Rather than focusing on the main characters of this series, Dead or Alive concentrates on a cold blooded killer that never makes a mistake and has no redeeming qualities. I kept fast forwarding, hoping it would get better but it just dragged on and on and on. I wouldn't listen to this book again at gunpoint!
This is a great series about interesting characters who happen to be mostly federal employees and their family/friends. There is intrigue, action, lots of military terms and details about guns, planes and how to infiltrate a foreign country without getting caught. However, the variety of characters & canines along with humor keeps me wanting to listen to book after book - definitely not just a book for guys.
I believe this author has great potential; however "country and rural" are not synonymous with dumb and uneducated. The story's location including the county name (Pennsylvania) and region of Virginia (southwest corner) was constantly repeated, as if a reader needed constant reminders. The "locals" were described in almost cartoonish terms, which reminded me of the old TV show Dukes of Hazard. The author had a nice way with dialogue and there were some funny parts, but the plot could have been developed much better. I kept fast forwarding to find better parts but it never really grabbed my attention.
I have enjoyed several of Karen Robard's books in the past, so I'm not sure if I have outgrown this author or this book was meant for the 20 something crowd. Karen is capable of excellent writing, so I was baffled when she spent much more time describing the hunky male cop's "six pack abs" than the storyline. The plot had potential but the main characters were never developed; even while being hunted by murderers, lust seemed to trump survival.
I really enjoyed this latest Reacher adventure. (Once I get used to the idea that he travels with only a folded toothbrush, but no paste, I get wrapped up in the mystery and well written characters.) The storyline has lots of thrills and surprises without too much graphic violence. Of course, the responsible adult in me wonders why Reacher doesn't carry condoms since he frequently falls in bed with one or two new women in each book.
I love the characters of Stephanie, Ranger, JOE, Lulu, grandma, etc but the storyline hasn't changed for several books. The dialogue is snappy and the description of Jersey life is still funny but it's like watching a rerun for the 10th time. While I was listening, my mind kept wandering and I can't for the life of me remember how it ended. As always, the narrator was excellent.
While I wasn't crazy about the plot, an "okay" book by Craig Johnson is better than 99% of most other authors. The lesson about "how not to clean a chimney" (kerosene, grandpa and a rope tied to a car) still makes me laugh just thinking about it.
Craig Johnson's series just keeps getting better. Although the flashbacks to Vietnam were mostly sad, it helped to show how Walt got to be Walt and why he & Henry are so close. As usual, the supporting characters are unique, such as a 7 foot Indian with hidden depths.
At first it was strange to have Walt & company running around an eastern metropolitan area, but the characters stayed true to themselves. It was also enlightening to learn more about Vic's family- explains a lot.
While I really enjoy the "Walt Longmire" books, it's the whole cast of characters that make this an amazing series: Henry, Vic, Ruby, Dog.... Even when the plot involves chasing murderers, there is humor and great one liners.
This is another good Longmire story, although parts the storyline are a little depressing. However, there is humor in the variety of characters and the narrator is excellent.
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