Glad they returned to the original narrator from the first book. He captures the inner voice and nuances of Andreas, Jessica and Calabreze well.
I found this series after listening to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I like to find an author who can develop characters and then take them through various plots. In addition to the previous mentioned two, DeMille's John Corey and John Sanford's Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport come to mind.
When an author can create such a realistic character...well the reading/listening audience is in his palm so to say. Excellent and relevant plot lines by Coes...I hope he keeps Andreas going for some time to come.
Demille has developed the sarcastic John character so well and in this novel uses a derivative of him. You can hear John Corey and John Sutter in Frank's words as you listen to the book. I found the story to be intriguing in a Dan Brown way of mixing history with mystery and love the "john" characterization.
Consistency in the author's "voice" from other DeMille books.
Great storyline. I found Connelly after Lincoln Lawyer movie and have gotten all his books going through them chronologically. This is a departure from the Bosch character and his half brother, however it is an absolutely great listen. Great character development.
No..during several car trips.
Narrator did an excellent job with the accents, characterizations and pace.
The book follows the traditional formula for the Langdon novels.
The book was an easy "read" mixing entertainment and learning together and broaching a topic of increasing interest. The narrator did an excellent job and not once did the plot line drag or slow.
I had never heard of Connelly before the Lincoln Lawyer movie. I know movie scripts are a bastardization of books usually but the story in the movie was pretty good and since Sanford was between books in the Prey series and his new Flowers series, Demille with his Khoury novels hasn't a new one - so I got this one.
Connelly does as good a job as Sanford in building the characters in his story and the interactions between them are realistic and not contrived. This story had a nice flow to it..multiple story lines which came together nicely at the end, and teases to the surprise without ruining it. I was left impressed and liking Harry...enough that I will be on to the next books in Harry Bosch series.
My personal opinion is that the reader has much to do with the enjoyment of an audio book...they can truly make it or kill it. The reader for this book does a great job with voice, inflection and the use of a slight tunnel effect for phone calls to add realism to the book and draw the listener in...I hope he is reading the future ones.
I'd rank this overall a 9 out of 10, especially if you like Character driven detective or mystery books.
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