tallevast, FL, United States | Member Since 2011
It didn't floor me, but it was a nice easy get-away. I bought another book by Brian Freeman based off of reviews, and the fact that I enjoyed his writing style.
I get that a lot of people will hit the 'no' button when asked if this review was helpful, but somebody has to tell the truth. I believe that the majority of reviewers are proud Americans with a 'Let's kill all the Hajjis' type of mentality. Which I understand and can appreciate on certain levels. 3 Stars is actually kind though with respect to this book... Obviously we are swayed by the sacrifices of Americans that defend this great country. Even with Scott McEwan in the middle driver's seat - This book was only listenable to those who discount writing in order to praise heroics. They are not the same thing. I realized going in that this wouldn't be like listening to "Sniper Elite" by Scott McEwan... But I was hoping for something much better then this. The Story was very - Start/Stop. It had a very Po dunk sort of feel to it - Like a good ole boy attitude would put us on a level playing field. It seemed like the musings of someone, who took time to make a pseudo diary. Not a Diary like the "Notebook" mind you. It was also very opinionated in a way I couldn't relate to - Wether I agreed or not. I 'Could not' finish listening to this book after grinding my way through the first half. There was no continuing story line to follow, so I found it very hard to stay involved with this book on any level. Sorry for the non conformist attitude.
For what its worth............ J
I think forever ago I read one of Mike Lawson's first or second books & it was o.k but not memorable... I looked through all the reviews and decided to give book # 7 a chance. I'm glad I did. I like Joe Barrett and am most familiar with his work as the narrator for Brian Freeman's books. I think I enjoyed the book mostly for it's plausible story line & The fact that it did not have some over the top action hero doing things beyond their means. It's the very reason I like Joe DeMarco. I do wish Joe was a little more everything though... I wish Mike Lawson didn't paint him as some bumbling half lawyer skating by. I am listening to book 8 based off my experience with # 7 and Joe tried to pronounce anaphylatic shock and bumbled his way through the word and it surprised me that I could say it if not spell it & I am just a pool guy from Florida.. I'd really like to see a Joe DeMarco pick up where his dad left off and make him a hit man of sorts. Anyway - I liked the ending a lot and it brought the whole book together nicely. Audio books are one of the ways I cope with the daily grind & I am glad to have found this book in amoungst the pile of bad books I listened to lately.
For what it's worth.... J
This is the problem with books that run in series, and people that fall in love with an Author and or the character. They can't differentiate between the good and the bad, and they will write reviews based off feelings based off past experiences... I liked the first 2 books - I really liked the 3rd... I didn't drink the Koolaid though - So I will say without a doubt - This book stunk. The only constantly good thing was Rob Shapiro. The Story line was horrible, and there was no suspense to it... The bad lady went through hell and back again to kill someone that didn't have a clue about anything. Really??? A S@#t load of mercenaries to find one girl....... Lets not leave out the fact that the dialog and interaction between our favorite assassin and the girl was terrible... So much about nothing... I wasn't drawn in or intrigued at any point in time. I hate to say it - Because I am Anti Grey Man - But this felt very similar to that kind of novel... No substance - No mystery - No quality assassin work. Also - Lets put an ad in the paper for the worlds top assassin - As anyone can find them... I'm telling you - If they left the country and hid in a cave like Osama did. I still had the feeling like they would get conveniently found. It's almost Voodoish anymore in some books. If you see a squirrel and a rabbit in the same day - Then they must be in hidding in the hotel across the street... I purchased this book based off my past experiences. I wrote this review based off my current experience.
For what it's worth... J
My significant other laughs at me for being a review person.... I will read a ton of reviews before buying a audio book or I take a chance. I also feel responsible to write reviews based off the latter statement. This book had no audible reviews - So I took a chance.. The reviews that were available were based of book purchases and they were 50/50.. I love the occasional assassin book and decided to go for this one... Unfortunately I have to say that this Audio book was terrible. Luke Daniels has a great voice - But he butchered the accents and the pitches in his voice were grating.. If I were to write a book - I would hope that if I had a story line based off a persons of person from another country. I would find a narrator with some idea of an accent that made sense... I looked up Ward Larsen after listening to this book and what I believed holds true. He is the whitest man you will come across. I say that because it shows in the fact that Luke Daniels had the whitest voice for an Israeli Kidon you will ever hear.. It's hard to imagine a Mossad assassin when he sounds like an American white male....Not someone that lived in Israel for most of his life. Unfortunately a lot of narrators try to make this big gruff intimidating voice for tough guys and it is unnerving to me.. He also made this Israeli Kidon sound like he was in a constant state of anger and worry and that most definitely killed it for me... I imagine a Kidon being under constant control of his emotions. Not some guy that sounds like he took some uppers. The other accented voices were also bad, as they all had the tendency to high pitch at the end of every sentence as if to emphasize a point. If I wanted this audio book to be successful - I would take it off the market - Get the readers that wrote the House of Sand and fog and narrated it - Brilliantly by the way - And eat whatever you paid Luke Daniels - And re-release it after it was narrated again... If this book was o.k. - I would never know. The idea behind the story line seemed to have some promise - But getting there seemed very weak. . I honestly could not make it more than 2 hours in before quitting. It did not hold my interest on any level..
For what it's worth. J
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.
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