The story may be OK, but the narrator is the worst I've heard and completely interfered with my listening. Listen I did from start to finish, but never could stop hearing the poor imitation of male voices, of a NY accent, of "evil" voices - really bad. I've listened to close to 1,000 books on Audible and this narrator is the first one I've panned completely; she spoiled any enjoyment I might have had in the book. I do like the heroine Mallory (or have in the past). I thought Carol O'Connel's "Judas Child" was extraordinary. So it's this book and this narrator I didn't like at all. There have been other narrators I didn't like much on Audible, but I could forget about as I listened to the tale - not so with this one. I'm not sure what's in the sample, but definitely listen to that before you buy.
The narrator almost ruined the book for me but once I got to the second part, the story took over and I heard him much less and fully entered the reality of the novel. I hadn't read Connelly in awhile. This book (IMHO) is one of his best. it's very current - from racial tensions in urban American cities (I write this as Ferguson Missouri is still a tinderbox), to family dynamics, politics, police department dynamics. I can't say too much without disclosing the story line that deserves to unfold as Connelly intended, but I recommend this book. Just don't let the narrator's stentorian tones and "intensity" discourage you. Forge on - eventually you'll be able to ignore him. It's not a happy book but it's real and substantive..
Reacher as he always is, but with more dimension. He reaches out to a woman who has taken over a division where he used to be the commander. Their both in a "rouch position" but Reacher is so sure of his actions and of this woman's that they ally and escape and then investigate brilliantly what is gong on. Dick Hill is great as always and the book is just plain fun (the usual violence but somehow less dominant on the theme).
Book is great - Nathan is a similar character to John Welles in the Berenson books, or Lee Child's Jack Reacher - in addition he has a complex character that I rapidly grew to like in the script. Other characters are also given complexity. The story is suspenseful and plausible (most of it) I'm pleased to find this series as I've listened to others where I've exhausted the titles. Dick Hill is one of my most favorite narrators.
It's a very predictable story and yet it left me feeling happy at the end. Ambulance chasing law firm, well-trained attorney fleeing from the stress of 80 hour weeks at a large law firm, big corporation, but the well-trained attorney whose clearly smart and analytic and thoughtful learns a lot about liability law and starts a law suit with a toy company over lead paint - clear case, he wins, shows ethics, vision, and triumphs fully in the end in his own firm. Good book.
I thought of abandoning this book, but kept hoping that Greg Iles would do something to redeem this book. NOPE. It's unrelenting racist hatred, and violence, and greed. I didn't like the narrator either. Each sentence was given the same deadly serious weight. It's important to remember the nightmare that African Americans lived through particularly in the south. Also the horror of the period when JFK, MLK, and RFK were assassinated (they are referred to in the book as KKK). But there is nowhere for the listener's anger and horror to go - there are a few admirable characters but the narrator just doesn't give them the dignity - they come off kind of whiney. The book was painfully awful. I should have quit long before the almost 36 hours were over. I recommend you don't start.
Only problem is there are no more books for me to read - I've read them all. I saved this one until I got disgusted with W.E.B. Griffin (or exhausted the best of the series with Dick Hill). It's good. Took me about an hour to change pace. Berenson's character's have considerable depth and dimensions and the description of them can slow down how quickly the store takes hold of you - but once it gets going, it's gripping. This one is the most contemporary of the series and very current in it's plot lines. (While most of them take place in the Middle East, this one is focused on Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear bomb - on how a president would respond to provocation and so on). Worth reading and there is hope for more books since the lead character rediscovered his commitment to his job and his determination to remain involved (earlier books had ended with his questioning the personal costs to his ability to be a father or in a committed relationship with a woman.
Not as good as Griffin can be, but better than the Colonels that I really disliked. I won't buy another in the series, but if I hadn't read the Colonels, I might have.
I bought it because I have been reading the series. Unfortunately, I've downloaded the Berets already or I'd stop here. Fortunately both this one and the Berets I bought at Audible's ½ price sale. I don't find any of the characters sympathetic as I have in Griffin's other series where I really liked Charlie Castillo, or Marine McCoy or many of the others. Lowell is just an unsympathetic rich guy who proves impossible to resist by various really sympathetic women (or so the story would have it). He's wealthy, full of himself, Dove's narration has him speaking with marbles in his mouth (although American English as opposed to British where one usually meets the marbles). I suppose I kept plugging on to pick up nuggets of the history, but there isn't enough in this one. Really bad. Going forward, I will avoid books with Dove as narrator and regret that there aren't more of Griffin's I'll be reading mainly because he's now writing with Butterworh and/or I don't like the narrators. I've ready 7 of the Presidential Agent Series (won't touch 8), all of the Corps series (which I really liked) and the first book of Honor Bound.l That's it for me.
I really like Griffin, but I think this book is one of my favorites. It has everything - character development, emotion, depth, politics, suspense and military strategy. The main character, Lieutenant Cletus Frade is a Charlie Castillo kind of personality although perhaps not as outsized. The back drop of Argentina and "neutrality" in WWII gives some perspective on the complexity of that war. If you like the Presidential Agent Series (but perhaps have given up once Griffin son-in-law took the pen), read this one - it's fun and gripping. The Corps series needs to be read as a series and the depth of it comes both from the growth of some of the recurring characters and the history (WWII in the Pacific); Honor Bound seems to be the only one of the Honor Bound series that has the magic combination of Dick Hill + Griffin.
I like Dick Hill more as narrator than Eric Dove, and I found the character development in this book much weaker than Griffin's Presidential Agent series or the Corps Series. It's OK, but no more. I MIGHT try the Captains just to see if the characters continue and grow in the telling. I remember I didn't find Book 1 of the Corps series anywhere near as good as the follow-ups so maybe the Brotherhood of War will follow the same pattern. I'll read the reviews.
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