We know Bond, James Bond what we receive a neutered Bond. Shooting bad guys in the elbow, come on get real. His choice of adult beverages was over the top and he didn't even get the girl. The endless technical information was dull, I planted my left foot parallel to my right as I positioned myself to shoot geez I wish I bought the abridged version to avoid such banality. My anticipation was high for this book but it flowed like a new bottle of Heinz Ketchup. Where was Simon Vance to save the audiobook? Toby Stephans narrative was as interesting as listening to the Butler answering the door and inviting someone to sit in the study while he gets the Master of the House. His monotone delivery was shocking. This book is about rubbish and is rubbish, poorly conceived and poorly received. We know Bond all about Bond and this wasn't close. The bad guy wasn't a sinister villain. Political correctness and James Bond do not mix. Jeffrey Deaver is to Ian Fleming as Timothy Dalton was to Sean Connery. Where is the dashing, exciting, fearless, ladies man licensed to kill with a quick wit and clever dialogue. Where is the hero every man wants to be and every woman wants to be with.....perhaps next time..
I read Dr. No a couple weeks ago and it stands the test of time, Deaver has no way to go but up after this "stinker" (no pun intended).
This quick moving shell game is more suited to "Evanovich's",Stephanie Plum than Sanford's Virgil Flowers. A fun thrilling ride with an interesting side bar where the girl gets the guy. Sometimes difficult to follow but a good light hearted novel. The absence of a sinister villain where nobody is a killer and ends up dead or goes to jail is unique but a bummer. Looks like Virgil has a chance to settle down with a smart sexy adventurous lady makes this book intriguing. It was worth the credit but I hope Sanford gives Flowers a break and backs this one with a juicy "Prey" offering. Dan Brown doesn't have to worry about losing his place I'm the antiquity and historical genre. I smiled, laughed and shook my head in this one, defiantly out of the box for a Sanford novel.
Eric you can do better. There were too many obvious situation. Too many throw away lives and nothing to stimulate the mind. The end was obvious. The only way to renew listeners confidence is to write a great story that makes us sit in our cars waiting for a Chapter to end.
The villain had no gravitas, he acted like a spoiled child. The men from the "alphabet divisions" of our country had no class, character or style. It's fine to portray them as idiots or traitors but make them believable. The book didn't flow well. The new characters seemed to be rushed into life without clear development.
The next book is a tremendous challenge. You did it in the past but I'm afraid Jack's at a huge disadvantage after this novel. I'll read Book 6 and anticipate a story that captures my imagination and puts Jack back as a preeminent hero.
The new narrator had a challenge following Richard Ferrone and failed. Berkot didn't do the book justice. Comparing Berkot to Farrone is like comparing Inspector Clusoe to James Bond. I trust you will select a better wordsmith next time.
What a rush! Most the characters weren't very well developed. However the insidious subject matter and the final outcome far overshadow the shallow characters.
In "Rough Country" the sidebar of Flowers not getting the girl was super and developed into a fun side bar. In this book no sidebar could derail the plot line. Sandford takes Flowers up a notch. I can't get enough of "That F******G Flowers"!
Lucas you need to put the fire back into your work, I love you too and I never thought I'd see the day anyone would upstage you. Time to put your big boy pants on get away from that damn political anvil and restart kicking ass.
Conger is the man for Flowers. I love different narrators for each hero.
I recently warmed up to Flowers. I boycotted him because I loved Davenport. I was disappointed Davenport seemed to lose his edge and avoided the new series. Sanford upped the ante in Flowers and I missed it for months.
Oh my where can the plots go from here.....#4 next!
The creative mind of Sanford creates villains who are believable and not people you want to run into while they're on the run. This is a brutal tale of poor and desperate characters who screw up and make their situation worse when they have to run. Sandford shows the mindset of villains who know there's no way out.
The subplot of police who look for revenge, use the law and public opinion to justify their action is fascinating. Flowers on the other hand is not of their ilk. The ending is a great one, unusual and unexpected. Mad River is a social look into the minds of the killers, the police and the public. It was a wonderful read and a page turner.
Virgil Flowers is fast becoming as good as Lucas Davenport! Conger is Flowers and that's great. Most authors change their hero's but make it difficult for the listener the differentiate between them when they don't change narrators.
The Prey series was getting stale, the author needed a new vehicle to jump start his creative juices. Virgil Flower's resuscitated Sandford. This is the second Flowers novel I've read and it's resuscitated me too.
The title is the only complaint I have with "Heat Lightning". The characters are strong, well developed and interesting. The story flows with ease even though the plot isn't believable, but hey, its fiction. I still loved it and couldn't put it down. I was able to predict the villain early in the book, but the catching the killers was an intense and well written journey.
Flowers and Davenport are great characters, few authors are blessed with a pair of hero's.
It's smart of Sandford to use a different Narrater, Conger is the face of Flowers. Other authors should consider this as many Series seem to be the same when the same person narrates everything.
Dan Brown is the Master at building a story around Historical sites and unbelievable Art.
Inferno is masterful look at the future of science set in the realm of a majestic past.
The characters are well developed interesting and important to the harrowing plot. Who can you trust is the byword throughout this Brown intrigue. Perhaps we have a budding love for Dr.Langdon, Brown may build on in his next book.
Some may find the details used to describe the beautiful Art and Buildings as slowing down the book but I found them interesting and vital.
There are so many twists, turns and changes of allegiances. I was amazed Brown could keep everyone together and everything tight and cohesive. He's a master of this type of novel. Others have tried to but they are rookies in comparison.
Paul Michael's narration is impeccable, it's hard to believe it was only one voice narrating. He is Robert Langdon!
I'm listening to it again to see what I missed and if I could have figured out any of the intricate plot entanglements than enhanced this wonderful novels. It's a must read.
Lucas Davenport and the cast of characters trap you from the first riveting chapter to the scintillating end. The killers are real, the motives obvious but catching them proves to be life threatening. Danger lurks in unlikely places. I was weary Sandford had lost his passion for the Prey Series, I missed the panache' of older novels. I love this thriller. There are good guys, bad guys and good guys turned bad that......sorry I can't ruin the plot. "Silken Prey" gives you more than you can ask from an author.
We are blessed with atypical villains we hate, comfortable characters we embrace, a hero everyman would love to become and a fresh story. The sprinkle of new characters fit well and make you smile. I loved the Governor. This is the only mystery I can remember that the bad guys aren't Big Business, Right Wing Conservatives or the Military full of Greed or Righteousness Thanks John for the refreshing story line.
Richard Ferrone would make a Filibuster sound interesting......he is Lucas Davenport!
"Political Prey" is a better title but that aside "Silken Prey" is a must read and read again. Easily one of the top three Prey novels, pick it up and you won't put it down. Pick it up and it won't let you down!
The first 27 chapters was slow, laborious and repetitive. If it wasn't Scottoline I wouldn't have finished the book. Once it started, the fire it swept like an Arizona brushfire only to peter out at the end. She attempted to take on a number of important, timely issues but she never tied them them together thoroughly enough for me. I loved the effort but I expected a more cogent novel. The characters were great, there roles we identified and were carried out wonderfully but the storyline missed the mark.
I would recommend the abridged version of Don't Go. Scottoline's last few book have taken her out of her comfort zone from the Rosario and Associates novels, I commend her for taking the plunge and I hope she continues to write books that make us try to understand important issues we never face or want to think much about.I must admit I'd love to see Benny and the girls again.
Davidson was at his best conveying each character with distinction.
The Hit is a big hit. It has great characters that are defined and developed to continue the Roby series. It captivates from beginning to the end, a must read. I couldn't put it down and I hated it to end. Roby's character is well defined and made more human without taking away his edge. The plot was different, intense and riveting.
Ron McLarty is vintage as Baldacci's reader and Cassidy is growing on me. The editor have gotten the sound effects to fit well with the authors intent without being overbearing.
I wasn't sure how he would close it but but he blindsided me and without giving anything away was justify fitting and unusual. While I'd like another dose of The Camel Club, I'll take Roby a few more times.
After reading about the training, discipline and preparation Seals must endure this book is out of its element. It mocks what I've come to expect from this elite fighting force.
The plot is weak, the characters under developed, too many unbelievable situations and too much dialogue. The ending was a farce. Not worth a credit.
I did like the narrator but he couldn't save this mess.
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