This was an heroic attempt by the author to present a detailed recounting of what at the time was an heroic effort by the fledgling AAF to retaliate for Pearl Harbor and give the United States a psychological lift at the beginning of World War II after the U.S. had suffered defeat after defeat. It is long, it is detailed, it is tedious, yet most of it is good listening, but you have to want to hear it.
But, where do they get readers who pronounce "ensign" as "en sign" rather than "N-sn", or "cpl", the abbreviation for corporal as "c.p.l."? Would you believe "boatswain"?
I can't recommend this book to anyone unless they have an abiding interest in hearing the details of this mission, and what happened to each of the eighty crewmen who took part in the raid.
Well worth the read. Bosch is not as central as he is in other books, but makes no difference. Exciting and interesting
Whether you are for or against the death penalty, this is a well written NOVEL. Plenty of tension, good character development, interesting characters and kept my interest from beginning to end. Well worth the read. Also, it might make one think!
Best Virgil Flowers novel so far. Interesting plot and good twists and turns. Very enjoyable.
Bad, bad, bad. Incredible plot, too many 'convenient' explanations without support. This author has gone steadily downhill, in my opinion. Skip it.
The constant smartassedness (to coin a phrase) made it more and more difficult to listen to the story and Scott Brick. He overdid what DeMille started. Too much sarcasm/smart ass is too much, even for a New Yorker. I think this book would have been better in print, rather than having to listen to it, but oh yeah, it's hard to read while driving ... ya know, texting is bad enough! I am about 85% of the way through - I will finish it, oh yeah, I paid for it, so I better. I gave it two stars, but am not sure why. Story was predictable, the beginning episode is implausible (I asked a couple of doctors...) so... take it for what it's worth.
Two distinct subplots with little connection between them. One was excellent, the other was OK. Probably neither was enough for a complete novel, so ...
But, I always enjoy Sandford's books, especially the Prey series. I 'prey' that he'll write more of them.
A camel is a horse designed by a committee - this book is a book written by a group of high school students. A waste of time. So shallow, so predictable, so contrived, so characterless. It was a struggle to finish it. Annabelle should be called Clarabelle and the rest of the characters are so unreal.
Save your time.
A pretty good story, but why, oh why, can't the producer/director or whoever is responsible get a reader who can properly pronounce French, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Italian words, all of which are part of the story? A 'chupah' is not a 'chewpaw', etc., etc. It is most annoying and disrupts the flow of the story. The same problem exists with other readers of some other of his books (not all) -- and it's a shame.
Just plain bad. And the reader made it worse. I have listened to all of PC's Scarpetta books, and this one doesn't even come close to her worst previous book, that wasn't that bad at all. In this one, by destroying a character (who shall remain nameless) the author destroyed herself. The central theme is beyond credulity. I am not even sure she wrote it! It's jumpy, contrived, convoluted, just not up to snuff. It was a chore to listen to.
A misdirection from his usual involved and developed plot and story line. Bosch is getting slow...
The narration, as always, is good.
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