The book was great. A little farfetched at times, but that's expected in thriller fiction. What I didn't like were the annoying sound effects and the female narrator...just sounds "staged", not natural. Other than those minor things, I enjoyed it as I do most of Baldacci's books.
I have enjoyed several Jack Reacher books. He's totally implausible to real life, but a fun character for reading. But this may very well be my last Reacher read.
First, I hate when authors perpetuate negative stereotypes about any state or region. His 1997 description of Mississippi might have been accurate in 1957 or 1967, but not 1997. It was unnecessarily demeaning. Example: describing a man as "the result of four generations of eating squirrels". That is not only an obnoxious description, it's just plain stupid. If an author describes one place like this, then I don't trust any of his descriptions.
Second, I also hate when authors feel the need to live out their sexual fantasies in the middle of a good novel. His train sex scenes were little more than bad porno. Way too graphic and way too long.
But if you don't mind either of those flaws, it's a good story.
Okay, I understand it's fiction in the thriller genre and one can't expect total realism, but this one really stretched believability at times. The scene where he falls in the ocean has to be the most dramatic sequence I've ever encountered in a book. It was so ludicrous that I laughed out loud instead of being tense. I thought that scene would never end. He had time to drown several times over, let alone think it all through in such graphic detail.
But I like Dick Hill as the narrator for Jack Reacher and in general I like the character. The overall plot was good, just too far fetched at times to be very believable.
I particularly enjoyed this after the TV series and I could "see" them in my mind from the series (Why did it get cancelled????)
Not crazy about the female narrator, but overall they did a good job.
The story is far fetched, but it's fiction and to be expected in a "thriller".
The main reason I gave it a 4 though was because I hate the sound effects. Just read the dang book, it's not a movie.
If you like a book that is 25% sappy sex scenes and 25% profane and vulgar language and 50% actually story plot, this is the book for you!
I didn't really care for this book for the same reason I didn't care for Time to Kill. It perpetuates negative sterotypes of Mississippi. It is set in the 80's, but the racial atmosphere is more like the 50's or 60's. Either way, folks in other places read this type thing and think things are still that bad here. The other reason I didn't care for either book is that they are totally implausible at times....legally and socially.
Having said that, Grisham is a master of the written word. Even though I got weary of the tale about half way through, and just wanted it to be over....it was still easy to contnue. With some books, you get tired and just quit and feel no loss. With Grisham's books, he draws you into the story in spite of yourself.
And the ending wasn't as lame as some of his books. My personal opinion is still that his best three books were The Firm, Pelican Brief, and The Client. None since have just really really grabbed me.
Patterson is selling books on his name and reputation. I don't know if he contributes anything else to the books anymore. I keep saying I won't buy another, but I loved the Michael Bennett series and decided to try another.
The narrator is okay, but once you're used to one narrator for a character, it just throws the book off to use another. I despise the sound effects. Just read the dang book. I wouldn't have sound effects if I were reading a paper book and don't want them.
But this book is just way too violent and gruesome, too. Right now I'm not sure I'll finish the book. If I do maybe I'll update the review.
I generally love the Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky books. However, if this had been the first one I read, it definitely would have been the last. Not one character was likeable. Just petty, childish, ridiculous behavior by all the characters, particularly Frannie and Dismas. The situations were implausible or just annoying. I will read more, because I have enjoyed them in the past, but not this one.
And the use of "Jesus Christ" as an expletive is offensive and tiresome.
I have long been a Lescroart fan and enjoy the Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky characters. I did not enjoy this book as well. I was annoyed with the trivialization of underage drinking, which he harped on extensively...while ironically also having a main character that is an alcoholic. I also found the excessive use of "Jesus Christ" as an expletive to be both annoying and offensive. And just overall felt the plot was weak and the plot resolutions either weak or non-existent. Definitely not his best, in my opinion.
I love Archer's books. Thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Clifton Chronicles series....couldn't stop listening. But this one just didn't draw me in as much. Seemed "forced", like he was trying to make things happen when he really didn't have a good story. The cliff hanger didn't annoy me as much as some of the reviewers, because I expected it after the second book. I feel like it's easy to guess how it will turn out in the next book though. I'm not sure if I will buy the next two though as this one disappointed. Maybe he rushed it too much to get the next one in the series out?
Love the characters in the Barrington books, love the narrator, but do get very tired of Woods living out his sexual fantasies through Stone. I have read most of the Stone Barrington books and enjoy them. Roberts gives the characters so much personality. The constant irresponsible hopping in and out of bed annoys me and I keep thinking I won't read another one.
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