Don't get this book hoping for some of Nucky Thompson a la Steve Buscemi. Sure, a good part of the book is about this era and those bracketing it, but the rest of the book, and its a lot, concerns New Jersey and particularly Atlantic County politics. If someone told me the chairman of the Republican party of NJ had commissioned this book I'd believe it.
Towards the end the justifications and obsequiousness becomes really noticeable.
In my opinion the bad parts did not make up for the good and time would be better spent on something else. I ditched the book with 10 minutes to go, just could not listen anymore.
The story is ok, the main character is ok, if very cliched. However the book is way too long in my opinion by 1/3. The military jargon is excessively detailed, ok the first time, but by the third and fourth I kept thinking "ok I get it, you don't really have to repeat this again".
If you do anything that involves probabilities and statistics [and we all do whether we think of it that way or not] this book can change the way you look at things not only in sports but in any endeavor.
Scott Brick is a versatile and excellent narrator.
Thankfully the book is not too long, and reads fast and is absorbing and very informative.
Some of the classic mystery/thrillers really dont make it or seem very dated today but this one holds up with time.
The writing is old school hard boiled but does not come of corny. The wordsmithing is vintage greatness.
Very well performed and a plot that holds up with time there isnt a false note here.
I read of all Ross MacDonald in print years ago and look forward to listening to them all again.
This is the second book I've read featuring a German Shepherd as a main character [see Burning Man] and if this is a trend I'm all for it!
Every book by Robert Crais is taught and exciting and always has a little, but not too much, humor. I'm a dog trainer and a German Shepherd owner and Mr Crais is one too, or has done enough research to be very accurate in his description of the processes.
I'd give this 6 stars if I could.
I know this book is highly rated, but after about 30 minutes I just put it down. I was waiting for a point, or some direction.
I guess it just isn't too my taste but I did not finish it.
After the first book in this series, which I rated 5 stars, this one was a disappointment.
The main character, the best assassin in the world, is portrayed as pretty much unstable, gullible, inconsistent, undisciplined, emotional, not at all the strong man he was in the first book.
The plot is thin, the supporting characters are flat and cliched.
The performance was overly dramatic for my taste.
There is enough good and detailed action to keep you reading the whole book but it was a struggle to get through and at the end it seemed like pretty much a waste of time.
Sophomore slump maybe, I will read the next in the series but keep it on a real short leash.
Who doesn't like that arch British accent.
An important story, compulsive listen, hard to turn off.
The book itself, of course, is a classic now, as it should be.
The performance is seamless and accents are not over acted.
Doesn't get much better than this.
Well now we have both a female and male professional assassin combo.
Short and sweet, well written and well read. The body count here is mostly casualties but ok, its a short story so you can't kill too many people.
Nice setting, major cities are always a good place for a story.
Very well read by the author, an added benefit.
I will look for more.
A moral superman in an immoral profession. Well written and suspenseful, until of course, you realize none of this is really possible. Impressive body count, and hateful bad guys too.
Well read, though the voice of the french girl is a little, well, amusing.
Overall a fun listen and I would look for this combination of author and reader again.
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