Dave falls off the wagon and manages to impale himself on a cross of his own making. At one point, it looks very bleak for Dave indeed. Of course, we know that Dave will overcome, but how he does makes for excellent listening.
I've read that Dave can be ethically challenged. This is the first book I've listend to where I finally understand that comment.
Will Patton's narration is as usual, excellent, although he does have a tendency to be "breathy."
His characterization defines Clete Purcell.
This one will keep you sitting in the car or have your headphones glued to your ears.
I just finished Crusader's Cross and I can't say enough about it. This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. James Lee Burke's writing and the expert narration by Will Patton make you feel like you're in the Louisiana Bayou along side Dave Robicheaux. I'm adding this to my very short "listen to again" list.
The smells, the poetic descriptions, the names of the characters, the colloquialisms, the flaws of the characters make this book perfection. This series, Burke and Patton, are beloved to me. They take my expectations of any other book to a level that is unfair. Crusader's Cross is a great story. You get to know Dave even better and join him in a major life event. Clete is on fire and adds the right amount of color and an "oh my gosh how are they going to get out of this" feeling. The mystery is complex and believable and personal. Just a work of art.
This is a good series, there are a lot of books in it so I do not write a review of them all, but on this occasion I have to point out that this is a stand out. The story is beautifully developed, the ending brought to an exciting conclusion and the language and description of events fabulous. I do have to add a bit to the narrator controversy, although I find Patton adequate, he butchers Cletus Purcell's voice, - but it does not take the audio out of the first rate category - it is just that he is not as good as the other prominent narrator for that character. There are times in this story when you have to find a way to keep the audio rolling, it is just so well written and compelling that there are simply not good places to pause. The villein is extremely well built and seems to have the upper hand although you are not sure who his surrounding cast is, there are great moments of suspense and surprise twists in the story.
This is my first Dave Robicheaux novel and my first read by Will Patton. I loved both and will seek out more! Will Patton does such a good job I will look for more novels that he reads.
I bought this book based on the glowing reviews. I couldn't even listen to it for more than 2 hours. It was boring me to sleep in the middle of the day. I never did hear the author "turn a phrase" or give a fantastic description of anything. In the two hours I listened nothing happened to catch my interest or attention, so I switched to something else. When my MP3 player choked and had to be reformatted, I didn't even bother putting this back on it.
Will Patton's authentic, sweet, soft, southern drawl is music to my southern ears and the perfect voice for Dave and the other memorable New Iberia characters! Engaging, entertaining, and addicting, Crusader's Cross is Robicheaux (I mean Burke!) at his best.
Typical Dave, you say, "please don't do it" and he does it and gets in deep trouble. Will Patton makes these books come alive! He is absolutely the best at getting out what James Lee Burke puts into a book. Love his Cajun dialect, when he uses it. Great Book.