James Marsters performs the story, the pauses, voice inflection, makes Harry and the story come alive.
It is great to have Harry back. I didn't realize how much I missed Harry and James Marsters performance until I started listening to this book. It was like meeting old friends again and yet there were many unexpecte twists. I can't wait for the next book.
This is not a page turner. It took 1/2 the book before it became interesting. The characters are ok, the plot was ok but did have something new. There was very little action and came at the end of the book. It is ok not to have loads of action if there is suspense or intrigue but there was very little of this as well. Overall the book was flat. . The narrator did an adequate job but didn't seem to have much range for different voices. This was sorta ok since the story isn't in first person and there wasn't much dialogue. There were a few glitches in the production. Simply the story doesn't move along and lacks polish.
This book is well written and appears to be well researched. The protagonist is portrayed more realistically (not super human but has talents, flaws and doubts) than in many of this genera. Additionally the novel is more melancholy and some may even say depressing. Every time the protagonist seems to be making progress there are obstacles and setbacks even at the very end the heroes don't come out on top. And his own side more than lets him down. I would like to say this novel is more 'realistic' but I really have no idea if it is but do know that it depicts human nature accurately with power and greed being major players in motivation and behavior. Worth the credit for a well written book.
This isn't one of the best Quinn stories but it isn't the worst either, it was better than average just not great. It feels abridged. There is very little about the characters which is what attracted me to the series to begin with. If you haven’t read/listened to the earlier books you won’t get the references to the character’s personality or past and this novel adds nothing new to the characters. They go through the motions, get the job done.
First, I think Rob Shapiro does an absolutely wonderful job narrating the Victor novels. While I wouldn't know a British accent from an Austrian, or a Russian he does them differently enough that they are believable. And he does a decent female voice. Second, I do enjoy the Victor series and this book is another great installment in the adventure. Tom Wood keeps the action going nonstop but without making it feel forced or contrived as some espionage authors or books feel. The scenes and action flow seamlessly and continuously throughout the novel making it near impossible to stop reading/listening to. As others have said it seems hard to root for an assassin or even like one, but Victor, like the Grey Man Court Gentry, are assassins we can root for. I can’t wait for the next in this series.
This was 'cute' and cleaver but wasn't anything new, not a page turner if you saw the movies.
This short story provides both a Pike and Jennifer adventure and more background to how Pike was able to get Jennifer into the selection process. It also touches on the footing their relationship is build on. A nice little short story that adds more to understanding the characters and the foundation of the series.
I don't know if saying this short is fun makes sense for a suspense espionage thriller but it has a lightness that some of the other stories in this series don't have. The usual action, gender struggle, character interplay are all here. The story doesn't necessarily provide background or advance the over all story of the Task Force or the unit, but does provide a glimpse into the group when they are supposedly on down time.
I am a big fan of Brad Taylor and this series. In my opinion, the writer and series are one of the best contemporary series in this genre. This short story isn't quite up to the same level as the full novels nor the other short stories. It lacks the development and detail that I have found in the other stories. This story feels like it wants to be longer, maybe a full novel or at a minimum a few more chapters providing some of the usual details and mental gymnastics. It is still good but simply not as good.
I have read or listened to all the full Pike Logan novels. I truly enjoy the pacing of action, the level of detail, the characters, the interplay between genders, and the thriller/espionage elements. This short story contains these elements in a nice tight little short story. I really enjoyed learning about the early days of the unit and wouldn't mind hearing more. If you are a fan of the Pike Logan series definitely read or listen to this, while it doesn't create some big ah ha moment that explains some mystery in the series it does put a more complete perspective or depth to understanding the development of the TaskForce and the unit.
As usual James Huston pokes holes in the belief that things are black and white, good and bad ... there are always nuances and shades of grey. The story line is interesting but the delivery is choppy interrupting the flow or story telling. The novel is good, it just isn't great nor Huston's best work.
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