Loyalty In Death is one of my favorite books from this series. For those familiar with the characters, there is great character development for Officer Peabody - family visiting, love interests, and so on. There are several different cases & threads of the story that come together seamlessly, and in Robb's best style, Eve & Roarke take on the bad guys together at the end and make a great team.
For anyone looking to start this series, I really recommend beginning with the first book, Loyalty In Death. Although each story stands alone well, the characters grow and develop, and their relationships to each other change a lot over the course of the 35+ books now available. This one, which is pretty early on in the series, has a large dose of humor to lighten the subject matter - namely, a terrorist group called Cassandra is blowing up New York landmarks.
I highly recommend this series to any mystery fan. Humor, suspense, emotion, fun gadgets (Hey, it's 2059!), and plenty of characters that each have their own story and background.
Some of the books in this series have the characters in possession of most of the details about their murderer, with the focus being finding him or her (Reunion, Betrayal). In most cases, it's all about figuring out the "who" - and this is a good example. Robb does a great job with the balancing act between retrieving data from "fried" data units and tracking down the culprit. Though the reader is given a few hints along the way, I still remember being a bit stunned and startled by that particular twist the first time I read the book.
There is more background given about Eve's past when the "HSO" is brought into the picture (Homeland Security Organization), and Eve's and Roarke's reactions to what they find out creates some tension between them. Robb handles that aspect fairly well - for the most part I didn't find it overdone, and the resolution was consistent with the personalities of our main duo. I prefer the books without marital tensions, but I understand the need to shake things up once in a while.
Overall a very good addition to the series. Ericksen does a fabulous job as usual, and I will certainly listen to it again.
Some of my favorite books in this series involve high points in the character development for Peabody and/or McNab. As the crew focuses on narrowing their list of suspects, Peabody is studying for the detective exam. Without listing specifics, I will say the ending of this book ranks very high on my list of favorites.
As for the main storyline, you have a set of equally viable suspects, though there are hints throughout the story as to who Eve suspects the most. Lots of humor and byplay between our beloved main cast. A solid addition to the "In Death" series.
I listened to this nearly all in one sitting. I frequently enjoy YA books and tend to read them / listen to them with my own two children in mind. I was not very far into this book before I noticed myself thinking "the boys would love this!"
I had to set a bookmark for myself and re-start the story with my 11-year old, and he was hooked nearly as quickly as I was. I don't find very many books with female protagonists that he is willing to read (especially when there really are no boys at all as main characters). However, he was very intrigued and was laughing right along side me as we listened to the Sabrina & Daphne's first meeting with their grandmother, the ancient (& very loud) car, the crazy house with all its locks & keys, and the myriad colorful characters that are introduced in this book. I'm ready to head out & grab the second one already. Highly recommended!
I first encountered this story in the early 1990's, and have re-read it many times. It remains one of my favorite fantasy series. Sparhawk's quest to find the cure to his queen's illness is filled with entertaining characters, sufficiently vile antagonists, and plenty of suspense. There are a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, as well.
Anyone who is familiar with the Belgariad will recognize specific roles (comic relief / older advisor / young rogue, etc.) It's sort of fun to analyze the characters in comparison to the other series, trying to pinpoint how they correlate. There's a lot of overlap. There's also plenty similarity in the larger, over-arcing storyline - simple human (Garion / Sparhawk), powerful artifact (Aldur's orb / Bhelliom), and evil God (Torak / Azash). Anyone who enjoyed Eddings' earlier series will likely also enjoy this one (and its sequel).
While the narrator did a reasonable job, it was not easy to distinguish between different characters' voices. This could make conversations rather hard to follow. My other complaint with the audio version has to do with pronunciations. Having such a familiarity with the book has a few drawbacks, especially when it comes to my internal pronunciation of names, places, and so on. I was constantly jarred by oddly accented words here, a strangely pronounced name there. I would estimate that a good 50% of the names in the book were said differently than I had imagined them. I don't claim to be an expert on how David Eddings intended things to be pronounced, but it made it more difficult for me to enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. Others will likely have a different experience, but if you are wary of things like this or have previously read the book, I recommend listening to the sample audio clip, to see if you like the narrator.
I would listen to it again. This has been one of my favorites of Nora's books for years, and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.
I love moments when a good plan comes together. In this case, our six protagonists come up with a fun and excellent way to spike the wheels of the detestable Anita Gay. Even when parts were relatively predictable, I found myself anticipating that "gotcha" moment.
Sometimes you can make plans. Sometimes, Fate intervenes.
I haven't read the story in several years, so there were many details that were foggy. I loved re-discovering all the twists and surprising connections between the characters.
Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. Even so many years after it was written, this book is still amazingly current. Although I have read this in the past, I had forgotten many of the details, and I found myself unable to pinpoint the
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