I was pleasantly surprised by the immersive story and great twist at the end!
Characters and the conclusion
Detective Bosch, of course!
Laughed out loud several times...
Great characters, plot
Harry's flashbacks to his Viet Nam experience
It was easy to tell the characters apart and usually his voice was just part of the story.
I was really disappointed in the characters who betrayed their values.
The lost star in "performance" was because I didn't like the voice of the female protagonist.
Harry's devotion to his fellow veterans, and the experience they all shared.
In my opinion Dick hill is the absolute best! He has a way of making you feel like it is you going through the emotions of the story.
When Harry remembers and talks about his photo album.
A line from the story. "Out of the light, and into the darkness".
I have read, and listened to other Connely stories. I will continue to read and listen to more. I want to know the rest of the story about the "Doll Maker"
Excellent book to listen to - older film noir type vibe which I enjoy
Same as above
At end when Harry confronts Eleanor
When Harry talked about Viet Nam and what it was like to go into the tunnels
This is my first foray into Harry Bosch series - the earlier books are rather old (early 90s) and some things seem strange for today's time but I like that older film-noir feeling
This was a great introduction to Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch. I have decided that small doses of Connelly are best. I find him to write dark stories. Not only do bad things happen around him, but he is a sad and depressed man. Now I know why.
Harry Bosch has been an LA cop since he returned home from Vietnam. In his opinion, it was either that or be a criminal. Harry has already had some serious successes in his carrier and has a knack for catching serial killers. His success has been so good that he even got a TV movie deal and local fame. But Bosch is still haunted by his Vietnam service. He was a tunnel rat. A soldier that searched and destroyed the multitude of underground tunnels the Viet Cong used. Bad things happened to him down there and more often than not he sleeps in an easy chair where the nightmares and insomnia are easier to handle.
The Black Echo, also what tunnel rats called the tunnels, follows Harry's investigation of the murder of a former Vietnam comrade. He ends up forced to work with the FBI after being accused of being a co-conspirator in a bank robbery involving tunneling into a vault. His relationship with his FBI counterpart becomes more than it should be which adds to the complication of the case.
There are some good twists and curve balls thrown in. It did not end the way I thought it would. Be prepared for lots of coarse language. Michael Connelly's characters are not boy scouts.
What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".
It is a well written story, good character development and good pace.. cant ask for more
Well it is the first detective book Ive dared listen to.
Dick Hill is a pimp. Makes it easier to choose a book if he is the narrator.
I like the choices the main character makes. there is not a lot of nonsense in his problem solving
Its a real good read if you like a good story and good pace. Its a dude book for sure..
Was not sure aobut this audiobook, but was pleasantly supprised. It was put together well and presented well. Enjoyable
After reading many Harry Bosh books, I finally got to read the first one in the serie (thanks audible for introducing it). And I love it. It's not only the crime story that makes it interesting. Trauma from the past linked to crime investigation - brilliant idea. It's a must for HB fans.
What struck me most about THE BLACK ECHO's audio version was the narration. Nobody, NOBODY, in 1990's Los Angeles talks in the way the characters in the story talk. The young perps are all Leo Gorcey "Bowery Boys," the protagonist is "Sam Spade," and the rest are all exaggerated 1930's or 1940's movie characters.
The book itself tends in the same direction. Passages about anchovies on pizza. Give me a break. It's tired cliche after tired cliche after tired cliche.
The author knows his 1990's streets and geography of Los Angeles but he (narrator, too) DOESN'T know the people of 1990's Los Angeles at all.
But, it's "listenable" and, like an episode of Mannix, it easily holds your attention to the end.
This is not my favorite genre so that may account for my lower than average reviewer’s score. But seriously, I love the smell of cordite in the morning? Cordite has not been used since WW11 and even rarely then, and who gets shot, dives headfirst into a hole dropping eight feet into a pile of concrete and re-bar and then you jump in after them? That’s a long drop.