I've read and loved all of the Elvis Cole books and both Pike books. I'm done with Crais until Elvis is brought back. This book is cumbersome, dull-everything the Cole books are not. I can see where some would like it but not me.
While Crais' latest may not have all the humor of his earlier Elvis Cole novels, it's nonetheless engaging. First Rule keeps you guessing and entertained from the first chapter to the last. Pike is as enigmatic and deadly as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It seemed rather lifeless. I think the book would be more interesting, but the low monotone of the read blends everyone and everything into a lull that loses people and details. I enjoyed Hostage, but this one will be hard to remember.
The series (Cole/Pike) has kinda gone downhill since The Forgotten Man. If you're a series fan, you'll enjoy the book well enough, but I think listening to this story was like watching a run-of-the-mill episode in a cop show. With Crais narrating, it felt kinda "low budget", too. There was no real tonal variation between characters, and for a story that called for linguistic variations, the lack was prominent.
I love the Pike/Cole novels , they always have a story and this one is no exception . It was good to see the softer side of Joe pike- even if that softer side was like concrete !
Already have, because Lee Child is not prolific.
It's all good. Characters, the story, the delivery, the development - just all-around good.
Yes and already have. Making my way thru Crais's books a second time. There are a few I can not handle the narrator but this is not one of them. I think Crais as the narrator gives the reader a better look into Elvis/Joe. Since he wrote the book he knows how to convey to the reader/listener what his intentions were.
Maybe not on the edge but close.
Elvis and Joe and him. He conveys a part of himself thru his reading.
Joe with the baby.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
I may not know if a book is "Great" or not, but (refer to title). I liked this book, and I enjoy reading or listening to all of the Crais books. Sure, some I like more than others, but that just makes them seem more like individuals to me, as if a book were a being. Anyhow, I want to go on the record in support of Robert (do you go by Bob?) Crais narration on this book. I'm not absolutely positive, but this might be the only one of Bobs books I've listened to that had no mispronunciation of southern calif. place and/or street names. See, I like that too. Thank you Mr. Crais.
A Book Worm
Robert Crais' Cole/Pike series is one of the best ever. Without giving away too much about the story line....Joe Pike's is rarely wrong about a persons character. From the moment he heard of the murder of his former friend and his family, and the circumstances the police thought was behind the murder, Joe believed and was determined to prove the police wrong. Joe Pike lives by a set of rules...discipline, unwavering dedication and defending the innocent are at the top of the list... Turst me nobody defends the innocent like Joe Pike.
I really appreciated Robert's narration. It's refreshing to not have to wade through a lot of awful accents (this book has a lot of Serbian characters). He just told the story, and he did a wonderful job.
I've read all of 15 of the Cole/Pike nivels and they keep getting better and better.