This deals with a more serious topic, but the characters and lighthearted tone of the overall series is still intact. I like the way Grabenstein continues to move the world of the characters forward -- Ceepak is now married with an adopted son, Boyle has "graduated" to occasionally partnering with a new part-time seasonal cop, the same position he was in when he met Ceepak. But in this case he also moves it backwards, bringing back Ceepak's history in Iraq to meet with the current mystery of the apparent suicide of a young corporal just recently returned from Iraq. In this book "Hell Hole" refers to not just the so-named carnival ride on the Boardwalk, but also to the sandbox of the fighting in Iraq. Definitely a lot of politics involved in this story, unlike the previous installments.
The narrator does an excellent job, keeping the voice of young-for-his age, perennial-kid-turned-cop Danny Boyle walking the line of believability and humour without allowing it to fall over into farce.
Enjoyed the 4th book in the series. If you liked the first 3 you will like this one as well...
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I find this series to be a bit on the light side as but they are a guilty pleasure. In this one we meet Ceepak's father and learn a bit more of his background with one heck of a surprise from his past.
The main story is about the murder of a soldier that was set up to look like a suicide. It keeps moving along pretty well with the usual humorous viewpoints pointed out by Danny.
Again, nothing super on the thriller/dramatic side but lots of fun to listen to.
I can't remember the last time I actually read a book!!
I stumbled across this series and have really enjoyed it
I love the John Ceepak series. I started with the newest Rolling Thunder and then went back to the first. Was not that crazy about either Mad Mouse or Whack a Mole, which were too gruesome for this light mystery series, but this book was just right. Interesting story, good mystery and the Ceepak humor. If it had more meat, I would give it 5 stars, but then it would have used too much concentration for a commuter book. Recommended and certainly worth a credit.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I love the John Ceepak Mysteries! Jeff Woodman is a wonderful narrator. You feel like you are peeking into the room where the story is taking place and you can visualize all of the characters.
Thanks for the books and keep them coming!
I really like Grabenstein's books. They are suspensful and interesting but not in a creepy way. The background characters are interesting and cover the real life spectrum. Having spent lots of time in beach communities I can see how these characters could be among us.
The mystery itself is pretty good, but the dialog is unbelievably bad. Danny Boyle talks like a teenager who is immature for his age. I don't know what Cheepak is supposed to be like, but he talks like a computer with a limited set of stock answers to all questions and situations. Even when Cheepak encounters his father, where there ought to be some emotion, he has none. It's like a comic book. Very good, Danny! Wow, how did Cheepak figure that out? Use logic, Danny! Here's a pat on your head, Danny. The narrator turns Cheepak into a blockhead, but I cannot fault him too much. He isn't given much to work with. The whole is LESS than the sum of each part. I will not be reading any more in this series.
Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!
the story move fast and holds your interest..but it is totally ruined by the LARGE amount of excessive profanity. I would rate it 5 stars if the profanity level was missing