I know from whence I speak.
Occasionally I re-listen to a book that seems to have faded in my memory. Recently, I pulled up The First Rule because I like the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series of novels it led me to and it's substance was evading me. I believe TFR is the first in the series and it focuses on Joe Pike, unlike most of the others that focus on Elvis. Author Robert Crais narrated whereas Patrick Lawlor read most of the others I had listened to. This second time around, I enjoyed it more than ever and it enhanced my enjoyment of subsequent Cole/Pike novels. The plot combines ruthless East European organized crime gangs, LA gangs, loyalty, friendship, betrayal. The bad guys met their match in Joe Pike whose raw tough guy talents drive this story rather than Elvis who leads the way in most of the others. I kind of liked the change of pace because I learned more about the stoic Pike's background and motivations. Crais's narration was particularly entertaining and, if he does another book centering on Pike, he would do well to perform the Pike role again.
I love Robert Crais' writing. I usually delve into his novels expecting to be enveloped by words that create uniquelly intimate relationships coupled with sinister situations so fully explored and real that I never want the tales to end. This one, unfortunately, felt like it was phoned in and maybe (?) a book that was owed his publisher, but his heart wasn't in it so...oh well for him and too bad for us, his readers and ardent Cole and Pike fans. I've read everything he's written up to this point so, I'm going to order The Sentry now because I refuse to give up. I hope that one gets at least four stars out of me.
Picked this from the sale, and was pleasantly surprised. My first encounter with Crais, and I will try more by him. Sure, not the best narration ever, but not distractingly poor either. I liked the Pike character. Decent plot, just plain good entertainment.
Plot is very good and character are good and Crais does his own dialog. Really enjoyed the book
Good audio book but not in the clase of Daniel DaSilva, Vince Flynn or any of the other fast paced books. It was good but not one that that compellled me to go or a drive to keep listening to it.
This novel was disappointing and certainly not up to the usual Crais novels. It may be the author reading or the content was disjointed. Still worth reading though.
Gracie the PB Native
If you want action, this is the story for you! Never a dull moment.............it'll keep you interested all the way!
I've read him before, and enjoyed his work.this is no exception!