If you liked the movie, I think you will like the book, even though the book is very different in some respects. I loved the movie and I am tempted to give the book five stars. but the book does have flaws/lapses. There's a lot more drunkeness. Some incidents are not credible and are distracting. There is lots more on specific wines, which is great. I completely disagree that the book is poorly written. There are parts that are extremely well-written. Very memorable. You may want to keep a dictionary handy. The first person voice is very much that of writer. A well read one, with a large and expressive vocabulary. Among other things, it is interesting to see where the moviemakers altered and streamlined the novel. The novel "explains" parts of the movie, for instance, some of the motivations of characters that were unclear. But the characters also clearly evolved into different people in the transition from book to movie. The relationship between Jack's wife to be and Miles' former wife is much more developed in the book. Probably unnecessarily. The character of Jack's wife to be is much more three dimensional and explains Jack's character quite a bit, in a way that makes sense. Those that complain about the crudeness, I bet did not like the move either. Sorry, but I am afraid that many men talk and act this way. It rang more or less true to me, although the characters are exaggerated for effect. The conflicts in Miles character are better explained in the book. For instance, his stealing from his Mother. To me the character makes sense. He has great inner conflict and is a good person and a bad person at the same time, as is Jack. This is the way people really are and the book and the movie explore this well. To me there are several big lapses as to Maya in the book--inconsistencies with character. She is still compelling. Virginia Madsen truly deserves kudos. In general, I appreciated the movie even more after reading the book.
I have complex feelings about Tom Clancy. I thought his first five or so books were wonderful. The next few laughable. The last few great entertainment, particularly as to the action scenes. This one is just too trite. Too much like thousands of other jingoistic, US all good, SEALs all good and near superhuman, the wives all brilliant and beautiful with great careers until they become housewives after getting married, volumes. Like a pulp Western I suppose. Telegraphs the outcome, to the extent is any different than it would ever be in any similar story, way ahead of time.
That said, the action scenes are great. Very compelling, even if the characters are super human. And the actual prose is not bad at all. I thought the narrator was suitably manly and serious. Really quite good.
So it is not horrible escapist literature, just way more predictable than even most of the genre.
I admit that I am not all the way through this one, but I have some strong thoughts on it already. The narrator is fine, even excellent. Nothing really to comment on there. The writing is pretty good and almost sells the story, but I do not think it quite does, and the story seems absurd on many levels. Maybe not enough to discourage me from listening to another one in the series when translated.
As others have commented, the story seems endless with a fantastic number of subplots some of which go nowhere. Our detective protagonists do seem extremely ineffectual at actually solving anything. I would hope that earlier books in the series would add interest and depth to them. There are few, if any, attractive characters in the book, and the entire village seems evil, which is not credible. Too much coincidence, although some of it might be well-disguised. Too many things generally unbelieveable. Hope this is not a spoiler, but the official and public reaction to someone pitching a human being off an overpass onto a busy "super highway" to the expected results seems vastly understated. Lots of violence that seems to go relatively unreacted to.
Maybe all of rural Germany is like that. I doubt it. Actually, anything official German seems amazingly ineffectual at doing anything.
Characters evil and relatively good alike do not seem all that credible.
All of that said, it seems kind of hard to put down. One still wants to know what happens.
I love the Scandanavian detective books. Somehow the characters in them seem very credible and deep. I thought this would be more like those. Instead, I guess this one remind me more of the Tana French books. Not bad, but not really credible, and kind of unsatisfying.
The Harry Bosch series is one of my absolute favorites ever. This one seemed a little thrown together. Not as tightly edited as usual. Still pretty good. The narrator was excellent. I hope Connelly is not running out of steam with this character. Still nice father daughter interaction. A good read. Just not as good as others in the series.
Pretty good police procedural. But it did not seem compelling to me. I am having trouble remembering the other Rebus books, but my recollection is they were more compelling, and that the Rebus character resonated with me a lot more. He did not seem very complex this time. Just drank and smoked a lot. Narrator had an authentic Scottish accent to my ear. Which means in part, he was relatively hard to understand. The Scandanavian thrillers are blowing things like this book away, it seems to me.
I have read other of the Rebus books. I think I basically like them.
I would just as soon books be read in a regular American English accent. I had to concentrate to understand the narrator, just as I have to do in Scotland!
Not that I recall.
No additional comments. I will probably listen to other Rebus books.
Yes. The story is well-written and compelling. I thought the narrator was great. To describe it is diffcult. It is a coming of age story, sure. It is a thriller, sure. But it is more than that, and the description of reservation life sounds authentic.
Lots of memorable moments. The priest's chasing the kid all around was particularly good. And ths strip tease, although that was not at all convincing as realistic and I thought it hit a very off note. Golf course scene was amazing.
No. I like the narrator a lot, though.
Somewhat. The story was fairly compelling. I would say there were sections that were hard to put down. But then there were breaks in the action.
I thought the final section was superfluous and seemed like it was just dopped in for emotional impact. There were some arguably jarring not believeable aspects of the book. No way those kids were 13 years old. Maybe 16. There are jurisdiction issues with enforcing criminal law in and around Native American reservations, but clearly this would not have been one, unless one considers kidnapping and assault to be a mnor crime.
I have been listening to a lot of Scandinavian detective books lately and this one is excellent. In Denmark this time. Not as introspective and depressed as Wallander. Not as truly troubled, violent, and sometimes hard to read because so troubled as Harry Hole.
Mostly wanted to put in some praise for the reader though. I had bought the first Jussi Alder-Olsen book. "Keeper of Lost Causes." The story seemed great, and the reading great, except for the dialogue. I could not get used to the reader reading the English words of the dialogue in what I guess is reasonably accurate Danish accented English. I am confident that a native speaker of Danish would not read the original Danish and hear in his/her mind a heavy accent of any kind. Makes no sense to me. Not that heavy an accent anyway.
Steven Pacey for this one gets it all just right to me.
Good stuff. I look forward to further translations of her books.
I am only half way through, but so far this is excellent. Very believable characters and great character development. Each with their flaws. Each likeable and non-likeable at the same time. Seem very real with excelent insight to me. Nice to see blue collar characters set out as sensitive, intelligent folks, able to understand human nature.
Mostly folks doing their best in trying circumstances to do the right thing with conflicting loyalties and duties.
Nice use of descriptions of natural beauty even though there is blight. It uplifts each character appropriately at appropriate times.
Excellent sense of place and time. Accurate details, at least as to what I know. I like the idea of going from interior dialogue to interior dialogue among characters.
Re the story overall great, but I gave it four stars instead of five because in a few instances events seemed too pat, too timed, so artificial with specific transparent purposes.
Narrator is great. Excellent voice for this work. Completely professional and easy to listen to. His reading is never noticeable. Easy to become engrossed in story.
This is hardly the worst of the Reacher books. I would say that the worst are among the first four or so, and I have listened to each of the Reacher books. Not the very best either, but I think it will more than satisfy most Reacher fans. Perhaps I am misremembering, but Reacher seems somewhat more sadistically violent that ever--is Lee Child having marital problems or something--and the story is pretty improbable, with the enemies being rather cartoonish. But I thought it was a great ride. I think those that complain there is too much writing about landscapes and describing lights, miss that this is well-written stuff which sets up a lot of the suspense, which is here in abundance. This one certainly has plenty of great action, and Lee Child really delivers on those scenes. Loved it, really! One star off though for some things that seemed utterly improbable including I suppose part of the ending.
I really liked this novel. The characters are really well drawn and vivid. Rebus in particular really grows on one, and seems like a real person with all of the faults of one. The setting of Scotland is great. I am not sure why I am not giving this 5 stars. I guess some of the plot seemed pretty contrived and some of the modern internet stuff seemed off. But it kept my attention. I guess I would say that Ian Rankin and Rebus are not quite up there with Michael Connelly and Andrew Vachss, and maybe they are a push with Lee Child (although very different) and maybe with Robert Crais, but they are really good dectective noir stuff.
Seems superficial. May be the abridgement, as others have noted. Also, surprisingly bad writing in places. Overall the entire book would be benefited by taking out every word with an "ly" on the end. Too much hagiography of Lincoln and not enough history. A fascinating era of history and a giant of a man. Does not need any intensifying.
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