I enjoyed the other Presidential Series books with Charlie Castillo. This one was tedious because it seemed to be mostly people sitting around making conversation. The conversations told the story, but they also told part of the stories in the previous books. This book had a good story and a good ending that opened up new adventures for Charley, but it could have had about 30 percent edited out.
After several chapters, I could not go on. There was just too much fawning and fantasizing over the two main characters by each other.
The first chapter had some nice action, but then it became a chick book about a Navy Seal who returns to his home town and renews an old romance. I kept waiting for the action to restart, but there were just lots of thoughts about each other bodies, etc.
I finally abandoned the book.
I've only recently began listening to Patrick Robinson. This is my third book featuring Mac. The narration was first rate! It stands out as one of the best I've heard.
Robinson is a great story teller and seems to understand the warrior psyche. Not being a SEAL, I have to say "seems."
This is a wonderful "thriller" type of book and a standout for those who like spy / terrorist / special ops type of books.
The history of the characters that was started in The Lieutenants.
Semper Fi and Call To Arms. These books are very much like The Lieutenants and The Captains in style, but the stories are different. All 4 of these books are all 5 star reads. The are similar in that they tell their stories through the experiences of the principal characters. You're right in the action with these guys.
General Black chewing out the Captain of the hospital ship. Black, you find, really takes chewing out officers to the level of art. He really knows how to be a general.
To really enjoy this book, you'll want to get The Lieutenants first. I just noticed that The Majors joined Audible and will be downloading that one next.If you liked Semper Fi and Call To Arms, you love this series.
The character development isn't rushed, but still very interesting. Each character is unusually rich and you really feel that you know them.
The Captains & The Disciple. Eric Dove is a really good narrator and he doesn't call attention to the narration. He does the accents and voices and the transitions from one character to another without you're realizing that it's the same person reading.
The way Griffin weaves in actual history, accurate descriptions and the way soldiers talk to one another make the story come alive. Each character is living their own life, but they come into contact with one another and then go their separate ways as history moves forward.
When I finished this book, I immediately downloaded The Captains, and it was even better because you become even more involved with these guy's lives.
Edit it by 25 percent. Move the plot of finding the young girl forward.
Mac and Shane
I wasn't ready for the gay sex and the men spooning. I'm fine with gay characters in the story, but this could have been a very interesting science fiction boo. It got off on graphic sexual tangents. I felt there was too much nuance on the various psychic powers. I abandoned the story about 8 hours in. The main plot was the rescue of a kidnapped teen, and I kept waiting for that plot to move forward, but it kept dwelling on how various touching and sexual contact increased the powers of the characters. I was in the middle of a research study. To me, that got old.
This is one of W E B Griffin's best. I immediately downloaded Book 2 in the series and requested that Audible get Books 3 thru 6 ASAP. Griffin weaves fictional characters with historical figures and events to tell a great story.
Some of Griffin's other books on the OAS.
Dick Hill does a great job with these books. It makes me think that he may have been in the Corps at one time. I've listened to the John Rain series by Barry Eisler and the Reacher series by Lee Child.
This performance is 5 stars start to finish.
Get the full series on Audible ASAP.
I'm a huge Craig Johnson fan and George Guidall did his usual great job on these books, but the book seemed to get bogged down in too much mysticism to the point of getting boring during those passages. This book just didn't have the debth of the others.
I listened to this book for about 1.5 hours. The first 15 minutes was very interesting, but then I noticed that it seemed to be lots of facts and minutia, but no real story. It was obvious that Mr. Offley did lots of research and this book is very much a reference and compendium of North Atlantic shipping during WWII. I just didn't see a plot becoming organized or story line developing. If you are a WWII history buff, you may find it very interesting.
I made the mistake of starting to listen to this book at about 11pm. Finally turned it off at 4am so I could get 3 hours sleep before the alarm went off. After 5 minutes, you're into it.
I had hoped the book would have gone on for a couple more chapters, but the ending was appropriate and well done.
The easiest 5 stars ever assigned. This is actually a good first read for those new to Vince Flynn. Then do the Vince Flynn books in order.
Andy Carpenter is at the top of his game in New Tricks. All our favorite characters are back to one degree or another. The case is virtually impossible, and even if you think you know who dunit, you probably don't. Our favorite judge, Hatchet, is present and there is humor an mystery in volumn.
If New Tricks is your first Rosenfelt book, and it does a good job of standing alone, you'll definitely go back and read the others in the Andy Carpenter series.
Grover Gardner does a great job on the narration.
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