..into the background of one of the more talented actors and comics going these days. Mandvi is an excellent storyteller and an astute social critic. I hope he continues to act and write long after The Daily Show comes to an end.
...but the Joe Pitt books are no ordinary series and Charlie Huston is no ordinary writer. This book shines on every level.Huston evolves both the story and his characters fluidly and in deliciously unexpected directions. Apologies for the cliché but (so far) each book is better than the book before it - and each one has been fantastic.
My only complaint? I am now forced to buy extra credits as I cannot wait another 30 days to begin book #4.
Narrator Scott Brick is at the top of his game with this series. Channeling his inner NYC.
First of all, let me say that I consider myself a Preston/Child fan and have thoroughly enjoyed the Pendergast series as well as many of their stand-alone novels. This was my first Gideon Crew book and I think it will also be my last.
After a very intriguing start (a virtually impossible art heist) the book quickly deescalates into a clichéd treasure hunt with some rather fantastical twists that the authors treat in an almost cursory manner. Perhaps most disappointing of all were the lead characters themselves who, when compared to the characters in the Pendergast series, seem thinly drawn and off-the-rack. The dialogue is forced, the action sequences (following the heist) are disappointingly predictable, and the dialogue between the characters is (at times) painfully hackneyed.
My negative review notwithstanding, I will remain a P&C fan as their body of work has been outstanding. I will, however, be bidding the Gideon Crew series 'adieu.'
I like virtually everything that Sanford writes but certain parts of this story are pretty brutal. Unless you like reading about folks like the BTK killer, you might want to consider passing on this one. On the plus side, Davenport and Letty are as sharp as ever.
Any sequel to a great book concerns me. Will it measure up to the first book? Will the story peter out? Will the characters become tiresome and predictable?
I am happy to report that "Smoke-Filled Rooms" was more than up to the challenge. Smokey Dalton and Jimmy are on the run following the assassination of Dr. King Jr. and end up in Chicago but they are being watched. And unfortunately, a person like Mr. Dalton with his exceptional skill set has difficult time keeping a low profile.
There are seven Smokey Dalton books in this series (to date) and I can now say with confidence that I will be purchasing extra credits to listen to each and every one of them.
Narrator Mirron Willis continues to shine.
It takes a gifted writer to pull off an alien murder mystery/courtroom drama and make it remotely believable, much less compelling. RJS succeeds on both counts with "Illegal Alien." No spoilers from this reviewer. Just read the book summary,spend the credit, and enjoy the ride.
Joe Barrett (narrator) gives a seamless read.
Nelscott has accurately re-created a racially divided Memphis of the early 60's as the backdrop for this unique detective novel. The plot is well-conceived and kept me guessing throughout. Smokey Dalton has quickly become one of my favorite detectives and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
The Gods of Guilt is another great addition to the Mickey Haller series and on par with The Lincoln Lawyer. Per vintage Connelly, there is a dynamic balance between the action inside and outside of the courtroom as Haller continues to seek solace from his work while his personal life remains in a state of disrepair. I especially like seeing Haller's increasing reliance on 'Team Haller' and in particular on his mentor, 'Legal' Siegel.
Peter Giles provides another seamless read; would be very hard to imagine another actor doing this series justice.
This book was a series of hits and misses for me.
The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.
The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.
Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.
I downloaded this title based on listener reviews alone, though still skeptical that there were many fresh twists on the vampire genre. I am happy to say that I was wrong - WAY wrong. "No Dominion" does not disappoint on any level.
Joe Pitt is a complex anti-hero and the hidden turf wars of the various vampyre clans in Pitt's New York City are a cross between "The Godfather" and "Gangland." Great plot (and plot twists) and Scott Brick's narration was even better than usual - and his 'usual' is great.
This title is easily worthy of a full credit but at $4.95, it is a no-brainer. You will NOT be disappointed.
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