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First time author for me, suggested by audible. An ill, depressed ex-soldier suffering from PTSD in Afghanistan gets in trouble with the Ukranian mafia in LA. If you can believe it, the Ukranian mafia is worse than the Russian mafia, which means they're very bad! This story is how he works through it all. Sometimes it seemed a bit implausible but, hey, it was entertaining. If you like this genre then you'd like this story.
Good story, not great but good. Got painfully thru 3/4 of it and just simply had to stop. Not because of the story but Scott Brick's narration. EVRYTHING is sooooo dramatic with that mans voice! It just ruins great books and I dont understand why he narrates so many. He can make something as simple as the dog in this story licking his paw sound like the end is near! If YOU like him, then get the book because the storyline and plot are worth a credit.
Hurwitz never really captured my attention and got me to the "can't put it down" level. The pace bogged down several times with overly-detailed descriptions, and there were multiple instances of relaying the protagonist's thought stream in the middle of a charged situation that created a "stop action" effect. A couple of plot developments were easily foreseen, as Murphy's Law seemed to provide undue influence, while others were so unlikely as to not be credible. About 2/3 through the book, I really wanted to give it up, but I hate to leave a book unfinished, just in case there is a surprise turn of events.
In all honesty I struggled to finish this book. The writing was excellent, the characters well developed and the narrator did a superb job. But the tale is heavy and sad. I found myself sobbing on my lunch hour and had to wait until the weekend to finish listening. But I'm glad I persevered. The book was well worth it and in the end, the story turned out to be uplifting.
The weary knight. Read to escape reality. Husband, father, ER Doc.
This is an enjoyable book. But it is truly fiction and you must allow for some significant plot leaps. As always, Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator.
Having someone tell parts of the story from a dog's point of view. Totally brilliance Gregg!
It was a very tender story that tells of the bond between man and beast as they get to solve a mystery together.
Dogs cry too
Anyone who thinks this book deserves more than 2 stars has either never listened to another audiobook or is SERIOUSLY depressed. That isn't just my opinion, it's a cut and dry fact. Every sentence and thought sounds like it's coming from the deranged mind of a down and out guy who lost his job, his wife and kids left him, and his favorite dog died, all within one day — be prepared to put yourself on suicide watch if you're depressed enough to make it through this dreadful book. Aye, reading other people's positive reviews make me sick to my stomach!!
This book would be wonderful were it not for shit head Jason and the annoying daughter. I understand the characters were writing this way,but you will be fighting the urge to skip through the parts that involve them.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I loved the beginning. My heart was in my throat for the woman with the green eyes. And I loved Nate Overbay from the get-go. The look back to Nate's meeting with Janie, Ciel's birth, the portrait were enchanting. But the book became very very dark very very fast--the iceblock, the threat, the seemingly hopeless odds... Pete (whom I wanted to smack; how DARE he talk about Nate's "mess.")... I felt such despair that I struggled to keep on reading. It wasn't till well into the second part of the book that I saw a TINY bit of light.
This is only the second Gregg Hurwitz book I read (the other is Tell No Lies) and both were what I would call "gritty" and both were great stories but the other one wasn't as bleak. I'd definitely buy more of his books--but hoping for a break in the nimbus clouds.
It was exciting and ultimately appropriate.
I think you must either like/love or hate him because I've read some hostile reviews of books he's read. I'm in the love group. I truly enjoy his reading. I trust him to pick good material to read.
No. No. Please no. (I could deal with a 1 page short story where Janie and/or Ceil smash the portrait over Pete's head but that's all.)
Thank heaven for the minimal comic relief of Jason.
I loved the dog.
I felt rather sorry for Nastia.