• Michael Ridding

  • A DenCom Thriller, Volume 1
  • By: S.T. Hoover
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Southern California, three terrorists of unknown allegiances slaughter dozens of men at a shopping mall. In Denver, the eccentric CEO of Denver Communications, or DenCom, has a target on his head. In the wilds of Greenland, a long-forgotten enemy is reaching out for recognition and revenge. At the center of it all, a special investigator for the “communications” company is dragged into a diabolical plot he can’t begin to understand.

©2017 Sam Hoover (P)2018 Project 89 Media

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A good action thriller.

Would you consider the audio edition of Michael Ridding to be better than the print version?

Yes............ Most readers will enjoy this wild ride.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

What about Chris Abell’s performance did you like?

He made the book more interesting then simply reading the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Action in high gear.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • JM
  • 05-01-21

Thrilling

I truly enjoyed this book. It was the first book I have listened to from S.T. Hoover... It caught my attention from page one until the end. even though there was a bit of a cliffhanger. I am hooked, I love the Southern Cali locations... I can't wait until the next book comes out Narrator Chris Abell was perfect. I was gifted this audiobook from Sam at my request and this is my voluntary unbiased review.

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The Valley

The biggest mystery - what is DenCom? Investigators earn one million dollars a year without knowing what they're investigating. Their boss, Benedict, talks in riddles. This is an addictive story with a touch of the paranormal and hints of religion. Hi-tech monitoring, private planes, and terrorists that seem to rise from the dead round out the madness. I was gifted this from Audiobookworm for an honest review.

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Thrilling adventure with plenty of intrigue!

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily.

Michael Ridding is quite the thrill ride! Lots of questions and some answers, with enough left over to keep you guessing until the next book. Chris Abell does a great job with the narration, and the story packs so much that you'll easily forget that you've spent nearly six hours listening to it. This is one that you won't want to miss! Can't wait for the next chapter in the series.

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Action-Adventure, Terrorist, Thriller

Action-Adventure, Terrorist, Thriller (I think I got all the genres)

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into at first glance. The cover doesn’t give too much away – but it does set the tone for confusion among the main characters of the book. And I think that Hoover did a nice job going back and forth trying to create this feeling of confusion and disorientation throughout Michael Ridding.

I can’t tell you too much about the plot without ruining anything (hence the short one that the author provides too), but the story is everything I listed above. Action-Adventure, Terrorist plots, and a Thriller too. Hoover jumps around from genre to genre and I wasn’t even sure what I was going to get when the book finished.

I do wish that there was a little more (and I have no idea what Hoover plans for the future) in the action-adventure part of it. I would love to follow along with the exploits and adventures that they have when searching for these artifacts and old world… things. Hoover mentioned Antarctica but it was also mentioned that he went on numerous other excursions.

I thought that the best part of Michael Ridding was the pacing. There were times that it felt like it wasn’t going to let up – but then it would and things would settle down a bit, only to get ratcheted back up to 10. The back and forth was mentally exhausting (in a good way). Hoover was able to write a story that felt much longer than 6 hours.

Overall, Michael Ridding was a good introduction to the characters, enemies, and what DenCom is. I want to see a lot more from this series and I hope that Hoover is able to provide the same pacing and character building in the next stories.

I was given a free copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

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Excellent

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book. It is not usually a genre that I like but decided to give it a shot. I am happy that I did! I liked the characters in this book and the only thing that I feel I can complain about is how willing they were to divulge personal information about themselves but it is a minor complaint overall. The narration was good. I found it a bit slow so I ended up speeding the book up to 1.3x speed and it was perfect in most ways. Overall, the story was great and this book was a good first book, the characters were well rounded and more or less believable and the book world was well built.

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Good listen, interesting premise for the story

I liked the story.
It is an interesting premise and allows for quirky characters and a large format of a plot.
Definitely set up for a series with an over arching plot.
I'm looking forward to listening to more.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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a first book -

I am not sure about the book. It started out interesting and I was really enjoying it. But I felt that I was missing some of the back story. I checked and this is the first book in the series. I did get lost and tired to figure out what was what part of the time. Maybe the next book will answer my questions about the backstory.
The book was well written, and the narrator was very good.
I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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One big tease!

It’s still one big mystery. Even tho this is Book 1 in the series, it really does feel like a lead in. The tale ends with lots and lots of questions unanswered. Still, it is intriguing.

Our main character, Michael Ridding, was approached by DenCom owner Benedict to do odd research jobs for the company. Now Michael and his best friend Aron have been doing so for a few years. It’s allowed Michael to keep his aquarium store alive and well, while also giving him some fun adventures. I still want to know what that Antarctica trip was all about!

The story teases and teases! At first, I liked it. It kept me invested in the story. But eventually it became apparent that I wasn’t going to get the whole show, at least not in this book. I love stories that feature cryptozoology and there’s lots of hints about that here. Yet we never really get any Bigfoot stories or Mothman horror tales or moonlit sightings of the Lochness Monster. The closest we get is Granger, a large cat (not the domesticated variety) who is too intelligent for it’s own good. So, the story talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk yet. I wanted more, especially after all the teasing.

Andrea is our token female character in a cast of male characters. And, unfortunately, she falls into the cliched trap of romantic interest. I would like to see more ladies in this world-traipsing adventure because women are literally everywhere.

There’s more mystery – what is this crazy psychic communication from our evil master villain!?! I love it but I also want answers. Our main villain is a worthy opponent and super creepy. Then there’s also the three brothers who are each some kind of super human – super strength, super healing, etc. More mystery!

The action jumps out unexpectedly. Boom! Surprise shooting! But then there’s long periods of lots of chatting. Then Boom! In flight emergency! So I would have liked more action, less talk – unless the talk explained some of the mystery. Benedict never does explain just what DenCom’s main goals are, even when threatened by his trusted employees. All together, it was fun and perhaps will turn out to be a good start to a new action series. But for name, the story just left me a little frustrated. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Chris Abell gave a really good performance. I liked his straight forward, average, every day guy voice for Michael. Abell’s voice for the villain was threatening and creepy – just as it should be. His voice for Andrea was decent. Abell did a great job making Benedict sound like a nervous guy (as he was for most of the book). There were no technical issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by S.T. Hoover. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Suspenseful!

This was my first S.T. Hoover’s book, and this is the first book in A DenCom Thriller Series. If you like thrillers like X Files, you’ll like this one. This suspenseful story is filled with mystery, paranormal twist, adventure, danger and action, a lot of action! No dull moment in this story! The storyline is absolutely captivating. Michael Ridding’s journey is exhausting! Chris Abell has a great voice, very pleasant to listen to, and well paced. All characters were easy to distinguish. The audio sound is perfect. I trully enjoyed my listening, and highly recommend it. I would love to listen to the next audiobooks in the Series.I was given a free review copy of the audiobook — at my request — and have voluntarily left this review.

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