I was a little surprised at this being more raunchy and graphic than previous books. But the strong writing that we all love is still in there. Dick Hill is perfection when he does Lee Child books. Well worth the credit!
This was my first introduction to author Blake, and I am pleasantly surprised. This isn't too over the top like Gray Man book. It has a bit of a different take on the thriller because it's set in Mexico. With Dick Hill as the narrator, it reminds me a bit of Lee Child's writing. Conspiracy is well done. It's not perfect, but a breath of fresh air to the genre, and I will be reading the rest of the series.
This was quite a let-down after the impressive Child-44 series. I only made it through 60% of the audiobook before I gave up.
I was fooled by the overall rating on this book. It doesn't belong in the same stratosphere as the really good 4-star reads (Child, Coben, Johnson). The dialogue is wooden, and the writing is just plain hard to swallow.
Men, if you are like me, you will have a hard time getting into the book and staying in the moment. From the very start, the writing is just not very good. The superlatives are forced and dialogue is unnatural. Other reviewers seem enamored with the idea of the book, but it's hard to get past the writing itself.
I've never been crazy about Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but this book (and series) is excellent. It reminds me a bit of a well-written TV sitcom like 'Frasier', in that it's all about the characters and the funny situations. You find yourself rooting for the main character. Pratchett writing style is best described as whimsical. The narration by Stephen Briggs is amazingly good. I can't imagine it being done any better. He has a wide range of voices, with great interpretation that adds to the experience, especially the voice of the Golem.
This is one of only a few books out of hundreds that I felt compelled to read more than once. Lee Child should have won an award for the opening scene alone; it's brilliant! The tension starts on page one and the author slowly teases the reader on. This is not a book to listen to in the background, but one that is best enjoyed without any distractions. In fact, I listened to the book the first time a year ago, then read the kindle version recently and it was better the second time around ... deceivingly complex. As another reviewer mentioned, this is not a book full of B-movie scenes and big explosions... it is more grounded in reality and has a well researched background. Loved it!
Few authors can hook you quicker than Lee Child, the opening scene usually has Reacher observing something that's not quite right, something with huge implications. Then Reacher uses his powers of observation to solve the mystery as the story unfolds. While there are a couple of big action scenes, and some surprises, this book is more about the mystery and the characters, and it kept me listening intently all the way through. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the last one "The Affair".
Unlike in many of his other books, Sanford uncharacteristically telegraphs some of the events in the book. I could listen to Sanford + Ferrone all day, so it was still an entertaining listen. The author knows how to pull you along for a great ride, sprinkled with funny cop humor. While he plays only a small part in this book, recurring bad guy character Randy Whitcomb leaves a mark.
The old-style writing and dialogue makes this book a little dry and stiff. It may be one of the few cases where the movie is better than the book.
Few authors can create such life-like dialogue, and throw in a few over-the-top characters for comedy relief (I laughed aloud a couple of times). This may be the best book in the series. Sanford keeps you guessing throughout the book, as Virgil chips away at the multilayered mystery.
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