I really thought I was going to like this book the way it started out. The main character is put into a difficult situation but he has the skills and experience to win through. The bad guy is downright evil and the supporting characters are more than just extras. I really enjoyed the reader too. The story was going along beautifuly but then about 2/3 of the way through it ran off the road and burst into flames. It actualy made me angry. It was like the author got tired and just decided to end it. Take my advice and try something else like "Point of impact" by Stephen Hunter
What a dissapointment from such a great author, and the biggest shock is that for the first 5 hours of this audio book it is great, but then its like "well I better wrap this up and go to bed" and thats just what happens...sudden and completely unfinished..if not for the great narration from Stechschulte (as always) i wouldnt even have given this book 2 stars....dont waste your money on this one, its a real bummer and waste of a book credit.
After reading the publisher's summary I was anxious to listen to this story. However I was very disappointed. Often authors develop the characters at the beginning and then bring them together as the story progresses.In this case after the character development, key characters are abruptly and inconsistently removed from the story. It then digresses to what might be considered an "anti-plot." The second half consists of "stream of consciousness" musings for the remainder of the book. I am very sorry I spent my time on this book.
This book wasn't bad until the second half of the book and then it just becomes a man's philosphizing about how the world has gone to hell and how this country is guilty of sin/war. The plot disappears and we get a rambling narrative about life according to the author, the second half of this book is really bad. Save your money stay away from this book. The serial killer antagonist becomes a honest broker as the angel of death, yuk.
I saw its movie coming out and thought I would enjoy the audiobook first. I greatly enjoyed the pace of the book and the personalities shown forth. There were a few times that his descriptions were a little vague as I tried to imagine the scene in my head and found a few details lacking, but overall I would consider that a minor problem. I then saw the movie. Even though they certainly got the main events of the book right, the "feel" of it didn't quite compare. To those that saw the movie and are on the fence, I would urge you to enjoy the audiobook and enjoy greater character development and a superior unfolding of the storyline. Give it one more chance.
I've really enjoyed other books from this author, but I sure would like to know what happened while this book was bring written. Two thirds of it is so good, and I got really hooked on the main character, then... it feels like the author quit and just filled up the space. Sorry to be blunt but that's was my experience of this book.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I actually like this book because the author resists the temptation to make everything turn out well in the end. In this novel, it doesn't. The basic theme is really sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong times. The motivation for the key character are seemingly bizarre, but only to the reader. To the killer, his motivations are sane.
This is a good crime thriller with a "texas" outlaw theme. It reminds me of some of James Lee Burke novels. The Hackberry Holland Series. So if you like those, then you will like this. I would say that the author here is a better writer. It could be an American classic but the violence makes it unsuitable for many. So expect lots of blood and guts.
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I know a lot of people liked this story, but it was just not for me. I felt kind of pointless to me, seemed to only be about a hit man that lives through everything and never getting caught, defying all logic; and about how terrible the world is.
having not read any of Mr. McCarthy's novels I did not know what to expect when I started this novel. As a reader I generally stick to fantasy and some mystery novels. I found this book in one of Audible's sales and had heard of the movie, so i took a look at it. Even though western novels don't tend to be my thing I liked the summary and decided what the hell and got it. After reading the entire book in one day, I am still not sure what to think about it. my first reaction is that was one of the more depressing novels I have ever read. This is saying something because i tend to like novels whitch are gritty and sometimes not happy for the characters. However, I can honestly say that this novel was one of the more violent, disturbing, and sad books I have ever read. This is not to say it was a bad book overall. As far as writing is concerned it was very good, if anything Mr. McCarthy is skilled at his prose. His characters weren't terrible either. They were fairly well developed, the problem with them was that they were very harsh. This was the type of book where you knew who was good and who was bad. The bad people were simply vicious, with some of the most disturbing moral codes I have ever read about, and most of the supposed good people had serious moral flaws as well, even if they are trying to do right. To top off this book has what I would call one of the most unexpected and somewhat disappointing endings ever. Suffice it to say that this novel has one of the most unique endings I have ever read. Finally, the narrator was pretty good, but he seemed to be a little slow and dry in places. however, this monotone kind of fit the story. I would say this book is worth reading, if only because of its strange and intriguing ending. As a final warning I will say that this book is not for everyone, if you like happy books where everything works out, do not read this book.
I enjoyed the book for the most part and loved the narration. I'm glad I got it in audio as I'm not sure reading it would have been as enjoyable. I didn't quite "get" the movie, although I liked it so thought the book would help. I'm no "Pollyanna" but the ending of the book really ticked me off and left me feeling dissatisfied. Not every story has a happy ending, but I feel this book had no ending. I may listen to it again but doubt there will be a different outcome. ;)