This was my first book by the author, highly recommended by my wife. I was disappointed with both the implausible story line(s) and the narration. The book seemed to consist of two unrelated stories (a magic ring and a serial murderer) unsuccessfully knitted together for no apparent reason. I found the dialog stilted and unnatural, made worse by the use of female and male narrators. I expected the female narrator to do the female voices and the male reader to do the male voices, of course, but this was not always the case. The male narrator often sounded like he was simply reading the words without actually being involved in the story. The female narrator was much better as an "audio actress." I enjoy crime fiction by authors such as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.
Unlike past Jack Reacher stories, this one is a plodder. Way too much talk and very little action. Nothing much happens until the last 10% of the story, and it's much too little too late. Also, I understand that Jack has a broken nose in the story but the reader sound like he has a terrible cold throughout the book when he speaks Jack's lines. It becomes extremely annoying after an hour or so, adding to my overall disappointment with the story.
Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. I've read several of his novels and I especially enjoy the Myron Bolitar series. I usually don't like "issue" stories because they tend to be "preachy" and this story is definitely one of those. Like most "issue" stories, it will probably appeal to a certain group of people, however.
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