Narrator: William E. Fortier
Published by Self Published / Indie on 11 December 2018
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Set in 1970, before the personal computer, before cell phones, and even more rare, a woman detective in a male-dominated career.
Detective Carmela Taldano is handed what seems like a benign, low-level case. Soon, she realizes this case is a game changer, as she is now on the hunt for a vicious and voracious serial killer. She must use her intuition and shear guts to hunt this predator down before more people die.
However, while hunting this man down, Taldano becomes the hunted. Someone in her department wants her dead and wants this high-profile case. She also comes into the cross hairs of the very animal she is hunting down.
If Silence of the Lambs made you shutter, Black Soul Rising will leave you breathless.
©2015 Stephanie Albino (P)2018 Stephanie Albino
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A haunting and realistic story that clearly defines the early male/female roles, the depths of depravity of mankind, and how it was possible to catch criminals without the help of technology.
In 1950 a tormented young woman gave birth to a beautiful boy, abused and alone, she visited upon him all the hate she held for men.
Years later, Detective Carmela Taldano is a female trying to succeed in a male-dominated career. As a result of her being female and the driving need to humiliate her, she is given a low-profile dog mutilation case. When it is discovered that the dog mutilation case is much bigger, more vicious and is a career-making case, Taldano discovers she is truly hated. She becomes the hunted as she works through the case.
I wasn’t ten minutes in before I began to question if I could listen to this audiobook to the end. It was well done and hauntingly vivid as well as captivating. Ison accurately describes the extreme sexism that existed in our society in 1950-1960’s; the thoughts and practices during a time period in which society supported such behavior.
The pain each character encountered and survived was overwhelming, giving the listener a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. The horror of each victim is stunningly gruesome demonstrating the depths of depravity a single human can reach.
Ison inserted some twists in the plot that were amazing and attention-grabbing. Each character was vividly built and solid.
The narrator, William E. Fortier performed the audiobook with a smooth, easy flowing voice. He gave each character a voice that resonated from beginning to end. I liked how he read the book using his voice to give some inflection to indicate fear, hate, and other emotions.
The only thing that gave me pause was the use of a recorded cat sound that was used once and then the narrator imitated the cat – far better than the recording! Otherwise the production quality was good.
This is a good book, one that most will find poignant and terrifying at the same time. I found I could not stop listening and I know that when I go to bed for the next month or so, I will be haunted.