I'm a Michael Connelly fan so I couldn't wait to listen to these first Bosch novels recently added to the Audible Library.
The first book, The Black Echo, was TERIFFIC!
This one is good, but definitely not as good as the first.
Like the first novel, there were a lot of complexities in this story, and Connelly somehow managed to tie them up nicely.
But this story simply didn't grab me like the first book and other Bosch novels.
I would rank this one in the bottom half of Connelly novels I've listened to, but the below average Connelly novel is still above average compared to other offerings.
The story is still "can't put down" at times - and a recommended listen.
Even though it is mentioned in the Audible Title, I did not realize that Mario Puzo did not finish this novel himself. It was completed in 2001 by his girlfriend, after his death in 1999.
I imagine when he started this book there had been little written about the Borgias, but since this book was finished, there have been a great many books on the Borgias, and of course the Showtime series, "The Borgias", which I highly recommend.
This book did bring to light a few interesting tidbits of History of which I was not aware. For example, in the Showtime series, they wrote out the younger brother Gioffre, so I was not aware he actually existed.
Overall I recommend the book and my only criticism (and it's a fairly big one for me) is that the book had an epic feel to it and it wrapped up far too quickly and in summary form. I can only assume that is because Carol Gino simply tried to finish it the best she could. I would be curious to know when she actually took over to assess my point as a valid one or not.
The narrator did a fine job and overall a slight thumbs up.
I'll agree with a lot of the Craig Johnson reviews in that I likewise believe Johnson has improved over the years. Likewise, Johnson is a believer in the supernatural to some extent by weaving and ethereal spirit into his stories - more frequently in his latest books.
This one goes a little too far for my liking; however, I still recommend the book - especially for fans of Johnson and the Walt Longmire series. It's one of the better books in the series and is a can't miss for fans.
On a big picture basis; however, Johnson is not in my Top 10 favorite authors. His character development is good and his ability to put together a story worthy of a good novel, I still find that Johnson wanders too much. I find myself drifting too often due to boredom for him to be classed among my all-time favorites.
Still, I recommend this book, it's definitely above average as are most in the Walt Longmire series. I'll continue to pick out more Longmire stories along the way when I don't have any of my favorites to go through.
As usual, George Guidall is a GEM!! These types of stories are right in his wheelhouse and he nails it.
McKinty is and has been one of my Top 10 favorite Authors, so I anxiously await each book. This one did not disappoint.
While the "Dead" series is my favorite among McKinty's repeating character serials, I have grown fond of the Sean Duffy series, this being the 3rd so far.
Duffy is a very thoughtful and interesting character who is always trying to gain a perspective of life, the good, bad and evil, and his place in the whole soupy mess. McKinty's character development reminds me a lot of another of my all time favorites, James Lee Burke, in the way he develops characters and describes the environment around him - all of which keeps your mind moving - very rarely letting a story drag along in tedium. McKinty does so in mostly Ireland, Scotland and England based stories and Burke does so in Americana based stories, but they are both among the best.
Gerard Doyle is likewise a great narrator and is the perfect choice for McKinty books.
I highly recommend this book and as equally important, McKinty books in general. I do like the Sean Duffy character as well and I expect more in the series based upon how this story develops and ends. Stay tuned...
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!!
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