This book, and this rendition truly deserve the accolades it has received. I can see (or hear) why it is such a "best seller". It is an extremely well written book with the most intricate details carefully inserted. The story flows beautifully between past and present. Highly believable and very well read. I went from sadness to joy as the scenes changed but most definitely ended up very satisfied.
Take a slightly believable plot and add a huge amount of running around and this is what you get. I'm a big fan of the Mitch Rapp books and this one can't hold a candle to them. The plot races along with a lot of non-surprises ending up with, as Shakespeare said - "A lot of sound of fury signifying nothing". What really got me though was the gratuitous violence graphically described. And remember, I'm a Mitch Rapp fan.
I loved this book. The reading by Robin Sachs perfectly captures the dark atmosphere of Harry Hole and his environment. The book is a "page turner" you won't want to turn off. This was my first Hole adventure and I now plan to listen to the rest of them.
Another great example of a talented reader performing with excellent material. Buckley is once again incisive, biting, and laugh-out-loud funny as he skewers the boomer generation,the "W" (for "whatever") generation, American politics, and most of all, how our government does (or doesn't) work. Garafalo reads with the perfect intonations and inflections for each character - whatever their age.
This is one of the few books I'm really tempted to purchase in hard-back to lend to friends.
Mixes anecdotes about the daily life of a LAPD street cop with a story line to make this an interesting read. As an ex-consultant for the LAPD who rode around in police cars with the troops, I can attest to the authenticity - periods of routine and boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror relieved by the "black humor" of the streets. I liked the read. It's not destined to be a classice but if you like cop stories, you'll like this book.
Well written and very well read. It captures both the naivite and the paranoia of the era quite well. Is he or isn't he a spy/enemy agent? Story told through "official" documents and debriefings is an excellent vehicle for a taut plot. Different from the usual cold-war spy thriller and well worth the listen.
What a wonderful experience! A delightful book and so expertly read. Listening to this book reminded me of something we used to call "radio". I've listned to many books and in this one each character was expertly rendered and captured.
And the story itself is captivating. It has humor galore and a bit of suspence as well. I fully agree with the opening narration that the loss of the author is a double tragegy: for his own death and for the world to lose any future books. I'd read more in a flash.
Are there any "normal" people working in the LAPD, or the FBI for that matter,(except for the hero's wife)? And "code 3" means sirens going, not "code 2". Story became a bit tedious as we had to go through the political screeds while waiting for the plot to develop. I've read many LA detective books and this one just doesn't measure up for me. I could pretty well see what, and who, was going to turn up next.
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