John Gilstrap writes a good taut, fast-paced story in No Mercy that I would like to read. Unfortunately, reader Jeremy Gage ruins it as an audio book. I don't know anything about him, but he sounds like he is quite elderly and reading for small children. He reads in a "sing-songy" voice that never varies pitch, timbre or pace. He doesn't change anything when speaking as different characters so it is hard to tell who is speaking among the characters, even between men and women. His English or maybe, New Englandish accent would be more fitting for an Agatha Christie novel. Here it makes the protagonist sound effeminate rather than like a rough and tumble commando. Too bad. This could have been good.
Next time, Gilstrap should use Scott Bricke or someone who knows how to read action.
The protagonist in this book has virtually no redeeming qualities. He is not brave or smart and is constantly whining. He is constantly flying off the handle with little provocation and has more hang-ups than a telemarketer. When stalked by a homicidal maniac, he leaves his gun and flashlight laying around where he can't find them. He is so pathetic it is hard to root for him and difficult to understand why any of the supporting characters care about him at all.The author seems to be in love with himself and drags the predicable plot to the pace of a funeral procession by going off on descriptive prose tangents that appear to have no other purpose but to insert projects from his last writers clinic.There was one funny part when the protagonist's now deceased partner described how boring baseball is. Maybe that was a metaphor for the book itself but one laugh does not a book make.
Nothing by Steve Hamilton.
Good character separation.
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