Great storyline, narrator, a nice blend of believability with a fast pace and few slow areas.
I really want to listen to more from this author.
Having listened to all of the Jack Reacher books, and love Lee Child's writing style, I gave this book a try and found that it very entertaining and the story kept me guessing. I am now on the second and will be purchasing the third.
Peterson's first book, and it just keeps getting BETTER !!!!!
The character development is GREAT...the story is both fast-paced, believable and always a twist around the next corner.
As I listened, the scene was playing like a movie in my mind...which is odd, as I have enjoyed greatly other authors like Lee Child,Patterson, Cussler, Baldacci...but this was so much more entertaining...not taking anything away from others...
Dick Hill is now my ALL-Time Favorite...I enjoyed him in the "Jack Reacher" series, but he takes this to an ALL-TIME high as a ":thrill ride". To me...there is none better
Out of the 147 books I have read / listened to...the Nathan McBride series are not on the TOP !!!! I listen to all 3 in two days...where normally I like to spread the books out over a week or so...COULD NOT STOP !!!
THESE ARE A MUST READ for anyone who enjoys Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, John Rain, or any of Baldacci's characters !!!!
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.
Say something about yourself!
Nathan McBride is my new favorite hero. Andrew Peterson has developed a cast of characters that made me want to keep reading. And now I am waiting for more.
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.
Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!
I love the characters Nathan and Harvey and they are a great team! The action is non stop and there are lots of twists and turns that you do not expect which I like, nothing predictable in this book!
Never a dull moment and of course they always get the job done! The relationship between Nathan and his father was very touching and real. Nathan and Harvey were like an old married couple (which I loved) and could finish each others sentences...this to me is the true symbol of this working relationship which encompasses so much trust and strength.
One of the reasons that I gave this author a first try was because of Dick Hill. I love his narration of the Jack Reacher series and I knew I would enjoy listening to him with a new story and I am certainly glad I did! I will start looking for more books by Andrew Peterson.
I almost had tears during the last exchange between Nathan and his father. Nathan reaching out to his father and his father giving back what a son needs from his father.