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Right from the start this book jumps right in and is fast paced throughout. A great story of two top, government assassins, Will Robie and Jessica Reel, who are pitted against each other. They are all business and when it comes down to kill or be killed they are more than capable, but there is certain amount of respect between them that makes things a bit muddled. When suspicious activity starts within the agency Will starts to wonder to whom his allegence belongs. The agency or Jessica?
At the same time they are trying to kill each other, (or not), there is an "unknown" who is trying to kill both of them, as well as anyone else who gets in the way of a widely hidden agenda. When more questionable evidence starts to develope they decide to fall off the grid and start their own investigation. Because of some oddly familiar covert groups that keep trying to get at them, their attention is redirected toward upper levels of the government for some answers. "Who can they trust"? All of the agencies start pointing fingers at each other. Conspiracy and counterintelligence provide many twists and turns.
The narrators did a good job and there were occasional sound affects that added to the story. A good, fast read with intriguing characters.
This was a good, fast story of a hitman/bagman, Roy Cady, who during one of his contracted jobs, ends up saving a bystander prostitute. Other hired killers who arrive at his job destination at the same time were obviously there to kill him. Roy is a definite loner who finds out he has cancer and has basically relinquished any thought of living much longer. Uncharacteristically, while on the run, he finds himself feeling responsible and protective of the prostitute, Rocky and her daughter.
While Roy is trying to get to the bottom of who put a hit out on him and someway to protect his new charges, affections start to grow between these three motley characters. This is a dark and at times, very gory story that had good character development and kept me intrigued from the beginning. The narrator had a good, gravelly voice for Roy and did not try to do women's voices, a bonus. This is being produced for the big screen and due to be released sometime in 2015.
A perfectly wonderful, true story of a not so perfect herd of elephant's, who have been broken by poor human behavior and dramatic circumstances. I'm so glad this was not another flowers and butterfly story about wild animals, definitly not Disney. A great adventure into the lives and intelligent minds of these sensitive giants and how they have rules and expectations just like humans.
I liked this book much better than I ever expected to, substance and amazing integrity made it very easy to become attached to the wonderful couple who took on a dangerous and selfless task.
The actions and feelings of these majestic creatures were portrayed beautifully and Simon Vance did an exceptional job narrating. I won't soon be forgetting this enchanting, true story of love and generosity of the heart, that was shown to these nobel, complex mammals.
This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda and when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's to current day, surrounding the old serial killer case and a new body with the exact same torturous markings. Amanda is thrown right back into the middle along with all of the nightmarish memories that accompanied the first gruesome case. The investigation gets very complicated, when confusing new evidence is made available through DNA technology. An interesting twist takes us back to Will's first bizarre encounter with Amanda and new information is revealed about his cryptic childhood that surprises everyone.
The ending was very unexpected when a time old mystery is uncovered and solved. I'm glad that in this addition to the series, the story did not dwell on Will's ex (Angie), she wast peppered throughout but not prevalent. Kathleen Early did a good job narrating and kept the story moving along at a good pace.
This is one of the best mystery thrillers I have read this year.
The story opens with a distraught father, who finds himself with no other choice but to leave his young son on a strange playground, far from their home. The poor young boy is of no help to the authorities because of his age and unfortunately must be put into the foster care system. His young life, by far, was not at all a great experience, however, he did learn some very valuable lessons that down the road, may just help save his life. When Michael Doe reaches adult hood he try's to leave his checkered past behind. Together with some tough sacrifices, a sealed juvenile record, and a new name, he eventually settles into a safe, comfortable life with a wife and daughter.
Just when all things in his life seem to be going his way, odd things start to happen that threaten to change all that Michael has worked so hard to build. Strangers are following them, odd cell phone messages are being received and his young daughter is assaulted. Confusion and fear for his family force Michael to call on two old friends, one is in law enforcement and one is an ex-con. With their help he discovers that what is happening to them is being orchestrated by someone that has power on a federal level but he still has no idea why. Now in order to protect himself and his family he must pull some of his old, unsavory habits out of the closet and go after this group that is targeting his family.
An intriguing. smart mystery with one heck of a punch ending. The characters are so realistic and perfectly matured throughout this fast moving story line. Scott Brick is far from my favorite narrator but he did a pretty good job with this story driven listen. Highly recommend.
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Harry is in the middle of it again, this time he has it coming at him from all sides. The White Council is considering turning him over to the Vampire Council for a fire storm massacre, that Harry used, to save he and his cohorts in the last book. Mavv the head Winter Fairy is calling in a favor that Harry owes her, which is complicated, and not at all helping his case with the White Council. Susan, his estranged girlfriend, may become a Vampire at any moment, because of a situation that Harry feels guilty for putting her in. All in all a typical day in Harry's Dresden's wizarding life.
Harry turns to the only ones that will help him and the only ones he can trust, his police officer friend Murphy and a pack of young, but formidable werewolves. My favorite character, Bob, just had a brief cameo, but there is a fun appearance by the crazy fairies who love pizza. The Dresden files are great, paranormal, fun reads that are always amusing adventures. Starting at the beginning of the series is essential in order to understand Harry's complicated, discombobulated life.
A home town RI reporter try's to use his familiarity with the big players, politicians and thugs to help find out who is committing arson in a specific neighborhood. He is estranged from his wife, in love with another gal who he works with and has an old high school friend in love with him. Along with his complicated love life he has a half pint-tough guy after him to drop the investigation. This man who is a foot shorter than he is, keeps getting the best of him by catching him off guard.
I thought that this story was pretty good and then all was lost when too much information was put into a very fast ending. It lost its timing for me. That being said, the writing and characters were well developed.
I was not expecting this to be as good as it was, I thought it would be silly and predictable like all of the other witchy books I've read. This reminded me more of Molly Harper's books, (The Naked Werewolf series). The characters were fun and the main character Mara is likable in her secure insecurities. A fast romp through paranormal predictions, incantations, ghosts, spells, sex and possession.
Marie Rose does an outstanding job narrating, here again I am going to compare her to Molly Harper's narrator Amanda Ronconi. Great pace and voices, she definitely added to the story. A good writer/narrator paring. Not a good listen for young ears. I am looking forward to her next book.
This was a fairly good read, however, for me no where close to the exiting, suspenseful story of the first book. The first in the series was more about a woman rescued by a stranger in the woods, (who may or may not be a serial killer), and their relationship, and less about the two woman investigators. A bit too predictable for me and I could not get attached to the main character. I was more attached to the characters in the first book that were not brought forward in the story.
The loose ends were tied up in an exciting but abrupt ending. I am hoping that the next book in the series is better and less predictable.
In this addition to the Inspector Gamache series, he and his wife Reine-Marie have retired to the little town of Three Pines, something they have dreamed about for quite some time. After Louise Penny reacquaints us with the wonderful characters and witty banter, that is always a hoot amongst the crazy inmates of Three Pines, Gamache and Reine are delighted to have a visit from their daughter and protege, Jean Beauvoir. So most of the loose ends from the last book are tied up except, Peter Morrow has not returned from the one year sabbatical he and Clara had decided to take in their marriage.
Clara, Gamache, Beauvoir and Myrna set off on a quest to find out why Peter has not returned. For me, I think this is where the story starts to lag a bit and things become very convoluted. Gamache is determined to let Clara head up the investigation which made no sense to me or Beauvoir.
This one of my favorite series but by far not my favorite books in the saga of Three Pines. I just finished reading, How the Light Gets In, and absolutely loved it. I was expecting more but it has not deterred me from looking forward to her next book.
I thought that this production was a bit of a Steampunk/fantasy done masterfully by the narrators. A great story about a group of people that are thrown together unexpectedly and realize right away that it is imperative that they work together if they are to survive the perils at hand. This was by far my favorite Neil Gaiman book to date, it is full of great, strange places and wonderfully, rich characters. A fantastically, dangerous adventure that incorporates two parallel worlds, is great for Tweens on up, and has no bad language so it easy to recommend. This would be perfect for a car ride as it is done like a radio show. Buckle up, have fun and enjoy the ride.
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