This book had strong potential but lost itself when the 'chance run ins' and obviously poor decision making by the two main characters. By the way, there were way to many chance run ins. An example of the obviously poor decision making was the two characters, who had secrets to keep, continually speaking abouty confidential or private information in public places. Seriously, that makes NO sense. The story had legs but the story crawled instead of sprinting.
First off, I was very much looking forward to hearing this King novel. I like King and it had good reviews. Immediatley upon listening to the book I loathed the narrator. His tone to different characters seemed forced, out of place and just ridiculous. He would have been much better just reading the novel. Several times I almost deleted the book because I couldn't take listening to the narrator. Instead, I just turned it off for the day. It took me much longer to finish the book because of the narrator.
The second comment is I hated and became disgusted at the author's use of the "N" word, the 'massah' dialogue and absurdity of thinking there is a need for these racial tones in a book. I know some will say it goes to character development but frankly, the book would have been MUCH better just focusing on the plot and removing racial tones. Not needed and sad it was included. I was so disgusted I often fast forwarded sections where these words were used.
As stated in my header, this could have been a much better novel.
I love this series by Robert aka J.K. Job well done on the second book in the series. I'm eager for more.
Well written book. Some long winded and frequently used analogies but sparing those it was a good book.
Wonderfully written, narrated and a very good book. A must read/listen!!!!! I've been recommending this book to a lot of my friends.
The only reason I got this audible was that it was a Poe Nominee. I really disliked the book and don't understand how it won a nomination. In my opinion the author has too many story lines. The book would have been better if 2 story lines were told. Also, some of the story is hard to believe. Really, watching a father figured murdered, informing the family of the loss and pain associated with the loss, driving the father's blood soaked car to work the next day and actually working the next day. What? Who does that and what kind of employer allows that. Also, the narration was extremely bad. The narrator has horrible accents and at points I laughed when I heard different -- and so called different -- ethnic accents. The narrator needs to stick to only a male English accent.
I would only recommend this book if you are in need of an easy read or listen book - preferably a book while traveling.
Based on several source recommendations and audible reviews I tried this book out and I really LIKE it. After one book, I'm a fan of Reginald Hill and I have some of his other books in my wish list. The author is a fantastic writer of thrillers; especially with so many characters. He can build characters and keep several story lines going. He writes like very few others can with the plots and characters. I haven't even mentioned the twists and turns.
I, like others, have enjoyed this series. My only two negative comments are 1) I've always disliked when a character is written to be immortal, se of the final fights, for instance on the rooftop, where Katniss seems immortal are too much and 2) a good section of the last parts of the book seemed too rushed. Outside of all this I felt the final installment was solid for the series.
Based on the reviews I downloaded this book and found it completely fascinating. It was a page turner I rooted for several characters (which I rarely do). I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
Completely enjoyable. Robert, aka J.K., has done it again. I'm praying for a series of these books. I've told a lot of folks to read this book! The author kept me tuned in. At times I was expecting to know who the killer was before it was revealed but the author kept the tide turning.
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