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Michael

SAN ANTONIO, TX, USA

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  • Blow Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would have to leave Richmond if she were to find any peace. So she packed up her belongings and set out for Florida. Now she must unravel a conspiracy with an international reach and confront the shock of her life, a blow that will force her to question all she holds dear.

    Vida says: "Blow Fly Blows"
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    It may be that the book is wonderful and, though a veteran Cornwell reader, just the wrong kind for this book. The plot is complicated and weak. The book is long on introspection by Benton, Marino, and Kay. Their autopsychological effort bears no fruit. They start out unhappy and continue to drag the reader down emotonally, to an abrupt ending, which resolves only the case. I switched off my Otis depressed and angry.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta: A Covert One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patrick Larkin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    The Lazarus Movement, the dominant force in the eco-conscious, "anti-technology" protest movement, has sent rumblings down the halls of the world's intelligence agencies. Led by a mysterious, never-seen figure known only as Lazarus, this increasingly prominent group is believed by some to be preparing a bold strike.

    Allan H. says: "Good Ludlum"
    "Covert One wins again"
    Overall

    The Lazarus Vendetta is the best yet of the Covert One series. John Smith comes to life on paper, through author Patrick Larkin, at least as vividly as if Ludlum still wielded the pen. The technologic details are well researched and the bundle is snappily narrated by Scott Brick. This work is a thriller to it's core that captures the readers imagination to the point that it cannot be set aside in many parts. I made thre correct decision to read the unabridged version

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trace: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    In Trace, Kay Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case.

    Eileen says: "A little harsh?"
    "dissembled"
    Overall

    The main storyline, Scarpetta's return as a consultant on a complicated case in the Virginia state medical examiner's office, is pure great Cornwell. The secondary story line, of political deterioration of that office, is left unresolved. Add the inclusion of Lucy (wonderwoman saves the day for auntie Kay, and is then crushed by a new homosexual partner) and Benton (reincarnated, a la Bobby Ewing, for a cameo role in Kay's emotions) and the result is a chowder with too much potato for this reader's taste... Yes, I will read her next book too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cause of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

    Peggy says: "Marcum Welby you are Fired!"
    "great book, but..."
    Overall

    Patricia Cornwell is a master at complex contemporary plot architecture. I have come to feel as if I know Kate, Moreno, and Benton personally. The interaction of these core characters is superbly portrayed. "Cause of Death" ranks right at the top beside Ms. Cornwell's other works. The character Lucy is an itch in my enjoyment. She does not ring true and seems to have a place awkwardly forced into the book as a matrix for an evangelic homophyllic undercurrent. I am a reader of mystery and suspense for entertainment, not whining about percieved social injustice. I look forward to Ms. Cornwell's next book none-the-less.

    Michael M. Duffy MD

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Four Blind Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (144)

    Detective Alex Cross returns in his most harrowing case yet - one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless killers they have ever encountered - and their even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross' most terrifying challenge ever.

    James says: "Another Knock At the Door"
    "Four Blind Mice"
    Overall

    I was unable to enjoy this book as much as I have James Patterson's prior works. In Four Blind Mice the increased verbage spent on Alex Cross's and Sampson's personal relationships with, and feelings about, Nana, the kids, and the girlfriends dominated the story line. This is the first of Patterson's books in which I exercised the fast forward feature in several parts. The story was good but partially lost in the pursiflage.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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