Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?
For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?
They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?
Every time I listen to a Stone Barrington novel, I say "never again". I think I even returned one of them. They are preposterous. (He gets invited to spend election night in the Lincoln Bedroom, for goodness' (well) sake. One of his girlfriends is the campaign director for the First Lady, who is running to succeed her husband. He is under the protection of the CIA, sleeping with three women, flying around in a Gulfstream, and opening a hotel in Paris. You could make this up yourself. Never again.
So an ex-con is one day out of prison before his lack of impulse control causes him to start skipping work, lying, and going off the rez. Don't care that his son--whom he didn't know, and his ex-wife who left him ten years ago are dead. Don't care how it turns out. Thanks for the return. First Crais book I just could not stand. Like a Nelson DeMille (sp?).
First, there are some glaring factual missteps: CID agents have classified ranks (so people can't pull rank on them), for example, and Puller introduces himself to all and sundry as CWO Puller.but more important is the fact that this is at most an 8 hour story in a 15 hour read. Long, tiresome dialogue and expositions. Endless explanations of acronyms and military structure.But the worst thing is probably the implausibility of the premise: The story is based on the proposition that Puller's mega genius intelligence officer-- computer savvy brother could credibly be convicted of espionage, and that his very close brother--the aforesaid CID agent would simply accept this for two years. I could point out more, but it would be to spoil the story, such as it is. Actually the first Baldacci books were wildly superior to this one.
In this genre, you've got to suspend disbelief to some degree, but when the story gets downright silly-- zombies adversely possessing an estate in upper Manhattan by killing anyone who tries to evict them for over a hundred years? Slaughtering animals that kick up such a fuss that the neighbors hear and complain to no avail? C'mon, really. Even Rene's narration, usually terrific, is over the top when he makes zombie noises. You've really got to slug it out to finish this one.
This is light in mood, plenty of macho and plenty of suspense. Action got a little improbable (unsurvivable)
Had the characters not stayed mad at themselves and each other, all the time, not engaged in self absorbed internal metaphysical dialogue. persistent misunderstanding of each other, saying stuff lke "I think you're a nice person", the book would have been better.
amazing and over done.
I am tired of all of them.
Every time I listen to one of these, I swear never again. This time I mean it.
Cobee\n-never, if I can remember (I've made that vow before. Usually lI ike Scott Brick.
Back to John Connolly, maybe Daniel Silva
Way over the top. If his goal was to get you to despise the self obsessed, breathless main character, it was a great job.
I would get the hero killed in this first fifty pages and start over This is the worst since Nighfall by Nelson Demille.
One of the nicest things my wife ever told me was, "You don't have to listen to it just because you bought it?
This book seems contrived to me relative to a Bosch book
The centrai premise, that a reporter would be "embedded" in the FBI, is not believable. Also, there is a point in the book where the propostion is that everybody gets bore and sleepy on a stakeout waiting on a serial killer, so our hero goes for coffee. Really?
Lost of good voices
Untill the end, yes. The end is a bad joke.
Don't let this be your first Connelly.
This book has a contrived setup, and so far is mostly a breathless monolog about a painfully naive "archivist", who given half a brain would have done everything thus far completely differently. I am sorry, but I can't stand for my thriller heroes to be nitwits.It may get better, but I can't bear to listen any more.
No. See above/
breathless, panic from the start.
Would have been better if it were completly different.
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