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Never Turn Back

By: Christopher Swann
Narrated by: Ax Norman
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Summary

The bonds of family never truly let go. 

In fact, the grip only tightens the further you try to run: crushing and crippling. 

Ethan Faulkner is a precocious child with a brilliant but troublesome sister, a war vet for a father, and a weary mother trying to manage their family. One night a young woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men who are pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan's parents dead. 

Years later, Ethan has a successful teaching career and a budding relationship with a coworker. But he hasn't quite followed through on his promise to his dying father - to take care of his sister. Susannah is not an easy person to keep tabs on, is a handful even when the tabs are kept, and quite frankly, Ethan wants her to suffer for preventing him from getting to his dad before he died all those years ago. 

It was a long time ago and Ethan tries to put all of it behind him. But that's easier said than done. When news of a brutal murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, all the painful memories of his past come rushing to meet him. 

Lyrically conveyed with emotion and nuance, Never Turn Back is a powerful story about family, vengeance, and how some actions echo through the years with irreparable consequences.

©2020 Christopher Swann (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 25-03-21

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This is one of the rare times that I didn’t like one character in a story. Ethan, the main character was excessively whiny. He was hard headed and seldom heeded the advice of others. His sister Sara was particularly unpleasant from a little girl through adulthood. Neither prompted any sympathy from me. Melissa was downright disgusting. I found the story tedious and bland. There were several occasions where I stopped listening just to give myself a break. I did not find the story relaxing at all. The narration was good, although over dramatic and unnecessarily loud at times. It is appreciated that the narrator did not attempt to use a stereotypical voice for the character of Caesar. I cannot exactly explain my reactions to this story. If I say too much I may spoil it for others. Just didn’t like it.

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  • Martha Fowler
  • 14-10-20

Another home run for Christopher Swann!

Never Turn Back is an engaging mystery that challenges the reader’s ability to put it down until the last word has been read. Highly recommend!

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  • will
  • 09-10-20

Well paced second book.

I enjoyed the second book by this.local author. the book is well paced and the story isnt too far fetched. its got the right amount of twists and turns. to keep you engaged and its read well. I look forward to more books from Mr Swann