Freeman delivers a complex, twisted tale. It had a few problems -- namely the first three-quarters of the book were not all that interesting. The last quarter, however, was excellent and left me anxious for the next Stride installment. Freeman uses a plot device that I really hate: a character finds out a vital piece of information that the reader is not privy to until much later. Very frustrating.
This was my first book with this narrator. While I really like his voice, some of his vocal characterizations are really irritating. His Minnesota accents, especially for the female characters, are whiney and grating. However, his Serena Dial is very enjoyable.
In short, don't give up on this book. I think there are great things to come from this new author.
Rehder's books are always a fun ride with his large cast of crazies who never fail to entertain. Hog Heaven is no different. I almost didn't download this book though because the narrator is new to the series, and I like my John Marlins to sound like John Marlin from Blanco Co., Texas. I'm not sure where this Marlin is from but it's not anywhere near Texas. There is very little distinction between Marlin, Phil, Red, Billy Don, Bobby Garza, Bill Tatum, or even Nicole...except for the chick from Russia. She didn't sound Russian, but she didn't sound Texan, either...nor did any of the others. Robert King Ross killed this book for me. I won't buy another that he voices.
Bring back Johnathan Davis!
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