I agree with most other reviews with respect to comments like, "Absorbing", "Can't Put Down", Holds my Interest", "Riveting", etc. The character development was good and the book was VERY well written. The author, Tana French, definitely has some skills in the area of developing good mystery and intrigue.
The only problem I saw was there are a few holes in the story in the areas of motive and opportunity that are never resolved and the ending only introduces additional holes.
Even though the story doesn't hold water in a lot of places - and I won't ruin it by going into specifics apart from simply stating that story dragged along at times solely for the purpose of creating suspense and mystery - which in the end creates some of the holes.
Nonetheless, it was entertaining and the narration was good.
Overall, I do recommend the book.
I am writing this review after listening to all 3 in the series.
I would recommend taking them in order. I am surprised this book and the sequels did not get more hype. It is one of the best historical fiction stories around. In the spirit of Bernard Cornwell, who masterfully weaves actual history and historical events around a good fictional story of characters, Sam Eastland hits a home run.
I can't wait for the 4th book, which is out in the U.K. I wrote the author and he responded, which is always nice. There is no news on a U.S. release as of yet.
I will wait impatiently. Paul Michael does a great job with the series.
I am now a huge Inspector Pekkala fan. While it's hard to beat the introductory novel, The "Eye of the Red Tsar", I found this book to be just as entertaining.
Some of the same characters live on in this sequel with new characters well developed, and a solid story that follows true historical event and held my attention throughout.
If you have not listened to or read the first book, I definitely recommend taking them in order.
Paul Michael is a very good narrator and does a great job here. Highly recommended.
I am a huge fan of this series and can't wait for the next book (The fourth book in the series - The Red Moth) to be released in audio. This book, Shadow Pass is the second in the series
It has already been published in print, Kindle and eBook formats, but audio is still in the works (HOPEFULLY).
I enjoyed the first Inspector Pekkala book, The Eye of the Red Tsar, and was anxiously anticipating this book. I was very much pleased with the outcome.
This book take Pekkala on a new mission with some of the same characters and also tells us a little more about the history of Pekkala. Like the entire series, the main theme or story revolves around actual history told through the eyes of a fictional character, Pekkala.
The narrator Paul Michael likewise does a fantastic job and I would happily choose another book given he is the narrator.
Overall HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! I would definitely recommend taking them in order.
Much like Killing Lincoln, I found about half of Killing Kennedy to be a story that has been told and retold over the years. That's not bad, meaning roughly half of the book was new and fresh to me.
The research and story behind the personal lives of Jackie and Kennedy was the real Home Run for this book. While I have read or listened to many accounts of the affairs and how it impacted the couple's relationship, this book goes into fascinating detail as to the frequency and scope of Kennedy's infidelity and how it impacted EVERYONE, from the couple themselves to Bobby, to Hoover, to the Secret Service and so on.
The only disappointment for me was the lack of conspiracy examination. I realize that Lincoln's assassination was a clear conspiracy and Kennedy's assassination was and always will be an unknown; however, conspiracy is hardly addressed in this book. My only guess is that the authors simply didn't discover anything new and/or didn't really have a new or interesting opinion on the conspiracy angle so they simply didn't go into it. I would have preferred; however, that they at least address the different theories and acknowledged there is nothing more to say on the matter/s. It's not that O'Reilly doesn't believe in conspiracy, as I have heard him acknowledge that he is simply not convinced of either the lone gunman or the conspiracy theories.
O'Reilly does a very good job as narrator, as he did in Killing Lincoln - quite a rare achievement for an author to also be a good narrator. His years in show business as a newsman clearly benefiting us all in that area.
Overall I still HIGHLY recommend this book, I just didn't like it quite as much as I did Killing Lincoln.
This is one of the best accounts of the the final months of Lincoln's life I have listened to or read. The research and telling of the actual conspiracies in killing Lincoln AS WELL AS just how far the conspiracies MAY HAVE actually gone is the Home Run part of this book and story.
If you have read or listened to other books and accounts of the Civil War and/or Lincoln's involvement, you will find as I did that about half of this book is simply a repeat of the same old facts. However, with the focus on the conspiracies, O'Reilly and Dugard offered something unique in a story that has been told and retold many times.
Also, the authors were very good at delineating what they believe are proven conspiracies and fact, and actual speculation. They never once push a possible occurrence as fact and make those points clearly.
O'Reilly did a very good job as narrator, good voice inflection, ups and downs at the right moments, which creates a pace that is entertaining and addicting.
Overall, Highly recommended!!
This is definitely not a home run type book but it is at least an entertaining run of the mill mystery novel.
There are definitely a few premises or plot lines that are a little ridiculous or as another reviewer put it too coincidental. I think if you can accept that and go on and enjoy the story, you will enjoy it.
It's not something that makes me want to go out and look for another book by this author, but if I see something that has good reviews I would give it a try.
The narrator does a good job, nothing spectacular, nothing aggravating.
Overall I would recommend the book. It's a solid story and worth the time and credit - just don't expect a big hit.
I consider James Lee Burke one of my all-time favorite authors and he has written so many books that it's pretty darn hard to call any one book one of his best.
Having said that, I will say that this one is my favorite since Tin Roof Blowdown and easily "Among his Best". That may not make sense since Tin Roof Blowdown was written in 2007 and this one was written in 1982. The answer is that Two for Texas was not published on Audible until 1/1/2013.
I sure wish he would have continued this story and written more on these characters. It sounds like many other reviewers agree, but I doubt we will get our wish. If he does read or get wind of these reviews, I would cast a vote to give us another!!
Will Patton is also among the best and does a great job on this one as well.
This one is a can't miss JLB.... my advice is DON'T MISS IT!!
If it's not already considered a classic, it has to be well on its way!!
A good analogy for this book would be the Forrest Gump of shipwrecks. So many crazy and interesting things happen to our protagonist, Piscine or Pi, it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
This story has everything, excellently written with high anxiety, action, tense drama, catharsis and even heat warming - again, all the characteristics of a classic.
I would think fans of nearly all genres will like this book. The narrator does a great job and this one is a can't miss hit and highly recommended!!
Get it if you haven't already!!
Overall, I like this genre of,,, CIA operative on a critical mission... I also liked the first book in this series, "First to Kill".
I listened to the first book several years ago and saw that this one had very good reviews so I jumped on it without going back and listening to the second one. I enjoyed this book so I don't think you necessarily have to take them in order to gain some enjoyment out of the stories.
While these stories were good and I do like Andrew Peterson's writing style, I don't consider him to be among my favorites in this genre. I save that for Vince Flynn first, Alex Berenson second and then Peterson and others who fall into the "good but not great" category.
Dick Hill does a decent to good job. He has a no-nonsense style, but butchers women and children voices to the point of aggravation.
I recommend, it's worth the time and credit!!
This is my second James Rollins book, and while I enjoy the technical and research aspects of his books, I simply find them too boring at times.
The concept and overall story seem good, and I like the genre and believe there are a lot of really good fun and interesting points and story lines throughout this book. For me; however, there are simply too many slow periods and lulls in the story to keep me from calling this a "Can't-Put-Down" book, or in this case a "Can't-Quit-Listening" book.
I may try another Rollins book but I'm not going to jump out there and grab it anytime soon. From what I can tell by a lot of the reviews, it looks like Rollins has a very loyal following.
.....sooo if you like or love Rollins, I would highly recommend it.
Overall it's a decent story and decent listen as the narrator does a good job. I just don't think Rollins tickles my reading/listening bone.
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