Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
Every Dusty Rhodes story is like reading a screenplay for Gunsmoke or Rawhide from the 60s. Yes, the characters are formula and the plots predictable and that is why I've read and loved every single one.
I recommend Man Hunter for any brand new Dusty fans.
That McRyan is basically "a young Lucas Davenport (John Sandford)" is intended as a compliment and quick recommend for Sandford fans. Plus it takes place "in The Cities" as does Lucas' adventures.
Some of the character names are corny but thats OK. I've bought the next two in the series. The narrator is new for me. OK, he doesn't detract from the story. McRyan's Chief is "a good guy" who supports his men. Usually a cop's upline are antagonists. I like this way.
This story has 2-3 intertwined plot lines.
Pendergast meets Poseidon Adventure !!! ..... I'm a big Pendergast fan but this one ranks down the list IMO. I just could not get into this one. Maybe I miss D'gosta and Nora and the rest of TeamPendegast ??
I was glad when it was over and I can move on to the next one.
The final book in P&C's The Brimstone Trilogy. Really should be read in order. The Duel To The Death between the Pendergast Brothers is reminiscent of Holmes vs Moriarty.
I didn't care for the final 45 minutes but the bulk of the story is as riveting as any of the eight Pendergast stories I've read so far.
A stand alone story by one of my favorites - PT Deutermann. The other reviews not so glowing almost scared me away from this one. Glad it didn't.
Loved all the Jewish history re: Massada. The ultimate prize is a bit Indiana Jones / Dirk Pitt in its historical immenseness.
My only "not so good" is the narrator's voice for the heroine. Difficult at times to know its "her" speaking.
I love this concept BUT.... This was my 4th listen in the Private series.... and will likely be my last. I love the concept of the exclusive high-end celebrity security firm and Book One delivered but not the past three. This one has nothing to do with Las Vegas.
Do Patterson / Paetro churn these out over a long week-end? I'll stick w/ Michael Bennett and the Murder Club.
Cody Hoyt is NOT Joe Pickett. The setting is Montana / Yellowstone but Cody doesn't have the solid likable character of CJ's awesome Joe Pickett.... plus there is no "Nate" in this either.
If one is unfamiliar with CJ Box, definitely go with a Joe PIckett first and read them IN ORDER.
I read all three Robin Monarch books in the past ten days. More please! I liked these better than Mark Sullivan's Private series w/ James Patterson.
Its an oft-used scenario - "former spec ops guy with a quirky past" and with a team of loyal specialists who he assembles for each new adventure. If you like that type of story, you should like these. I do and I did.
I liked this one - Thief - the best of the three so far. A left-over really bad guy (a tycoon) returns to "get Robin". There's a Clive Cussler-esque element in this one involving The Fountain of Youth and plenty of lock & load action.
This was my first Bryce Courtenay, won't be my last. It's a long one - 26 hours so be prepared to make an investment of time. Great story that reminded me of some Sidney Sheldon epics from the 70-80s.
Jack's youth and his Vegas experiences are detailed and comprise 85% of the book. His African experience is hurried and compacted. The reader learns in the epilogue why that had to be the case. Courtenay's health.
Jack's Vegas days reminded me of the movie - Casino. Crazy Sammie was Joe Pesci's character in Casino.... quite insane and scary.
This was my 7th Joe DeMarco story and maybe "the best". I am already sad that there are only two more in the series. Mike Lawson, I hope you are hard at work on #10.
This one did not focus so much on "The Speaker's" corruptness. I hear enough about corrupt politicians in the daily news. I don't need more proof in my recreational reading.
I suppose this series can be picked up at any point, but I chose to read them in order. Among my favorite Audible series along with Harlon Coben's Myron Bolitor, Brett Battles' Jonathan Quinn and Connolley's Bosch and Mickey Haller.
I hesitated to start this series for several years thinking it was horror genre which I don't go for. In a sense I suppose it is "horror". But the unique character of Agent Pendergast is so entertaining I am now going thru the entire series. This was my 3rd.
Pendergast is a modern-day "Sherlock" for sure but with some Dirk Pitt and maybe even some Doc Savage mixed in. Definitely NOT "Reacher". There is no sex in this series, that I've found. Pendergast's eccentricities have carried each of the books I've read. P&C do go in for the ghoulish with regularity.
My narrator preference is Rene but the others are fine. There is some chronological order to the series but it is not critical. P&C treat each book as if the reader is just meeting "the man in the black suit" for the first time.
Pendergast is so unique I cannot imagine who might play him in as movie. You really should get to know him.... as much as anyone "gets to know Pendergast". :-)
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