Lee Child is back with the second adventure of Jack Reacher. This time he's trying to be "Mr. Nice-Guy" and gets caught in a kidnap attempt. What to do? How does he save his fellow captive? Who does he trust? This new adventure takes a little while to develop but once it does it is a high speed ride. Lee Child does a good job of keeping you interested and invested in the story. This is a great read and really engrossing.
Most of the reviewers of this book don't like that it was narrated by Jonathan McClain. Now like everyone else I think that Dick Hill is the voice of Jack Reacher, but McClain does a good job. If you haven't listened to alot of Reacher books with Dick Hill, than McClain doing this narration won't bother you. Not as good as Hill, but good all the same.
Before I get started on this book, I first have to say I love this series. That being said, I don't think I've wanted to read another book in this series as much as I want to read the sequel to this one. I couldn't stop listening. I listened to this book in one sitting, and I didn't want it to end. The adventures of Eddie Cantrell are truly fascinating, and I love the imagery that Flint and Gannon put into this book. They have done to the Caribbean and the Spanish Main what Flint and his co-authors have done with Europe and the 30 years war. If you have enjoyed the other books in the Ring of Fire series, you are going to love this one.
George Guidall just continues to produce fantastic audiobooks. This book is done with the same excellence that all of his other narrations have had. This is a five star book all around.
I hesitate to say that this is a fitting end to the LotD series. Only because the last time I said that, William C. Dietz came out with this prequel trilogy. I enjoyed this book completely and thought that it was a fitting ending to the beginning of the LotD series. It really puts the world into perspective and lays to rest some questions about how the world came into being at the beginning of Legion of the Damned. If this is the last book in the series, Dietz did a fantastic job. He wraps up all the loose ends and explains how the Empire started it's transformation. Andromeda's War is a great read and I would suggest it to anyone that has any interest in the LotD series.
Isabelle Gordon does a superb job and really brings this story to life. Her vocal thespianism is fantastic and really brought out the fantastic picture that Dietz created with his writing. This was a five star performance of a five star book.
J. Campbell comes back to the Lost Fleet Beyond The Frontier series with another chart topper. Steadfast is just another five star addition to this already star studded series. The story line was fascinating and engaging. It was really interesting how Campbell made Geary face himself this time around. Also it was good to see how Campbell has started to incorporate the problems of massive bureacracy into his world. I like how he has taken some of the issues that we are now facing in our world with our bureacracies and looking at them in the light of a fictional world. Somewhere parties and policies of our world can be left aside and we can really look at the true issue and what it has the capability of doing if we don't get a handle on it. Campbell does all of this without lecturing or taking sides, he simply points out the issue and shows where it can lead if it goes unchecked. He also does all of this without distracting from the story. He makes it vital to the story but without bringing in the predjudices of our world. Five star work all around.
Christian Rummel returns for this reading of Steadfast and does a fantastic job. There were a few issues with some editing (repeating of lines already read), but nothing that was Rummel's fault. Five stars to Rummel brings this new addition to a five star rating across the board.
Campbell/Hemry comes out with another fantastic story from the Lost Fleet Universe. However I have to ask, who wrote the last chapter? Did he have writer's block and decide to get his inspiration by watching daytime TV? I mean really are we reading a space opera or a space soap opera? This book was going along great and had me buying in big time until the end. This was a five star book that tanked to a "jump the shark" moment in the last chapter. The only reason I didn't give the story a worse review than I did was because there is a chance to salvage this. I have to say that if Campbell/'Hemry continues down this rabbit hole, I'm done with this series. I realize that much of the political parts of his books he finds in our own history, but even so the ones that attempted this one always failed miserably and rarely made for good stories. In fact just the opposite, most of them are bloody sagas that we try to push under the proverbial historical rug and forget about. This needs a quick resolution in the next book to keep me interested.
Marc Vietor does a great job in his second outing in the Lost Fleet Universe. This is a much better performance than his first book and I hope that it continues with the rest of the series.
It always amazes me how Flint and his cohorts of authors in this series keep everyone straight. The one thing you will find in every book however, is the main tenants of the American Philosophy. This book more than most takes those ideals and shows that it's not always easy to stand up for what you believe. The two major tenants of American freedom are looked at under a microscope in this book, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Although Flint's background might make one wonder just how he will cover these topics, he does a superb job showing the difficulties in achieving both. I would recommend that anyone that is interested in listening to this book first go back and read the books before this one. If you don't, you will literally be picking up the story in the middle.
George Guidall does a fantastic job reading this book. His vocal performance is second to none.
I'm usually highly critical of Lee Child because he tends to write about an area of life that I work in. He usually fails to grasp the nuances of law enforcement, but he seems to have done his homework this time around and hits the nail right on the head with this one. That being said, the only characters that are 100% believable in this outing of Jack Reacher is the law enforcement and the hit men. I had a really hard time finding the other characters believable and it hurt the story. However he made up for it in giving us a great mystery plot. So a story that should have gotten a 3 star rating gets a 4, and an ok book becomes an interesting one.
Dick Hill does a fantastic job as Jack Reacher and does this work justice. I really wish that all of the Jack Reacher books on Audible were read by Dick Hill, because he truly is the voice of Jack Reacher.
Ok I've had to deal with some federal types in my career and most of them don't fit the corner that Lee Child tries painting the FBI into in this book. I can think of three specifically though that could be exact copies of the "moron" feds in this book, but they are all desk jockies that never would have a case this big. I would never call any of the feds I've dealt with "over-bright", but never this stupid and never this crooked. And even though I know the chances of Lee Child ever reading this are slim, just a heads up. Someone that stupid and crooked, would have a very hard time climbing the ranks in law enforcement. You might end up with one, but a whole department of them? No. Most of your problems are either stupid OR crooked. The stupid ones are usually straight arrows and the crooked ones are usually wicked smart. Both find their way to the top but never do you have the trifecta of stupid, crooked, and all powerful. That was my only complaint with the book and the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5. Child held true to his story and really did a good job of filling it out to give you a lot of differant suspects.
Again J. McClain does a good job as Jack Reacher, but he just doesn't do a great job. To get this up to 5 stars would require Dick Hill.
Ok don't assume that the headline reflects anything other than I didn't want this book to end. That and all those reviews saying there is no cliffhanger; did you actually listen to the whole book? There are several huge cliffhangers in this book, and I can't wait to see which way J. G. Hemry takes them. Hint: All the cliffhangers are before you get to the last chapter. Granted this book could stand as the final one if it had to, but there are still huge sections of this story still unwritten. This is a great book, but it comes no where close to closing this story out.
Christian Rummel did a fantastic job. As some other reviewers have mentioned, he seems to have forgotten a few things here and there, but nothing serious. Couldn't really tell if the minor mistakes were Hemry's doing or Rummel's, but they were so minor it doesn't bear elaborating. When it's all said and done this is a five star book all the way around.
Who is Jack Reacher? Where does he come from? And what is he doing in a small Georgia town on the day the murders start? Lee Child does a fantastic job introducing his character and immediately putting him in harms way. The only drawback is that Child introduces individuals or their names early in the book and then walks away just long enough that when he mentions them again you are trying to scramble and remember who they are. His writing draws you in and makes you want more.
Dick Hill does a great job presenting Lee Child's work. He makes Jack Reacher come alive and swagger his way through this modern mystery. This is a good book, good performance, and good overall story.
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