I am a retired UK police officer, and this novel takes place at a time when I was serving.
When I read policiers, entertaining though they are, the coppers are rarely anything like the smelly, sexist, cussing, fighting fellers I worked with.
The coppers, and the journos in this book, are perfectly drawn. This is exactly what policing was like in those times.
Quite brilliantly written, not a word wasted, and spoken in the vernacular of the time. Chilling, accurate and entertaining.
I tried not to let the reviews on this affect the way I approached it. Unfortunately, the ones which referred to the faults of the book are correct.
Brilliant, very convincing start, then the ennui sets in. It _felt_ as if the author didn't really know where it was going.
Then what felt like ought to be the denoument coming at other than the end of the book. Agreed, that's going to be arguable.
Then the plod through a set of cliches to get to an unsatisfying ending.
I realise this is a difficult area of fiction, and at least it isn't Vampires, so there are positives. I think this writer will improve and has a story to tell.
Just not too sure this one is the best.
I really liked this tale, and I found every scene and character convincing. People around extraordinary events do some weird things, so I didn't find anything here more disturbing than a rape or murder story generally are.
I thought the narrator was about as good as narrators get. Smooth, silky voice that massages the ears very nicely. Her tiny change of voice from character to character was convincing and accurate.
I liked the ending, well drawn that. Not many writers can adequately finish up their work these days, Lippman does it perfectly. All the ends tied up neatly, and satisfactory conclusions.
This is a fine, fine adaptation of a loved work. The acting is first class, although perhaps some American ears might find the accents imperfect.
Its too short, and that's why it has a 4 and not 5 stars, but it is really excellent and true to the text and the original work. A very serious effort.
I heard it on BBC Radio 4 when it came out, and I was delighted it was available for purchase soon afterward. Really happy to have this in my library.
This is complete and utter tripe. Fantastical, with unbelievable characters, and just complete nonsense. No one can be this deadly, no one, not even a Terminator. This fellow slices his way through about as many people as Bruce Lee dispatched in, "Enter The Dragon."
Complete nonsense, avoid. How this got through an editor at a publishing house, I have no idea. The poor narrator, tried his best, but he must have been shaking his head in dread throughout.
I suppose it gives any aspiring writer hope, you can write complete wallop and still get published.
I'll be honest, when I bought this, I was taking a punt at an unknown writer, with material unknown to me. I listened to the free sample, and I really liked the narrators voice. Over some 8 years and 500 plus books, I've worked it out that spending 10 hours or so with someone who's voice you can't stand is a special kind of hell. A bad narrator can kill even the finest written work.
No fears here, Angela Lin is superb, getting the awkward Chinese pronunciations on the nail, and carrying the whole thing forward in a most satisfactory way.
The writing is slick, and powerful, and to my eyes and ears anyway, seems pretty accurate and believable. I felt I learned a little about recent Chinese history and got a fair glimpse into the country, which hitherto has been a closed book for me, even though I've been there twice:)
This is excellent fare, one of the top ten this year, for me.
This is an intriguing read, and definitely an internal study of the thought process of a person involved in killing. You are much more likely to get the real skinny on "hitters" from this novel than from most of the other tosh written about them. Fascinating discussion on weapons, preparation and personal awareness, all real tools of those who operate in this world.
The listener needs to pay attention, because the information is delivered with a sly self knowing anarchy. The reading is, like the book, understated and quite brilliant.
Heh, I haven't seen the film yet, but I'll bet it ain't nowt like the book:)
De Mille is capable of writing some excellent stuff. "The Generals daughter" was first class.
I gave "The Lion" a shot after the terribly disappointing "Lions Game", purely because Scott Brick was reading it, and he's been in fine form of late.
Even he could do nothing to rescue this turgid turkey. All the poncing around being a murderous Arab terrorist of magical killing capability got so tired. This terrorist isn't a human, he's a werewolf, sheesh, do authors think we readers are so stupid?
The thing droned on for hour after hour until the final inevitable cliche of two bulls confrontation, spare me, what utter macho tripe.
Never again, De Mille, never again.
I've read just about everything Frederick Forsyth has done. He has become rather predictable down the years. Nowadays, he spends a little too much time praising the extraordinary skills of the military. I'm sure they are, but they are not gods and the occasional flub would be better for the fiction.
His druggies are very bad, as no doubt they are, but I suspect they would not fall over quite so fast in real life as Freddie makes 'em go down.
As usual, his work requires a close listen, there is the usual attention to detail and that is something I do like. I suspect his sources were rather better in the past than they are nowadays.
The split-strike ending is downright peculiar, and while he does usually wrap a surprise up, I just got the feeling that this ending was rather constructed to fit his usual patterns.
The readers pronunciation of some Scottish terms was off here and there, but it was a perfectly competent read. Just not Freddie's best.
I started reading the first book in this trilogy, WWW.wake yesterday lunchtime.
I have just finished this book, WWW.Watch today, 1932 hours EST.
That tells you all you need to know what I think of this work.
It is brilliant, clever, affecting, funny, hopeful and glorious with optimism.
I can't wait, I just can't wait for the third book, WWW.Wonder.
Jessica Almasy is wonderful in this, as young Caitlin Decter, we are going to hear a whole lot more of her. The others played their parts excellent well, but Almasy is peerless.
Audible, thank you. I shall listen to this over and over again.
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