The author doesn't understand the difference between characters and caricatures. His mother in law was the only child of a man who owned numerous car dealerships in California? Box wants us to believe she lies and connives to get money from her husbands? She would be the rich one. It does not make sense. Then the plot twist at end was silly. A character that has outsmarted four men, would find a way to outsmart the fifth. Finally it is hard to accept Nate as a good guy when he shoots kids in the back. I have read plenty of eye for an eye type books, but they always kill really bad guys, not stupid kids. I think this is my first and last C. J. Box.
Plotting is weak and unbelievable. Sadly even the bad guys are boring. Characters are not well developed as in the original series. There are a couple likable characters, but most are not interesting enough to sustain another book. The performance is good and for a mindless summer book, there are worse.
I was disappointed with the last few entries in this series, but this book got back on track. The plot is well developed and the characters are growing and developing.
A great return to the tight plots and really bad guys of the early Prey books that got me hooked. The series was getting a little bland, but this one is as good or better than any he has written. It is more violent than the more recent books, but if you have read the early ones, it is right in line.
More of an attempt at an international thriller being solved by down home policing. But it doesn't really work. It is very predictable and slow moving. I prefer Virgil solving murders.
Frankly the Plum series was getting boring with mediocre stories and old humor, but this was a return to the early Plum's. Great story with lots of great humor. Loved this book.
Great combination of a good action story with wonderful humor. The best fiction book I have listened to this year.
My last Brad Thor. The hero has become a sadist, not an action hero. He likes torture. Sad. This used to be a good series.
Explosive Eighteen is much better than 17, but still not up to the caliber of the early books. If you are a fan like I am, give it a listen. If you are new to Evanovich, get one of the early books instead.
Great ending to a great trilogy. I am so sad that Stieg Larsson is gone.
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