Of course. I have read all of the Lee Child, Jack Reacher books. Dick Hill is consistently excellent as a performer. His women tend to sound a little whiny at times though.
The narrator was fine, but in this case he needed much better material.
I am not going to repeat what most of the other reviewers have said, except to say, I am a big fan. Downloaded the Kidndle app just to read the Deep Down short. Loved second son. The reason I point this out is that the shorts seem to be as far as Lee can go lately. Maybe it is dealing with the absurd idea of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Hey it worked out for Anne Rice, but Lestat isn't 6'5" 250 lbs. I don't know. Child has definitely lost his fast ball.
I have been to the mid west several times and I cannot believe this is the best place to center the last three novels. As the other reviewers said, too much time in the car. Too much hang around and sound like a mathematician time (too much math talk). No resounding ending with capturing or confronting the bad guy. I did not get a good idea of the bad guys lair from the descriptions. This just simply was not plausible. Yes the FBI are a bunch of backside covering buffoons at times, but even they would not be so incompetent as portrayed here.
I want Reacher to jump off of the page against bad people who did not expect the train wreck that was coming. The last few novels have only had them realize this in the last 1/2 to 1/4 of the book. I listened to this from a download on Audible, which is the only thing that save me from canning the whole thing. I don't think I could of read the whole book in one day as I have most of the others in the series.
But, like a lot of authors who just start running this stuff through the mill, (Clancy, Patterson, Grisham) this character seems to have met the downward spiral of his arc. Sad. Lee Child, wake up! Either kill Reacher off, or re-energize yourself and the franchise.
The whole story was just bogus. I don't know how much was autobiographical since I think this may have been his first or one of the first books. I just could not believe the protagonist. His friend John who was also a cop did the most stupid thing at the dumbest time. The hero is supposed to be investigating a murder, but spends most of his time partying with his friend, who should not of been there in the first place unless he was a literary vehicle as a planned killing.Alex is supposed to be genius smart, but does the bonehead play every time. Didn't seem all that bright to me. Now the addiction part. I am just tired of these idiots writing about overcoming addiction. Enough already. He was so smart that he went on smack to get around the corrupt Ulster cops killing him? Really? He would have been dead a minute after they discovered he was a junkie. I figured out the plot 1/2 way through the first section. The rest is just filling. Leaving the 45 at the graveyard. Touching the bloody knife in John. Finally, the ultimate unbelievability, trying to commit suicide by swallowing water to drown in the Ganges River which leads to an epiphany about Amber's murder gun.PPPPPPPPPPPPLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Le Carre Hounorable Schoolboy
Yes enjoyed the previous performances on other McKinty books.
Love the Michael Forsythe books and even the Killian book. I must be fair and suggest this book wouldn't get published probably until the Forsythe books were published. Looks like a young Author cutting his teeth.
Could not follow the plot or the characters
Such a mismash of characters, could not tell from the different voices in the performance.
Good history, but given by the history teacher that makes you fall asleep.
People who are into the beach novels of Patterson and who ever. Cookie cutter books where the actions of the protagonist make no senses except to move the story along to the desired length so that the author can get paid.
The protagonist is just stupid. Let me say that again. Stupid. 6'5" and a former bouncer, a Phd at a college with no knowledge about the law. Accidentally takes action against a bad guy and kills him, but feels bad about it. The plot was too predictable.
He did ok, but the material didn't help.
The best friend.
Just give me a better story. Don't keep delaying the talking to the police and letting the bad guys catch you in a bad position. No one would do that. It is just to much formula going on here.
Bad Story bad performance. Does not have a flow that is easily followed
Too many to count
Intellectual liberals from the 60's
Really over the top. Maybe it was the characters, but I just didn't like it
The whole book.
I downloaded this book based on the dated reviews. The characters are so leaden and dated I just could not go on and finish. I know it was a big hit in the 60's and that is where it belongs.
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