Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Switchback by Pamela Fagan Hutchins (Patrick Flint, #1)

Audible Audiobook
Author & Narrator: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Listening Length: 7 hours and 56 minutes
Audio Publisher: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Print Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Audible.com Release Date: November 5, 2019

ABOUT THE BOOK: All Patrick Flint wants is a peaceful getaway in the Wyoming mountains for his rare days off. He’s grown weary of the bicentennial celebrations, the angry families of patients, the rash of campers coming down from the mountains high on speed, and the midnight call-outs to cover for the town veterinarian. When his wife Susanne balks at the trip just as they’re walking out the door—leaving him to go it alone with his lovestruck teenage daughter Trish and eager-but-adolescent son Perry—Patrick is wounded but determined, despite the news of a murderer escaping custody on the other side of the mountains.

After two days of rain-soaked horseback riding to hunt and fish, Patrick’s gotten nothing but weird encounters, wet socks, and a whiny daughter. So, on the third day, when Trish begs to stay behind at their campsite to read, Patrick is secretly relieved.

Meanwhile back in town, Susanne’s had a rough time of it herself. A break-in, a wreck, and a premonition that something is terribly wrong with her family. Unable to ignore her growing fears, she enlists the help of a Wyoming-tough neighbor, and the two women make for the mountains.

When Patrick and Perry return to camp, Trish has vanished, along with the horses, the truck, and the trailer. Clues point in opposite directions. Did she run off with the boy whose note Patrick found at the camp? Or was she taken—as the tire marks over their destroyed tent suggest? Whichever it was, the tracks lead into the mountains, not out of them. With help too far away to make it before Trish’s trail is washed away, Patrick and Perry embark on a desperate trek into the wilderness to find her, with Susanne not far behind them.


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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio Book Review: SWITCHBACK is the first book in the new Patrick Flint series by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and it's the first book I have heard the author narrate. High marks for both in this edge-of-your-seat story that drops one conflict after another to keep readers trapped inside the pages. 

"Wyoming out-wested Texas and then some."

Man vs Man, Woman vs Man, (Wo)Man vs Nature, (Wo)Man vs Self - readers get it all with the picturesque but deadly backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. As if that setting isn't enough, the year is 1976, which adds another level of complication for Patrick and his kids as they go to camp and hunt -- and things go terribly awry. No GPS, cell phones, or technology to help in a pinch. (but CB radios! YAAASSS!)

"He sure as shootin' didn't want his daughter doing it." 

Hutchins's writing is at its best in how she fleshes out the characters to love and loathe in an action packed adventure that has high tension and a high body count to match. I am very much looking forward to the next installment, SNAKE OIL, coming in January 2020.

I won a download code in the author's fun and fabulous Facebook book launch party.  There were no strings attached, but all the same, I am sharing my honest review -- the only kind I give. (And the right thing to do when you read a great book.)

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