I don't love Stephen King. The last I listened of his was 11/22/63 because the reviews were so good and I loved it. Before that, I felt burned by a couple of his books because they just weren't very good. I love creepy and twisted, I just don't think that King is very consistent.
I took a chance on Mr Mercedes because I think Patton can do no wrong, I have an admitted voice-crush on him.
I lucked out, we all got lucky in this combo coming together because this is a GREAT audiobook.
The bad guy is perfectly sinister. He's young, and egotistical. His character is developed so well that I truly hated him. I didn't just fear what he would do next, I felt myself really hating him as a person, I'm tense just writing this about him.
The reluctant hero is always my favorite character in any book like this, and Hodges is perfect. Again, King was masterful in developing a depth of character that made me really feel like I knew him well. I cheered for him, and found myself talking outloud to him, offering unsolicited advice.
The action built in a perfect way. I wish I could describe it better, but the pace was just as it should be. To me, this was character driven, I cared because I cared about them and had that emotional connection, then the action and story were the perfect foil for them.
The ending was great. It wrapped in a way that did the characters justice, nothing was over-done, or unbelievable, it was genuine.
I loved and recommend this book.
Impasse is great. Really great.
This book drives the listener forward. It's a ride where you get in, commit, and just hold on. As the story developed, I could not wait to get back to it, I was so excited to see what happened next.
The character development is good. I believed the relationships between Stu (main character) and the other characters and I cared about what happened to the good guys and the bad guys. I really bought into the whole story.
This book also felt well researched. The details in scenes including everything from real estate law to how to skin a rabbit seemed legitimate to me. Just another reason why it was easy to invest and really enjoy the story.
There were a couple of flaws. Royce's character development of the "bad guy" was a little shallow, a little cartoonish. I see that his past book was for teens and I think that showed here. He could have made the bad guy more evil and sinister without being so obvious. Also, in a couple of scenes towards the end, as the action climaxes, I rolled my eyes at what the characters did--just a couple times, their actions were not in their character. The flaws should not stop you from listening to this book though, as they were anomalies in an otherwise well written story.
The ending was great and satisfying--a little surprising and sneaky and fun.
The narration was good, not great. The narrator forgot which character he was supposed to be a couple of times, mixing up the female voice with the male ones. Also, the story would say "and he said breathlessly..." and the narrator wasn't breathless. Overall though, Robertson brought the story to life and wasn't a distraction.
I recommend this book.
I love Jack Reacher and this series. I love the predictability and unpredictability of each of these books. I don't give every one five stars, however, this one is especially good because it brings back people from Jack's past. You get to know him even more than usual.