James Patterson, James
Read by Wayne Pyle
January 3, 2017/ ISBN 1478968052
Mystery / Private Investigator/ Short Story / BookShots Series
/ Audiobook – 2 hours and 4 minutes
by Brenda Weeaks
In Hidden, Patterson and Born
introduce a new BookShot character named Robert Mitchum. He
seems very nondescript. He delivers newspapers in Marlboro,
New York with his dog, Bart Simpson. He’s a Navy veteran
who failed Navy Seal training, and the reason is kind of humorous.
Mitchum is average looking and overweight. He can be tough,
funny or sensitive when needed. He seems to be taking life
easy when most people are working hard to make ends meet.
He gives a little insight on why, and I’m guessing he’ll
address his late fiancée in a future mystery. We meet
his friends and family, as well. His brother, Natty (Nathanial),
is drug dealer. His mother is strong and can handle both her
In this mystery, Mitchum is looking for his 14-year-old cousin,
Baily May. Mitchum first searches out an old school friend,
Timmy Jones, with the Sherriff’s office When Mitchum
gets a little information from a waitress, he launches out
on his own. He discovers it’s a long and deadly path
to the reality.
What starts out as a small town storyline broadens and shows
what happens when the outside world intrudes and causes mayhem.
Mitchum’s first-person narration keeps the reader/listener
involved. Dialogue is smooth and easy to follow. For a short
story, the authors offer enough information about each character
to keep the reader/listener clued in. Hidden is an impressive
introduction to a new character. James O. Born is the author
of Bill Tasker and Alan Duarte series. He has co-authored
other BookShot titles, as well.