I have listened to several Robert Crais novels in the past - most of them from the Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series. I have never considered Crais an upper echelon author, but more of a second tier, run-of-the-mill type author.
This book; however, is certainly at or near that top shelf.
The title of my review sums it up rather simply. I will definitely keep my eyes out for a sequel, or another non-Cole / Pike story with similar good reviews.
Be advised; however, that parts of the story are told from the mind of the dog, some of which are a little corny - intensified by the narrator, MacLeod Andrews who hams it up a bit too much.
Aside from MacLeod's baby dog voice, and the story moving a tad too slow a couple of times, I recommend the book and give it 5 stars.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
I would recommend it only to a dog person. The insight into dogs and pack mentality was at times interesting.The actual crime solving seemed to be only half the story. It also took 32 chapters to finally get more details on the crime. I like to try to solve a crime as the story goes along but with the limited information it was not as interesting as I would have liked.If you're interested in reading a thriller, look elsewhere.
If this is Crais best book, then probably not. As I said it wasn't a bad book but there are so many to choose from I would first try another author.
I enjoyed a scene with Sgt Leyland the dog trainer. Quote was something like: "These are God's creatures and they will love you with all their hearts, and all they expect in return is a kind word." Some of the scenes from Maggie the dog's perspective were also well done. Not corny.
In all fairness I am generally a difficult grader. This book was good, but it did not make me alter my daily routine and make me want to listen to it like some other books that I just couldn't put down. I know a book is really good when I starting thinking how I can rearrange my day to manage to sneak in another chapter or two. I did not do that with this book. Dog lovers will enjoy it though.
We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.
I wasn't sure why so many reviews gave this 5 stars. I liked the story and the narration was great. It had many slow parts when this character was trying to find who did this to him. I got a little lost at times and lost interest. The first part of this book was fantastic and then it lost me and the end was great again. So it was a good listen. Just not 5 stars.
I have never 'read' a better written account of working with dogs in a fictional work. Crais is spot on with counter conditioning (without calling it that), great descriptions of dog behavior and dog-human interactions. Just superb. Crais's treatment of Maggie's character blew me away. The other characters, the plot, writing is all top notch. One of the most satisfying books I have listened to.
Love to read books as well as listen. I enjoy historical novels as well as non fiction.
I was very disappointed in this book Have read others by Robert and enjoyed them. This was way too predictable and too much dog for my taste and I love dogs :)
Made it a mystery
Simply put, one of thebes books I have ever listened to. Maggie, you stole my heart! Awesome author writing an awesome stand alone novel!!
I am usually only warm when it come to this genre but this book really surprised me. One of the main characters (and my favorite, hands-down) is the dog Maggie. I usually tend toward SciFi, especially when the author brings me into the consciousness of an alien character but I don't think I've ever read an author who was as able to bring the consciousness of a dog to the game like Robert Crais. It reminds me of the Jack London books that I used to love so much as a youngster, but somehow this story even surpasses those. I don't tend to be an overly-emotional person so when a book really moves me to joy or tears, it will get high marks unless it is just poorly written or narrated. This story was not only exceptionally well written, but the narration was one of the best. There were many moments of sorrow, anger and even laughter throughout the book but the end brought tears of joy. Unless you hate dogs, even if you don't like cops, this is a must read!
Favorite authors are James Patterson, his Alex Cross series, and Dorthea Benton Frank my favorite of her was " A Christmas Pearl" I
I have had german shepherds for 20 years, and my last one was named Maggie like the one in the story. What I really liked best about the story was Maggie and how she was retrained.
No it was not really the plot that kept my interest and after listening to the entire book I would go back and listen to the sections that only included Maggie.
At the very top. It's so good that I am worried that most other books will be a letdown.
The story being in great part done from Maggie's (K-9) point of view.
Anyone that has any liking to dogs and/or military or police should definitely read this book
Yes. It was engrossing.
The man/dog interaction.
It did not get in the way and helped move the story.
Yes, even though I could not.