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This was the most intriguing Clancy novel in a long time. The very real threat of the Chinese, (see yesterday's headlines of Japan and China) and cyber warfare is as fascinating as it is threatening. No one researches better than Clancy and few know military operations and capabilities more than him.
Better still, the suspense in this novel is top rate, on the same level as his earlier novels. Lou Diamond Phillips is the perfect choice for this work. His characterizations are spot on.
In his recent works, Clancy has been criticized for his politics. This is not the case with this book at all.
This is just a fun and funny romp through the darker side of Florida politics, judicial system and the always seedy world of strip clubs, If you are looking for 5 star entertainment until the next great detective series, Strip Tease is the book for you.
This starts with a 23 year old ex-con who has 21 hours to find his kidnapped niece, A quick and obvious chain of formula driven conflicts ensues. Columbus Ohio cops are useless, his prison experience gives him leads cops will never have, he has to fight a giant to meet a bad guy. It only gets worse from there.
The narrator's voice is droll and mundane, though to be fair this books reads like a noir movie.
This is another fun novel featuring former cop Mick Stranahan, a man who has killed as many men as he has former wives. That would be 5 , at least in this novel. Mick is gifted with an overwhelming amount of common sense along with an uncommonly accurate ability to size people up quickly.
As is the case with many gifted heroes in literature , he has an equally extreme weakness that keeps his ego in check. He has the lowest possible immunity from falling in love with whoever he sleeps with. Thus he has had 5 ex wives, all cocktail or diner waitresses.
Another common trait of Hiasson novels the absurd lives of his villains. In this case the story begins with a former nurse scheming to extort money from her former employer, an unethical quack plastic surgeon, by threatening to expose his killing of a young college girl several years back. To validate her claim while diverting attention away from her actual scam, she plays on the vanity of an egocentric investigative reporter and points all involved parties to a former detective who worked the case years ago. One Mick Stranahan.
Suddenly we are in the world of plastic surgery as viewed by a wonderfully talented, cynical humorist, an ex reporter, turned columnist turned novelist. Let's face it, it is a world of extreme vanity, sexually charged, enormous egos, even larger insecurities...and little oversight by the medical community. There is no shortage of material here for Hiasson to work with.
I love the characters, the humor, the relationships and most of all I enjoyed the whole experience.
this is my second review, because somehow the first, a brilliant effort, just disappeared. So forgive my brevity.
I'm really struggling trying to find new authors and series in mysteries and thrillers. Then I remembered how much I liked Double Whammy and Striptease. Skinny Dip is just as much fun.
I was 100% invested in all the characters. It is one of best stories I've come across.
Again, I just don't have the stamina to rewrite a decent review, what you should know that I loved every second of this book!
The premise is great, two boys stumble into a gang of robbers, overhear plans for robberies and are discovered. They're on the run and only their wits can save them. Only they are nitwits. Their parents are nitwits. Turns out the bad guys are nitwits.
They don't call the police, no one does. At least not when it would make difference. The mother successfully escapes half naked, but is phoned by her the kidnappers and takes herself completely out of the story by going to a motel where they'll find her. No police. It turns out she's beautiful and they want to have sex with her!
One of the bad guys was a black man, a successful surgeon two years earllier who was wrongfully sued for malpractice and lost his license. Now he's full ghetto robbing banks and kidnapping kids. The book doesn't go any deeper than that with his character and that's was the final straw.
I am embarrassed I listened to this book.
Well I finished it! I was captivated by the New York socialite culture and its history that Stewart intertwined so well in this sordid tale of depravity. I was particularly drawn to the character Babe Vanderwal and the mystery surrounding her coma.
The story also revolves around the most depraved sexual addictions I've ever encountered in a book. Though it's never glorified, it is revealed as a thriving subculture of NYC. It includes sex with dead people, pedophiles, rape, murder, all while being filmed. Only beastiality was missing. I wonder why? Anyway, the first wave of the HIV epidemic has begun, a detail that ties many of the different lives of the characters together.
Christian Rummel does a brilliant job narration. He has to have the widest and most accurate range of voices and accents of any narrator I've listened to. If not for his work, I might have given this experience a 2 star rating.
It's a good mystery, with some good police work and great characters. But there is also an undercurrent of self hate from most every cast member that literally drips from each scene. It's definitely not a feel good novel.
This story started off strong, but quickly became convoluted and ended in a whimper. There's are truly horrible triple murder and the introduction to what seemed like a great police team. However, a far fetched government conspiracy of sorts begins to reveal itself.
It's enough to say I am grossly disappointed with this novel.
All of us look for certain characteristics in books that determine whether or not we like them. This one has a good story, an intriguing mystery, but is sorely lacking a likable hero.
Here's my rant about the advocate, Sabre Brown. Remember it's purely subjective on my part. First is her ridiculous name. Second is her weird and inappropriate relationship with her married best friend and law partner, Bob. It's not sexual, but it is far too intimate for two attractive young attorneys who work so closely together. They call each other honey and have cute nicknames for each other, have lunch daily....it goes on and on.
Finally, though she is beautiful and kind, she does not have a single friend other than Bob. No exaggeration, not one single relationship. In the first chapter, part of the back story is that she is devastated by the loss of her older brother, which certainly makes sense. However, Ms Burrell lays it on way too thick for my taste.
We all know of real and fictional attorneys, especially early in their career, forgoing their personal life to jumpstart their careers. It's understandable, if unwise. Sabre is literally a child advocate, extremely gifted and sensitive. I love that about her. But this is fiction and I felt she was hugely undeveloped as a person.
The story is fascinating and makes the book worthy of your time. It's complicated and complex and deserved more attention than the author gave it. It has a hurried ending and unsatisfying explanation of what finally occurred.
Summer Rona, the narrator, has one of the most pleasant voices I've encountered on Audible. Her accents are good and she did men very well. I was disappointed with the sound production, letting us hear pages turn and her wetting lips in the middle of sentences. Still, it was a strong performance.
In the end, I listened to the entire book because I had to hear how it ended.
Here is the latest of the Vic Carl series on Audible. This is my third Lashner novel, but the first I've read in the series. Apparently there are 8 Vic Carl novels, but Audible only offers 3 that are unabridged and 3 abridged novels.
Vic Carl is an experienced attorney who gets no respect from his peers, judges and seemingly his clientele. He's plenty smart and quick witted, but success always seems to allude him. Suddenly he stumbles into a place where his talents, intellect and wit are not only desired, but highly valued. However, it's not in court or litigation, but in the sleezy world of political fixing. He becomes a bagman.
This new occupation is where we find a truly whacky cast of political wonks, very much in the vain of Carl Hiasson or Elmore Leonard. So if you're looking for a serious police procedural, this is not it. Nevertheless Lashner delivers a complex and twisted tale of murder, betrayal and suspense.
Patrick Lawlor does a great job in narration. However, his voice took a lot of getting used to, thus the 3 stars.
This gets 3.5- 4 stars for wit, fun characters and a gripping mystery.
This is my second Lashner novel, The Accounting being the first one. Despite the mediocre ratings from other readers, I hoped the depth of character I discovered in the hero of the Accounting would also be found in the Barkeep's heroes. I was not disappointed.
This novel is so much more than a great mystery. It's about redemption, new beginnings and facing the demons that chase us all. The heroes are everyday people who are placed in extraordinary situations.
Luke Daniels did great with most of the characters, but there were a few whose character along with the voice he gave them grated on my nerves. Nevertheless it was very close to a 4 star effort
This was a really fun book to read. It's very close to 5 star experience.
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