I rate "The Power of the Dog" a 4.5. Don Winslow has written a first rate thriller that also provides the reader with insights into America's so-called "War on Drugs." Entertaining, substantive, and compelling - I loved "The Power of the Dog." I will make a confession: I hesitated on purchasing "The Power of the Dog" for weeks. I wasn't sure I was in the mood for a thriller. The story creates the mood. Just listen and go for along for the ride.
This is absolutely one of the best books I have listened to in the past couple of years. It's a combination political thriller, mystery, and good ole novel. The story centers around the moral dilemma of the man in charge of laundering money for a wealthy and politically influential Russian oligarch. The novel is a nice change from the America versus Islamist terrorist/China/Iran plots that seem to compromise most political thrillers. This is one reason I have been listening to more British and European-based writers recently. Christopher Morgan Jones writes knows who to write a an intelligent thriller that informs and entertains the reader. This is also a rare instance where it truly feels like the narrator is the one who wrote the book. Five stars all around.
Don Winslow is an awesome writer. He continues the story of Nicholai Hel in "Satori." Trevanian's novel "Shibumi" is a classic and that is due in part to the character of Nicholai Hel. Nicholai is a master assassin with a gift for languages and a passion for the game of go. Oh, by the way he is also the ultimate lover. I enjoyed "Shibumi" so much that I was really afraid to listen to "Satori." I took the chance and listened to "Satori" with the same pleasure that I got from listening to "Shimbumi." This is a great audiobook complemented by Holter Graham's narration. Awesome audio book...definitely a 5 star!
"The Submission" is an excellent tale of what it means to be an American or Americans as the United States becomes more diverse. It is also an insight into the lives and backgrounds of people striving to create and keep a sense of community during tumultuous times. This is not a story that invites thinking through the issues of culture, religion, community, and nationalism from an academic perspective. It's about people who are contemplating, testing and redefining these ideas and assumptions in real time. From the offices of the mayor of New York City to the neighborhood pharmacy we see people tackling the most sensitive of issues. The story starts out a little slow but it gets better and better. I give this audiobook a 4.5- 5 star ranking.
I lost interest in the Spin trilogy after listening to Axis and almost decided not to listen to Vortex. I'm really glad I decided to listen to the last book of the Axis trilogy. Vortex is captivating, exciting and has well-developed characters. I think Vortex is better than both Spin and Axis. Bottom line: Vortex is a great story and one that I look forward to listening to again.
I was tempted to download "The Man from Beijing" when it was first released on Audible, but I wasn't sure if this was a story I would enjoy. Then last week during my lunch hour, I picked up a copy of the book and started reading it. I was immediately hooked. I went home that evening and downloaded this exciting novel. This is probably the best audio book I have listened to this year. I highly recommend it.
Awesome book, but Freedom (the sequel) is better. A very promising writer.
This novel is one to savor. A cut above other sci-fi novels.
Who says only Rush Limbaugh could enjoy a good thriller? I'm a liberal democrat, veteran and someone who enjoys well-written fiction. I found Ted Bell's "Tsar" enjoyable, and also informative. I highly recommend.
Bob Woodward's book is shocking in its account of the Bush's administration's mismanagement of the war in Iraq. Listening to Woodward's book reminded me of something that I think most Americans have forgotten: The war with Iraq was a war of choice. It was not forced upon us. And the consequences of that decision is something all of us will live with for years to come.
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