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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.
If this isn't your first Harry Hole novel, all you really need to know that Police is every bit as good as Snowman, The Bat and Devil's Star. And it's read by the best British narrator, john Lee.
If you've never listened to a book by Jo Nesbo, now is the time to start. It's the best in its genre including all the great American and British works. The police work is gritty, meticulous, competitive and brilliant. The story is simply magnificent. It's mystery is unique and, well, mysterious.
Sometimes I hate reviewing books because I simply cannot devote the time to do it justice.
Do yourself a favor and listen to Police.
Much like Winslow's Power of the Dog, here's an inside look on the CIA's involvement in the war on drugs from an operative's point of view. It's less violent, less conspiratorial, a bit more technical, and still extremely entertaining.
There's no Jack Ryan here so politics really never come into play. All in all I enjoyed this one as much as his others.
An easy 4-5 star listen.
I started this book hoping to be inspired by the running. What I discovered was far more than a simple novel on running. (I have run 2 marathons, once beating Oprah Winfrey in the 1994 Marine Corps Marathon. Normally you just want to finish, but who wants to get beat by Oprah!)
In Forest Gump fashion, the 3000 mile race takes in most of the historical American figures of the 1930s. There's Mary Pickford, Douglass Fairbanks, Will Rogers, Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone and Frank Nitty, J Edgar Hoover just to name a few.
Author Tom McNab creates some of the most colorful characters I've experienced since McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Each person is motivated by their own circumstances, well written by a master story teller. He does a wonderful job creating a competition between runners that kept me riveted to the end.
If a similar event was held today there would be little fanfare. Pulling off such an event in 1931, with the world in a depression and corruption rampant throughout America, would require more than a few miracles. Once again McNab delivers in Lonesome Dove style with a group of people who must overcome disaster after disaster to reach their final goal.
Rupert Degas handles a myriad of diverse voices together with a great deal of suspense as well as any one I've heard.
This one gets 5 stars on great characters and just plain fun!
I've written two reviews explaining why I like this series so much and I'm glad to say its conclusion is as satisfying as it is epic. The two Muskateers are pushed to their limits, thankfully without losing their sense of humor and timing.
Tim Reynolds is awesome as the narrator. He gives every character the distinction they deserve, while catching all the humor and cleverness the story demands.
The author's wife fell so hard for Hadrian character she has inspired him to begin a long series of prequels. All I can say to that is, Cheers to you Mrs. Sullivan!
English period novels tend to take me away to a slower paced society more suited to my personality. I like this series in particular because it gives us a clever picture of the lives of the royals, the famous, and the working class, each with its own set of rules and all in good humor.
I am disappointed with this book because there is nothing good about the story. It's about greedy people with no regard for law or honor, selling drugs for money and terrorizing all of those around them.
The main character is a pampered hippie who has no life, but is loyal to very bad people. However, the author delivers intrigue and there are characters in the story who kept it interesting.
Ray Porter is stellar, of course.
I don't need to have a Boy Scout as a hero. But I do like to have someone in the story have some redeeming value. So for those of you who don't care about that I must say this is a well written suspense novel. I certainly don't disagree with many of the more positive reviews. It kept me on edge until the end.
No way I'd have read this had it not been a daily deal. So glad I did!
If nothing else, this book gives you characters you will love. It's an interesting twist on time travel and all it's paradoxes. And it's a mystery that surprised me, something I'm always grateful for.
This was a 4.95 special purchase that I almost found enjoyable despite being confused. Granted listening to books encourages us to multitask. This makes it understandable to lose one's way. Nevertheless the narrator should be the equalizer, bringing distinctions of characters and helping the author create suspense.
I hate to be so negative, so ill just say that in the end, I didn't care what happened, not about the mystery, the characters, relationships, justice, none of it.
The book opens with a belligerent housewife refusing to testify to a grand jury. She's protecting a friend who has a remarkably complicated secret life that will be exposed if he is indicted in the unrelated murder of his wife. There's devious big oil, single minded political hacks, a candidate for governor, an overzealous D.A., a spiteful judge, broken marriages, murder, kidnapping, child pornography, embezzlement... Just exhausting.
So it's a 2 star listen, with the caveat I did actually finish the story.
Last night I had dinner with two true intellectuals, (a rarity I assure you), and when I told them I was reading Redshirts their faces lit up with joy. This made me feel very accomplished and just a bit guilty because I was sure it would be seen as juvenile.
Redshirts is a sharp, witty mind bending ride that I'm sure to read again and again. It's bizarre science fiction, something that rarely attracts me. For sure, had it not been for Audible offering Redshirts as a daily special there is no way I would have purchased this gem. As it stands now, (and on the recommendation of my friends), I have purchased Scalzi's Old Man's War.
I really don't know how to review this book without spoiling the story. Suffice to say its inconceivable to me that anyone could imagine where it takes them.
The characters and dialogue is first rate. It's lol funny and read by a professional with impeccable timing.
Not my usual cup of tea, but another 5 star effort from Audible!
From the beginning this is a game for the reader to discover who is the killer. In fact, it is a self described primer for a television series upcoming on ABC. I give it 2 stars simply for keeping me guessing till the end.
Another reason for 2 stars is the five star performance of actor Gildart Jackson. I am confident his reading made me feel like I was listening to something worthwhile. Sadly this was not the case.
The story begins with the introduction to Jeeves. He is of all things a modern day butler. He is lured into employment by money and a mysterious, anonomous employer who answers to the name of X. However, no sooner does he arrive on the California estate, than he discovers he is imprisoned along with the entire staff.
Of course he is to direct 10 duped guests in a deadly game of whodunit? Nine of the guests think they've won a contest where they will spend a week living like a billionaire. They are told immediately the killer is one of the 10 guests. Only they are not to discover who did it, but only how the murder was accomplished. Those who come to false conclusions are slated to die next. Thus, one by one each guest is murdered in the most gruesome and imaginative way.
The story is simply a made for TV farce. There is no character building. We know almost nothing about Jeeves in the introduction and though the story revolves around him, we learn little else. The guests are truly innocent people who get slaughtered for no reason whatsoever. In the end we learn nothing at all about the killer. Nothing about his/her background or why he/she chose his/her victims or even why play the game at all.
So here is a story with no hero, weak characters, a game instead of a plot, and full of innocent people being murdered in preposterous ways. It's a setup for a weekly show full of guest stars much like Fantasy Island or Love Boat. Or maybe it will be set up like Lost and 24. Regardless, this book is more like a TV show than literature.
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