• The John Decker Box Set: Books 1 & 2, and the Prequel.

  • Action-Packed Supernatural Thrillers
  • By: Anthony M. Strong
  • Narrated by: Jet Malakai
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first two books in the John Decker series, and the John Decker prequel novella, Soul Catcher

What Vengeance Comes: John Decker left Wolf Haven, Louisiana, to escape the memories of his troubled past, believing he would never return. But after 20 years working for a big-city police department, he suddenly finds himself back in Wolf Haven, taking the reins as the town’s sheriff. Expecting to spend his time dealing with the trivialities of small-town life, he instead finds a vicious killer picking off the residents one by one. Scrambling to find answers before anyone else dies, Decker stumbles across an age-old superstition, a terrifying creature conjured from the depths of hell to seek revenge. 

Cold Sanctuary: In a tunnel deep beneath an Alaskan mountain, a man is brutally murdered. Just one in a series of grisly deaths, it is not long before whispers grow that the Qalupalik, a terrifying creature born from centuries of superstition and fear, has come to wreak havoc on the small coastal town of Shackleton, Alaska. With no way to stop the slayings, the town turns to disgraced ex-cop John Decker, hoping he can do what they could not. The assignment, far from his native Louisiana, might be just what Decker needs to put the past behind him. But as the bodies mount, and the town grows frantic, Decker realizes that whatever is on the loose is no mere superstition. The bogeyman is real, and it's up to him to stop it. 

Soul Catcher: In New York City, Homicide Detective John Decker arrives at a brutal crime scene. A man has been tortured and murdered in his own house, a sprawling mansion on the Upper East Side. But this is no ordinary home invasion. Nothing has been taken, and there appears to be no motive. Until beautiful Egyptologist Emma Wilson shows up with an enigmatic letter penned by the victim. Soon Decker is thrust into a shadowy world of ancient beliefs, fanatical cults, and the quest for a priceless artifact - a rare statue of the Egyptian god Anubis. Now, with their lives in grave danger, Decker and Emma must solve the mystery of the statue, and stay one step ahead of a cult with one thing on their minds, the return of their god, and the judgment of all mankind.

©2020 Anthony M. Strong (P)2020 Anthony M. Strong

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Jet Malakai should NEVER narrate.

Jet Malakai only reads 3-5 words at a time and puts the inflections totally in the wrong spots. Matter of fact, the narration almost made me. Or finish this series. It took 3Weeks for me to get through it and if the story wasn’t so interesting, I’d have left it alone.

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great book wonderful series

when I was skeptical at first but I said what the heck and gave it a go some of the way he narrates is a little aggravating like he's reading to a 5 year old but the majority of the time it is well played.

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struggled but got through it

the stories were meh..the last book makes absolutely no sense and completely veered into a different storyline for the relationship of John and his high school sweetheart. the narration was difficult to listen to.

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Excellent books and narrator

This box set is for books 1, 2, and the prequel to a supernatural thriller series of books. My husband and I listened to them, and we both loved all the stories. I'd be hard-pressed to choose a favorite from them as they were all so different. I'm hooked and am looking forward to listening to the next one!
I also thought the narrator was great. He has a nice, deep voice and does a good job with the characters. I hope he is used over the entire series.
All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone who loves action, mystery, and thriller-type books, and if you also love paranormal or supernatural elements, then you will love this author. Good, complete storylines, well thought out, and exciting. Reminds me of Preston & Child mixed with James Rollins.

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A decent narrator could have made these books a pretty good listen. Jet Malakai is awful. He ruined the books.

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The Narrator!

I gave up on this after Chapter 4. The narrator is the worst I have come across on Audible. His cadence is atrocious and he ends every sentence with an up note. It's saying something that this was so awful that I went ahead and wasted the credit rather than listen any longer.

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Much has been said about the narrator in other reviews. There were many things that I liked about him and some things that were cringeworthy. As someone who listens to audiobooks in traffic, it's very common for me to not hear what was just said because of a vehicle passing by. But not so here. I heard every word, without having to crank the volume up. The performer enunciated, didn't 'drop' words from sentences and did not constantly change the volume of his voice, like so many other audiobook performers do. His 'narrator' voice was excellent, with no complaints. But his character voices left much to be desired. The women's voices weren't bad, but they lacked nuance and emotion. The men's voices were the ones that were downright laughable. They were either extremely nasal in sound, or so sonorous as to be unbelievable. There was also no conveyed emotion or nuance. As for the stories, I found I was always surprised when we got to the end. I was always expecting more. The author pretty much tells us all the answers to the mystery by mid-book. Then, it's just a matter of hearing it played out. There are no surprises, no twists. But, there's something about the audio book that intrigues me enough to buy the next box set. Maybe there will be some improvement in the above issues.

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Attention grabbing!

I really like the stories from this writer. It really held my attention from the first page to the last. I got this in Audible took me a few minutes to get used to the man reading it. But he did make it sound very suspenseful. Kept your attention. The books can be listened in mixed company. While going down the highway. It’s not full of sex. But did have romance. The main character gets caught up in solving the unusual and supernatural.

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good story crap narration

it's great that your letting people with speech impediment narrate books, but come on I can't finish this. good story but how the narrator reads it is painful. staggered speech, zero flow.

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Good Story. Narration could be better

Not sure if it's his normal voice but to me it sounds like he's trying too hard to make his voice go lower. Very distracting.

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  • Claire A
  • 10-30-21

Story line ok but appalling narration

The narration spoiled the books. The accents were terrible and every sentence ended in a questioning tone- incredibly irritating.

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  • Mr Ian BAKER
  • 02-22-22

Stay away from this narrator!!

What the hell did these people think, giving this narrator a job, it's bloody terrible.

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  • Borderline365
  • 01-16-22

I want my money back, ya thieving twats 😠😠😠

Love the John Decker books ,loved reading them, and as I was going on a long journey I thought that I'd get the audible versions of the books,the narrator is, was,will always be absolutely awful, fecking robotic monotone voice,there was no warmth , change in character style,I didn't even get past 5 mins,utter garbage,I want my bloody money back ,do not waste your money ,do not buy, stay away from the audible version, You Have Been Warned

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  • 05-24-21

Great character in John Decker.

I love his character, John Decker. A real goody. Looking forward to the rest of his books

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