Bad Luck and Trouble sheds a lot of light on Reacher and what drives him. Sometimes he seems almost a two dimensional entity without any clear motivation other than violence, and then you see the almost Taoist clarity with which he sees the world. If there were a grim reaper, Reacher could be his avatar on earth. He takes the admonition "do the right thing" from his mother (Enemy), and does it. The eye for an eye nature of his balancing the books for his brutally murdered comrades is justice at it's simplist. If he were to have a tatoo, it would say "Let God sort it out later", to paraphrase R. Lee Ermey. Great Book!
This is an odd book, although a familiar genre. It deals with many of the same subjects as novels by Coes, and Flynn, and others but not from the POV of an necessarily heroic character. Yes, it's about a Navy Seal, but not a Ramboesque muscles bulging superman. It's the first I've read that described them as they really are, efficient, ruthless, focused to an inhuman degree, and rather taciturn about what it is they do. Not a Charlie Sheen fool. The concept of 'the hero' is almost a joke to them, although they do things civilians would label heroic almost as a matter of course, daily.The story has a lot of common elements seen in other 'sniper tales', but related as it might happen. You get a real sense of the sense of dread they have about some things they are asked to do, and yet do anyway. It reveals to me at least, some insight to the behavior, personal discipline and outlook of Seals I've known in civilian life over the years. Remarkable men, but men nonetheless.Spectacular and interesting book, read extremely well.
I've read several reviews on this book, and I have to admit to some trepidation in listening to something on the subject of child murder, particularly in the evening. But, the author introduces a subject almost as chilling as that, chance events and their misappropriation to the purpose of evil. Most books you read point to a cast of characters as the 'bad guys' ,and they abound in this tale, but the real villain is the coin flip, the unpredictable chance event. From Vietnam, to a lover lost, to a child's murder the role of unpredictable are the focus, so much so, the careful, usually successful, reasoned approach used by Bosch to analyze and solve a crime fail him completely. It's a tour de force on how the narratives we construct to explain our reality can be a pitifully inadequate contrivances to explain the inexplicable.
When I read this it took my breath away. It just sucks you into Bosch's world and mind.
Some books are like Chinese food is reputed to be, filling, but not lasting. This book is like the antithesis of that. I read a NYTimes article this morning positing the serious question "should the GOP become an all white party". I've gotten to the place that every time I read what is on the face of it an antediluvian political POV, I think about the comments in this book as a first approximation to opening the door to understanding why someone would say, on the face of it, such a foolish thing.
There is nothing prurient about this book, but it deals with human being as they are and not as one might find them in typical fiction. If you believe, even if you don't, that the ends justify the means....this book is a tour de force in that thorny issue. If, as a reader, you liked The Last Coyote, you'll love this offering as well. Well done Mr. Connelly, well done
...for a Swaggart. Interesting location and plot line for a location and time we don't usually remember. A study in the Earl Swaggart character and what made Bobby Lee the character he became.
Michael Connelly and I have been 'Audible Friends' for a few years now, and his early work was extremely well crafted. In my opinion, his approach with Bosch as a character peaked with Trunk Music and The Last Coyote, masterpieces of the genera, and has been somewhat formulaic since. With The Drop, I think he's broken new ground with a complex, multifacited plot that let's Bosch mature into a much better character with a lot more texture and substance. Len Caiou's voice, with it's age and gravel, really fit the character now. It's a pleasure to see him grow and expand the character.
I've read several of Bear's works before, such as Darwin's Radio and was intriqued. I'm somewhat perplexed by this effort. It is singularly uninteresting and given it's shortness, bereft of drama. It's the sort of dreamy, trip through narcissism teenagers usually write as opposed to an entertaining novel. I can only assume that Bear wrote it as a contracted for, income producing piece. Not my cup of tea.
I liked Altered Carbon, but I have two bones to pick with Morgan here. First his story tempo and obtuse way of presenting it reminds me of a Kodo Drum recital, loud and forced. Second, I hope he paid Philip K. Dick for channeling the Roy Batty character out of Blade Runner. All this baloney about too graphic sex and anti christian themes leaves me wondering if people were just looking for an excuse. It's just a poor effort by a talented author. I gave up after 7-8 hours.
Connelly's Bosch novels are always good, but this one is in a unique class. From the beginning you can feel something special is about to unwind and it doesn't disappoint you. Bosch is devoted to solving the murder of a young woman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and became the pawn in a conspiracy; not the mythic National Intelligence conspiracy all the guys downtown are drawn to, but the conspiracy of vicious, criminals that killed her. He sieves through mass of misleading and misunderstood clues to reveal the truth and exact the retribution she deserves while bringing peace to a tormented fellow peace officer. The overlay of jazz is particularly poignant and appropriate and adds a Peter Gunn like patina to the story. A minimasterpiece of this genre.
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