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.
First it's important to highlight the remarkable work of Joe Barrett and Joe Pantoliano. The novel is entertaining on it's own, but these two make the experience a masterpiece.
I bought this on sale with low expectations. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this one.
In some series the characters and settings make the mystery secondary. Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness mysteries and Cotterhill's Dr. Siri are two excellent examples. But with his Department Q series, Alder-Olsen delivers his unforgettable characters in equally riveting thrillers.
Marco is a 15 year old boy trapped within his own family of European gypsies. He hates his life and when he rebels against his father and uncle, his fate seems sealed. Learning he will be permanently maimed to set an example for the others in the family, he escapes to seek a new life. During his escape he unwittingly uncovers a murder which if discovered, will expose extremely rich and powerful people.
Carl, Assad and Rose are back in full force with the same comic genius, synergy and sterling detective work that marks each of the books in the series. Only there's an additional member of the team who just may prove to the straw the breaks the camel's back for lead detective Carl Mork.
We also learn a bit more about the mysterious Assad's background and why he's in Dept Q in the first place. Of course, Rose rounds out the trio with her high heels, black eyes and bad attitude.
Graeme Malcom is the best possible choice as narrator. His work here and throughout the series is outstanding.
I give this 5 stars because of its humor, great characters, stellar narration and unique story line.
This is a mystery revolving around a deranged serial killer, but really exposing an evil, politically driven prosecutor and the unethical legal community involved in the case. It is a complicated and far fetched story of murder, ambition, betrayal and justice. But as we all know, often truth is stranger than fiction, so I am willing to overlook elements that required me to suspend belief.
Teddy Mack is a civil attorney with no experience in criminal law. He is drawn into a murder case by his mentor who owes the family of the accused a huge debt. Through no fault of his own, the case quickly becomes public as it appears it is really about a serial killer. Teddy soon realizes he's being used as a pawn.
Much like any good conspiracy, there are a number of villains thwarting Teddy's investigation at every turn. But like every exceptional conspiracy novel, (Count of Monte Cristo being the best example)we see that everyone and every issue involved is dealt with properly.
While I hated the narration early on and never grew to like it, it's fair to say it did not ruin the experience.
I loved this book!
There's a lot to love about this book. It involves an extremely sharp and successful American spy who is effective because of brains rather than his brawn. It is a complex, apolitical novel, which is refreshing.
Christopher Ragland does a good job in narration, with a few accent problems at times. Still he doesn't get in the way of the novel.
I'm going to wait a while and listen again, as I'm sure I missed several important story lines. Nevertheless this is an outstanding effort. Suspenseful and smart, if you like espionage, this is a must read!
Many, many thanks to the audible reviewers of this book for leading me to the promised land. Big Little Lies is a work of genius, brilliantly performed. I have been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed many 5 star books. This one has to rank among the best.
Liane Moriarity's gift of creating characters and weaving an entirely unique story into a remarkably complex mystery is, well, genius. The setting is something I could never imagine being caught up in. Yet I was so caught up in the characters and every aspect of their lives I never once thought of them as fictional.
Caroline Lee, cracked voice and all, was equally great.
Do yourself a favor, buy this book!
This is a fascinating mystery, filled with tragedy and frustration. A young teenager wakes up to find her family gone without a trace. No spoilers but suffice to say the story is unique and clever.
Christopher Lane gives life and personality to each character as well as any narrator on Audible. I was so impressed that I looked to see his other works and found 3 or 4 in my library. One of my favorites, Death On A High Floor, has to be one of the most difficult books to narrate with it's dominating characters. He was sterling there and he is again here.
There are intriguing and charismatic characters in the story, the principal and the gangster especially. There's quick, clever banter that makes the tragedy more entertaining.
But there's also a side story that really should have little bearing, yet becomes a key element in unravelling the mysteries. I am still puzzled why it was there at all.
So it's a 3 star novel with a 5 star performance.
This is a story involving the complicated and interesting life of several evil people, a falsely accused ex-cop and two misfit homicide partners. There's bad cops in high places, a truly evil killer, and for much of the book they have the upper hand.
The hunt I involves good police work under dark political clouds. All of this has the making of a 5 star story. However, at the conclusion we are left with less than 15 minutes of explanation which left much to be explained.
Scott Brick deserves 5 stars on this one.
Okay, I admit to not fully believing in multiple personalities as described in this book. So right away it loses 2 stars for me. However, the characters are so well written and developed I had no problem finishing the book.
Sometimes when I am frustrated with a book it is because I really liked a lot of it. This has a fascinating premise and a great conclusion, but I felt cheated getting there.
I loved the reader heis one talented guy.
One of my favorite reviewers, Marci from Portland loved everything about this book. So I bought it confidently thinking it was a mystery. She is right, it's a fun read, but it's pure monster fantasy.
Now I'm giving it 3 stars because of the first few chapters and it's clever humor. However, I just can't get into this kind of fantasy. Had I read reviews more carefully I would have known better than to try it.
The narration is brilliant. The main character, who dominates the entire story, is so charismatic and funny that I found myself staying with the story just to hear her speak.
So the mixed rating really means if you enjoy vampire, Xmen, zombies and ectoplasm in books, you'll love this one.
Please don't misunderstand my ratings. This is indeed a fast and fun read. I really think I am just tired of grand conspiracies that seem too far fetched for my liking.
The narration rating may be misleading as well. I liked both narrators, but I prefer to listen to only one for any book. The only exception I can think of is The Help. But what really drew my ire in this production were the sound effects. They are simply unnecessary and take away from the story.
The plot is perfectly paced and filled with great characters. What irritates me is the way King and Maxwell become involved in the mystery. They are driving in a rain storm and see a stranger, a 16 year old kid running down the road with a gun. Suddenly they are involved in an international conspiracy. It is unrealistic and even trite. Another misgiving is the motivations of the villain is impossible for me to believe. There are real conspiracies that are stranger than fiction, the UN sex traffic scandal comes to mind. I just cannot think of a powerful person misusing that power because of a personal vendetta. An example of a fictional, personal motivation setting off an international event I find believable is the death of Ramius's wife in Clancy's Red October. It forced Ramius to face the truth about what Russian politics had become.
What makes this fun for me is Baldacci's characters. Far from super heroes, they are simply talented, driven professionals with the same every day problems all of us face. They are smart, resourceful, athletic and attractive, but not without flaws. And there's a romantic more than sexual tension between them I find refreshing.
So I guess I'm critical because I liked much of what I read. Does that make sense?
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