characters that will show them that the saying ”The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” is definitely true.

You all know that I hate spoilers, so this is all I will say about the plot, if you want to know more, just read the book!

Flash is a great book, full of dark humor, non stop action, vivid characters, exotic locations, interesting scientific facts, all of them rapped together by an original plot. The adventure moves along at breakneck speeds between The Cayman Islands and other locations. Tim Tigner describes so well everything, that you will be able to see every character, every location and every action packed scene in your mind’s eye.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Chasing Ivan, which I understand that will be the next book of Mr. Tigner’s releasing in audiobook format.

Now, let’s get to the narration part :).

Well, I think that from now on I could just write for every audiobook performed by Mr. Hill: Dick Hill is a great narrator, one of the best in the Audiobook Industry and he did a fantastic job with this book! But, no, he really deserves more!

Tim Tigner created a compelling story, filled with rich characters and Dick Hill brings it all to life! As usually, he gives special, distinct and easily recognizable voices to each of the main protagonists, using the full range of accents and intonations he mastered over the years. He is harsh or cruel when needed and he can make you laugh out loud with a funny Rastafarian accent. He can be a Cop, a woman, a lawyer or a drug dealer, switching between all of them with ease. Dick performs his roles with passion and makes you imagine every tiny detail like you were there.

I am really grateful that he is recording more audiobooks, with him semi-retired since 2014. I’m sure Tim Tigner, Andrew Peterson, Lee Child and a select group of authors appreciate his continuous work keeping their amazing characters alive.

Personally, I consider that Flash is better experienced as an audiobook because of Dick’s stellar performance!

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Sexist

The portrayal of women mostly as sexual objects to be used is deeply disturbing to this reader. I returned the book.

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Brilliant - totally unique mind and imagination

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I've now read 2 books by Tigner (BETRAYAL and FLASH) and both are totally unique, HIs imagination and ideas and detail are wonderful FLASH was gripping but I kept reading and then felt it was gone in a flash but it really was over 12 hours of a fascinating story. BETRAYAL began in Afghanistan and the moved to the DC area; FLASH gets into financial schemes and Grand Cayman. His books start sort of slow and lay the whole detail bases of the exploding narrative to come. And when the tension begins, the story is amazing;. I can't wait until other books from this author come on Audible. I've written him and found out one is coming out in August. Right now - I want more. The two so far show an understanding of body chemistry and drugs which become weapons REALLY REALLY GOOD. I recommend this author highly.

Dick Hill as usual is wonderful and totally the right narrator for the book.

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To my delight

What did you love best about Flash?

Dick hill is a wise choice for the reader, and the story was a delight to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept you listening,till the conclusion , and was easy to follow, and was plausible . The reading didn't, have or need any profanity, which was nice.

Which scene was your favorite?

A very nice and wholesome ending, made you feel good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to a lot of audio books, and this one is one of my favorites. And yes it was.

Any additional comments?

For upcoming novels, I hope you stick with mr hill as as the reader.

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in a word?

...boring. the narration is as boring as is the story. i did not finish the story. i could not bear the drudgery. one of those rare occasions in which you wished for a refund button.

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Outstanding from start to finish

I'm a audio book junkie and I had exhausted my regular authors. Took a look at Tim's book and downloaded it. Wow was I glad. I'll put him at the top of my list.

Compelling story, great charters and style.
I also enjoy Dick Hill. In fact I found the book because I've never had a bad experience with a Dick Hill read book.

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  • 05-25-20

Gripping throughout

Thoroughly absorbed. Solid plot development and great twists. Looking forward to more from this author. Narrator is excellent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-18

Usual Tim Tigner quality-outstanding

Dastardly plot brilliantly told with some great characters. The narrator does a fantastic job bringing story and characters to life. I very much enjoyed this book.

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  • Julie
  • 12-23-21

It starts with a flash but ends with a bang

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. It is a very cleverly crafted plot to which the author has put a lot of thought into with regards to how people would act or feel and the distrust and suspicion it leads to. Definitely a roller coaster ride for the characters as well as the listener.

What happens when you wake up in a car boot next to a dead policeman and no memory of how you got there. This is the dilemma facing Troy in this book. Should he run and try to work out what has happened or stay and hope the police aren't trigger happy (over the death of a colleague) and work out what happened. The only problem is he is not the only person to wake up with no memory. Things just take off from there and don't stop until the end. Lots of twist and turns to keep you interested until the very last page.
I like the narrator and he is one of the most recognisable readers out there for a reason.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-21-21

Most enjoyable

Tim Tigner is a new author to me, however I will be searching out more of his work. This book kept me hooked right to the end - I like it when everyone gets their just desserts!
I’m hoping there will be a follow on from here, I’m just going to check it out :)

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  • Katie
  • 06-15-17

Great Story

What did you like best about this story?

I liked everything about this story. It reminded me a lot of Dean Koontz's earlier novels, which have been my favourites for a long time.