tallevast, FL, United States | Member Since 2011
The dynamics between Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are a good combination. I love the ex military factor. Reminded me of Reacher - Only better in my opinion. Not an earth shattering story - But a good listen.
It was also - God awful. That's my response to this idea that this is the best "yeah but" book ever. I will write this review without spoilers. You already have the premise in the book description. A kid was picked on and he killed the other kid. If you feel even slightly sympathetic toward the Columbine high school killers because they weren't accepted and picked on - Then this is your book. I am not sympathetic toward them. Just like the kid in this book - They weren't raped or tortured or any of the horrible things that might tip the scales into understanding why people justify the actions of some troubled kid. You're not a good parent if you aren't involved with your kids enough to know what's going on. Or you don't care enough. Or you stopped telling your kids no because you don't want them affected by negative responses. I can tell you that I wasn't the coolest kid in school & I got picked on - But I choose to do positive things. Not plot the death of other kids. Joseph Teller tried to indicate through Jaywalker - That we should feel ultimate empathy toward such an individual. What number of people killed do we stop being empathetic - If 1 is o.k. - How about 3? Do we stop when they become a serial killer? Even if this book wasn't so sad - On a moral level. It was horribly written. You ever listen to a really good joke - But it took like 5 minutes to tell and by the end it - It got awkward because the punchline was so far away. This is that joke - Except - It's not a good one.... This book was sooooo drawn out. Maybe like this review LOL. Wrapping up - The main character Jaywalker was not even close to being as funny as he thought he was. He was very effeminate at times. I don't know who he's trying to relate to - But as a man - It wasn't me & I can cry with the best of them.
For what it's worth - J
I think Michael Sears is a really good writer. The narrator was good - But I liked the previous narrator in book one better - Or at least - I already have the first narrator in my head - So it is hard to say. This book was somewhere between o.k. & good. There were a lot of balls being juggled in this book and it was hard to stay focussed on all the players. I have three sons and a daughter - So when I hear Jason say "My beautiful son" It weirds me out a little. My boys are good looking - My daughter is beautiful - I think he tries to hard with the whole kid story to make us feel a connection. Michael is a very smart writer & I hope he takes his time and writes another good book.
Though this book started off with some promise - By the middle I was ready to delete from my library. This was a full assault on my brain in general. Note to author - Please stop inserting a dialog about who Kolt Raynor is supposed to be in the beginning of the book. I know that Kolt is not real - You telling me about why you created him and what I am supposed to think about him - Is like telling me this guy is totally make believe. Don't tell me how good the chocolate is. Just give me a piece & I determine how good it is on my own. Kolt's internal dialog and moral dilema's have to go as well. I listened to the first two novels & I thought the 2nd was better than the first. When the 3rd installment came out - I thought "Great" but I also thought it was quick. This story line confirmed the latter. You want to know how i know this guy isn't Mitch Rapp like some would think - Mitch would have killed and mamed whoever to get to Hawk. The suicide mission was weird. Shot - Radiactive water - Semi drowning - Fake bombs - Mass execution to insert a player. Are we still in something that isn't science fiction? A good friend - I.E. Publisher/Editor if they read this should have told you what I'm about to tell you. This book stunk. Sorry man
It was well written & Extremely well narrated. I wish Eric Bergmann continued as the narrator in book 2 - But this was good enough to get me to purchase the second novel after a sample from the new author. I'm just a regular guy - But Michael did a great job breaking down the financial aspects & I thought overall - It could have been a 5 star review. I think his son distracted me from the story a little - Or it would have been an easy five star. By the end - I was o.k. with the son part of the story. Worth going all the way through to the end.
Like she said. I feel like it's Deja vu all over again. I swear - I just read about a guy in a chair with flies somewhere in the European circuit. I feel like I am swimming upstream. It's so hard to find a good book with a new idea lately. My search continues. This book is going back after an hour
7 Books in and Jack is still looking for the bones of his brother. Move it or loose it/me already.There's always some obscure connection to something (I have no idea how many pieces there are to this puzzle) An hour in and it's so convoluted - I really don't have time for it to get good. I'm all about a long story if it stays on point to get to a point. I've listed to Bird man - It was o.k.. I like the shock value from Mo. Ritual had the worst narrator - But I thought I was liking the story - so I hung in there. It was ehhhh by the end... I can see this long road and I doubt it will floor me at the end. I'm not a Publix shopper that will eat all but one shrimp and return the one and ask for my money back. I am an hour in and I am returning now. Probably my last Mo book.
Is this all it takes to feed the mind anymore? Mine's starving!
The good things 1. I really enjoyed the narrator - He did a great job. I wouldn't have lasted 2 hours if it wasn't for him 2. Overall - I liked the character base. I thought they were all very good. 3. They idea for the story was really good.
The bad. 1. Getting there was totally unbelievable - For awhile I could only think that this is the CUA - The Central Unintelligent Agency. Let me go backwards 1. I thought of Eddie Murphy saying that only white people would stay in a house to investigate after a poltergeist screamed from the great beyond "GET OUT". When black people would say "Let's get the blank out of here". The main character knows 3 people who get assassinated & He's the only one left & He goes looking for the reason.? Pushing everyones buttons. Surviving the impossible. Near the end he's all of a sudden the proffesor of the Davinci code? With the whole filing cabinet thing - Come on man! By the way - How did the computer guy get out of the office after going in the vent? Way too much was unexplained in this book. ...
Like I said - The premise is good. If your brain is hungry and you don't mind cheetos - Get this book. I need meat! Sorry vegetarians =0)
Gillian Flynn, Val Mcdermid, Anne Emery, Nora Roberts, Tana French. These are a few of my favorite authors - male or female. I preface the statement with that because this had a degree of femininity that was uncomfortable to listen to. It was extremely emotional and I could barely get through the first part of the 2 halves. I stuck around to find out what stride was afraid to reveal to Serena - That was a big disappointment. Huge actually considering the build up. Also Kat's aunt was hiding a secret that was ho hum compared to the build up. This was a big attempt at multiple Red Herrings to throw things off. I was probably 2 hours off finishing and deleted the book from by library. Any other author wouldn't have made it that far. It should have been deleted through the first. This book was written to the point where the narrator had to do worse than normal with his dream yelling for Kat. It was very bizarre sounding. and not in a good way. I think this book should have been cut to five hours like "Turn to Stone" which I enjoyed thoroughly. Also - Should not be sold with the idea that this is a follow up as Turned to Stone. It's not.
I have many audio books by Brian Freeman - He has always received my praise - Until now.
I have to tell you - I am through the first part of "The Cold Nowhere" and this book is not a prequel. It stands on it's own and I liked it a lot. It was a fast past non abridged short story & I'm starting to wish The Cold Nowhere was a lot shorter. Back to this book though. The ending was great! This was a very good psycological thriller. Brian Freeman is one of the few writers with repeating characters that I follow. The Cold Nowhere review to follow.
This could have been a 4 star review. I listen a lot at work and I am able to keep track with books like The Story Teller, so I gotta say that this one had my head spinning. A lot of people with the same sounding Egyptian names. Some of those people had different names for on person. To be fair - Maybe it was one person. I felt like I was hearing "Jaun duelly - John Dooley - Hans Drooly" And so on. That's the American version of what I thought I was hearing. Some quick jumps back and for through time didn't help, and the politics didn't resonate with me personally - Though I should study up more about other countries current affairs. Besides countries like Venezuela and the Ukraine of course. God be with them. It had a lot of good intrigue in there mixed in with the stuff I didn't like, and the narrator was really good.
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