This was the best work to date from this pair! The coupling of JLB and Will Patton is superb to say the least. How could it get any better? Even when it got a little over the top w/ Alf, it pulled it out w/o going Jack Bauer. I particularly liked the image of the paddle wheeler coming up the river and how it tied into the tempest w/ in Dave. Great imagery and character portraits. I am only sorry that I don't think I will find another book this good. Six stars for sure (and I am critical). Thanks for the great read!!!!! Chuck
While I'm not a die-hard Burke fan I enjoyed this book. Can't beat Patton for the narration and what he brings to the experience in listening to it.
One thing that sort of bugs me is that if you do the math the ages of Robicheaux and Purcel have got to be close to 80. The actions and attributes of these guys are often those you'd associate with people half their age. I don't know any 80-yr old men that can carry 500-lbs above their head or disarm/beat up guys who are in their prime. I get the history here and it's not uncommon for authors to create main characters who are close to their own age but if you've followed Burke from his first Robicheaux novel it's really not realistic to keep this series going... unless a murder takes place in a retirement village.
Has a few dead spots but a really good read........could actually visualize most of the book.........but how could you go wrong with Will Patton
This was my first Burke novel and I must say it kept me hooked all the way through to the end. I would say more about the end but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I LOVED the narration, Will Patton did an excellent job. The way the author described the locals and the landscape had me right there in Louisiana with the characters seeing it all. Very good book and worth the $$.
I have listened to 200-300 audio books and in my opinion, this is the best author/narrator combination on Audible. The Dave Robicheaux saga is just outstanding. My advice to all new listeners is to trace this series back to the beginning and ENJOY. There really is not a bad apple in the barrel.
A very busy dad and IT manager from Athens, GA. I have a long commute, and I listen to tons of audiobooks in the car and around the house.
This novel finds Dave back in Louisiana, and Burke back to writing like he was in his prime. The plotting and pacing are crisp, the story is exciting and well-defined. Recent novels in the series have suffered from a mushy feel, a sense that the complexities of the story and the relationships between the characters aren't well-established. The language here is sharper, less prone to falling back on trusted Burke phrases (I don't recall anything in this novel being compared to a wire, or sounding like clicking... long-time fans will know exactly what I'm talking about). It's just really quite good. I am now listening to Heaven's Prisoners again, and this novel is of comparable quality... something I haven't been able to say in a few years. Also, I really miss Mark Hammer, but Will Patton does a great job with the narration of this one.
I am there again. Is there anyone that can listen to Patton read Burke's latest without feeling the heat and all the emotions they thought they left behind? This story was alive and the ending was so great. Exactly right.
I have enjoyed all Burke's books and Robicheaux in particular, but this one was over the top. I understand these words (perhaps can't spell them) but putting them in New Iberia, ipistomalagical,syberetic, recidivest, lunatical vacuity, come on - and then a mythological ending.