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 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?
It's in the middle of many good ones.
There is a seamless connection between Travanian's style and Winslow. This seems very difficult to pull off, as any fan of Ian Fleming will note of the Bond novels that followed his death. Some other efforts that disappoint are the post Ludlam Bourne series and the last few Jack Ryan novels co authored after Clancy fell ill.
Winslow's effort is a huge success.
He never diassapoints.
Absolutely, I don't miss a word or even an inflection in any part of this novel. This is important because the real genius of this novel is how Hel becomes the man he is, rather than his actions.
I enjoyed all of the scenes involving his Japanese benefactor.
His reading was brilliant, on a level with Ray Porter and Will Patton.
I simply enjoyed every moment of it.
There was a moment I cringed in embarrassment for the author when a key element of the story implied the US government was complicit in the assignation of Kennedy. I understand this was written in 1979, but it is far too unsubstantiated and convenient a tool.
Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri mystery is smart, clever, funny and charming. And that's why I compare it to Rhys Bowen's wonderful "Royal Spyness " series. Like Lady Georgianna, Dr. Siri is so charismatic the story becomes secondary.
The mystery revolves around the culture, political landscape, and poverty of Laos in the 1970s. My memory of Laos in that period is dominated by war, genocide and communism. The genius of Cotterill is his bringing to life extraordinary people who not only survived the devastation but rose above it.
This is truly a gem!
3 unabridged novels in one is great, 3 Bosch novels is fantastic. The Narrows alone is worth the credit. It's the conclusion of the The Poet story, only this time Harry Bosch leads the hunt.
A note about Len Cariou, I remembered his work as very dry, but after listening to these 3 books I stand corrected. He was great.
This story revolves around reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI agent Rachel Walling. While I read all of Connelly in order years ago, I actually listened to the sequel of The Poet, the Harry Bosch novel The Narrows, first. Even though I knew who the villain was this was a riveting story.
You don't have to listen to many of Connelly's novel in order, but it's essential to read the Poet first if you want maximum shock value.
A great audio experience...
Blood Work is one book I'll never forget, thanks in part to the great movie Eastwood starred in and directed. This story begins with 2 separate crimes, one involving Bosch, the other Terry McCaleb. Connelly does a masterful job weaving both men's stories together into one of the best mysteries in this genre I've ever read.
Davidson does a superb job reading.
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