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Interpreter for the Dead [Kindle Edition]

David Lee Martin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Master thief Michael Dane lands in jail after being snared by the FBI. During his stint he learns his deaf father has died, and he is the sole inheritor of land worth millions outside Boulder, Colorado.

Released on bail, he returns to the home he swore he'd never go back to. Michael Dane soon discovers his father's death was no accident and finds he now has two choices: dig through the broken pieces of an abusive past to solve his father's murder or become a fugitive.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 258 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: David L. Martin (March 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SHFCTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Ends Too Soon July 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When I received a complimentary copy of Interpreter for the Dead to review I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had never heard of David Lee Martin, and I was a little worried that this was going to be a strange paranormal book. However, once I started reading, it quickly became apparent that was not the case: the protagonist Michael Dane is the hearing son of deaf parents, and when his estranged father dies he's pulled back into a neighborhood and community he thought he'd left behind.

Although Michael is not exactly the most endearing character, I quickly found myself coming around to his side, and the twists and turns kept me glued to the pages right up until the end. The end, however, was not long in coming. This book is somewhat short, and is clearly a bit of a teaser for what will presumably become a series of novels about the intersection of the deaf and hearing communities. I'm looking forward to the next one, but hope that it receives a little bit more editorial love, because (as several others have already mentioned) some of the mistakes in this book were quite distracting, forcing me to re-read a few sentences several times before I made sense of them.

Overall, a good read, and a very good mystery with a quick wit and a engaging plot, but clearly relationships and even some of the personality development will have to wait for the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Mystery in Need of Copy Editor June 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Interpreter for the Dead was overall an enjoyable, quick read. A fine introduction to a new series of mysteries, despite being riddled with typos (far exceeding the 5 stated by another reviewer).

I enjoyed the author's accurate depiction of the region where I currently reside. He captured the scenery and the quirks of the residents quite accurately. The dependence upon the deaf community that sprung up around his parents' home and the deaf school was a unique element. Yet it was carried out with tact and balance. Despite my reservations I found I had no trouble rooting for the "bad guy" to come out on top. Key points of the plot were somewhat predictable, but I find that relatively common in this genre.

If you are a reader who finds typos and wrong words distracting you may wish to move along to a different book. If they do not bother you too much, this book is worth reading. I will likely give the next book of the series a read when it is released on the hopes that the editing has improved.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interpreter for the Dead June 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

I found it hard to have any sympathy for the main character, and it implies that a difficult childhood is justification for his behavior. I am also not fond of story lines that jump around so much that you can't be sure where you are in the plot. There were a lot of typos, but the narrative was clearly and intelligently written. I like when you can't figure out "who done it", but I usually expect there to be a few clues along the way. I really didn't like any of the characters enough to care what happened to them, although there was more than one that you could hate enough to hope something unpleasant would.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interpreter for the Dead June 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of Interpreter for the Dead from BookRooster.com in exchange for a written review.

This book started off good. The plot was very intriguing and the story kept me reading for more. It was completely different then what I had expected. I really enjoyed the prologue and wished that there had been more on the father/son relationship. It would have been nice to get to know Henry a bit more, but perhaps that is what made the story so intriguing in the beginning. However, about halfway through the book the author started taking great big leaps. I kept missing the connecting pieces that made the story flow. Dane started drawing conclusions that just didn't make sense.

Overall, I really liked the characters but thought that most could have been developed a bit more. I was lead down paths that seemed to go nowhere and parts of the story didn't seem to have a purpose. It is a good story on the surface, but could be so much more with another dimension added to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars INTERPRETER FOR THE DEAD - Decent storyline June 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Michael Dane, is a young man with a troubled past and a less than promising future. While in jail yet again he learns his father had died. A pushy real estate agent makes a deal to provide bail if he agrees to sell him the family property. Out on bail, Dane goes home to the place he had sworn he would never return to, and finds more questions than answers.

Everybody wants the property, lots of people owed his father money, and it appears his father may have been murdered. Dane's probation officer is hounding him and he just wants to leave the area even if it means skipping out on bail. An old friend helps him to try to sort out all the details.

The book moves along fairly well, but I feel the ending was rushed, almost as if the author said I have enough words/pages so let's finish this up fast. There were also several typos that I found distracting. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars liked the book want more interesting
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Published 9 hours ago by maryann natale
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story, unlikable main character
I didn't find the main character, Michael Dane, very likable. In addition to being a thief and a con man who thinks he's a lot slicker than he really is, he's immature, volatile... Read more
Published 11 months ago by CatherineS
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review. I had a tough time following this one. It didn't flow right. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
I love a good mystery and this one has all the right stuff. Reels you in and makes you want to keep reading until the end. Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by Ultimate Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Interpreter for the Dead
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I found this book rather difficult to follow, as the character development was quite shallow. Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Writing but Good Read
While there was nothing really spectacular about this book it was still one I could not put down. Needs some editing and proofreading. Interesting twists with some plot elements. Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by guatepapi
4.0 out of 5 stars great read!!
i received a free copy of this book in order to review it. it was well written, and kept me up at night turning pages to see what happened next. Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by jadedhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Interpreter for the Dead
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

I enjoyed this book greatly, it was an entertaining and quick read that at times had me laughing... Read more
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More About the Author

David Lee Martin went to school to become a sign language interpreter in the 1980s. Despite not pursuing interpreting for a living, he remained fascinated with the deaf community and its lack of representation in the fiction world.

Many years and many adventures later, David decided to write a mystery series that incorporated both the deaf and children of deaf adults.

Interpreter for the Dead is the first book in the Michael Dane Mystery Series.

My blog can be found at http://davidleemartin.blogspot.com

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