A little more violence, torture than I am comfortable with, but wowzer!
[SPOILER ALERT] I started with the third/last book, and was glad I did because I
knew that some of my favorite people from this first book made it to the end, and I wasn't sure they would! Phew!
I'm always looking for an author that challenges my mind. I listen to 2-3 books a week... What a great book! Of course Mr. Hill is a master.
This is an ok novel, but not really one that grips you and keeps you glued to it. Part of that might be the reader used. This reader has a tone that would be great for old dective and ganster type books, but here it just sounds out of place. Maybe if someone like George Gidall read it the book would have seemed far more interesting. I found myself struggling with ignoring the tone so I could get into the story.....Book listening shouldn't be that much work...Especially going down the road.
Otherwise it was a good book for the most part. So if you like action packed books then this is ok. Nothing like a Vince Flynn or Ben Coes that has so much action that you sometimes feel like you just stepped off a rollercoaster after listening for awhile, but still it does have some pretty good action and grizzly outcomes from some local baddies who go way over the top with their being bad asses.
This is a great read. Action all the way through the book. Great story line that keeps your attention all the way through. Nathan and Harv make the book excellent. Love how the book goes into detail on every scene and action the pair goes through. Dick Hill uses many voices to make each character come alive.
Can't wait to listen to the other two in this series.
I did try to love it, but couldn't. I know it is all about the tastes, but I just couldn't like this one. Even though the story is not that bad, the characters and writings are not convincing enough.
Main man, Nathan, is so cool a character that I couldn't believe him. He's:
- extremely nice to ladies (great lover, as one of the characters commented)
- makes excuses for others in his behalf (there is an Arab taxi driver having five minutes talk with Nathan exchanging niceties...completely irrelevant to anything, not just story.)
- likes musicals.
But when Nathan gets to fight...oh man, when he gets to fight! He wins, man, because he is:
- 12 foot or something like that high, lean and mean
- faster than anybody else
- best shooter in the world
- he's "ready and willing...to kick some ass!" (quote)
- etc etc etc
I can't like guys like that. I like the way David Baldacci and Vince Flynn describe their characters. They maybe a bit deviate (like Mitch Rapp and Will Robie), but in all my naivety, I believe that trained killers, even the ones killing bad guys, must be deviate in some way if they are good in their job.
I loved when Baldacci in "The Hit" described Jessica Reel (assassin by trade) doing her workout routine. After two thirds of it, all man in the gym that were watching her let her alone knowing they couldn't compete with her. That's how you let your reader know how capable your characters are.
But when describing Nathan in figth, Nathan don't just beat up the guy. He also tells him that he has problems because he's hurting women, and that he has to do some mind f#*king yoga exercise to control himself. And after beating him up (broken hand and almost poked eye), he shows him the exercise and it works! Guy immediately changes his ways!
And that wasn't what I hated the most.
I didn't like Dick Hill's performance.
When I first listened to George Guidall, I thought he was...flat. Then I listened more, and I understood that I could listen him 10 hours straight and not be bored or tired, while I would still be able to notice any character's mood changing, or different characters by tiniest shades of change in his voice. The guy is just that good.
Then I listened to Ron McLarty and I immediately recognized the same qualities in his voice. You could just listen those guys forever and not get tired.
And their voices are rough and tough! Dick portraits Nathan (the warrior killing machine musical lover) with some gentle, half heard voice with lot of sighs etc. Jesus!
Ron had a help from Orlagh Cassidy when female characters came in story. George did it himself. The smallest changes in voice, I tell you, but I always knew who is talking at any moment.
But Dick...I saw the reviews, a LOT of people liked his performance. I didn't. I don't like hearing female chief of FBI field office sounds like very weak elderly lady. All female characters sounded like that.
I will end this rant now.
If you want to buy a book with Mr Hill reading, listen to the sample first.
The plot was quite predictable early in the book, an unhappy end for the bad guys and a flawless victory for the larger than life goodies
The story line was long on detail and irrelevant conversations between the characters.
A long read without taxing your imagination.
Perhaps re-visit Lee Childs or Vince Flynn
His voice intonation for the various characters and his interpretation of their regional accents was well balanced.
Not without a rewrite to add more depth to the characters and more complexity to the story line
Authors "voice" (not the narrator...the overall tone of the story) is just plain annoying. Not real, not down to earth, but pretentious and just plain annoying. I tried really hard to get into the story, but in the end gave up about halfway through. I just couldn't take it anymore.
Great on men's voices...but women's voices are very poor.
The story line had promise and the characters were interesting, but just couldn't take the author's annoying narration/idioms.
I wolld not recommend this book because although fast paces, it was predictable and cliched. Nathan McBride too perfect to believe.
Everything. Dick Hill is the master of all readers.
Nothing, Dick Hill is the best.
I may try one from Andrew Peterson, but NOT from Dick Hill. Peterson drags down the plot with "manly fluff" that reiterates--again and again--the lead character's super commando skills. That is more tolerable than Hill's narration. He just drones. It's almost as if he went for a "country story teller" personna. While there are parts that need little animation, he keeps the same plodding cadance when the action picks up or when the plot becomes intense, which removes 99% of the enjoyment. He tone completely contradicts the content.
Far less "my super commando character is so super commando and here's why"