WOW! I've read all of Stephen Hunter's Earl Swagger and Bob Lee Swagger novels, and I thought for awhile there that he was running out of realistic story lines. But with this latest - The Third Bullet - he has come back stronger than ever.
Some will say that this is an alternative history, but it is not that, because the story doesn't change any history at all, or try to modify the current or future events based on an alternate historical outcome. Without causing any spoilers, it provides some realistically plausible explanations to expand on an actual historical event, that are fictional but really makes you think that they might have really happened differently than what we previously understood, but with the same resultant outcome.
Bob Lee Swagger gets into his usual investigative bumblings that keep you in suspense and makes you wonder if he's going to get to the bottom of things and survive at the same time. I can't honestly say at this time that this is the best of Hunter's works, but only because it's been so long since I've read all of the earlier ones, as I read them as they first come out. Having just this hour finished it, I am left with the feeling, however, that it is the best!
I have a few authors whose books I purchase either in Audible or e-book format as soon as they are available, without even reading the first review. And Stephen Hunter is at the top of my list. And I'll say it again for this one. WOW!
I haven't written that many reviews. The book has to be extremely bad or very good. I won't waste my time reviewing a mediocre book. This one ranks at the top of the list for me. It's chock full of believable and very well described action. And, it is clear to me that the authors know the subject about which they're writing! I won't bother wasting space to describe the plot; you'll get that from the book description. Suffice it to say that the story, the plot, the narrator - they all mesh together as a well designed and constructed machine, with nary a flaw that I discovered in my listening. I own this one both in Audible and Kindle e-book format, and just like all other books I consider great, I will be saving this one so that I can read it again - and again.
The main character's actions are believable as written, although in retrospect they seem almost impossible. But evaluating just how they are described, the reader gets the feeling that the details might really have happened just as described! From a government and president more interested in an upcoming election, fearful of world opinion, and more concerned about the internal politics of the country of Afghanistan to the actions of a few military individuals who make decisions and take actions based on what they feel is right while ignoring their career, the novel helps the reader to understand that doing the right thing is really the right thing to do. In that regard, the book teaches honor and integrity, something that appears missing in the echelons of our political class these days.
It is not a cheap dime novel. It is well written and thoroughly enthralling!
And it is such a great read that it is impossible to put down!
I don't want to give away the story more than the publisher's blurb, and I don't like to repeat the plot, since it's already there.
I usually like longer reads, but I'll tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed with this book! It's a no-holds-barred "Keystone Kops" kind of a novel, and I couldn't turn it off for wanting to know how it would end up. The back story is balanced quite well by the action and suspense.
I'm so glad the author has written a sequel, and I've pre-ordered it.
I heartily recommend this novel!
This was my first Simon Wood read. While the narrative was entertaining, it kept my interest only because of my curiosity. The action scenes were realistically written and got my adrenaline flowing. However, these postives are nowhere near adequate to counter the one very serious shortcoming, that of the basic premise of the plot stretching credulity to the point of complete disbelief: without spoiling the read for others, the number of characters who are too afraid to inform on the villain in the storyline - one of whom is a retired police officer who doesn't even carry a weapon - results in their complicity in the villainous events, merely by keeping quiet. The author would have been well advised to have modified the plot to eliminate this very serious shortcoming. I mostly blame his editor for not advising him to do so. Although not yet published myself, I would have been embarrassed had I written this particular plot, as it defies belief.
While I might read/listen to another Simon Wood tale, it must stand in line behind the 1,500 or so books I have backlogged, and it will be only because it is a 99 cent special or a gift from someone. I certainly will not waste an Audible credit to purchase it.
This is the first of David Ellis' books I have read, and I read it in Audible format. All I can say is that it is a first class thriller!
I almost always have two books in progress: One on my Kindle, the other in Audio format, and I read from 3 to 4 total per week. If a book does not hold my interest, I put it aside, and try it again later - sometimes years later - and then maybe I find it to be interesting enough to finish. I say that merely to lend credence to my evaluation. Many of the best, I will read several times over the years, much like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. David Ellis' books will be on that re-read list!
This book, The Wrong Man, is OUTSTANDING! It held my attention from the very first page. I won't repeat the plot descriptions that others have written, as that is unnecessary. My goal is for my reviews to be credible so that people have trust that I will not highly recommend a book that does not keep my interest.
The Wrong Man definitely kept my interest! Ellis has a way of drawing the reader in with a well written narrative, with every word on every page having meaning to the story at hand. He makes you feel as if you, the reader, are actually his protagonist, Jason Kolarich - facing the same forces that he faces in his quest to see justice done. I have since obtained every one of Ellis' novels, and will be putting them at the top of my reading list over the next few weeks and months!
And, I won't wait for his books to hit the discount list. As he writes new novels, I will be among the first to purchase them, as his are on my same priority list as are Lee Child, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers series, Nelson DeMille, John Gilstrap's Jonathan Grave series, and a few others. For awhile there, just a few years ago, all my favorite authors had died; but, now I have many more favorites that, as I further age toward my declining years, I'll have these friends to accompany me along that trip, giving me comfort and satisfaction along the way!
This is the first of Larry Bond's novels I have been able to finish since his original First Team. Exit Plan has the power and suspense, without getting bogged down in extraneous and unimportant distractions. Bond should continue to sail it alone, as his solely written works are much more appealing to me than those which he wrote with other partners!
Any of the Virgil Flowers novels by John Sanford are excellent reads. I can't wait for the next one!
Iron House was a really good read; however, the author has a little more research to do about Ford vs Pontiac.Several times, he mentions a "1965 Ford GTO". Pontiac - not Ford - had the GTO. Ford has had a Mustang GT, but I'm unsure whether this was available in '65.
This is a misrepresentation of fact that should have been caught by the editor.
I've read all of Joseph Finder's books, and I guess this is the first where he's created a character who will continue in other books. Nick Heller is a powerful protagonist, and I really look forward to his next episode!
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