• When the Smoke Clears

  • Deadly Reunions Series #1
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (584 ratings)

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When the Smoke Clears

By: Lynette Eason
Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
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Publisher's Summary

After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson, and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

©2012 Lynette Eason (P)2015 Tantor

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Suspense, drama, insight

Overall the story was good. Main character development and introduction of new characters was relatively thorough. Something bothered me w the entire story though. Why couldn't the bad guys get to Serena if they knew where she was? Also, if the enemy had figured out who was sending notes and they had the resources insinuated, why couldn't she be found? The thoughts of the main two characters were well explained and both gained personal insight and deeper faith. The author did a good job with all that detail but didn't seem to have the same thought out detail with the crime solving. I think if law enforcement saw so many attacks on one person the protection detail would have come sooner and been different. I wanted to like the book. I did enjoy the characters and plot line just too many of the situations in the story started to feel implausible. Then the book ended with a cliffhanger! No wrap up to the mystery that was the main story of the entire book. I felt cheated. Now to get the true ending I guess I need to read the next book.
The narrator for this book did a good job with different voices and clear speaking but sounded robotic. Not enough emotion or change in diction through the reading. Exact same reading pace.

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Excellent - no cursing or swearing

I have discovered a new author that I truly enjoyed. Not only was the book cleanly written but held my interest as well. It is so refreshing to listen to a book without cursing and swearing. This narrator was wonderful. I will be looking for her again as well.

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excelllent book

I loved this book! narator was good. the book kept me riveted the whole way through. wonderful suspenseful book with a christian perspective...sweet love story that left me hanging for the next book ... but an excellent plot.

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Love the book!

I did not like the performance- the up and down cadence was distracting and disappointing.
The story is amazing.

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Edge of my seat!

Lynette Eason has a wonderful way of keeping you wondering how the next turn is going to end - or is it? Love the narrator on this one. Anyone who likes Christian thrillers will love this author!

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Wonderful story

I really loved this story, it had just the right amount of suspense and romance. Kept me on my toes.

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Loved this book

I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from the the start. Can't wait to start the next one.

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What a great story!

Thanks for the story, it was absolutely riviting, and the narrator told it beautifully, may God bless both of you and your families

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Enjoyable

This was quite the enjoyable listen. I liked the book and the narrator. I liked the characters and plot as well. It was a nice and easy listen. From the delightful voice that brought the characters to life and the twists and turns in the plot that captured my attention and kept me listening. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian romance with a little suspense.

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No Clear Ending & Religious Overtones

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wasn't expecting the religious overtones. By the second half of the book, the characters were talking about god in every chapter. I wish the synopsis had mentioned the Alexia's religious awakening because I might not have ordered the book.

I didn't like the open-ended conclusion. You don't find out who is after Alexia. Since I'm not inclined to buy more books in this series, I am going to be left with an unsolved mystery.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The plot had a lot of action-- arson, sniper fire, attempted kidnapping, etc. But the "killer" didn't have a convincing explanation for why s/he did everything, so it didn't really hold together in the end.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 12-30-16

Fantastic gripping and suspenseful, nu author to enjoy.

This is the first book I have a read by this author, it will not be the last! I'm not going to do a big review because I do not want to give anything away, well I am going to say is this was absolutely fantastic and I look forward to reading the next two books in the series. The narrator was also fantastic, she gave each character a different voice and made the book come to life.

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  • Karlby71
  • 04-18-22

Choice before you buy !

Only buy this book:
- if you really love your sermon served as a story !
- if you love stories up in the air (with half answers in the ending) and you can pray for an ending !

This is a book for neo-Nazis and Rednecks how loves to kill, hit and domesticate women !
Enjoy, love Denmark

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  • Mel A
  • 03-28-17

Ok but hoped for better 😯

A huge fan of Dee Henderson & Dani Pettrey, I read the Book 'Sins of the Past', 3 short novellas by each of these authors. So I had high hopes that I'd found another 'fav'. I liked that she uses strong Christian characters thoughout and that she uses Scripture, but she didn't resolve enough of the action to feel they I'd reached the end of the character development for the story. Instead, it felt like we'd all fallen off a cliff and that was it. No closure on anything.