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Into The Sounds

(Taine McKenna Adventures #2)

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On leave, and out of his head with boredom, NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna joins biologist Jules Asher, on a Conservation Department deer culling expedition to New Zealand’s southernmost national park, where soaring peaks give way to valleys gouged from clay and rock, and icy rivers bleed into watery canyons too deep to fathom. Despite covering an area the size of the Serenge ...more
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Published August 9th 2018 by Severed Press
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
This is the second book in the Taine McKenna series. Taine accompanies Jules on an expedition to the Fiorland Sounds to help cull the deer. But that ends up being the least of their problems when they encounter dangerous poachers, an indigenous species and a murderous sea creature.

I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first book. My only hangup with this one, is that I thought it followed the outline of the first book way too closely. Yeah they were in a different location and yeah they hun
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Sci-Fi & Scary
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Into the Sounds was not planned, but it was apparently meant to be. So many people loved the characters and country we were introduced to in Lee Murray’s Into the Mist that we made a mighty noise and got the sequel we needed.

Murray knew what she was doing with Into the Sounds, and smartly avoided giving us a cookie cutter follow-up. Instead, we get a book that focuses on something a bit smaller, but equally important. Also, we get to experience a little bit more of New Zealand, which I loved. We
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Jennifer
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page INTO THE SOUNDS is a thriller in the true sense where you just don't want to put the book down. This second Taine McKenna Adventure keeps all the best parts of the first while adding new dynamics and dangers. One thing I especially appreciated is how nothing, no plan, ever goes completely to order. Murray has a good handle on the randomness of life. This means that you can never predict exactly what's going to happen in the book and also adds a lot of realism to the situ ...more
Dan
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Into the Sounds - Review

Continuing the story of Taine McKenna and Jules Asher which started with Into the Mist (winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel, 2016), Lee Murray leaves the mist-shrouded Ureweras behind and drops us into one of New Zealand’s most remote and deceptively beautiful regions: Fiordland. Taking leave from the NZDF, McKenna accompanies Asher and a crew of scientists and hunters into the Fiordland Sounds on a Department of Conservation deer-culling mission. What sh
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Laura Thomas
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve become really fond of Taine and his cohorts. They are double tough and do the dirty work. Taine is actually on a bit of a vacation when his special talents are called upon again. There’s no rest for the wicked and once again the wilderness isn’t the only thing he has to contend with. It’s what lurks out of sight and what’s in the water that could spell disaster.
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This second book was every bit as fun as the first one. Plenty of action, some hair raising encounters and I liked where the autho
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Darren
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a e book from tbc reviews on Facebook that I am a member of. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is book 2 of this series. I hope to read more books by this author.
Priya
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The introduction to this series was so awesome that I had high expectations of the sequel.
And I wasn't disappointed.
Be it the aspects of Maori culture or the adventures of Taine, this one matched up very well.
The creature was eerie and the action was fast paced.
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F.D. Gross
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc-reviews
You know when you watch a really good movie and then after, you keep thinking about it days later? That’s what this book, Into the Sounds by Lee Murray, has done to me. It was that good. And yes, it could be made into a movie.

The smell of gun barrel smoke. The ricochet of shrapnel and bullets. The taste of metal and grit. This book makes you feel alive. Murray knows how to drive all of the senses making this story one hell of a roller coaster ride of human emotion. Like a conglomeration of many
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Piper Mejia
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror, adventure
There are books for every mood and some books surprise you by being the exact book you need to read for the mood you are in. This is true for Into the Sounds by Lee Murray. Following in the traditional story arc of a ‘monster’ narrative, this book is carefully crafted to take advantage of the unique history of New Zealand, as well and playing strongly against the culture of its people. Despite having some characters bridging the gap from Into the Mist (Lee’s previous novel) it is by no means onl ...more
Eileen
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Taine McKenna does it again.
This time he rappels into the sounds in Fiordland NZ, on his next adventure. Actually, this one's not even work, he's having a little R&R, but suddenly things go wrong.
With enemies on more than one front, Taine must face people poachers, a foreign submarine, a lost race and an underwater monster!
I wish him luck, because I'd love him to survive - so I can read his next adventure.
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Yvonne Davies
After McKenna and Jules had survived the Taniwha, things had gone quiet. Now on R&R McKenna was soon bored so jumped at the chance to join Jules on a Deer culling exercise in Fjordland. But when they get together, nothing is simple with them. Not only did they battle another large creature but they had poachers and a hidden tribe to contend with.
Whilst there is a large sea creature to go up against this took a backseat as McKenna and co had bigger issues. The discovery of a hidden tribe puts eve
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Bookrapt
The second book in the Taine McKenna series following the award winning ‘Into the Mist’. Taine joins his partner, biologist Jules Asher, on a Conservation Department deer culling expedition into Fiordland at the base of New Zealand’s South Island. Its an isolated place, so when gunfire is heard and an injured man runs towards them, Taine goes on high alert. Part of a poaching expedition, the man and his companion stumbled across an ancient people, the Tūrehu (aka Patupaiarehe), the small remnant ...more
Marcus Hobson
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-zealand
I was slightly surprised how much I enjoyed this odd mix of mythology, military fiction and sea monsters.
It was a little slow to get started, but once we were in a full-scale hunt/survival mode, the action was moving at a cracking pace.
So, take a deep breath for the plot: a small group of hunters, conservation workers and soldiers have gathered for some R&R in the form of wapiti deer hunting on the remote West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Called Fiordland, this is an unpopulated, h
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Pamela
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from a facebook group I am a member of. its the second book in the series, and it was as good as the first one. A different genre for me to read, but I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series.
Charlotte K
The second book in the Taine McKenna series, this time the NZDF Sergeant (think, New Zealand army version of a Navy Seal) is on leave – and spending his holiday in spectacular Fjordland helping conservation officers, including his girlfriend Jules. Only his holiday turns out to be anything but, after an amazing discovery. As usual, danger follows McKenna, and his trip down south soon turns into a thrill-fest as he dodges bullets and battles ruthless mercenaries to protect an endangered species. ...more
Robinne Weiss
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure by Lee Murray! Fast-paced and full of fabulous well-researched details and characters you can believe in. There's a lot of blood and swearing--not for the faint-of-heart--but it's great fun, too. ...more
Connie J Wilson
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
High Drama

I enjoyed this book immensely.
Lost tribe, sea serpent, good guys. bad guys. Awesome plot, quick moving.
I would live too see Lee Murray write a book about the tribe!!
Everything is better with giant sea creatures!! you
Angie Belcher
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’d pushed myself outside my usual genres and read Hounds of the Underworld by Lee Murray and Dan Rabart and surprised myself by getting into the thriller / horror mode, so it wasn’t hard for me make the decision to download Lee Murray’s latest offering “Into the Sounds”.
I was riveted within the first couple of pages. The fast-paced action started almost immediately and didn’t stop until the end. There is plenty of blood spilt and shots fired so it’s hard to reconcile the fact that this tiny, f
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Matthew Barbeler
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray is the follow-up to a book that I loved –Into the Mist. It is the second in the Taine McKenna novel, and the titular New Zealand soldier who finds himself caught up in yet another situation involving an ancient secret, gun-toting bad guys, and a life-or-death struggle he didn’t ask to be a part of.
 
One of the things I loved most about this novel is that it completely embraces its New Zealand heritage. Murray explores a number of weighty themes within the pages of th
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Jodi
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first chapter pulled me into the story; I had to keep reading to find out what it was about! I finished the whole book in 1 day because I couldn't stop reading. The story, setting and characters were gripping and took me to places I (even as a New Zealander) have never been or seen. Fantastic, and recommended to all of my friends! ...more
Nicholas Diak
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Into the Sounds is Lee Murray’s followup to her 2016 giant monster/men-on-a-mission novel Into the Mist. As with Into the Mist, Into the Sounds sees New Zealand Defense Force Sergeant Taine McKenna returning to the wilderness of New Zealand, dealing with deadly terrain and a monstrous animal – in this instance an enormous squid. Unlike Into the Mist, Into the Sounds puts the monster as a secondary element as the narrative focuses on McKenna and cohorts teaming up with a small band of merfolk-ish ...more
Steph Warren
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this novel, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Into the Sounds is the second book in Lee Murray’s Taine McKenna series, but you don’t need to read the first to appreciate the second (although I would advise you do, as the hints dropped in this one are intriguing!).

Set in New Zealand, this is an exciting thriller/horror, packed with explosive action and edge-of-the-seat danger. Murray has mixed military action, creature-feature
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Stephen Herczeg
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great follow up.
DISCLAIMER - Lee Murray is a fellow author and friend.

I read "Into the Mist" in October last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found "Into the Sounds" as no different. I really enjoyed it.
This is the follow up adventure for Taine McKenna following the events of "Into the Mist."
Murray keeps to a similar formula, or is in fact developing a formula, in that it finds New Zealand Defence Force Sergeant Taine McKenna out in the wilds of New Zealand and up against it.
This time around,
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Samantha Smith
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Into the Sounds is the second book in this series and follows Sergeant Taine McKenna of the New Zealand Defence Force and his partner Dr Jules Asher, a scientist with the Department of Conservation. McKenna is taking some well deserved R&R after his last foray into the Te Urewera National Forest as he accompanies Jules on a deer culling exercise in Fiordland.
We not only follow McKenna and Jules but also see some of the characters from the first novel appear - Trigger, who is dealing with the inj
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Emma Ounsworth
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
On leave, and out of his head with boredom, NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna joins biologist Jules Asher, on a Conservation Department deer culling expedition to New Zealand’s southernmost national park, where soaring peaks give way to valleys gouged from clay and rock, and icy rivers bleed into watery canyons too deep to fathom. Despite covering an area the size of the Serengeti, only eighteen people live in the isolated region, so it’s a surprise when the hunters stumble on the nation’s Tūrehu trib ...more
J.L.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2018
Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased the electronic version of this novel for full price.

After reading the first book in this series, I kind of thought I knew what I was getting into. It's really awesome that I was completely wrong. On the surface, lots of things are similar to book one. Ragtag group lost in the wilds of New Zealand: check. Giant mythical monster eating people: check. Lost tribe of humans and crazy mercenaries: wait, what?

Taine and Jules are in a stea
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M.P. Norman
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
living in New Zealand, I am fascinated by the prospect of a lush, horror book set in this lovely part of the world. This is the second book in the NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna series (haven't read the first one, though!).

Taine accompanies his girlfriend and biologist Jules Asher on an expedition to the Fiordland Sounds to help cull the deer. But that ends up being the least of their problems.

The book scores big with me, as our heroes helicopter in, rappel down into the bush and make a series of
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Sue Wallace
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Into the sounds by Lee Murray.
On leave, and out of his head with boredom, NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna joins biologist Jules Asher, on a Conservation Department deer culling expedition to New Zealand’s southernmost national park, where soaring peaks give way to valleys gouged from clay and rock, and icy rivers bleed into watery canyons too deep to fathom. Despite covering an area the size of the Serengeti, only eighteen people live in the isolated region, so it’s a surprise when the hunters stum
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Debbie
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NZDF Sergeant Taine reunites with Jules Asher again in this action-packed, horror-inflected SF adventure as they head into Fiordland Sounds on a seemingly straightforward DOC deer-culling mission. However, they stumble into far more than they bargained for - a lost tribe, poachers and far more dangerous things to hunt than deer.

Lee Murray depicts the mysterious, primordial strength and beauty of the landscape in a way that made me want to see Fiordland for myself, but there is an undercurrent o
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Monica Mac
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second instalment of the adventures of Taine McKenna and Co.

What starts off as a deer culling expedition, ends up being something completely different. A lost tribe is discovered, and they have some very unique abilities which set them apart from others. They are in great danger and Taine and his mates must do what they can to stop the mercenaries from completely destroying the tribe.

And what the heck is hiding in the deep waters of the sounds?

This was another "heart in my mouth
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