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.
Wood's writing and Shapiro's narration have produced another fine listen. Victor behaves a bit out of character from the first 2 in the series (meeting people face to face for example), but his cold calculating ever stratigizing mind is still a strong characteristic. The story is a different twist than the usual assassination character novels - nice to see something new. I can't wait for the next in this series.
Mr. Wood does such a great job of writing his characters that you are suck into the story. I like that he seemed to give a conscious and a soul to his handler at the CIA, something few authors do. He also does a nice job of moving the story along with lots of action but it doesn't feel like it is forced or contrived but flows naturally. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next but also didn't want the book to end. Mr. Shapiro does a great job with voices, inflection and speed.
The story almost seemed to have been written by two different people. The first part of the book was well written and thorough. Many nice touches that really helped the reader/listener connect with the character. The second part of the book Victor seemed to be a different person. The caution, adherence to protocol seemed to disappear. It was as if he was two different characters or written by two different authors. It also seemed a bit 'cartoonish' with all the players descending on the same location at the same time. I loved the first half of the book and ho hum on the second part. If the whole book was written as well as the first half it would have easily gotten 4 stars. However, listen to this book to help you with the next two (although not necessary). The next two will really hook you in.
The second book in this new series by Evanovich and Goldberg isn't quite as entertaining and fun as the first. I can't put my finger on why, but I think it is in part because of the predictability in the plot and maybe the lack of tension between the two protagonists. This was an ok book. I didn't feel compelled to stay up to finish it and might have even been able to walk away from it. It just didn't grab me and hold me, didn't entertain me.
I finished this book about a week ago and have been trying to figure out how to put my reaction to it in words. Like others I was disappointed that the story wasn't wrapped up, but it is more than that. I just don’t feel satisfied with this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but it seems Wells’ development, his skills, maturity is frozen some place in the past. In many series as the character ages they become less impulsive, more wise, depend less on physical strength and speed and more on cunning, but not so here. Night Ranger showed some maturing of Wells and I liked where the character was going, but not so with The Counterfeit Agent. Plus, as another reviewer said Wells’ personal relationship with Ann doesn't make sense. Within 24 hours of meeting him in an earlier novel, he was off saving the world. Why after multiple years in the relationship is she surprised to see he is still interested in the same work? Her reasoning almost seems like a slap in the face for all the people in the military who also go off to defend the country leaving spouses and kids behind. If you like the John Wells series then by all means get this but don’t expect it to be as good as some of the previous novels nor to be as satisfied.
The characters are great. I love the way we get to know them slowly as the novel progresses. I love the mental debates that illustrate personal struggles. And I especially enjoyed the different perspective. There is action but also mental stimulation. The novel satisfies on so many levels.
This book is a bad combination of the wrong narrator, armature writing, and not even good characters. The result is a book you struggle to stay with and one you want to turn off. The narration is awful. This is the first book I have listened to that J. Charles was the narrator. He was totally wrong for this work. He can’t do accents, can’t do women and he sounds too old to be a vibrant young Ryan Kealy. The book itself contains too much ‘lecture’ background that isn't creatively written, the dialogue is unsophisticated (hard to believe the President and senior officials speak so simply). And for the US’s top operative, the President’s go to guy, well he sure behaves like an inexperienced operative. I have listened to others in the series and this clearly is one to skip.
I got this book because the author had come highly recommended by friends; in retrospect all the friends who recommended it were male. As a female living in 2014 I find the demoralizing treatment of women as simply sex objects by the lead character distasteful and upsetting. It was so historic and sophomoric I had to look up to see when the book was originally published and was shocked to see it was in 1997, I would have guessed the 1960s (if I ignored the references to cell phones and other modern accouterments). The treatment of women is surely prehistoric. I like sarcastic humor and don’t mind that sort of banter but I can’t tolerate the demeaning of women as this author seems to believe is acceptable. I will not be listening or reading any more books by this author.
This book and series provide plenty of action and very likable characters. My only complaint is that the authors have yet to develop nail biting suspense. And they could provide more detail. It is almost feels like they tell the story too quickly. I can't wait though for the next book because overall this series delivers.
I rarely give 5 stars in one category let along all 3 but this book is worth the 5 stars. I like books with action and good characters. There is plenty of action, in part due to a flashback to an earlier project (I won’t say which one but readers/listeners of the earlier books will be satisfied) and more insight into the human side of Court. You can’t help but route for Court from page one, admire his cunning, planning and perseverance. And you feel his turmoil and emotions throughout the book. I liked the earlier Grey Man novels but this one was just more satisfying. I can’t wait for the next installment.
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