Hard to tell you why I liked this so much without being a plot-spoiler. Very well written, perhaps a bit long, but also very well researched. I've done a little corporate finance work in Switzerland on a far lower level that the hedge funds this book describes but the backgrounds, the understanding of financial technology, and the details of expense account life in and around Geneva are dead perfect.
The characters are well rounded for this type of rona-a-clef and the narrator is perfect for the really good writing. You will learn something about derivatives training as well as being intrigued. (At least I did.)
Fascinating historical detail, good characters many of whom I'd like to see again, very talented narrator who can do many distinct voices well. My only complaint is that the author tends to go on too long, repeating or extending his prose when I wanted the plot to move along. Others might feel differently about that, I'll certainly try something else in the series.
Nice background details on a politically connected Massachusetts and Palm Beach famous family but the plot's a bit too creaky and coincidental. Worth the listen though.
I usually read/listen to heavier suspense and mystery stories but this is a really good light soufflé. The details of upper class London and Buckingham Palace in the 1930s ring believably and the lead character is wonderful. Some day when John LeCarre is too serious for you give one of these novels a try, the accent and performance of the narrator is a particular pleasure.
I am a long time fan of Coben, but I started with his Myron Bolitar series, which is light and a very amusing series with more with than terror. This however is a seriously well played novel with characters that are well developed. The narrator is excellent (maybe a little over dramatic sometimes but very good nonetheless.) Don't expect Myron and Win, but I am sure he'll write about them again. I don't know how to describe it without spoiling it but there are a number of unexpected but very believable plot twists. It deserves the 5 stars.
A great lead character who s a sexy independent smart brave woman, lots of 1030s detail. A good beach book with an excellent narrator.
There have been a couple of good stories set in and around the newsrooms of dying newspapers. I find it a sad and very interesting topic, and it's a naturally convincing place to put investigators. In this case the basic locations are a Los Angeles newspapers and some good Silicon Valley tech stuff. The characters are believable and appealing, the villains sufficiently menacing and horrible. The narration is very good. Tension is high. FBI lore is well handled. I really liked the characters and am hoping for a sequel.
Great characters, real detail about newsrooms today and the background of Providence.
I liked the feel of the town and of Rhode Island's weird and wonderful politics.
There are only two in the series so far and I liked them both. I'll buy the next one for sure. Haven't been this enthusiastic since I first discovered the Spenser novels. The narrator has the right accent for Providence.
This is a series where Cussler keeps writing amazingly well although just a bit cartoonish. The narrator is perfect for its style. precise elegant diction, might almost be pompous if it weren't so entertaining. No one has written as enthusiastically on the marvels of Victorian era technology since Sherlock quoted rail timetables to Dr. Watson.
There's nothing wrong with cartoon characters, Superman and Batman were. Cusssler's cast of characters are fleshed out a lot more than those guys for amusing adults, and that works.
Would make a great movie series. "Bet you can't eat just one."
I read this terrific series pretty much as it was published. One of last century's best mystery writers created a memorable and unique character in Travis McGee. My sense of the right voice for McGee would be someone older, more restrained and with a voice implying more confidence. I bet he'd be good at other stuff but (for me) it was a distraction.
I will probably buy more in the series though McDonald wrote amazingly well.
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