First encountered McGee years ago and I'm enjoying the series just as much the second time around.
Johd D. MacDonald deffinatly created a true "champion for the underdog"
Tell us about yourself!
I was captivated by the first book, The Deep Goodbye, and intend working my way through the Travis McGee series because this, the second book, did not disappoint in any way.
Listened while riding my Goldwing
I'm a Travis McGee fan from WAY back.
He brings the characters to life
Say something about yourself!
This time McGee's army buddy Mike Gibson calls to ask for a favor. His baby sister Nina's fiancee has been killed; then exposed as a thief and she's been changed by the events and not for the better. He asks McGee to look into it; find out what to him and help Nina regain her optimism and belief in others. McGee uses a strange method in the implementation of this objective. He picks a fight; the two of them exchange slaps and of course jump directly into bed. Their relationship is intensely passionate and McGee's investigation into her fiancee's death is moving forward when he's drugged and placed into a mental facility. The facility has traded it's integrity for money and allowed itself to be used as a repository for people who've gotten in the way of a corporate swindle. McGee is blackmailed into writing letters to all concerned; both in New York and Florida that he's going walkabout.
This is one of the weaker McGee stories. The only portion of it that redeemed the book was his escape from the institution. If you're someone who's new to the Travis McGee series don't begin your exploration with this one.
Entertaining, but flawed
The second in the series finds McDonald still developing the character of Travis McGee. Oddly, the writer spends more time with the romance and McGee's relationships with women more than he does the thriller aspects which, at times, seem s little over the top. Taking McGee out of Florida this early in the series reduces the effectiveness of the character considerably. Not nearly as good as The Deep Blue Goodbye, it's still an enjoyable entry in the series. Terrific narration.
I wasn't certtain he would be a good fit for McGee but in the space of two books, he's won me over. I look forward to listening to his work on the rest of the series.
Anyone who enjoys a good "Since you're going to die anyway, I'll explain my entire sinister plot to you" villain will be be right at home here.
At one point, the plot got pretty circular so I fast-forwarded. Amazing but I didn't miss a thing. I enjoy these books because of the south Florida setting. There was almost none of it in this book...it all happens in NY.
In 15 words I can;t say. I don't recommend any of the 7 in the series to anyone
Not many. A plausible entertaining plot.
They all were decent stories for a 3 hour listen but stretched to 6 hours by too much unnecessary prose/lecture. Too easy to loose concentration and a relationship with the charactors was never made. I never liked McGee which is necessary to a good listen. If I'm not invested in the cast of characters and can't root for someone it just isn't worth the time. And he must not like women as the first 4 books made them appear undesirable or beautiful and not too bright.
I found that I really don't like the way women are betrayed but this was written decades ago and how we perceive ourselves and others perceive us, has definitely changed.
Story line was decent. Enjoyable as a mystery.
i will buy and read EVERY JDM book but this one was a little dry and slow to me.
Travis, of course
i always expect a lot from JDM because i read all these books back in the 60s and i loved them back then and i love them now. this one book was kind of dry and boring to me and i stopped reading it in the middle and picked up the next one to read. i was much more satisfied with the next one. still love him and his views of love and women,etc. i would love to have a guy that felt exactly like Travis. Mrs. John D. MacDonald is a very lucky lady...you can't write about this stuff unless you really feel it.
I've been waiting for the classic Travis McGee stories to make it to Audible, as they're some of the best ever written and legendary to most mystery/adventure fans. Unfortunately, just as they did with the Tom Clancy back catalog, Audible went cheap and chose a no-name and very untalented narrator. There's zero emotion or character in Petkoff's voice and they might as well have just used a screen-to-voice program. The pivotal early scene where McGee explains his war experiences and why he must help his friend's sister is unbelieving read completely monotone. I would have fallen asleep if I weren't so outraged over how it ruined the book. This is one of my favorite McGee novels and it's a classic but it's ruined by the narration. Audible would have done better if they just bought the rights to the abridged audio versions narrated by Darren McGavin. McGavin put more character in one paragraph of his version than there is in this entire reading and I'd rather have a superb abridged book than this horrible rendition. That's how bad it is.