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Unless you have an interest or knowledge of Asian cities, stores, streets, bridges, waterways, customs, etc I would pass. Story line is sophomoric and predictable.
DD Warren is a lady detective who carries this huge chip on her shoulder. After seven books, she's worn me out...makes her hard to cheer for. I'm starting to hope the bad folks get the best of her. Stories are still worth reading, but having trouble putting up with her.
This detective is described as being physically intimidating and yet he fails to engage in even the most obvious opportunities to assist. He thinks about saying and doing things but just can't quite bring himself to make it happen. He's black and falls for a nice woman who is white. He's psychologically stuck in his heritage and thus little to nothing actually happens due to these feelings of either hatred or guilt or both. Makes for a boring book.
The paradox issue of time travel is paramount to the plot. If you have an interest in such things, then by all means give it a go. Otherwise, steer clear. Cheers, Ken
This is a story that captures you quickly and holds you closely as you make your way through the parallel lives of two persons. They have a 60+ year age difference and yet their orphan roots cause bonding and curiosity that neither person can deny. The narrators are huge positives. My only regret was that it had to end. Cheers, Ken
This book is worthy of your time. It helps a little if you have read the first in the series since one of the supporting characters is carried over from the fist book entitled "Hostile Witness." I understand a third book is close to completion, and I plan to read it as well.
If you read the book, ask yourself some questions about the relationship between the heroine lawyer Josie and her Most Favored Companion the retired cop. I'll leave it at that, but I think you will get my drift when you read it.
The narrator is OK but not great. She rushes the read and lacks the interpretive skills to add drama to the story...tonal change, pause and emphasis is lacking. If you are an avid Audible fan you understand the value of a great narrator. Cheers, Ken
Five Star ratings are hard for me to award. But as I look back on how quickly I finished the book and the list of other activities I gave up to enjoy this journey, it's clear...this one gets the nod. My interest was captured early, and it was held as the characters took shape and the mystery became intriguing. I don't want to oversell since that has a tendency to raise expectations to the point where even a good tale can struggle to please. But as my rating suggests...try it, I think you will enjoy the book.
Clearly, this writer is very knowledgeable in spy parlance and the Russian language. And this provides a sense of authenticity not commonly found in weaker novels of the same genre. Unfortunately, this rigor of sticking to the real life descriptions of real spies and for the most part, their boring routines makes for a lot of boring pages. Yes, you will find some action, but it lacks the spice of attitude. And attitude makes for entertainment.
Matthews has all the legitimacy he needs to turn a tasty tale...what he lacks is the imagination to combine this detail with some hard hitting fictional characters that act out and become our villains and heroes. Personally, I don't want my novels to read like newspaper articles. If he can combine his authenticity with some entertaining story lines, he can be a novelist with a big future.
This is one I would have rather read just to avoid Scott Brick's narration of John Cory. Since most of the book is related through Cory, Scott's "wise guy" interpretation gets old quick. And of course, DeMille just can't seem to let up with the wise cracks that soon become trite and boring. When one reads the book, only the wise cracks have to be tolerated. And since most of them are trite enough to become predictable, your eyes and brain soon team up and you just skip and ignore them. This allows you to concentrate on the story which is above average, but not a megahit. Cheers.
My second novel by Mitzner and happy to report both were well done. Collins delivered the story with just the right amount of inflections to add to the shock and awe scenes and yet keep the story believable and dramatic. I've listened to some very average novels lately and this one was a nice upgrade. Five stars don't come easy from me, but I think Mitzner deserves the award...hope you agree. Cheers
Story was engaging, but lacked credibility. Yes, the Federal Reserve Bank can make major decisions that can significantly alter financial positions. And the broad stroke explanations provided in the book are OK as far as they go. But it's too much of a stretch to expect the villain in this story to have been able to manipulate and profit in the manner described. Based on my personal business experience with former members of the Fed, I felt it was a little too far fetched. On the other hand, I did find the high tech content to be very believable.
The narration was flat and underwhelming, Marosz was monotone and inflectionless.
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