Greensboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2005
If you want a super hero and action that defies belief turn to the Reacher, Gray Man, John Rain or Mitch Rapp series. I've enjoyed all of those and more. But I find Le Carre's Smiley series more than clever and even challenging.
I know reading this seems more like plodding at times, but in the end I found every moment, each conversation and every event has a purpose in this series. Indeed, even the remotest characters are used masterfully.
Take your time and let Le Carre introduce you to real spycraft!
Robotham blew me away with Bombproof, a novel I will never forget, so I was determined to keep trying to find one similar. This one delivered on many accounts. It's well written, wonderfully performed, and features a superb mystery that kept me guessing all the way.
I admit I'm a sap for characters I can either identify with or admire. This features a great heroine, a crusty retired detective and of course Joe O'Laughlin. There's great synergy between the characters and the mystery itself.
I flew threw this one....
This is a gritty series about a time when there was no good side of things. I love the fact that the hero, Sean Duffy, is Catholic working for the police. The conflicts this creates are as complicated and volatile as Belfast was in the troubles.
It's great police work mired in political intrigue. John DeLorian plays a central role in this one. I actually met him in 1984 or 5 after his fall. He was a broken man, but a good man.
The story flows and is fast moving. I'll never miss a McKinty novel and neither should you!
This is a Rhode Island story read with a New England swagger. I give it 3 stars, but really I enjoyed the book all the way through. It just smacked of too much corruption. Political corruption, moral corruption, media corruption, etcetera.
This is the story of a somewhat immature and troubled young savant. He's a brilliant financial analyst with a genius for discovering patterns in the financial and political realms. The story opens with his discovery of an unprecedented series of financial attacks on the American economy.
The story moves fast with a great storyline and unforgettable characters. George Newbern is brilliant with a variety of distinct and believable voices.
Like Bombproof, this is a great suspense novel that I could not put down.
An easy 5 Stars all the way!
And it wasn't the murder either. The first book in this series, Death On A High Floor, was clever, witty, had excellent courtroom intrigue, great characters and was brilliantly narrator. This one has not wit, no intrigue, is populated by miserable characters, (foremost the main character), and the narration is monotonous.
Jen is no longer the brilliant and funny protege, but a stodgy, hyper- sensitive law professor with no friends and no life. Robert is still a snob, but with no sense of humor. Oscar is the only saving grace.
Don't bother with this one.
I'm giving this 5 stars for one of its two short stories. I think I've listened to Born Bad by Jeffrey Deaver 5 or 6 times. It's probably the best twist I've ever encountered in any mystery.
Now my version only had two stories and was cheap. It must be abridged. See if you can find Born Bad somewhere cheap, you won't regret it.
I listened to 2/3 of the book and realized I didn't care how it ended. It's big adventure, but too much for me to believe.
Several years ago Audible offered this as a free gift. It's read by Robert Forster, an actor I've always admired in film. It is worth a credit. I remember imagining Forster as the hitter. A fast read!
To be fair I listened to this several years ago. My only complaint with this book is that Rain seems too invincible. Nevertheless he has an endearing quality that makes me like him.
When I first read these Chronicles I remember praying God would send me to Narnia. When I read or listen to Lewis I imagine I'm sitting by a fire with a dear uncle.
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