I first gained interest in this series after watching the new Amazon series, "Bosch." Now that I finished book 1, "The Black Echo," I know I'll be listening to every one in this series as well. Harry Bosch is a fascinating character and Connelly does a terrific job of creating believable stories and characters around him. I've already purchased and downloaded the next few audiobooks and I look forward to Season 2 of Bosch on Amazon.
If you like the mystery / detective genre, you won't be disappointed with this book. It's entertaining with interesting plot twists, including a major twist towards the end I had not anticipated. I recommend you give "The Black Echo" a try.
I would say that The Black Echo ranks in the upper third of the audiobooks to which I have listened thus far.
The protagonist, Harry Bosch, was my favorite character. The other characters were either not sympathetic or were underdeveloped.
Dick Hill is a strong and competent narrator and generally enjoy his performances. This one was particularly well done.
A couple of moments in the book were particularly good, but I will not get into them as they are spoilers.
My first Michael Connelly book left me generally pleased and a fan of Harry Bosch. However, some of the writing did leave me with some minor, nagging issues. First the good: The plot and characters are well done and it is easy to quickly get behind the protagonist and pull for him. Bosch does have some depth and dimension, but with some fairly stereotypical characteristics of the gritty, cynical detective. Some of the relationships developed in a predictable way. The book does have its share of plot twists and surprises that were not telegraphed early on. And I didn't find the story formulaic or banal. I did get annoyed at what I viewed as aged dialogue for the setting of the book. Some of the character dialogue was 30 to 40 years old, trite, cliched and overused. Further, I always wrinkle my nose at authors whose technical knowledge of law enforcement and military terminology and capability is limited and inaccurate. For example, the author doesn't know the difference between an ammunition clip and a magazine. I look forward to reading Black Ice, the next installment in the Bosch series.
Vietnam, LA. Military, effective and not-soEffective cops, female FBI agent. Tenderness and rawness, good cops, bad cops. Story runs the gamut that we expect from a good cop shop mystery. Kept me engaged and, at the end, satisfied , looking forward to the next Harry Bosch episode. I liked it!
My first Harry Bosch book. I ordered the next book as soon as I finished it. I definitely recommend it.
I have always loved Michael Connelly books! They are a bonus because they are so easy to go back and re-read and enjoy again. Any fan or new listener will enjoy listening to the first in the series.... Especially to get the first dose of Eleanor.
The story has so much mundane investigation detail it puts you to sleep. Moved forward with the pace of a snail. May develop, but watching the grass grow held more fascination.