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Life in Review: “The Dispatcher” by Ryan David Jahn + Giveaway!

February 20, 2012

*Please read through to the end of this post for instructions on how to enter the giveaway.

The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn is a fast-paced thrill-ride with very intense suspense that will keep you completely glued to the pages from start to end.

Ian Hunt is a police dispatcher in the tiny little town of Bulls Mouth, Texas. It’s a pretty boring job since nothing much ever happens in the tiny little East Texas town. Until one day he answers a 9-1-1 call and it’s his daughter, Maggie, on the other end. The daughter who was kidnapped 7 years ago. Ian never gave up hope that she was still out there alive somewhere, and now after all of these years he hears her voice. But, before he can get to her, he has to listen to her screams as her kidnapper snatches her back again. Once again she has vanished into thin air without a trace. Ian doesn’t care what it takes, his sole purpose in life is to find Maggie and get her back.

I very highly recommend this book! I was immediately hooked and did not want to put the book down for a second. The author keeps you in such intense suspense, hanging on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I also loved his characters. Ian hasn’t had much to live for these last few years after his daughter’s disappearance, and he is just going through the motions day in and day out. As a parent myself, I could only imagine, and I was rooting for Ian throughout the whole story. Maggie has been trapped in her Nightmare World for seven years, but she has survived and she is strong and determined to be free one day. It is an excellent read that draws you in and consumes you. Once you start this one you’re not going to be able to put it down! This is the first book that I have read by this author but I am definitely an instant fan. I’m hoping to get a chance to read his previous book, Good Neighbors, as well.

Book Summary:

The phone rings. It’s your daughter. She’s been dead for four months. So begins Ian Hunt’s fight to get his daughter back. Hunt is a police dispatcher in the small East Texas town of Bulls Mouth. The call comes at the end of his shift, and it’s from his daughter, Maggie. Maggie, whose funeral he recently attended.

The call is cut-off by the man who snatched Maggie from her bedroom seven years ago. Up until that moment, the assumption was that Maggie had been murdered, but Ian has never given up hope of finding her. A basic description of the kidnapper is all Ian has to go on.

The trail leads to a local couple, but this is just the start of Ian’s battle to get his daughter back. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase along Interstate 10, from Texas to California.

You can watch the video trailer HERE.

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About Ryan David Jahn

photo credit: Noel Bass

Ryan David Jahn won the Crime Writers Association debut novel prize for Good Neighbors (Penguin, 2011). He left school at sixteen to work in a record store and subsequently joined the army. Since 2004 he has worked in television and film. He grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California and recently moved from Los Angeles to Louisville, Kentucky, where he plans to set his next novel.

For more info about Ryan and his work, please visit his website,


Ryan David Jahn’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, February 13th:  Chaotic Compendiums

Tuesday, February 14th:  Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms

Thursday, February 16th:  A Bookworm’s World

Monday, February 20th:  Life in Review

Wednesday, February 22nd:  Reading on a Rainy Day

Wednesday, February 29th:  Dan’s Journal

Thursday, March 1st:  Wordsmithonia

Monday, March 5th:  Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

Tuesday, March 6th:  Man of La Book

Wednesday, March 7th:  Unabridged Chick

Thursday, March 8th:  Crime Fiction Lover

Monday, March 12th:  Book Addict Katie

Tuesday, March 13th:  The House of Crime and Mystery

Wednesday, March 14th:  A Library of My Own

Thursday, March 15th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Monday, March 19th:  Raging Bibliomania

Wednesday, March 21st:  Fiction Addict

*If you would like to enter the giveaway for a copy of The Dispatcher, then here is how:

1. Mandatory Entry – Leave a comment with an email address. You must leave an email address to be entered.

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*I will leave comments open through 02/27 and will notify the winner on 02/28.  

**US & Canada only, please.**

This book was provided for review by Penguin and TLC Book Tours. 


Michelle V

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Marjorie permalink
    February 20, 2012 5:50 am

    The first line says read me, read me.
    I would love to win a copy.

  2. Marjorie permalink
    February 20, 2012 5:51 am

    I follow by google reader as Marjorie/cenya2

  3. Marjorie permalink
    February 20, 2012 5:51 am

    I subscribe by email.

  4. February 20, 2012 8:32 am

    This sounds like a great book. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.


  5. February 20, 2012 8:33 am

    +1 I subscribe to the RSS feed.


  6. February 20, 2012 8:34 am

    +1 I am a fan of your Facebook page, Wendy Newcomb.


  7. February 20, 2012 8:35 am

    +2 I subscribe to your e-mails.


  8. Cindi permalink
    February 20, 2012 10:12 am

    I like reading a book that reads so well that one doesn’t want to
    put it down!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  9. Cindi permalink
    February 20, 2012 10:12 am

    I am a follower of your blog…
    Again, many thanks to you!

  10. Cindi permalink
    February 20, 2012 10:13 am

    I “Like” Life in Review on Facebook.
    Thanks, Cindi
    Cindi Hoppes

  11. Cindi permalink
    February 20, 2012 10:14 am

    Also, I am an email newsletter subscriber to Life in Review!
    Merci, Cindi

  12. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888) permalink
    February 20, 2012 3:36 pm

    I think must be a real page turner and I love suspense.


  13. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888) permalink
    February 20, 2012 3:39 pm

    I am a follower through a RSS feed on my IGoogle Page.


  14. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888) permalink
    February 20, 2012 3:39 pm

    I am a Facebook fan of yours.


  15. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888) permalink
    February 20, 2012 3:40 pm

    I am an e-mail subscriber.


  16. February 20, 2012 7:06 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the premise of this book! I would love to win this! Thanks for hosting the review and the giveaway!

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  17. February 20, 2012 7:10 pm

    +1 I follow you in Google Reader

    Molly(the at sign)reviewsbymolly(tiny little dot thingie)com

  18. February 20, 2012 7:11 pm

    +1 I’m a facebook fan.
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  19. February 20, 2012 7:12 pm

    +2 I subscribe via email (reviewsbymollyblog AT gmail DOT com)

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  20. February 26, 2012 5:55 pm

    I can’t imagine being in Ian’s shoes, but I CAN imagine myself enjoying this book!

    Thanks for being on the tour.


  1. Ryan David Jahn, author of The Dispatcher, on tour February/March 2012 | TLC Book Tours

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