Here it is the wee hours of the morning and I just finished this book and I am searching for words for this review. The ANA reminded very much of the ARVN in Viet Nam; that our young men and women are even sent out alongside men that are cowards such as the ANA in this book really made me angry. Tapper did not pull his punches. He gave a bold.truthful look at situational SNAFU's the men of Camp Keating had to endure. Endured from the land, the enemy, the villigers,and the fools somewhere up the Chain of Command who thought this was a good location even for an Outhouse much less an Outpost. Tapper introduces us to real people and true events not invented characters and made up missions.
This narrator is new to me but I thought his voice was pleasing and his style of delivery smooth. I am very glad he did not try to give these men 'voices' for that would have distracted from the meat of the story.
If you are looking for a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor type book then "The Outpost" is not for you but if you want a honest account of this one slice of the Afghan War then you will really appreciate this book.
I have tried to think of a better way to express my feelings toward this book and just cant come up with much. It was rambling in many places as if the author was struggling for something to say and in doing so we jumped from one rabbit trail to another and in trying to follow them I often fell asleep then needed to rewind and try to figure out what the dickens was happening. Then we have the ending which was like being slammed into a brick wall. One other thing I find anoying, this author seems to Have The Need to mention Wells being Muslim in some way in this whole series and I have really had it with that. Is Mr Berenson Muslim? Is that the reason he must reference 'allah' in some way in every book? If so I would prefer that he put a rein on that particular Need!! Mr Guidell was terrific as usual but even The Silver Tongue could not save this one.
" In the dark before the light live or die by shades of gray." From the song of the same name. This is my first Gray Man book and I have to admit I am a bit ambivalent about it. The plot it was well thought out so story moved at a good clip to hold the interest. The narrator was very good with pacing his words to stay evenly with the flow of the story. Lately, I have found some narrators who seem to believe the faster they can throw the words at you during a high action scene the better. It's like they are trying to make you 'feel' the action by reading harsh and rapid. I was glad Mr. Snyder did not do this. However, listenting to this book I found myself comparing our good/bad guy to the high octane character of Jason Bourne. It just seem there were many similarities between the two. Both were trained in some sort of brain wash program and both have their own agencies on their trail. I cant say those things really bothered me all that much so perhaps I will go back to the beginning of Gray Man's story and check him out from the get go. Overall, I enjoyed the book, thought it was well written, with a very smooth style, and well presented by this narrator.
Great Buy of two great books. I read both of these years ago and enjoyed both. These are classics, however, I enjoyed hearing them read by Mr. Beck more. Even being familiar with these works I still considered these a great buy.
I was expecting more from this book than I got. It moves rather slowly even though the plot is a good one. My biggest objection is the dialogs between Keith and Annie. Their conversations at times sound like they are still in High School. With Keith hints are dropped of his world travels and spy craft but he talks like a High School Junior. Cliff comes on as this real mean tough guy and drops the "F" Bomb every other sentence. I am a Scott Brick fan but he really dropped the ball on this one by making Keith sound like a whimp. After reading "The Gold Coast" and it's sequal I wanted the same experience with this one and it just did not deliever.
Getting a package deal like this I expected the novels to be more or less equal but not so here. In my opinion, The Summons was a much better story with a " Ah Ha " ending. The distant uncaring father is dead, Two brothers different as night and day must come home bury their father and settle the estate; which is just a claptrap old house and six thousand dollars in the bank. The Arrow Straight Bro.suddenly finds himself with a very large money situation on his hands that the Black Sheep Bro. can never never know about! Is this a case of finders keepers? The second novel The Brethern I thought just moved slowly and was a bit tedious at times. Three old corrupt judges ,in a county club Federal Prison ,running a con and dreaming of what to do with all that money once they get out. Catching little flies in their trap but then Opps! one fly is not so little is he? I just was not impressed with this plot, however, you milage may very. :>)
This is the best Connelly I have read in a long while. There are other Mickey Haller books after Lincoln Lawyer but they fell far short of the first. Not this one. Like the first one the roller coaster starts at the bottom and builds and builds. We lose Earl and Mickey is hurt. But everything keeps moving until WHOOSH!! the ending just leaves you with your mouth open in surprise. Peter Giles did a good job on the narration but I do think Dick Hill would have done better but that is just a minor point. ... you'll love it.
Finally! Grisham does what he does best. The return to the Red Dust of Mississippi with Jake and friends was a great treat. Harry Rex still the rascal. Watch it when the whole case blows in Jake's face with a suprise wittness. Now, how can he win this! Well, I will let you find out should you choose. Highly Recommend this one.
This one has it all...hate, revenge, love, forgiveness. Sometimes sequals just do not live up to the original story but this one will not disappoint. If you have read 'Gold Coast' then invest the time to finish the story you wont regret it. I was not familiar with this narrator but he does a good read and I will be looking for more by him.
Marvelous book and as others have said it will stand the test of time. I am not sure I can say anything that other readers have not already said except this is truely a look into how those of the 'well heeled' live and think. John and Susan were born into a world most of us will never know. They lack for nothing and yet they are not satisified nor fullfilled. They never even notice that fact until a man who is just as rich but oh so dangerous to their world of priveledge moves in next door. He's just not their 'kind' of people so what will knowing him bring into their world. Could he be their forbidden fruit?
Great book to do in audio since the first voice you hear it just sooooooo creepy. Dick Hill does creepy well. :-) I just got lost in the characters. And the plot is alot like being on a rollacoaster. At the end of Part1 I thought " I got this one all figured out". WRONG! Whoosh! around another bend at Mach 3 it went. And the ending is just mind blowing that I warn you, you will never see coming. Highly recommend this one.
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