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  • Ben Rehder Mysteries Box Set: Buck Fever & Gone The Next

  • By: Ben Rehder
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Ben Rehder Mysteries Box Set: Buck Fever & Gone The Next

By: Ben Rehder
Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
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Summary

This box set includes two mystery novels written by Edgar and Shamus Award finalist Ben Rehder. Included are Buck Fever (first novel in the Blanco County mystery series) and Gone the Next (first novel in the Roy Ballard mystery series).

Buck Fever:

It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy. Marlin's seen a lot in his years, but this is wilder than he could have imagined: The man in the deer suit is a good friend, and the whacked-out whitetail isn't exactly a stranger either. It's the beginning of a mad, frantic weekend in Blanco County, one that will see a few more men shot, an invasion by Colombians with more than hunting on their minds, and damn near the end of Marlin's life. Ben Rehder serves it all up with a huge helping of humor in this debut comic mystery that will firmly establish him as the funniest crime writer in Texas.

Gone the Next:

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts - the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report - and with his history, who can blame them? - it's the beginning of the most important case of his life.

©2017 Ben Rehder (P)2021 Ben Rehder

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Enjoyable listen

The first in the Blanco County series. This took a bit of getting into as you were introduced to quite a few characters over the first few chapters, but then the story really got going and the characters soon started interweaving. There were definitely a few mad and crazy characters to keep the story amusing, and the pace of the story was good. A really easy book to listen and escape to.

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Very enjoyable

This was my first of the Blanco County books. I firstly have tonsay that I really enjoy Ben Rehders writing style, and coupled with the wonderful narration from Jonny Peppers, you are easily drawn into the laid back style of Ben. However do not be fooled by the light hearted banter between the Game Keeper John Marlin and his friend Phil, as the story cleverly weaves you through John's life and the locals in Blanco County and before you knownit you are up against a drug plot with columbian gangsters.

I love how the Author weaves you through his plots and characters and can still bring a quirky sense of humour to the characters.

I am sad to have finished the first story but equally cannot wait to listen to more.

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Twists and turns make these excellent reads!

Two great books! Both are very different stories.
The author keeps you on your toes with plot twists that flow smoothly. The characters are fun and engaging and the narrator does well keeping them distinct! The Narrator does such a great job that when I bought the next book in I pone of the series in digital format, my mind read the whole thing in the narrator's voice! Each of these books is the beginning of a series but they are excellent as stand-alone books and will definitely send you on the hunt for the rest of the series!

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Excellent books

Loved the book. New to Ben Rehder books but not disappointed. Both books are so easy to listen to with good humor throughout. Loved the narrator as well. Both books gives you a different story with new characters that hopefully will come back in further books. Now away to listen to another one by Ben. Highlighly recommended listen.

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  • kutzkai
  • 08-10-21

2 Great Stories

I received this boxset of two awesome stories in the authors promotion. I had read the Kindle version of Gone The Next a few years ago. So I had read along while listening and the audio was a nice rendition of the book. The narration by Johnny Peppers made the story come to life, also Buck Fever was a fun listen, I would recommend these two stories.

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  • Danny Harr
  • 30-11-22

Buck Fever-- John Marlin-- Game Warden

This is one of the best books I've found in a while. John Marlin is a game warden and deer season is coming up. But that's the least of his worries. There is drug running going on and Marlin is on to them. There is the right amount of humor in this book to make it good. There is a bunch of good ole country boys. This is the first book in the series. I will definitely continue with this series. I highly recommend trying this. You also get the first book in the Roy Ballard series. So you get to try two different series for one credit or the price of one book. Johnny Peppers does a great job narrating this book. If my review is any help will you please click on the helpful link below. Thank you.

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  • Rayc
  • 05-09-22

A 2 book boxset that will keep you entertained

Enjoyed both books and they are different books it's not a series just 2 completely different books.
Great entertainment and will keep you listening past bedtime.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-22

A rural Texas and rodeo hater will get a kick out of this

Obviously this author and reader are ignorant of the nuance
Of Texas.
This is good so it might keep you’ll in the cities.

Respectfully,
A lifelong Texan from rural and urban areas.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 07-07-22

great listen

The first one was hilarious and I enjoyed the shenanigans and banter. The second one is more serious but has some light moments. I enjoyed them both very much. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life. I highly recommend this series and author.

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  • Wanda
  • 17-09-21

Awesome funny seriously

I listened to this book over 3 days and laughed and cried all the way through both books.
The first story true good ole redneck boys that kept me laughing all the way through.
Gone the next I thought was going to be a tear jerker and it didn’t disappoint but it also had laughs throughout. Both books were above my expectations but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to enjoy them.
I received this free from the author or narrator for an honest review.

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  • Mysteries in a Teacup
  • 30-06-21

Gripping stories, fantastic narration

This set contains two full length mystery/whodunit stories, Buck Fever and Gone The Next. Both were very enjoyable and well written; my favorite is gone the next, the nailbiting chase to find and rescue an abducted girl.

I really enjoyed the narration, too - Johnny Peppers did an awesome job!

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  • Darren Hoxson
  • 09-06-21

Excellent for pleasure listening.

Fantastic performance, interesting story, I enjoyed listening to this box set, a magnificent crime mystery. Ben Rehder injects lots of humor into his writings. Love both books. Johnny Peppers is truly an excellent reader, bringing life into the story. For audio books, both writer and reader have to be equally great for a pleasurable listening.