This one had a plot hole.
The first 2 books in the series are awesome.
Dresden in the earlier books uses simple spells to track individuals and find lost items. Yet in book 7, he fails to consider anyone applying the same trick to him. Rather than using his friends, the Alphas or the Knights, to protect the medical examiner. He keeps him near himself. Why doesn't he use his "Sight" more? Or keep his dog "Mouse" with him to sense traps or ambushes? It's as if he has begun to trust in luck. As a result, he is manipulated throughout.
Throughout the book he is committed to giving the most dangerous magic book collection of all time to one of the worst baddies... Surely Murphy wouldn't approve. Why not consider an alternate solution? Finally, the incapacitation of the wardens so that Dresden must be the one to take on the Necromancer gang is a stretch. Fantasy is great. But it's better when the characters ring true.
Yes, Marcus Didius Falco comes across as a real person whom one would like and respect. The deception is unraveled in a practical yet piecemeal fashion.
Falco in the later books becomes more cynical (and less effective). The early books are the best.
The author knows the heart of kids. His style is exquisite. The plot turns interesting. The blind and intelligent stumbling investigation is true to life unlike most detective stories.
When Red and Half Moon fall off the balcony.
Yes, excellent story line and characters. Really captures the interaction of a boy and his mentor.
When Horace rouses himself after a severe beating to protect his friend.
John Keating makes the story come alive.
The scene at the burning bridge is implausible. The way the ranger tries to relight the fire is unrealistic in the extreme as anyone who has even been camping should know.
Father and I were Ranchers.
Excellent accent and narrative style that captures the emotions and intensity of the plot.
Rewrite burning bridge scene and change who is sent to carry the message.
Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1, is 5 Stars and compelling even if the ending is a little weak.
Book 2 has implausible character behavior. It's as if Flanagan wanted a boy ranger and princess to be captured but didn't think out the plot sequence especially at the crucial turning points.
A apprentice knight of proven courage fails to take the risk crossing a bridge.. A ranger skilled in wood's lore, tries to relight a fire from scratch rather than just grabbing a burning brand.
The characters behavior is inconsistent with that of book 1.
Compared to Half Moon investigations or How to Train your dragon, this book is uninspired.
Underdeveloped dialog and character interaction.
I've read the book and wanted to listen to it to review some of the concepts.
Great Insights! and backed up by science.
But the Boring Classroom-Style Narration makes it useless as an audiobook.
A good professor or speaker puts emotion and warmth into the reading. The narrator adopts a disinterested
Should be re-recorded
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