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 enjoyed the book and felt it had some good twists in the storyline. Like the original narrator better but was really good. Would recommend to my friends.
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 !