The plot and the characters and, as always, Burke's use of the language - his wordsmithery is incredible and an absolute pleasure to behold either visually or auditorily.
Bitterroot - multiplicity of schemings and plottings happening at the same time, overlapping and intertwining.
Yup, comparable and excellent, as usual.
Classic James Lee Burke - I think I said that.
Excellent - right up there with the many others I've read/heard.
Switch from Dave R. to a Texas sheriff allows new vistas into a few of Burkes recurring themes. It is a fabric glorified after WWII, ignored by polite society after Korea, renounced in and after Viet Nam and then given a kindly but superficial embrace in our Mid-East escapades - those who make war and those who know war. The terrifying vista of the military-industrial complex Burke portrays is only overshadowed by the reality that DDE warned us about.
Will Patton's performance is masterful, and the way that he transformed his voice in to so many characters was truly awe inspiring.
That being said the story was just too slow. I have enjoyed several previous books from James Lee Burke, but this just felt like it dragged on. I just couldn't get into it and it was tough to get through this one.
Let me start by saying I am a fan. However, this story is so unbelievable that it is tough to take seriously. There are literally three sets of well organized killing teams (russians, mexicans, and religious freaks, as well as the FBI of course) stuck in a small town trying to kill each other at various points to get at one guy who has plans for a predator drone. At various times these "gangs" try to help the police to catch each other kill. It is simply overkill and not remotely believable. Also, while i like the way Burke writes, half of the conversations between the characters end by statement like "don't make fun of me or else type lines". The characters are also overly analitical no matter how dumb they are supposed to be. Burke definitely has better books.
Will Patton does a great job with all these voices. It's a little incredible that Sheriff Holland can do the things he does at his advanced age, but Patton brings this flawed man to life and makes you care about him and his deputy, love-struck Pam Tibbs. He also gives an interesting voice to arch-enemy Preacher Jack Collins, and convincingly puts the 3 on the same team, albeit briefly. The pace is slow at times, but the story engaging, and the characters worth knowing.
James Lee Burke's writing is rich and flavorful and so full of expression you can smell the desert air!
Will Patton???s interpretation of the book is excellent.
I love James Lee Burke. This was a great Texas/Mexico adventure. Hack was again stellar with some great new characters that made this story rich and interesting. Will Patton is the best storyteller in the business. If you love Burke, you will love this one.
This is the most poorly written book I have experienced. There is not one part of this story worth listening to.
Halfway through this story, I got tired of the author's endless metaphors and similes and his use of phrases like --"the greenness of the grass"; --"the blueness of her eyes" This kind of description, plus the endless reflections on past miseries of the main characters (or, as Burke would put it: "the endlessness of his reflections were like . . ." -- ), made me skip around to find the action that moved the story along. Back to Literature 101, James Lee.