I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Few detective and legal thriller authors are as talented and successful as Michael Connelly. Published in 1992, The Black Echo is a worthy beginning to the Harry Bosch series. The first Bosch story I read in the series was Novel #7, A Darkness More Than Night which was published in 2001; although it was good I was not very impressed. I finally got around to listening to The Black Echo in 2010. Now all of Connelly's books are in my Audible library. The Black Echo is very impressive. Along with Bosch it introduces FBI agent Eleanor Wish who later became Bosch's wife and who is the mother of his daughter. This novel is simply superb. Narration is by Dick Hill. Connelly should have stuck with Hill, who is consistently great, but he has used several different narrators. His last several Bosch novels are narrated by actor Titus Welliver who plays the Bosch character in the Amazon series Bosch. I certainly highly recommend The Black Ice. It is the best place to start the wonderful series.
This book really captured my interest in the Bosch series. Connelly put the words "twists and turns" to good use in this one.
Enjoyed the entire book, no particular moment or scene.
I think that Dick Hill is the voice of Harry Bosch. I enjoy the energy that Hill puts into his performances, his various voices and the introduction of sounds to make the story more realistic to the listener.
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There was something about this story. It felt dated but something about it was really enjoyable. The strong American voice, the policeman that was thwarted at every turn by people who were supposed to be on his side, all made me wonder why I was enjoying the story so much. It must have been because the story was well told and I listened to it every opportunity I could till I knew the ending. It was a page turner.
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This was my second Michael Connelly and it was enjoyable. It was entertaining which is what you want out of a book. Harry Bosch is fun and Connelly does a good job of keeping the story moving, throwing in some romance, a snappy LA style, and good insight into human nature. I know I'm a bit late discovering this author but 'll methodically work through his stores.
Good classic detective story, that follows the classic "rough around the edges, good hearted, not well liked detective" format. Though its is somewhat cookie cutter I still enjoyed the book and the narration is solid. I will listen to more in the Harry Bosch series
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I got this book on an Audible sale and it was well worth it. I have read some of the newer Harry Bosch series and had not realized this was the first book of the series. This tell how Eleanor and Harry met. Dick Hill always does an excellent job. I will make a point now of going back and reading the other books in the series.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I wanted to read the Bosch series from the start so I picked this up. It was nicely paced and the characters were believable.
The twist in the story was a bit predictable and the IAD investigation which fills a large part of the storyline is not really explained/justified and I finished the book still unclear as to why Bosch is so "bad" that he needed to be investigated.
I didn't really enjoy the military sub-storyline (it wasn't quite political but had a tinge of politics), and don't understand the antagonist's motivations even though they are spelled out at the end.
The narration is good.
I'll read the next in the series because I suspect Bosch will turn into a very interesting character.
Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.
Mark C. Grove
I got hooked on Lee Child's Jack Reacher series probably because of the voice actor, Dick Hill. He is marvelous. If you like Reacher, you're gunna really like Bosch. Also, Amazon has produced a Bosch TV series. Ten episodes. They're great, too. All thumbs up.
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This is my first Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch book, but not my first Connelly. This though is the first in the Bosch series: The Black Echo. It will not be my last (as I have the next two books in the series lined up on my devices.) I was inclined to explain these stories as true Noir. Wikipedia though tells me that Noir characters although self-destructive never deal with legal, political or system corruption. Well, Harry Bosch is self-destructive but deals only with institutional exploitation, of the innocent, feeble or lame. Harry is always smoking, drinking and never being cooperative with his authorities – which makes being a homicide cop in the police hierarchy difficult. Oh yes, and he often gets fooled, beat up and hated on occasion. Yet, he is always there for truth and justice the American way especially when acting on behalf of the little people. Harry is always setting his situation to really historical jazz as played by the best musicians from the 40s through the 90s – and he is a great guide to epoch jazz!. Okay, now you know a little about the Harry Bosch gender.
In The Black Echo, we find Harry, confronting a murder victim that brings back his troubled memories of his Viet Nam past. Add to that circumstance that his bosses are trying to “get him” and have a police team of two assigned to do nothing but attempt to criminalize him and the FBI force (to whom he gets assigned) double crossing him. Finally, add to that a lover who has additional motives in their relationship than just being his companion. All of this gets mixed together and, well, it seems very Noir to me. This is good get away from the real world stuff. This is hard to put down stuff. This is a good read.