The first novel by Stephen Hunter to offer s new hero: Ray Kruz...not half-bad good guy and retired Marine.
This is an excellent intro to continue the Swagger leniage. Cruz processes the same duty and honor traits of his father.
Looking forward to more.
Narrator was weak. His attempts at character voices were distracting to the story. Overall an enjoyable book. I would not get another by this narrator.
This is right out of today's headlines with Book Haram threatening to attack the Mall of America . Very good: surprising storyline.
I really enjoyed the strength and conviction demonstrated in the Ray's character. Being retired military I can relate to his sense of HCC.
The details, I thought the author did a great job at revealing the brave men and women who also serve our country, but receive no recommendation for their efforts. (FBI, police etc.) In addition, Hunter did a great job at exposing the very true nature of how politics can hinder the extraordinary efforts of these courageous heroes.
This is my first time listening to Gigante's and he is definitely very good at what he does. He has a firm understanding of the importance of providing each character their own personality as well as a unique voice. Well done!
Without a doubt!
LOVE All books by Lee Child, and Vince Flynn and J.A.Jance
Main character--lots of depth
Mayhem in the mall !
Fast moving, good portrayal of police action.
The author should have left the crude political/racial stereotypes. I've enjoyed all of his books up to this point but won't buy another. If he wants to make political statements, he can send a letter to his newspaper, write an Op Ed piece for the NY Times or better still, run for office.
He does poorly with Black people's accents, especially Black female's accents.
Leave out any references to Colonel Obobo, his background, ethnicity, etc. In fact, leave out Obobo entirely. Addressing his ethnicity did nothing to the plot except to make this reader wonder why the author was choosing to make such a crude, and possibly, racist stereotype.
My book of choice is one of suspense with a little bit of romance
I am willing to try out another book for comparison to best see if this is an author I will continue to listen to
Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian.
Didn't read the print versions.
Ray Cruz, of course. He's the Hero. I liked his pragmatism and willingness to step up.
Yes! He always does an amazing job, and this was no different. His narration serves the story well.
Fast-paced thriller with several points to make
I enjoyed this book. The action was fast-paced, and Ray Cruz is a wonderful character. I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers. I gave it 4 stars because overall it was worth the $$. However, a number of the characters were more vessels to make a point than individuals living the story. The most pronounced example was Obobo, who is a very thinly disguised Obama figure. Hunter does not have much respect for our president nor for "let's all just get along" liberal/pacifist thinking. I am for the most part on the same page, but his efforts to make the point were heavy handed at times so it did interfere with the story. He also busted trial lawyers (one was named "Shyster" - seriously?!).
The basic story line is that a group of Islamic fanatics take over The Mall of America with the goal of killing everyone to strike a blow in retaliation for the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The majority of the bad guys are Somali, and Hunter does make the point that they grew up very hard. Our hero, Ray Cruz, is shopping with his fiancée when the attack starts and steps up to end the situation from the inside out. Meanwhile, Obobo, the head of the state police, is so knotted up in liberal-think and cowardice that he refuses to do what needs to be done to stop the situation with least harm. A "rogue" SWAT commander steps up on the outside to do what Obobo won't. The meat of the story is how all those elements come together to bring resolution.
Many of the repeat characters in the book are non-Caucasian - Hmong, Somali, African American, half-Chinese. The ethnicities don't play a role in moving the story forward, so I found it interesting that Hunter made that choice. Perhaps to counter-balance the Obama hammering? It doesn't distract either, so it's just a "huh." moment.
Overall, a book worth your money unless you think Obama is awesome and would get your shorts in a wad reading this characterization of him.