A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
It's a brutal story about brutal men. Still, there are unforgettable characters and enough of Burke's amazing story telling ability to recommend to most.
It begins with a descriptive tale of Louisiana prison life in the early 19th century. Not pleasant in the least, but surprisingly familiar to the prison portrayed in Cool Hand Luke. Most of the book revolves around the escape of two men, the main characters.( No spoiler here, all this foretold in the first paragraph.)
Hugh Allison is a 19th century version of Clete Purcell.
No question it was Allison, Son Holland seemed just to be along for the ride.
It was so violent I felt like I was in the midst of it.
Yes - JLB always stands up to multiple readings. The plot, characters, narrative voice, humour, and depth of emotion in this story make it a very rewarding experience
Anytime Hugh is knocking around. Or Deaf. Will Patton's delivery is brilliant, particularly for these two characters.
Hugh or Deaf!
Nobody should ever be permitted to read James Lee Burke other than Will Patton. I'm addicted.
Will Patton is by far the BEST narrator for any and all James Lee Burke books. I couldn't take my earbuds out - started this book at night and stayed up all night. One of my very favorite Burke books.
"Son" - he was believable, vulnerable, honest and made me proud to be a Texan.
I have NEVER been disappointed in any of the narratives by this performer. His portrayal of any of the characters developed by Burke makes each one individual and SO EASY to follow - as far as I'm concerned, he would never have to say the "he said, she said" etc., because his narration is so concise that one knows each character without identification.
The Alamo Revisited
LOVE THIS BOOK
As usual, Will Patton's delivery was perfect and was probably all that kept me listening to this story. Unlike most books I listen to....and I've listened to most of James Lee Burke's....I just couldn't keep my focus on this one. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere or have a point that I could identify with. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for it but generally, when listening to a really good story, I do not want to stop to do anything else. This time, I was hoping for something to interrupt me so I'd have something more interesting to do. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
... And Will Patton should play Sun Holland.
Not to sound like a member of the heard, but this story is Amazing ;)
There is certainly a recognition of characters from prior series, but I think that is part of the magic. The flow of the story blends perfectly with the writers in-depth description of this flawless and surprising tale from the past. Though it is fiction, I found myself googling the main characters to try and see where their story ends.
To anybody ready to pass on this novel because of its short length, Don't you dare! This is a must hear. A captivating, one- sitting, listen with a satisfying finish.
Thank you JLB.
This is only my second audio book, and it doesn't compare to the first book with regard to genre and depth.
It was enjoyable, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it kept me on the edge of my seat.
It meant everything, since there were so many different characters.
We did, in fact, listen to it in one sitting while travelling.
James Lee Burke is such a skilled writer. His descriptive phrases bring sharp images to the imagination. This is a small book, but the story did not seem small. It moved along briskly. The characters that he created seemed so real, one would almost think he actually knew them and shared firsthand in their real life adventures. The narrator was nothing short of fabulous. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a terrific story and great characters, regardless of how one feels about western genre books. This one is special.
I did not realize that this book was about thirty years old until I started listening.
Performance was not the issue.
I did not listen past the first few chapters.
Please read reviews and research the book if you are looking for current updated stories
My overwhelming sense with this book was that it was another Dave Robecheu novel transported back in time. First, I should say that I listened to any book I can find that Will Patton reads. I particularly like the Dave Robecheu novels. Second, I like the 'gum-shoe' cop books that Burke writes. But, Third, this one was simply and only the same two characters of Cleat or Pete and Dave. Unfortunately, I think Will Patton got caught up in the familiarity of the 'voice' of the book and by a quarter the way in he was using the same exact voice of Dave & Cleat.
In the end, the same voice, the same style, the same characters and just moving it to the Texas independence fight - it just didn't cut it for me. Basically, this book blew chunks.
Either Burke needs to take a vacation or he needs to try a little harder and create some new characters or . . . he could just write Dave Robecheu novels.