It filled several hours on an otherwise dull drive which made it time well-spent. The story was entertaining but not enough to distract from driving. In short it drowned out the road noice but the story didn't want me to pull over and just listen to it.
We arrived at our destination before reaching the end of the story and the story did not grab us enough to sit in the parking lot to find out what happened next.
Mr. Heller was the best part of the story, his voice range and timing of delivery of dialog was superb. He gave life to the characters.
The first book (Heat Wave) in the series was much better than this one. This book was OK but lacked the charm of the first. The Rook (Castle) character was more of a background character in this one and it is his quips and cute irritations that set this series of books apart from other murder mysteries. Just as in the TV series it is the interplay of the Heat (Beckett) and Rook (Castle) characters that generate the "Heat" of the stories, the murder mystery is just the back drop to the characters. I think most readers (listeners) are more interested in the relationship between the two main characters than actually finding out who done it.
Brian Haig is a writer who deserves more recognition than he gets. His main recurring character, Sean Drummond, has a sharp tongue and a wit to match. The plots keep you guessing and have more twists and turns than a pretzel. If you like mysteries, military action / adventure, conspiracies, spies, and legal drama, you will like Man in the Middle and the other works by this author.
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