Good story love the Cruz character but feel this was a little simple and compact and was meant as filler in between two books.
Yes - Hunter provides excitement with his detail.
Thankfully Soft Target returns to the believability of Point of Impact
His reading brings out the personalities of the characters.
Hunter takes you on an exciting trip to the center of the action.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I love Stephen Hunter's books and have read many of them. I enjoyed Soft Target but it was less intense than his usual fair so it did not meet my expectations.
See comments above.
Pleasant, well spoken
I liked the main character and would like to see a story more focused on him. I think the venue of soft target did not really lend to the character development that Hunter's prior stories have.
I consider this story an average read. I liked it but did not love it.
Sure, its a good story, just not the same old Hunter I like. Could have been the narration.
I like most of Stephen Hunter's work, and I think he must have a more nuanced understanding of the world than this novel displays.
Cruz is actually a quite likable protagonist. Unfortunately, it seems Stephen Hunter decided to turn the rest of his characters over to Rush Limbaugh, or his high school intern.
C'mon! A Harvard educated state police commander of Kenyan ancestry named Colonel Obobo who's all talk and no substance? And the place he's defending is called "America, the Mall!"
The sledgehammer-subtle subtext is too silly to be offensive.
I won't spoil a twist that actually doesn't deserve the intellectual energy I'm putting into not spoiling it, but if you get to the end...you'll learn you've been manipulated into another name-related satirical statement. This one is so out of place, unnecessary and the actual names so absurd I wondered if this were some code that Hunter is in trouble.
Mr. Hunter, blink twice if you wrote this novel under duress.
Stick to a solid story line and avoid posturing through characters
There is no way that the Chief of Minnesota State Policy would be so inept. The author, in trying to make political statement about his views of the curent President, creates his character as Kenyan born, and trained in Harvard. His linking the inept Col Obobo to President Obama is blatant as well as absurd. If President Obama was similar to the story's Col Obobo then Bin Laden and 22 senior terrorist leaders would still be alive.
His earlier story lines in the Bob Lee Swagger novels were better executed. He should go back to the formula. The action lines were good.
The story left me flat.
Leaving Politics out of it! What happened to the great books (Hot Springs and before)?
Then you focused on the story and characters, not just angry, FOX watching, political commentary. This criticism comes from a 48!yr old WM from Alabama!
Focus on story, not soap box.
Narrator not relevant.
Great take on over used plot line, but poorly executed.
Mr. Hunter, you are an author I used to follow. I just re-listened to Hot Springs before I bought this trash. STICK to what you know. Mr. Obbo? Do you really have this many people in my demographic to alienate. Best of luck and last purchase of your work.
Disliked this from the first words! I just didn't click with this narrator. Found him melodramatic and juvenile. Tried to focus just on the written word, but that didn't help either! Thought I might try the Kindle/WhisperSync version and looked at reviews on Kindle. Very poor ratings. Will trade this one back in! Ugh!