I have listened to all of the Harry Hole series and this one may be one of the best. Harry is still plagued by his demons, but is not controlled by them. This book was a slight surprise because I though the series ended with the last book, but once again Harry Hole manages to escape. He does, however, make a later than normal appearance in this book. It is much less "dark" than many in the series.
If you want to listen to this book, I would suggest starting at the beginning of the series (although you can skip The Bat since that is based in Australia rather than Oslo, Norway) The setting is just as interesting as the characters, so the Oslo based books are much better. Once you start listening, and like the genre, you will be hooked, and wind up using many of your monthly credits by the time you are done.
We have the same characters again, some who will wind up dead or at least maimed, but won't give it away who that would be. Harry once again is the detective who ca figure out the good from the bad guys.
One issue with book, however, is it leaves you a place to exit the series. Again not giving anything away, when the book ends you may find yourself saying, I better stop now because things can only go downhill again, and you want to happy for Harry. This will be the last one I listen to. It's sort of like the Harry Potter series, and all good things must finally come to an end.
It's hard to forget that only 60 years ago there were places on earth that were not explored by man. Today you can see everywhere with google earth. You can see all the approaches to the mountain in 3D.
I read Into Thin Air about an ascent in the 1980s and it was shocking how things have changed. No gps receivers, high tech fabrics, etc. Now that Everest is climbed by teenagers it's great to read a story where the likely outcome was death. The same could be said about Lindbergh and first flight across Atlantic.
I wish there was some unexplored place on earth that I could conquer. There will never be one for my generation. This was the last one.
As Louis L'amour is known for his "western" books, this book may seem a little out of place. It's not. It's basically a western set in Siberia Russia. The main character is of native American descent and uses his knowledge of the wilderness to survive in Siberia. Knowing that Siberia is larger than the United States, it is slightly farfetched that the Russian officers are able to track Joe Mack as his transverses the entire Asian continent. Time and time again they find him and I kept saying, "you must be kidding". It's similar to finding one person in all of the Canadian wilderness, or millions of square miles. While Joe is escaping he also manages to acquire a " love interest" that even makes it more farfetched. Although a decent listen, all the tromping through the woods gets tedious at times.
I love John Nesbo's Harry Hole series so I thought I would give this a try. It is quite good and keeps you on your toes guessing what will happen next. Although all of the characters are wanting in moral character, the combination of them is a good fit. Set in Oslo, Norway like the Harry Hole series, the backdrop is the same. The book even brings in Krepos, the same crime squad Harry works in ( but no Harry). Roger Brown, the Headhunter, has his faults but undergoes an evolution during book. In the end, everyone get what they deserve.
As some reviewers mentioned, it reminds me of the Girl with Dragon Tattoo series. If you like either that series or other John Nesbo books you will like this.
Although the original was published some years ago, the story has been updated to modern age. Without this revision it would have been dated, with it its a very good thriller. You have the typical story of a unexperienced pilot flying a modern jetliner, but also several twists have been added to increase the "thrill". Telling would give it away, so I won't. I was slightly hesitant when I added this book, but in the end I could not stop listening. As usual, Scott Brick does an excellent job at narration. If you like flight books, you will love this. If not, it's just a good plain (sorry for pun) thriller.
You have to get a fair way into this book to figure out what is actually going on. I won't give anything away, but it is not something you would have expected. I enjoyed the story and would have rated it higher but the ending was rather abrupt. It leaves you hanging so you have to read the sequel. I am not sure that I will do that since at the end the story the book starts to sound like The Passage and It's sequel.
Although Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, I have hit or miss luck with his books Some I love, others I can't finish. This is one of his better ones as just as good as the original, the Shining. I always wondered what happened to the characters in the Shining, and now I know. It starts off kind of slow and "dark", but picks up the pace as it progresses. It is part your weird Stephen King novel, and part a story of redemption. I was excited to see Will Patton as narrator since I think he is one of the best. I always like his James Lee Burke narrations.
If you want to tackle something briefer, listen to Kings previous novel, Joyland. That was great too. Under the Dome, 11-22-63, and The Stand are also great. At the 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination, 11-22-63 is a timely read.
I read this book in college as required reading in a Civil War history class. Twenty years later it is just as good. It is amazing to think that the outcome of the Civil War could have been different based on a few different decisions. Actually Robert E Lee comes off as reckless and foolish in his decision to fight at Gettysburg even though he was outnumber and the Union forces had the better ground. Longstreet, realizing that he confederate army was between the Union army and Washington, wanted to march of Washington DC. They could have then forced the Union army to attack when the Confederates had better ground.
After listening to the book I watched the Turner miniseries. You can find it on youtube.
I like the genre of armageddon novels, and found this one different. There is no plague turning people into superhuman villains, creatures, or zombies. Everyone just losses access to modern power (cars, motors, electricity) They also lose access to guns, since gunpowder does not work. While slightly farfetched and not explained why this all occurred, it does make the book more interesting. I am getting slightly tired of the survivors in these types of books getting their hands on guns and blasting everything in sight (or in the case of The Passage, nuclear weapons). Fundamentally, all of society is forced back into the middle ages almost overnight. Those who survive are the ones who can best adapt. It did make me think of going out and provisioning my cellar with enough food to last a year.
I am not sure I will continue on in the series because I think the most interesting part of the series is the transition from modern society to medieval society. I imagine the remaining books in the series would read just like some middle ages novels such as those written by Bernard Cornwall. In fact, the main evil character in the book is a professor of medieval history so he knows how to survive based on his knowledge of the period.
I am a big fan of John Nesbo novels, and having listened to them all had to find an alternative. I read the reviews and this novel, book 3, in the series got the highest rating, so I started there. I did not feel like I missed anything from previous novels, so I feel I can safely backtrack in the listening order. Set in Stockholm, it fits well in the genre of Nordic serial killer books (Nesbo, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, etc.) . If you liked any of those books, you will like this and vice versa. So if you have not read Nesbo, you can listen to this series and then move on to him. That way you will almost a dozen books to listen to.
I have read most Grisham books, and was not sure that I wanted to listen to another, but I am glad I did. Its quite entertaining and the narrator did an excellent job with the voices. Set in Mississippi it is told from the viewpoint of a small-town lawyer. What starts off as a simple probate case becomes more complex. There is a "surprise ending", which I won't give away. I did however guess what it would be halfway trough the book. Most readers probably will as well. So in summary if you like Grisham or legal thrillers you can't go wrong with this book.
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