I had read FISHING FOR STARS previously when THE PERSIMMON TREE (which is the earlier book) was not yet on Audible. Now I am reading FISHING FOR STARS again, I remembered large parts but there are details that I couldn't have understood in the same way in my earlier reading. The PERSIMMON TREE takes place in the Pacific Theater of WWII and provides an important perspective into the war in the islands many of which are now Indonesia, the Japanese war experience, history, cultural traditions, the comfort women, the old Japan and the overlay of the new one, survival and psychological scars. With Humphrey Bower reading, the books are everything that the best of Coutenay's books are.
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.
I had hesitated to buy this book because Dick Hill wasn't the narrator - I didn't realize that this book was co-written with William Butterworth as are the final two in the series. This one is a farce. Everything is overdone - the president is an a__. Castillo comes off without the charm or flair or humanity that he has in the earlier books. The dialogue is forced, overdone and purely dumb. As others have noted, for those of us who have listened to the earlier novels in the series, there is little new that happens. BUT the biggest problem is the second author who I feel wrote most of the book. It had none of the depth of understanding that Griffin has. It's as if the co-author (who NOTE is not listed on Audible's site, but is revealed immediately as Jonathan Davies starts reading. "The Outlaws by W.E.B Griffin AND William D. Butterworth.") I doubt I'll be reading the final two in the series unless something in people's comments leads me to believe Griffin took over again. I've read the Corps series, will be starting the Lieutenants (Eric Dove - don't know how I feel about him, but at least the book has only Griffin as the author) and Honor Bound (with Dick Hill). I probably should have only rated it overall as 1 star and the story as 1 star and the performance as (who knows) - I think I will - I originally had given it 2 stars out of respect for Griffin, but isn't really here as an author. Really bad.
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