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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.
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". :-)
EXCELLENT Book. Rather long (20 hours) for the genre. Could have easily been 2-3 separate books. Fans of Charles Bronson's Death Wish movies will especially enjoy Robert McCall, former top secret ops guy as an urban vigilante of sorts dealing with NYC street thugs AND "the Russian mob".
All the Russian names do get confusing. If the names have Ks, Vs and Ds they are really bad guys. A movie starring Denzel Washington comes out Sept 2014.
As with all stories of this genre.... obvious comparison to "Reacher" apply here too. Easy to imagine a series with McCall.
I just discovered Jericho Quinn a week or so ago.... and immediately ordered / listened to all three IN ORDER. Definitely read in chronological order as each adventure builds on the earlier ones.
The narrator for the first two books was (IMO) preferable to this one. This one was too much "mouse and squirrel" with his accents. But this narrator did not detract from my enjoyment. This narrator's "Zamora" did drip pure psycho-evil.
Comparisons to more established action heroes is easy and obvious. Quinn may be closer to Mitch Rapp than many others. Looking forward to more of Jericho (and friends) from Marc Cameron.
I'm putting Jericho in the hero pantheon with Reacher, Rapp, Bauer, Harvath, Andreas, et al. This guy may be closer to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp than the others.
I look forward to completing the series over the next week. Keep'em coming Mr Cameron.
Will and Jessica save America three or four times in this one. A classic Baldacci espionage thriller that is all I ask. "Wish You Well" is my all-time Baldacci favorite which is NOT classic Baldacci at all.
If you're considering North Korea for a possible vacation, this listen might change your mind.
I'm going to give the author credit that his research on conditions in NK are as gruesome as he details. ..... SCARY!
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