Fun ride, but … yes some of the story line is predictable, some of the details are inaccurate. The inaccuracies of ‘common’ knowledge diminish my ‘trust’ in the authors accuracy regarding subjects I don’t know (like I don’t know guns or knives so must trust the author to do his research). Since Mr. Coes fails to do complete research (for example, any New Englander knows you don’t make maple syrup around Thanksgiving – hello, that is a spring time activity when the sap starts running.) And any horse person knows that you can’t tell a mare from a stallion by size nor would most horse owners keep and ride a stallion and a mare as a husband and wife riding horses. And how chauvinistic that the husband's horse is a stallion and the wife's horse a mare - come-on this isn't 1940. Really makes me wonder what else is totally wrong which is a distraction from an otherwise decent story.
I have listened or read most of Baldacci’s books. I read them for the story but more importantly the characters which is why the last 2 King and Maxwell books have been disappointing. I get the tension between King & Maxwell and that Maxwell is damaged from childhood trauma. But come on, the women was Secret Service, has received counseling, intelligent and is an adult. If Baldacci is going to write any more in this series he needs Maxwell to mature and stop being a cliché. The relationship also needs to move some place - any place. This limbo with no effort to resolve it is also getting tiresome.
Regarding the story line – it is pretty good; I like some of the twists – a bit better than average.
The Robin Monarch series is shaping up to be an interesting combination of smooth operator/thief who is very likable, combined with a bit of dark villain (think Batman type dark), some espionage and plot twists. The supporting characters from Monarch’s team don’t play as prominent role in this novel as the first (Rogue). I am looking forward to more in the series.
If character development and a story that revolves around the character are important to you (Baldacii, Grey Man Series, Berenson. Eisler to name a few), then skip this. However, if that isn’t important to you and a decent espionage story is your cup of tea, give this a try.
I listened to a number of the Dave Riley series and really enjoyed the character and the apparent precision Mr. Mayer gave to military detail. I didn’t listen to the last 2 books in the series because some of the reviews indicated that Riley had been sidelined in the story and Riley was one of the reasons I listened to the books. I decided to try something different that Mayer had written. This book received pretty good reviews and I suppose from a technical perspective it is pretty good, but lost are the characters. They didn’t really develop. It almost felt like an abridged book keeping only the key elements and all the action to tell the story while the characters seemed more minor. If connecting with the characters is important to you, skip this book. If you like action and don't mind an abridged feel try this book.
I hope Marc had no illusions that this story line and characters were to be real; they come across more super-hero like a comic book. The story is a good ride; you know the good guys will prevail. Some of the book feels a bit cliché but it was fun. The narrator had a real hard time doing female voices and his solution was to make them soft, but then you couldn’t hear them at the same volume for the rest of the book. Very very frustrating. I had to replay the female voice sections at a louder volume just to hear what was said. Hence the one star for performance - it happened too often to ignore.
Wow. Great book. Love the characters, good plot, good story, well told, good pace and well read. Only negative is the graphic detail and some of the language but I don’t doubt for a minute that the graphic detail or language aren’t authentic’ and I accept it. The politics is all too real too. Can’t wait for more books.
I really did not enjoy the last book The Collectors, I missed the in-control, cool under pressure Quinn. He is back in this book. As usual Battles delivers a number of surprises in his plot - I liked them especially since some are very different than the usual in spy novels. If you have enjoyed the Quinn series you will like this one.
Lee Child seems to finally be back writing Reacher type stories that attracted readers like me a long time ago. I had the feeling in Worth Dying For that he no longer carred for his Reacher character, the book was so depressing I wasn't sure I would listen to the next. But then Lee wrote the Affair and I thouhght ok I enjoyed the back story books and took a chance. It was pretty good, but then came A Wanted Man and this time I felt Lee was just producing a book because he had a contract and was again dissappointed. Never Go Back brings back the type of characters and plots from the earlier books. I enjoyed this one and hope Lee writes more like this. It is classic Reacher with the arcane math and propabilities, open pedantic references, methodical and analytical observations, folding tooth brushes, buying clothes rather than washing, dinners, and hitch hiking. New are plane rides and cell phones but it is 2013 after all.
After listening to the first book in this series and really enjoying it I was looking forward to the second but there were so many negative comments about the reader that I put it off till finally I thought I would take a chance; I am glad I did. William Dufris isn't Scott Brick but he does a decent enough job that I didn't find that he got in the way of the story. If you like the series don't let the negative comments regarding Duris's performance prevent you from trying out this listen.
Nice little enjoyable story. It moves fast and the characters are very likable. There is Janet’s clever humor and lightness sprinkled throughout the book and none of the slapstick humor of her Stephanie Plum series. For those of you who are …. shall we say older, you may remember the Remington Steele TV show that started Pierce Bronson, well this is a bit like that. My only regret is that there wasn’t more detail at times it almost felt like an abridged version of the story. I look forward to future books in the series, but hope they have more depth and/or detail - less abridged feeling.
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