I've enjoyed Adam Mitzner's books in the past and was looking forward to this one. But I'm returning it because I cannot stand the reader's sing-song reading and inability to voice characters. This is one I'll have to read in hardcopy. I'm less than a half-hour into it, so I really cannot rate the story. Please ignore the one star - it was necessary to put something there so I could rate the book.
Good story - I was kept guessing as to the ultimate conclusion. The twists and turns did not seem contrived and there was no violence that was over-the-top. But the best part of the book was the reader. This is the first novel I've read by Michael Robotham and I was very disappointed to see that Ray Lonnen doesn't read any of the others. He is top notch!
Like other reviewers, I felt that the translation from German must have left some of the nuances of the writing on the cutting room floor. Consequently, the language seemed stilted at times. That said, it was an interesting diversion, with many characters and personalities - and a story that moves forward at a quick pace. The character count was a challenge for any narrator and Mr. Fass did an admirable job.
I stumbled upon a Jack Reacher story last year and found that the writing took me smack into someone else's world. A world that's a little bit uneasy, but you go along for the ride anyway. This one held my attention right to the end; the Reacher character really pulls you onto his side (a hero with a thought process comprised of strategy, nobility and loads of arcane information). A tale of morality, loyalty and daring - with big crescendos and just enough tension.
I'm not in love with Dick Hill's female voices, but all in all, a stellar performance.
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