Ultimately this story went nowhere. Its a story of the peace corps in Vietnam, except they are in the army, non combat types, during the war told through the eyes of a couple of characters.
The theme is kind of interesting and the author has some writing skill but ultimately the undeding series of largely unrelated incidents an the unrelenting sensitive new age approach left me feeling the book had nothing interesting to say. And I say that even though I share some of the sentiments. My wife felt the same way and neither of us finished it.
Lisa Brackmann can clearly write and just as clearly has a lot of ideas. Setting novels in modern China from a western perspective is another plus. However this is one of those novels where sometimes "the message" dominates the plot. I'd have liked a little more action, a little more suspense, a little more romance and a little less of the realities of detention and torture. . Tracy Sallows read this very well getting right in character.
Peter Temple is just great in almost every respect. Jack Irish is the slightly lighter side, but no less enjoyable than a great desert is to to a gourmet entree. Plot, character, style, reader, dialogue, understated black humour, its all there for your listening pleasure. Give us more.
There are many fine mystery and suspense authors on Audible. I know because over the past couple of years I've listened to lots.
None are better than Peter Temple. The variety of his books, even though mostly set in Victoria, Austrlia is first class, the plots are first class, the dialogue is first class, and his observations of society and culture are thoroughly enjoyable.
Finally I appreciate the dry Australian black humour that permeates the early stages of his novels, somewhat reminiscent of a more subtle Carl Hiasen.
Its an additional pleasure to find the books well read, although I appreciate that others may not find the nuances of the Australian dialect as familiar as they seem to me.
Finishing this book was extremely regrettable and how I wish there were more. Discovering Peter Temple has been one of my great thrills of 2009.
This book fulfilled all my requirements for a good thriller.
1. Strong characters
2. Excellent plot well revealed
3. Unusual setting in South Africa
4. Plenty of action
5. Well read.
6. Shows an awareness of culture.
Perhaps some of the writing could be even tauter, a few of the passing thoughts meandered over long, romance was not that well developed but nevertheless
I immediately went out and listened to another in the same series.
This novel lives up to its title as a suspense novel. The bad guy is a bad guy, there are a number of intertwined plots that are mostly brought together well at the end and nearly all of the loose ends are tied up. Character development is only fair. That is the characters are strong with complex personalities but don't for the most part develop much further through the novel than at the beginning. Overall a most enjoyable suspense novel to listen to.
This book showed glimpses of greatness but too often lapsed into long sessions of police jargon and the usual dose of home spun philosophy. The author is at his best when describing action where he creates some genuine excitement.
Although a number of interesting characters are brought into play their relationships didn't seem real to me.
Stereotyped characters, gratuitous violence, ideology about as subtle as an atomic bomb. The first audio book I haven't actually got all the way through.
This is a classic modern english police murder mystery. The hero is the usual fat, grumpy, partly clever, partly stupid detective superintendent aided by a big squad.
Despite the predictability of some elements of the plot I enjoyed the book. Certainly very well read, but also reasonable character development, some reasonable elements of humor and some ideas developed. Worth a listen and I am almost over the line to listening to another by the same author
I'm only reviewing this as none else has. Its an outstanding audible book. Well read, only the australian accent is humorous, and a great story.
The characters are well developed, although the protagonist seems to change character regularly, sometimes highly moral at other times prepared to kill.
The settings are excellent eastern europe and the burning festival in the USA. They add a great background to a well developed plot that maintains a steady pace.
There is some philosophy but not overly much.
All in all I was disappointed to find only the one book by Jon Evans. Give us some more.
This rates right up there with Michael Connolly's efforts in my view
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