Lovettsville, Va United States | Member Since 2002
Much of the action that takes place near Camp Lejeune is described as taking place in SOUTH CAROLINA!??? What's up with that Mr. Hunter? ---
As Marine centric as all your stories are I would have thought you'd get that right. Glaring error. Camp Lejune and Jacksonville not "Jackson" is in North Carolina on the coast. Just north of Wilmington. Some other place names are referred to as in SC also although they are only a few miles off base. ---
You also refer to former Marines as "ex-Marines", a big no no as you should know. ---
The antagonists in this story are cartoon clowns and not the professional hitman one would expect Bob Lee to have to overcome and defeat. Seems like you're just pumping out BLS stories for the heck of it without any real attempt at a good story. ---
Also tell Buck Schirner to cut back to a pack a day. He often runs out of breath trying to finish sentences or say certain words and sounds like a smoker who doesn't have full lung capacity. ---
Hate to do this because I'm a fan of all your previous stories, but only 3 stars for this one. ---
- Jesse in Virginia.
I guess if you're a Virgil Flowers fan this is right up your alley. Didn't work for me.
Several things turned me off this book. First, the narrator, who've I've listened to before, does a pretty good job with female voices but his breathless narration really leaves me straining to hear the end of sentences. He kinda falls off as he completes the sentence and it's very hard to hear and understand what he said even with sound turned up.
Second, I get the Virgil Flowers cowboy/pony tailed surfer dude/roadhouse tough guy cop thing but in this book it's overplayed. I guess I'm spoiled by Lucas Davenport, who has his own peccadilloes, but Sanford overdoes it in this book with Flowers.
Third, I'm not antigay but much of this initial story line revolves around the sexual interactions of a bunch of lesbians at a resort in the woods; including cat fights, bisexual innuendoes, etc, etc. It just didn't hold my interest. I wanted some crime fighting.
So far I'm halfway through and I really don't want to waste my time with the rest of the story. I just don't care who killed the Lady CEO.
I'm glad Audible has a giveback program. I'll be asking them to let me return this one and wait for the next Lucas Davenport book (I've read them or listened to them all).
Sanford either has a sick imagination or access to the sick reality of actual murder cases to base his stories on. This was one of the sickest and I have to say one of the most exciting. Edge of your seat stuff.
Once again we're thrust into the world of Lucas Davenport and his band of crime fighters including his adopted daughter. You feel like you know these guys and that's what keeps Sanford's fans coming back for more. Good job Mr. Sanford. Looking forward to more stories about good decent people trying to stay sane in a sometimes insane world and stopping insane killers.
I think this is a case of a good story ruined by poor narration.
The switch off from David Chandler's excellent narration to Buck Shrimer's rather poor performance is jarring. As a veteran audiobook listener and a big fan of WKK's Cork O'Connor mysteries I find it very hard to listen to Shrimer's poor enunciation and terrible female voices. Additionally some of his male voices sound like almost comical versions of old men with cracking almost falsetto voices.
Maybe it's just me.
Dr Bradley wrote a pretty good story about a post apocalyptic America but I have to say Mr Buck needs a lot of work to become a competent reader. His pacing is terrible with no pauses at natural breaks in the flow of the story. Periods seem to have no meaning to him as he keeps speaking right into the next sentence with no pause. The dialog is treated the same way. He speaks like he's speed reading. The characters voices need work as well. Some of the men are overdone and some are indistinguishable from one another. The female voices are terrible. Mr Buck has a good voice but he needs some more training and honing possibly with books that are straight narration instead of character driven. I'm giving the story 4 stars but dropping the overall score to 3 stars because of Mr Bucks amateurish performance. I'll continue with the series but I hope Dr. Bradley will give serious consideration to finding a better reader for the next audio version in his series.
I really can't believe I waded through all 9 books in the series but I guess I got hooked. I think probably because I'm a lot like Kyle Riggs myself. An excellent series if a little awkward at times. I liked the ending although would have liked it if there had been some closure with Miklos and the other characters like Kwan, Gaines, Nukum and of course Marvin.
Great story that suffers from the butchering done to make this an abridged audiobook. You can hear the cuts with long passages of silence before George starts speaking again as if they're chapter endings. I checked Amazon and the Audiocassettes are in unabridged format with George Guidall reading. So what happened?
With practically non stop space battles or land battles with Aliens against overwhelming odds. Can't wait for the third book in the series "Homeworld" due in Sept 2013
This series ranks right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" Series. Good character development, good plot and high adventure. John RIngo is a great story teller. Starting off with what appears at first to be a silly premise - Maple Syrup - it just rockets up from there with several alien species, mass destruction on Earth and the still formidable problem of trying to work together back on Earth. With the US rising from the ashes of almost total destruction of it's infrastructure to still be the dominant player on the world stage we witness the development of endearing and believable characters who are able to meet the challenge of saving the Earth from an implacable foe. And then there's Tyler Vernon, a billionaire like no other who turns his billions (maybe trillions) to the task of building an almost indestructible Death Star and a space mining and manufacturing infrastructure that is exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.
Much of this third book deals with trying to integrate diverse cultures including former enemies (the Taliban) and a South American class based, misogonistic and manana attitude into a working military alliance in space where no mistakes are allowed if you want to live. It's interesting how Ringo handles this and weaves it into the storyline. Definitely not PC.
Mark Boyett does just such an outstanding job as reader that you can't imagine any one else doing this story. His female voices are excellent and his ability to speak the almost un-pronounceable alien names is also great.
If you're looking for a great series to make your commute something to look forward to then look no further. Well worth the credits. I very much look forward to the next book in this series and knowing how prolific a writer Mr Ringo is, I doubt we'll have to wait long.
George Guidall gives his usual excellent performance. I'm giving it 4 stars overall for a good story but this series is getting just a little too formulaic John Wells is a killer, he hunts other killers, gets help from retired CIA honcho who uncovers clues a little too easily; John Wells finds killers; and kills killers. (Is that a spoiler?) People get pissed off in the process. End of story. All very predictable.
Alex, time to find a new story line.
Have not yet been bored or disappointed by any of the Lucas Davenport series. Its like returning to old friends and you want to see how their lives have been since the last visit. Great story lines and characters (good guys not the killers!) that you wish really existed and this one is no exception. Richard Ferrone is one of my favorites. Wish he did more.
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