Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
I've read every one of Hunter's Swagger stories (both Bob Lee & Earl). That Hunter is keeping BobLee in real time and aging is sad but, heck, I'm aging too which I often lament. I found this book more about Hugh Meachum than Bob Lee. Bob Lee was secondary to Meachum narrating his memoirs of Nov 1963. I enjoyed Meachum's Yale "snoot" perspective and the narrator's voice for Meachum.
Hey Stephen.... howsabout another story on Earl cleaning up Arkansas in the 50s.
FWIW: my favorite Bob Lee story is Point Of Impact with Behold A Pale Horse as #2.
If you are a fan of Matthew Reilly, James Rollins and Clive Cussler (and I am of all three) then you will enjoy Greig Beck's Alex Hunter series. I refer to this gendre as "Doc Savage stories"..... IMO, the original Mega-Hero.
Hunter is sort of a Bionic Man.... special ops Delta/GB on steroids - battling assorted evil alien beasties.
I really enjoy this narrator too. Check'em out!
This was my 3rd Virgil story after 10-12 of Lucas' "Preys". No offense to Lucas Davenport, but I'm enjoying "that f-in Flowers" even more than Lucas.
The whole Minnesota "thing" doesn't appeal to me but I do enjoy the characters and the stories.
I enjoy that Lucas is a secondary character in these but he leaves it up to Virgil to solve the cases.
John Hart uses Salisbury NC like Greg Iles uses Natchez MS and Nelson Demille uses Long Island. He (Hart) is a modern day Faulkner in his understanding of the Southern family foibles and eccentricities. This is my second John Hart novel and I certainly will listen to the next two.
The narrator fits the setting to my ear.
Each Hart novel, although each set in the same small Southern town involves completely different sets of characters. I am somewhat familiar with Salisbury and find the circumstances quite believable.
I'm a HUGE CJ Box fan. As I listened to this narrator - David Chandler (also the voice of Box's Joe Pickett) I had to keep reminding myself this was Cork nor Joe. Cork and Joe are brothers from different mothers.
Finding Krueger and his large collection of Cork novels I feel like I've found long lost CJ Box stories. Both involve rural outdoors and a straight arrow hero with a family. Just enough differences in the two (Joe and Cork) to make all the books interesting.
Very David Sedarisian and quite Bill Bryson-esque.
My normal "reads" are crime and covert-ops espionage so the occasional side venture to humor are always welcomed. The narrator here even sounds like David Sedaris who I always felt is a long lost son of Woody Allen.
Great travel choice with the family. Maybe a few hours longer than necessary but easy to leave and come back to without having to recall any plot lines or characters..... there is no plot or characters.
My first DeMille title was Gold Coast, then Gate House. Both OUTSTANDING. Then I got into his "fight the terrorists" collection with The Panther being his latest. I have now completed "the John Corey series". No DeMilles were ever as good as those first two.
This was way too much John Corey wisecracks.... enough already John (and Nelson). And the entire book takes place in Yemen. OK, I knew that going in. A little of Yemen goes a long way.
My favorite authors are James Lee Burke and CJ Box. DeMille's first two "Long Island stories" were as wonderful as anything I've ever enjoyed..... but leave the "fight the terrorists" to Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and Ben Coes.
Scott Brick was very good as always.
Every Burke story & narration is great prose and spoken (whether by Hammer or Will Patton) in a truly believable dialect.
Most of my favorite authors deliver reliably solid stories but none as consistently as James Lee Burke. OK, maybe CJ Box and Baldacci are as solid too.
Buy it - Listen - Enjoy!
Despite being a 75 books/year reader, this was my first Stephen King read. Just not into horror, sci-fi, et al. I have seen several of the TV movies adaptations however. That said....
I thoroughly enjoyed this one which I understand is not "typical" for King.
I was leery going in that this was going to a strong-arm political statement. King and I are on different sides of the aisle politically. I'm sure some will see it as political. I got over that early on enough to settle into the "unrequited love story" aspect of it.
There will be a plethora of books this year on the Kennedy Assas. This one likely will stand alone. At 30 hours it does require a substantial time investment. It's worth it IMO.
I prefer Maberry's Joe Ledger series, but this was fine. I will probably continue with this series. I'm not much for these "horror in a small town" stories made famous by Stephen King. A steady diet of them warps my thinking.
Larry Corriea is another good author in the Man v Zombie gendre.
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