I did not read the book. This is a large work and the Audible version was interesting, entertaining and hard to take a pause.
The author Patrick Robinson does spectacular character development. All to often in these types of thrillers the characters are like cardboard with no depth and simply carictures. These are living, breathing real people that come to life. The story is very interesting and the action well-paced and yes thrilling.
This is a very well written novel by a very accomplished and successful author. There are excellent details on a sniper kill, covert travel and stalking a target. This book has an excellent pace and structure that propels the listener at a fast, but not out of control pace. The plot is very creative and the action is uniquely interesting.
The narrator did a fine job.
A Relentless Revenge Thriller
This is a refreshingly different type of mystery. It is set in the heady days of the new Pathet Lao communist government's victory in 1975. You have a very wily coroner, Dr. Siri, operating in a very backward country and capitol city, Vientiane with little or no technology. The plot is somewhat convoluted involving the newly ascendant Vietnamese that are tense political partners in those times.
I have a quibble. This book has dream sequences that start chapters. When listening and without context, this dialog becomes confusing as to what is real or not. Eventually, a listener catches on and can sort through it.
I liked this book very much. It is fresh and has a clever protagonist, a Doctor in his retirement years forced to become the state coroner. Of course, he gets involved in some political drama, as the new administration is the motif for the mystery. I feel like I learned quite a bit about a very obscure country and what life must have been like in this highly impoverished state.
This book, actually part of a series, is similar to Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels set in the Third Reich, where an honest coroner/detective foils the corrupt system. It will be fun to follow Dr. Siri through future revelations and mysteries.
Larry Bond has an excellent command of the technology of naval, undersea and rocket/missile warfare. This book is similar to a Tom Clancy novel at Tom's best, loaded with military detail. The premise is that China has chosen to assert control over a wide swath of the South China Sea (sound familiar)?
This is a fairly long book (over 19 hours of listening), so the plot and the characters are fully developed. Of course, this type of book has to create some heroes, both political and military. And it has to create some weaklings also. So while the war in the Pacific explodes with realistic military fury; you have characters that are a little too cute. Think of it as "The Hardy Boys Do World War III."
I found this book vastly entertaining, informative and spot on when the military, weapon, tactics and strategies unreeled. The political picture in the three belligerents was somewhat muddled...just like real life!
The narration was very good considering the vast amount of characters and voices needed. I rate this a fully excellent modern military novel.
This is a very interesting, first-hand exploration of the psychopath in contemporary times. There are many fascinating revelations in this nonfiction work. This is a Gonzo novel, wildly subjective as the author wobbles around and meets an array of very interesting characters. This is the type of writing that Jon Ronson does so well. It is funny, heart-breaking and will touch you.
I learned quite a bit about this subject that if not taboo; it is seldom discussed in detail. He calls it a "Journey Through the Madness Industry." Well, there are some interesting types that commercialize the mental misery of others (not all are drug companies). You begin to wonder if any part of our mental health delivery system is either effective or honest in their purported knowledge or purported results.
This book will also create some reader unease as things are not quite right in the mental health industry.
I read this book when it was published in 1969. I decided to revisit it via Audible. I love all of Tony Hillerman's Navajo mysteries. In his books you get a deep and loving exposure to the Navaho way of life and religion.
There are two Navajo detectives in virtually all of Hillerman's novels, Jim Chee, a budding religious figure and lower level officer in the Navaho Tribal Police. The older and wiser Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn makes a very superior detective. The plot starts with an unidentified body found by a railroad in a near impossible location. Chee and Leaphorn pursue differing crimes and find that they merge in Washington DC. This is a very solid entry in the series.
Just a nit, the narration is fine. Originally the books on tape were narrated by Tony Hillerman with his gravelly, worldly voice. I miss Tony as a author and miss listening to him. He was an acknowledged master of mystery writing.
Carl Hiaasen's dark but perceptive take on the seamy side of Florida is acute and loaded with his sardonic humor. His characters are drawn large and cartoonish but we learn to love them. There is a bit of a mystery in this novel. To me, often Hiaasen likes to throw some extreme characters into hurricanes and see what happens. In this book, we do have a tropical storm, but underlying it is a diabolical plot. This was a very fun book to listen to and very entertaining.
This is a break-through best seller that is terrific for science fiction fans and lovers of good thrillers. It involves a band of rogue assassins (Reckoners) that lay traps, ambushes and killings on the Epics, evil super humans. The fun part is that each Epic has an Achilles heel, a vulnerability that makes their super powers dissolve. So you have a detective motif of trying to find the vulnerability and the means to kill these evil rulers set in what was Chicago. The protagonist is an 18-year-old long on luck and naivety. There are so many surprises throughout the book and incredible action scenes. I loved every minute of it and hope that it will surely become a series.
Takes you into the bureaucracy of state government and game wardens in the state of Wyoming where hunting is big business. Character development was terrific. And finally, there is a relentless, exciting plot.
Very original villian committing crimes under another pretext.
Great voice for the western voices in the Novel.
Yes, unfortunately, I do not have 8 straight hours.
Yes, the performance made the characters come alive. The voices for each character were individual and nuanced. The accents were nicely done.
This plot is relentless and breath-taking. It surges from page to page and chapter to chapter. The author writes in a very action-oriented style. He adds some interesting science, history and lore to blend a really exciting story. His characters are risk-taking, interesting and attractive. This is probably the best of the Jame Rollins novels.
Final, long scene in underground Ubar. No spoilers.
Perhaps, the confession of love and proposal in the midst of a major and dangerous crisis. A marriage proposal facing death, how much better does it get than that?
This is a fairly long performance and novel. It delivers on a complex plot, many characters and an amazing secret or should I say secrets. Well worth your time if you enjoy the Clive Cussler type of novel where historical events, persons and contemporary hero-types chase a mystery rooted in the past. I was disappointed when it ended. I believe this book became the genisis for the author's Sigma Force novels that followed.
This is true noir at its very, very best.
A confrontation scene in the desert near Las Vegas near the end of the novel; sorry can't be a spoiler.
This is very difficult to say. This short noir novel is stunning. The narrator/performer has a very mature and gravelly voice. For some characters, it was good, or maybe okay. For the female characters it was horrifying and creepy to listen to. Robert Keiper delivered much of the lines as shouts and they hit like blows. It would have been doubtful that dialogue bewtween friends would sound so loud and angry. This is a very artful crime novel and I wonder if the narrator was selected to give it an unworldly edge. I suspended disbelief and went with it.
This is well worth your time and money. I highly recommend this very exciting and interesting noir novel. It's short, just over 4 hours of constant movement and action. The character development is very solid, no cartoon characters in this novel.
This is a stupendous production of a small fiction work by L Ron Hubbard. The entire book is barely two (2) hours long. It has excellent sound effects, a cast of multiple voices, transitional music like any real cliff hanger. For a small book, this recording shows true pride and mastery of recording and producing a high quality performance. Frankly, I have never seen such an excellent job done in any Audible book. It sounds like a quality radio drama, only better and with much more texture.
There is much to like about The Spy Killer. It is a high speed action yarn that is relentless in its pace. The setting in Pre-World War II China is amazing. L Ron Hubbard spent a great deal of his youth in the Orient and his descriptions are highly nuanced and his characters and scenes written large. This is the original start listening and two hours later you are breathless with the outcome.This is somewhat of an inside comment, but L Ron Hubbard was the founder of Scientology. He wrote a great body of work on his theories of human thoughts and mental behaviors. I am not a Scientologist, but I have read some of the major works and there is a duality to certain of the key characters. Hubbard's theories of the mind are based on this duality. So you have characters that very much are either living lies or consciously living two lives or personas. This is really fresh and amazing in a thriller novel to have such complex characters. Further, like his religion teaches, those with the most positive attitudes tend to win out big. Note: Like some of the detective novels of this age, there are unfortunate stereotypes about Asians in general and Chinese and Japanese in particular. This is a very entertaining period piece of excellent thriller fiction. The plot is complex but fair and it all holds together at the end.L Ron Hubbard has a gift for gritty dialogue that rings true for men and women of adventure in exotic locales and in wartime (Japanese Invasion of the late 1930's of China).When you add all of the production and effects added lovingly to this work, you have something very engaging and entertaining.
The final confrontation. I don't want to spoil by adding more.
This was intensely entertaining and so well done. The performances were quite excellent.
I will try some more of L Ron Hubbard's crime and thriller novels. This was a free and very generous gift from either the Church of Scientology (which I believe holds all of the L Ron Hubbard copyrights) and/or Audible. Thank you!
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