Main character awfully hard to believe - makes great deductions occasionally, but most of the time makes really dumb moves, acts juvenile, and in general made me groan at his general handling of life. I love Michael Connelly's books and this is the only one I have not enjoyed a lot - the idiot main character is brilliant in the lab but a clutz in relationships and ability to live in the real world.
I'd been putting it off because of bad listener reviews, but I was finally out of Connelly fiction so I went ahead. I thought it was just fine. Not the best, not the worst. Why some people are so upset with this book, I don't know. True, if you've never read a Connelly novel, you probably should get to know Harry Bosch instead, but otherwise, it lives up to Connelly's normal high standards.
I have listened to all of Connelly's books and by far I found this one to be a radical departure from his other works. I loved the Lincoln Lawyer and the Bosch series is always enjoyable but this book failed to hold my interest. I look for a few things: Good plot development, good character development and hopefully enough twists and turns to hold my interest. This one didn't have any of those in my opinion. If this is the first book you have read (listened to) by this author don't judge him on this one. Try ANY of the others and you will more satisfied.
This book was not bad, but it was somewhat disappointing. I'm a real fan of Connely's "Harry Bosch" novels, and this just didn't live up to what I've come to expect from this author.
After having seen the reviews that some others have written, I do have to defend this book to some extent. A number of reviews talk about the fact that the main character is supposed to be a super intelligent person, and yet he keeps making stupid decisions that make the story unrealistic. I have to disagree. Have you ever made one decision that you were embarrased by, and then had to cover up for it by making another bad decision? The next thing you know you are in over your head, and looking for a way out. It happens. This is just such a story, and the author does a very good job of making the reader/listener feel very trapped and uncomfortable. I'd say that's pretty good writing.
So why did I only give this book three stars out of five? Than answer is that although the writing was pretty good, it just wasn't a story that I cared much about. The science is plausible and accurate. The mystery itself is pretty good. But for some reason I just kept looking for more.
Would I buy it again? I might. Can I recommend it? That depends on which day you ask.
This book grips you from the beginning. I listened while I was driving to work. On some days I couldn't get out of the car. On another day I drove right past the entrance to my office. The ending was quite a surprise. You HAVE to get this book.
From the start this book grabs you and you don't want to stop listening to know what happens next; however it appears the author had to finish quickly because the ending is poorly conspired. But I enjoyed it very much.
I've read every other Michael Connelly book and loved them all. This one is the exception. The protagonist is such a moron I found myself yelling, "No! No!" when he was about to make one of his uncountable horrible decisions. The writing style is different than other Connelly books - almost like someone else wrote it, or he was trying to intentionally create a different style. The narrator doesn't help either - his tone makes most of the characters sound like hip, arrogant, self-absorbed jerks. What a disappointment. But don't let this review stop you from reading other Connelly books - they are VERY good.
Connelly lost this one in an effort to make sufficient plot twists. The story had such a good chance, but his final twist relies on an implausible level of conspiracy theory... well, let's not give it away. There were some errors also that defied common sense and most are related to the final, flawed twist. They're not easy to miss: how did the transmitter penetrate the copper walls in the lab?