A first time author for me, not even sure how I came to buy it. It was one of the books audible suggested to me, I might have bought it on a special sale, it was highly rated, 4.3 on the 5.0 scale and it was from one of my favorite genres; a crime thriller. Whatever it was, it was a really good book. Set in LA, where once again you see the seedy side of that city, it was action packed, good character development, some romance, and a good crime mystery. This was book #8 in the series so now I have to figure out whether to go back to the beginning or just go on from here. Robert Crais did spin a good yarn. Whatever the next one is, I'll look forward to it.
If I only read the reviews in audible on this book I might not have purchased it. But I had so enjoyed the first four books by the author I knew I would buy it nonetheless and I'm glad I did. Often with foreign accented narrators it takes some time to get used to the accent, in this case a male and female with an Irish accent. The male was fine but the female could be a bit hard to understand although I did find that if I put on my Bose headset I more easily understood the female. But as the book wore on, as usual, it got easier and easier to understand them both even without the headset. I did find it interesting that the author would choose to have a crime story set in a girls prep school with the teenage students as the primary suspects. I'm not sure who the target audience is other than just Tanqa French fans. But I will say that once again the author proves she is a great writer with awesome insight into human nature. She goes inside the school and brings the teenage lives to life. She also goes inside the heads of the two main detectives, mainly the male whose perspective most of the book is written from. Once you get into the characters, the setting and get used to the narrators the book flows along quite nicely. Tana French has written each of the books in the series using different characters for each book. Sometimes I wish she would loop back around and bring back some of her old characters to life and finish some of the personal stories, relationships she nurtures in her books. I really do enjoy her book, that's for sure.
For fiction, PT Deutermann's depictions have to be among the best written in actually describing what the Navy war against the Japanese in the Pacific theater must have been like. This book describes the battle of Okinawa from a Navy perspective. The Japanese considered Okinawa part of their homeland, much like we think of Hawaii. The Japanese sensed the end of the war was coming and they were going to lose but their warrior mentality said, seemingly, that they were going to fight to their last breath. If you were in the American fleet in the Okinawa campaign you life was on the line every single day. I've come to really enjoy this author's books.
I've stated before that starting a James Lee Burke novel is like meeting up with a good friend again where you just know you are going to have a good time. This book didn't disappoint. This book filled in the early days of the Hackberry Holland character, a series set mostly in west Texas although this one wasn't. Many of Burke's books have bad things happen to good people. When this one started off with Lt Weldon Holland rescuing Rosita Lowenstien from a German death camp at the end of World War II, marrying her and bringing her back to west Texas, as the story unfolded I got a sense of foreboding of bad things to happen. Burke sets the core of this story just after the war ends in south Texas and Louisiana when the oil boom is just getting going. I never really thought much about that time and place but Burke brings it to life. It stands to reason that there were lots of cutthroat people who would do anything to get at the riches of the black gold. There were plenty of bad hombres. Burke does his usual fine writing, flowery and intellectual, while Will Patton does his usual good job of bringing the story to life as the narrator. Burke could take the Holland character in so many directions after this book, it's hard to anticipate what he will do with this series. I'll look forward to it no matter where it goes, I just hope it keep going.
This is a great book, period. I've listened to more than five of the author's books now over a long period of time it seems. This was her third book, written way back in 1987. It must not have been put into audio format until recently as it only not too long ago showed up on audible. How an English author came up with the idea for this book and researched it, set in the Lapland region of Norway and Finland is beyond me. But she weaves a really interesting, engrossing spy thriller that even at over 21 hours of listening kept my attention from start to finish, was a page turner, and I was sorry to see end. Side note, while listening to this book I went into audible to see what other Clare Francis books I might be interested in and couldn't find her books anymore. I chatted audible and they told me that the author evidently has changed publishers and they currently don't have a contract with the new publisher, at least for this author. While not widely popular, as far as I know, I've always enjoyed her books and would hate to see them no longer available here on audible. The chatter said audible has a mechanism to pass along my input.
Why would an author that has had great success take on a new genre? It can't be about the money. It must be that the author just enjoys writing, maybe it's the challenge of showing others or maybe just yourself that you can do it. But this author, by any name, gets it. This book is the second in the series and the author does a great job of building on the first while weaving an interesting crime thriller. I wouldn't say there is great suspense in this book but the characters are really well developed and interesting. It's a thinking person's book and the setting with a bunch of authors, editors, and publishers is good. You get into the mystery after a bit and the book just flows. I'll look forward to the next book in the series, the author can really take the series in many different directions.
Interesting premise in this one, my second Lowell book. Two families involved in precious gems task a family member to get to know the other to get an inside track to the other family. The two not only get to know each other but sparks fly immediately. I don't know that Elizabeth Lowell is known as a romance writer but this one had plenty of romance in it. It was an entertaining listen, though, as the author wove the story line of the mystery, the gem in this story being jade. You learn a lot about jade in this book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and the plot was OK. Sometimes it seemed the book didn't flow as well as it should but it didn't detract from the book too much. I will listen to book 3 in this 4 book series.
I didn't really know much about the life and times of President James A Garfield when it was recommended to me. But I like history and it sounded interesting so I went for it. It's actually a fairly short listen and due to the interesting times was easy to stick with. The biggest fact I learned was that Garfield was a good man, made of presidential timber although he didn't even want the job and the mark he would have made could have been significant if he hadn't been shot just four months into his presidency. The book tells of his life from a young age until the end. When you read history you always find the key issues of the times and inventions that were being made that still affect us greatly today. Garfield was alive when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, they even knew each other, and both witnessed the beginning of that great revolution. What would both of them think of what a telephone can do now? This era was just 16 years after the end of the Civil War and here a second assassination of the nation's leader took place. You can imagine what this did to the psyche of the USA. Good book
I came across this series and started with book #1 and this is my second in the series, book #2. I'm still not quite sure what genre to put this in? it's clearly a murder mystery but it's not really a thriller, not a page turner. It's more in the line of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a thinking person's mystery. And, yet, there is also the aspect of an American author writing the story set in England and sort of making fun, a spoof almost, of the British way of life, the language, the aristocracy and the class system, which we Americans find interesting, I suppose, if not a bit strange. Still, with all this said, my goal in any book is to be entertained and that I was.
If you are like me and started listening and enjoying Jo Nesbo due to his Harry Hole series, that is probably what drew you to this book. When I first read the summary and reviews, I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle this book. In the end, it was my enjoyment of Nesbo and Harry that had me listen to this. I'm glad I did. There is no Harry Hole in this novel but the trademark dark, brooding characters are there. Nesbo really came up with a creative, imaginative story in this book, a young man who goes to prison to try and find out the truth as to what really happened to his father. Nesbo explores a lot of different angles of human nature, makes you think about your own life and those in it. As the story weaves its way through, you get caught up in it, think about it and it really flows to the end. I was almost dreading finding out what dark, dastardly things might happen. I really enjoyed the book.
This is my second Neuhaus and I enjoyed them both. In this one, the author was slow in the beginning, seemingly laying the groundwork for the eventual crime. I read in researching her that in her first book she edited out 400 pages so this must be a trend. I've also noticed that several of the northern European authors I've listened to seem to plod along setting the stage for the crime. Maybe it's a cultural thing? But when the author did get to the crime the story did get going and became a page turner. This book, like other European crime stories I've listened to, has a real dark side. I would expect that as Neuhaus gains experience she will become more succinct in her storytelling. The translation from German to English was pretty good as well and I liked the narrator.
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