I like the Preston / Child team and tend to give them good reviews. This tends to be one of their flat spots. The book has moments, and the premise of peering into life below the city of New York, in all the abandon tunnels is fascinating. The fabrication and ultimate revelation of the monsters and their weakness was just to pat. Every time some thrilling moment was about to box the good guys in, some revelation released them from any real trouble. There was attempts to make the monsters appear to have the upper hand but it was never convincing and you always knew how things were going to end.
Far to predictable for a recommendation
Good narration though.
When you listen to this book it really feels like you come to be part of the community. The use of language, physical depiction and character development are on another level. The people are colorful, the dialog enthralling and the story developed to build a steady building suspense that is maintained until the final page. There are no saints in a McKinty story, yet the foibles of each individual has an endearing quality that ads to the overall humanity especially of the lead character. Detective Duffy has to thread his way through burned out superior officers, politicians, local thugs and the para-military to solve this case with the entire story set during the civil war in Ireland, or as they were known "the troubles". The mood Detective Duffy is surrounded by is summed up by the head of a local para-military group when he tells Duffy, "I like you Sean, we'll kill you last".
The narration is stupendous, it is a perfect match for the story and deserves mention.
This book is highly recommended
I went into this book with low expectations, I like the material but most books in this genre are all jargon and equipment spec and little on plot and thick on hokey action. This book is actually well written, has a great plot, and contains really well written action, oh, and the equipment specs are perfect. I cannot tell you how happy I was with this book, it unfolded well, had great character development, a great cast and was written from an inside perspective with talent that brought the story to the lay audience in an interesting and heartfelt fashion. I really liked this book. If you do not care for military stories, this may be the one exception to make, it is a good story. If you like military themed stories you are going to love this book, it is written from someone who knows the material from a life spent living it and then brings it to the page in good style, better than what you are used to getting by far. I was surprised by the talent this author has and happy I listened to this story.
Well recommended for anyone that likes a great action / suspense story.
In general I have liked Colin Bateman and given his books positive reviews, as you may be gleaning from the wind up I am going to ding this one a bit. Bateman generally has a lead character that is a bit of a smart a__ , and eccentric, there is humor and a fun story. In this book the sarcastic tone is gratuitous and falls flat and the lead character, in contrasts to his others is just not a likable person. I thought the storyline was good enough to pull me through to the ending but followed a totally predictable trajectory from start to finish.
If you are a Bateman fan and have read his other books you will find this work to be formulaic, if you are looking to read a work from Bateman do not start here, he has written some very good books and is an author worth delving into, this is just not the one to start with.
For a recommendation I would advise to go with another work by Bateman first, then if you like him, and that is a strong possibility, come back and revisit this option. Not the best work done by Colin Bateman
In reviewing books like Cannery Row, considered classics, when I have liked them I have compared them to time machines, a book written in a time long gone within a culture made distant by time can have the ability to take us back to that time and place and allow us to live there with the characters and be a part of that culture. Cannery Row does this in a beautiful way, the people often eccentric, become alive and around us and we have the opportunity through this beautiful book to become part of a community that is no longer with us. It is wonderful to bring a book like this into our lives, we are better for it, we understand a place in the past and therefore understand some of the path we have traveled as a society, and see some of the things we have lost as well as gained.
The story revolves around the community called Cannery Row, and Steinbeck writes a colorful and beautiful story around it, it is funny, interesting, sad and totally engrossing.
Highly Recommended, you will be better for this story to be part of your life.
As the headline indicates I thought this a very well written book, the use of language, the fashion the story was crafted in and the cast of characters was tremendous. In this genre it is rare to find a book written with this level of talent. The story is a good one with complex characters and a plot that invests the reader in the way a good book should, I had the audio playing at every opportunity and even did a few extra errands that involved fairly long drives because I knew I had this story on the i-pod and wanted to spend some more time with it. The suspense builds to a climatic ending which carries the only disappointment of ending the book with some loose ends, which are just unavoidable and not a drawback, it is that the book is so good you are sad it ends. I need to say something about the narration, simply it just does not get better than this - really - this is amazing book narration and will lead me to look at what other offerings this narrator has worked on he is that good.
Great story, great cast, unbelievable narration, a very highly recommended audio book
I knew very little of the Irish potato famine other than it happened, after reading this extremely well researched and written book on the subject I am considerably better informed not just of the event but of the politics of the time and the way the people of Ireland lived during that time that made them particularly susceptible to the events that killed one in every three Irish. This is a great history, it is written in wonderful form and the research is spectacular, the scene painted at times is so moving you wonder why we know so little of this extraordinary event, and it is important because history as we know has a way of repeating itself, and the mistakes made that led to this tragedy are forged in todays news and events as well.
This book is highly recommended, it is important and fascinating and it will leave you the better for spending the time to gain this knowledge of what happened.
The Jack Reacher series has been solid from book one and still continues to deliver on a winning formula. Reacher has made it to Virginia to finally talk to the woman he spoke with on the phone while working out the trouble in North Dakota, this is a few books back. The problem is he is now up against the entire bureaucracy of the federal government. As usual the book sets up the good guys against the bad guys and once again Reacher is, well, Reacher. The series is like the P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' series, every book is the same but every book is great. Reacher is the every mans hero, the guy who likes to protect the underdog and we love him for going out on a limb for him. We see a bit of Reacher in the role of Father, thats right - not much but it is there, and of course there is a love interest. The Reacher series continues with the great narration of Dick Hill and if that is ever messed with someone should be fired, he is the perfect voice for Jack Reacher. Worth mentioning is that the backbone of the series is that Lee Childs can write well, he pens great lines and develops a suspenseful story and keeps things from going to far, so there is a feeling as you read this that this could really happen.
Highly recommended, although from the beginning of the series, which is well worth the trip. I do not think these are stand alone books, they build on the previous stories.
I am not sure how I will write this review without giving away any plot spoilers, but I promise not to give anything away even at the risk of being to vague for a decent review.
This book takes off on some familiar ground and is very entertaining and is obviously setting the stage for another well done, thought provoking, C.J. Box thriller. Bam! out of nowhere something happens that changes the course of all the following events, and I cannot talk about it or it will impact your experience with this book, and I cannot mention the downstream events either, or it will lead you to an obvious plot spoiler.
Suffice it to say that Box is one of my favorite authors, he writes great characters and involves them in suspenseful thrillers intelligently written around colorful locals in the American west. I think C.J. Box has yet to write a bad book, and this book continues the unbroken streak.
This book is extremely well done, it follows the paths, from early life until escape from one of the hardest countries to escape from, or death in some instances, of people who lived the horror that is North Korea. This is not just a story revolving around hardship and privation, it is a peek into the society, a sick and twisted world of leftists dreams and control and the tortured world it creates. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly, it is important on many levels and answers the question of 'what do those who live inside that country think?'. If you think you would not be interested in this book because it would not be relevant to you think again, the echo of what you read in this book will come back to you at interesting times in your own life, especially if you pay attention to current events.
This should really belong in the short story section, if there is one. The book is a set of short vignettes that take place after the outbreak of a virus that turns people into, not a zombie in the classic sense, but sort of one with a limited lifespan. The shorts involve people who cross paths during one day and exist independently of each other overlapping only in the shared experience of trying to live in life after the outbreak. Each person involved crosses paths and the stories intersect that moment in a fashion.
This book has no real beginning or ending, in some ways it is like picking up a book and reading from someplace in the middle for a bit and then finding out someone has ripped out the last 200 pages of the book. There are things you would have liked to pursue in the story but it just does not happen.
The narration is good but as a book it just never goes anywhere, although it is no great commitment either, so if the genre is one of your favorites it might be worth the effort, which is not much, not recommended except for die hards of the genre.
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