The people William Least Heat Moon met. They made this book, without them the book would be lacking.
A man sets out across America with a few gas cards, little money and a van to live in. He's searching for something, maybe himself, what America is to him, history, peace of mind, adventure? He doesn't fully understand it himself. Recently divorced, out of work and generally down on his luck, Least Heat Moon is taking a stab at a long time dream to drive across America on the back roads, avoiding mainstream everything. He does it and this book documents his journey.
No, but the performance is excellent. The voice changes and inflection capture the essence of the words and make you feel as if you are there.
The encounter with the guy in the desert. The guy is depressed and a bit strange. I can't really describe it here, but somehow the whole incident becomes a metaphor for two different ways to solve your problems or to look at the world.
What is this book? It's part local lore and history of various places in America, part travel adventure, part introspective and all excellent writing. America is a different place than it was in 1978 when the journey was made, but I think the basic fabric of America that Least Heat Moon discovered is still there.
Pike Logan of course.
They work well as a team.
This is partially a story about revenge for both Pike and Jennifer. Jennifer gets a bit annoying with all of her thoughts about being a good person and being better than the people they are sent to kill. The plot twists and turns in unexpected directions which keep things interesting. The oversight council is still annoying, but it gives you a sense of how frustrated Pike must feel when terrorists are about to escape and politicians wring their hands.
I like Pike the rage filled man who is on the ragged edge of going berserk and this book definitely has that. It also brings Pike back to a sane place and he shows some superhuman restraint. This book feels like Brad Taylor is hitting his stride in terms of writing and everything is getting more polished and presentable. There is plenty of action and the pace is fast. There is also a lot of thought provoking story going on.
Any other Brad Taylor books featuring Pike Logan
I'm still getting used to the two readers format. Having listened to many books done by a single reader it does take a little getting used to and there is a good and a bad to it. I think they did a great job.
Pike is back in action and using all the force necessary to get the job done. In short he's kicking ass and filling body bags. I like the fast paced action. What I don't like is all the talk about task force approval for this and omega authority for that. I get it that politicians wring their hands while terrorists take real actions, but the oversight council is even getting on my nerves.
I don't have a lot of love for Jennifer either. She is sort of Pike's sidekick and while she makes the story interesting, I really don't see anyone with her unease for killing being on the front lines of a terrorism task force.
The story is great and fast paced. I can't wait to read the next book.
The character of Pike Logan and his attitude. Pike really comes alive when he talks about operations and his own life. I love the use of Pike in the first person also.
Many thrillers have a similar main hero character, but none are quite like Pike Logan. The Mitch Rap books by Vince Flynn are sort of similar, but very different in many ways. I would say the Ben Coes books are fairly similar.
When Pike takes out a couple of drug cartel thugs on his boat with his bare hands. They watched him get his ass kicked earlier and didn't realize that Pike just didn't have it in him to stomp some college kid. He unleashes 9 months of pent up rage on the deserving thugs who were about to torture and kill Jennifer who becomes a main character in the book. It was awesome.
I couldn't stop listening and that's something I can't say about too many books. Thank God this series is already far along so I can enjoy many more hours of Pike Logan's adventures.
When the ancient WMD was first discovered I groaned inwardly wondering what the hell kind of book I was reading, but as it turned out the scenario is actually not an impossibility as we later find out. I have to give the book an A for originality.
I read a book late in the Scott Harvath series and decided to go back to the beginning and listen to book one. The way things change in the world so quickly, you never really know how applicable some of the stuff will be for today, however I was not disappointed.
The Lions of Lucerne is a masterpiece from beginning to end, and it's non-stop twists and turns from beginning to end. You really cannot figure this book out until the end, and there is no lack of action either. Another great thing about this book is that it sticks with the main character and doesn't get bogged down trying to explain everything from everyone else's perspective. So many books get caught up explaining everything and the hero sort of steps in every third chapter to do something, but this book sticks with Harvath almost exclusively.
You can really tell when an author puts in the extra time, and this novel is a fitting first novel to kick off the series. Thor wasn't just throwing something at the wall and seeing if it would stick, he was taking aim and put the bullet right through the center of the target. In short, this book is everything a book of the genre should be. I cannot wait to start the next book.
Scott Harvath is back and kicking terrorist ass, but not until after the terrorists do some damage just to get the blood boiling. This novel is one of the best of the series, and doesn't disappoint.
The thing about a book like this is, you know it's good when the plot seems absolutely plausible even though it's outrageous on the surface. The plot in this book is more or less completely plausible, some parts more than others but it's truly not much of a stretch. This book never strays into unbelievable land and keeps things interesting with individual plots that intersect and weave together.
James Standing is the perfect villain and Thor does a wonderful job explaining what makes this man the way he is. I especially like the interview Standing has with a reporter and their verbal sparing over political ideas. The ideas are pretty much old hat for me, but I enjoyed the presentation anyway. It gets so heated that you wish you could jump in and make a point yourself.
Bottom line: I loved the book and can't wait to start the next Brad Thor novel.
Mark Greaney brings the Gray Man back for another adventure and this time he's up against someone who thinks and acts precisely the same way he does. I love these books and can't say enough good things about them. The story twists and turns and surprises you, all the while keeping up the action and the suspense.
One thing that bothers me about this book and the ones before it. The Gray Man never knows what he did or what happened to get the CIA on his butt and trying to kill him. It's been 4 books now! Please spill the beans and reveal the mystery! How long can this go on? We need the answers. Each book seems to bring us closer to the answers, but just when we think we are getting close the prize is pulled away.
I enjoyed the book, and I think this is one of the better John Wells books. It seemed like there wasn't a lot of action though, and that's why I gave it four stars and not five.
One thing that drives me crazy is the concurrent stories that hopefully mesh together to tell the complete story. The concurrent story here was what was happening at the torture facility back a year before. It just wasn't all that relevant until the end of the story and then I was like, yeah that makes sense but why did the author take that approach? The concurrent story could have been cut down considerably.
There is just something about the book that bugs me, but I cannot figure out what exactly it is. Maybe it's all the hard luck stories. Everyone from Wells to the killer to one of the people at the Midnight House is a hard luck story. Maybe it's just that I want the book to be better, but it isn't. It's good, but somehow it misses being great.
The book is good but not the best of the genre. Let's start with what is right with the book, good action, good story, good realism, a lot of personal touches that make most of the characters come to life. One more point is that it doesn't go into mindless and useless detail like so many books can. The detail level stays manageable and it doesn't give you fifty different characters that are completely useless. The book avoids most of the problems that drag down so many other books.
What didn't I like then? John Wells is difficult to relate to. He went Muslim while spending years living in the desert and sort of ignored the fact that he had a son. If it makes Wells real, then it also makes him an A-hole. One could understand not being around much, but completely missing for years? And he wasn't even under orders to be absent. There is a reason no other writer went there and that is because it's a bad idea, plain and simple.
The way Well's went Muslim makes it seem not too bad. He's out there doing the stuff everyday and he just sort of starts believing it. Sadly, this scenario is actually closer to reality than not. I still don't like it though. It just seems stupid and unnecessary.
But what if you get past the hangups? It's good but just not as compelling as some other books. I never felt like I couldn't stop listening. It's hard to say precisely what it is that makes it unremarkable, but that is what it is. It is a good book and I will listen to more John Well's.
I'm running out of books from my favorite authors and discovered this book which I was pleasantly surprised to read. The plot is fairly straightforward and John Wells is the hero who is half detective, and full on kick ass commando. Not too many meaningless and unnecessary threads like some books. I wasn't into the John Wells is a Muslim thing, it just doesn't work and frankly feels pointless and preachy.
George Guidall is a pleasure to listen to. He could probably read a cook book and still keep it interesting, he's that good.
Overall it's excellent, but I just couldn't give it a full 5 stars. I would give it 4.5 stars if possible. I'm sort of conflicted over the issue because it's not nearly the best of the genre in my opinion, yet 4 stars doesn't quite do it justice either.
It would have been nice to hear about some reconciliation between Wells and his son after the mission. Then again I guess it doesn't really matter. Thankfully the whole hostage thing was handled nicely and the reader (me) didn't have to feel agonized and tortured like so many hostage situations in books and movies make you feel.
Bottom line, it's a great book and I will be listening to more in the series.
My biggest problem with this book is the fact that Ariely keeps saying interesting things about people's irrationality and this somehow invalidates economics 101. I'm a student of economics and this just isn't true. I can almost hear a hesitancy in his voice to suggest that what he found has vast implications for economics, as if a part of him knows it isn't true.
Aside from the economics, the book is pretty good. I really want to give it 1 star to be vain and vindictive in a small and meaningless way but I will rise above that and give it what I feel it deserves based on the material presented and ignore what Ariely says about economics.
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