Spencer is his typical wisecracking, head cracking self in this one. Unlike his usual cases in this one Spencer takes on a neglected child. The time and interaction between the two of them are what the kid needs most after a lifetime of being ignored by both parents. Thankfully the amount of time devoted to Susan Silverman in this book is limited. The over the top affection everyone feels for her for no apparent reason; particularly Spencer, gets tiring. Hawk appears in his similarly one dimensional role that seems to be perfect for the genre; he's the perfect weapon. the climatic showdown scene in which he does what Spencer can't; do what has to be done is prototypical Hawk. If you like Spencer this is one of the best choices
This work focuses more on McCone's assistant Rae Kelleher and her soon to be ex-brother-in-law country music star Ricky Savage. For the first time Ricky and her sister Charlene's children other than Mick are detailed. The war zone atmosphere in the Savage household including Charlene's boyfriend and Ricky's numerous past infidelities are exposed. One of those past infidelities leads to a series of threatening notes and suspicious incidents and accidents. Included in those are a bullet through the window of the Savage house coming quite close to the music star. The tension builds; as does the close relationship between Ricky and Rae. the climatic scene comes as surprising both as to the perpetrator and his actions.
This is one of the more complicated Spenser novels. Spenser cheats on Susan; develops feelings for another woman. The climatic scene was the one of the most complicated in the series. The setting is Los Angeles instead of Boston. There's no Hawk, Quirk, or Belsen. Though there is the requisite amount of humor this is one of the more serious Spenser novels. An excellent short book.
Perhaps I've already listened to too many of the Wall Street crash books but this short look at the crisis comes off as simplistic and repetitive. The narrator reads in something close a monotone; as if he was reading to an econ 101 college study group. If you're interested try something more along the lines of The Big Short or Reckless Endangerment.
I found this to be a great listen almost all the way through; then one scene has Reacher pulling a move of such colossal ignorance that it briefly ruined the entire lead up to this climatic scene. Though Child attempts to explain the mistake away it still comes off as a highly improbable mistake from a fighting man of Reacher's caliber.
With that stipulation out of the way I found this to be an excellent listening experience as a good comeback from the dreadful Nothing To Lose. Though the villain and the force behind all the subsequent events come to light halfway through the book there is suspense leading up to the final scene. Given the weakness I've already alluded to leading up to the dramatic ending; it was still quite satisfying to see the ruthless killers get their comeuppance. The look back at the Russians fighting in Afghanistan was interesting; as was the politician hoping to avoid a past mistake coming to light. without that one huge mistake this was easily a five star rating; even with it overall this work is still a five.
After The Persuader, which I considered mediocre; I was ready for a strong bounce back novel. Child definitely delivered with The Enemy which to my surprise was the first non sequential Reacher novel.
In many ways I felt this was a more natural setting for Child's Jack Reacher character. The character's comfort level in the U S Army setting seemed superior to that in his civilian incarnation. I liked the inclusion of his mother's past as well; it took her out of the French June Cleaver on an army base that appeared through the initial seven books as well as the three Reacher novellas. Furthermore Reacher seemed to work better within a system where he had well qualified subordinates assisting him. In my opinion this was an excellent comeback work for Child.
As always John Rubinstein did a great job as the voice of Alex Delaware. Unfortunately he didn't have too much to work with here. Kellerman seemed to have have pretty much phoned this one in. A great deal of extraneous detail that failed to move the story ahead; If you're a fan of the series it's worth a credit; if not choose another book in the series. I have a hard time seeing anyone who starts with this one becoming much of fan.
My daughter described the reader as "worse than a high school sophomore reading Shakespeare in class." After perhaps three minutes I agreed; parenthetically a C student.
This was a pretty good story. I enjoyed the fact that the protagonist was a person of action. The lesbian angle wasn't overdone and the romantic dance that exists in most books was thankfully absent here. I look forward to subsequent selections in this series.
Another great book by Michael Lewis. The reason it received only four stars from me was that I graded it on a Michael Lewis curve. Once again Lewis details the downside of Wall Street in a way that makes you wish you had the power to slap them around a little. The level of dysfunction and legal thievery inherent brings cynicism to new heights. Goldman Sachs snaps their metaphorical fingers and Segei Aleynikov gets an eight year prison sentence for accessing information that he himself created. Information that was nothing extraordinary. Then when his conviction was reversed on appeal and he was released; the police arrested him again on the direction of Goldman Sachs though they didn't know why. The equanimity in which he accepts these events is remarkable.
Then there was the story of Brad Katsuyama who being from Canada shocks the financial world by discovering a system that will give him a huge advantage in the market. Then instead of taking advantage of his knowledge he informs the world. I suppose as a Canadian he feels he has no choice but to do the right thing. that will eventually conclude with him doing a shocking thing. Creating a trading market aimed at benefiting the investor rather than trading services or big banks. Lewis unfolds the story in his usual manner of slight amazement that such things can actually exist; and for whatever reason are allowed to. I had the sense that Lewis lacked the same warmth and intimacy for this cast of characters that he had for those in his previous Wall Street bestseller The Big Short. I found this to be true for me anyway. In the quality elevator that are Michael Lewis books this one is on a high floor.
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