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.
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.
First I really enjoy the maturity that Brad Taylor brings to his novels when handling gender and sexual orientation. He doesn't sugar coat the issues (men doubting women's abilities for example) but he provides room for his characters to develop and grow. And he doesn't ignore the male preoccupation with women's bodies (use of male to male language describing a women's body) still showing reality. He brings this same approach to sexual orientation allowing for the subject to be brought up with humor diffusing the light yet shining a light. Very well done. There is honesty and yet a push to show a higher standard for men, women and different sexual orientation providing role models. This might be wishful thinking on Taylor's part, that people really could work together based on ability and respect, - It is a worthy goal! Thank you Brad! Now for the 'real' review.... there is the usual nonstop action, globe trotting, & traitor but a new twist as Jennifer and Pike find themselves working without the Task Force Team and with a foreign spy service. A few twists as there always are. I don't think it is the best in the series but certainly well worth the credit. Taylor hasn't disappointed me yet, I am looking forward to many more in this series.
I really enjoy the way Brad Taylor weaves operational detail, the thinking process and mental gymnastics, as well characters into his story telling. Plus there are always a surprise twist or two and the good guy doesn't always make it in time - Pike and the team aren't always perfect but they do get the mission done.
The first book (One Rough Man) was a great start and introduction to the characters and the Task Force. This book is a great second in the series and shows more polish. Still lots of action and character insight (at least with Pike & Jennifer). I haven't figured out if I like the two narrator style yet. This is the first series I have run into it. and it may not have been as obvious if the recording/editing had been better. The recorded editing needs improvement - it was distracting at times - hence the 2 stars. I haven't run into many books that has as many recording/editing blips as this one. But don't let that prevent you from listening to this book.
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