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This first in series of Navy Justice novels is a great read. It is not to bogged down in details, moves along well, and maintains a tension that the reader will enjoy. Zack Brewer is captivating as a litigator who struggles with his faith as a Christian and his responsibilities as a Naval JAG Officer. The premise of the book is believable, and it is well written. However, the choice to use a British narrator is distracting. His British mispronounciations of U.S. terms and words in normal conversation and in the legal setting is distracting, almost laughable. The performance of foreign accents is excellent. One would wish that he would be able to mimic American English as well. When the narrator uses British pronounciations when portraying any Naval Officer, even the President of the U.S., it is awful. A Britisher trying to sound Southern is unbelievable! Change the narrator for future volumes and this could be one of the best!
Keep of the good work, Don Brown!
I am a great fan of the Scarpetta series, but this one left me wondering about the future of one of my favorite characters. The plot here was great, but the character development that has Scarpetta paranoid toward motives of those closest to her, and depressed about her life is very unlike the courageous and confident woman we have become so familiar with. She is portrayed as exhausted and suspicious of everyone. The end relaxed a bit as things came together, but still leaves questions about how Dr. Scarpetta will survive in the future. I hope the next chapeter is one of redemption. Let's get back to solving mysteries instead of getting mired in the lives of so many people at one time.
I was only recently introduced to Dave Robecheaux in the Tin Roof Blowdown.
Burke's tortured detective struggles with his demons of the past while trying to find the decency in a world that seems to have gone mad with criminal activity of the worst kind. His writing style is so descriptive and graphic that you can smell the Lousiana swamp, hear the rain, and feel the humidity of the area near the City of New Orleans. The characters are rich, the mystery uncommon. Yet, Dave wades into the crimes to humanity with the tenacity of a bulldog, all the while questioning his motives, his anger and his own sense of what is the right thing to do - in spite of himself.
A great read, and it was good to go back some to learn of the Robecheaux character. I look forward to going through the series.
Classic murder mystery with unusual twists are really interesting. Jance's Joanna Brady is a great character and has great personality and admirable courage and determination. But the narrator of this piece sounds as though she has a cough drop in her mouth and disjointed oration (or bad recording editing). She swallows loudly and smacks her tounge irritatingly. Recording quality is amatuer. You can hear papers rustling, page turning and bits of editing that makes it sound like stuttering. I listen to a lot of recorded books and this recording is terrible.
Koonce is again a master of his craft. These new characters are just normal people caught up in an extraordinary circumstance, and the ride of their lives.
While Koonce's work is riveting, I think he is a bit wordy in places regarding the musings of the characters or the discriptions of surroundings. The abridged version may be more desireable if one does not care to endure these descriptions.
This loser is just another New-Age rehash of old stuff that has been around for ages. The author's presuppositions are rediculous and one must really be desperate to try it. I think it is great to be a positive thinker, but for it to become some "secret power" to provide all your desires for money, power and romance is just too much. Don't waste your time!
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