OK, maybe I don't love this genre (what is it even? Military spy stuff?) Anyway, One has to go with the unrealistic technology and the all-knowing Church/Deacon/etc. However, Maberry sticks to his own reality and that's good enough for me. It's Ledger-world. It has basic rules and Maberry is true to them. It's consistent (which is a big plus for me--I hate an author who creates a fantasy and then changes the rules on what can and can't happen.)
I find that the characters are in many ways to good to be true. BUT I love them. One wants a world where Joe Ledger Kicks-blank and takes names. His moral compass is nice.
I generally read murder fiction (I avoid romance/murder--just want dead people). I prefer a mystery. In the Ledger novels (this is the second that I've "read" the bad guys are just put in front of you. Yet, I enjoy the plot which has a beginning middle and end, the end twist (which is a must in the modern novel...why? I don't know) is generally pretty well crafted, and the characters don't "do" stuff just to do it--there are reasons for their actions and we know what they are.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I am currently reading the third book and have given up pretending that this is not my style. Just like a well crafted wine or beer a well-crafted novel is fun for all.
I've enjoyed my Joe Ledger adventures so far. Probably not for those who dislike violence and want a hero that eschews it, but for the rest, I highly recommend it.
I really enjoy a good mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously. The Heyer mysteries do not take themselves seriously. If you are looking for a deeply fulfilling artistic experience this book (none of Heyer's books) is not for you.
Heyer is clever at character development and dialogue. Despite their eccentricities the characters are generally fun and likeable. There is always someone to dislike and wonder why anyone would have him/her to a house party.
This is an "English Country House" mystery. It's a formula. However, given some nice plots and character development it's fun and enjoyable.
I must agree that the narrator was a bit spotty. Some of the voices that she chooses are just grating and her timing is off. However, not as bad as some books, so I'll keep listening. I read these books as a girl (my introduction to adult mysteries along with Agatha Christie) and plan to listen to them all again.
This was pretty interesting. I suspect that if you read many mysteries or thrillers it might not surprise you so much at the end.
The character development was fine. I just didn't like the character of the narrator (not the actual audio book narrator's voice). The husband. He was a bit of a jerk.
One of the biggest flaws were subplots that added nothing to the story. Oh well.
Overall not a bad read (listen?) It bogged down in a few places, but for the most part kept my attention.
I really like old radio programs. This one is fairly entertaining. It is a product of its time. Please do not try to impose modern values on the characters. Do they develop the characters? Not really? Do we get to know Sailor and Slate deep down? Not at all!
This is good, schmaltzy, noir fun! There are a lot of dead people and stuff that makes no logical sense.
Note: there are some scratchy parts.
I highly recommend it.
I have avoided this book and its predecessor because I generally avoid "man wrongly accused" However, this book was really fun. It had the return of a number of fun characters from earlier books (always a pleasure) and there was resolution.
These books are somewhat formulaic. I don't actually mind this. there is enough fun to keep me interested. I enjoy the development of characters from book to book. I enjoy the bizarre internal logic that the authors keep.
Some of the later books in this series have parts that move grindingly slow. I didn't find that in this one at all. There was no point where I just wanted to cry because I couldn't flip through the pages and ignore the boring stuff.
I highly recommend it.
So I've started buying books because Jim Dale narrates them. I think that he is genius. He is easy to listen to and once I have heard the story very easy to fall asleep to.
I am a grown up and this is a book for adolescents. So, fair enough it doesn't totally speak to me. BUT overall, I like it.
I liked that the characters were nice kids who try to do the right thing but don't always. I like that the situations were fairly realistic within a fantasy realm. I also liked that it was true to it's own world (in other words, don't tell me people can fly and then later the villain can't fly.)
I liked this so much that I am purchasing book 2. What I do hope to see more of is some more character development. There is some, but there could be more. Don't tell me, let me see it unfold. The book just also seemed to move from one action sequence to another and we're dribbled out back story and not most of it. I understand that there should be some suspense but that should come from the story, not because we don't know the characters.
I would recommend it.
It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.
The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.
How many books were in here? How stupid is Barbara Havers? If you can't stand characters behaving so stupidly that you can't believe they can find their own feet in the morning this book is not for you.
I have read all of the previous Lynley novels. Loved most and liked all.
This one is not for me. If you have little patience for gross stupidity (yes, I know I've already said it but it can't be said enough) then this book isn't for you either. If you like people who screw up and do stupid things - hey, give it a whirl.
I cannot believe that I wasted so many hours of my life on this.
There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?
I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!
If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!
The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.
Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.
This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.
My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.
I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.
This book perhaps had a decent story in it somewhere. It started out promisingly. The female lead seemed like a strong character and like she had a good sense of herself and what she wanted to know and do.
Then the story continued. She is probably one of the weakest female leads ever. Her actions have no logic from one chapter to the next. Is she strong? Is she weak? Is she just a girl who needs help from a man.
Supposedly a wealthy powerful woman, she certainly does some very stupid and unfeminist things.
The basic plot is decent. No real surprises as we move through the plot.
If you don't mind an unevenly drawn group of characters and flawed plot, this book is for you!
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