Yes. This series of books is one of those rare few that make you feel like you're walking alongside the main character as he battles evil and injustice. The main character is interesting and complex, and not always wholly logical. He is a master assasin, but he does dumb things too. And while some heroes, like Bond, are often characterized as bullet proof, this guy gets shot, gets hurt, and has problems. It is a very believable book.
The way the action flowed from scene to scene. The book is very well written, and well crafted stories are wonderful to listen to.
The Gray Man himself.
No, just made me glad that I've never pissed off the Gray Man.
Read this book and everything this author has written; you will not be disappointed.
The thing I liked best about this book is that it keeps you guessing. If you have read Koontz before you know he believes in creating some really strange and unusual bad guys. The bad guy -- actually a bad gal -- here is one of his more unique signatures. The relationships that develop and the over-the-top symbolism at first left me very much confused. Was Koontz trying to make this book easy for the not-too-bright, or was he just being heavy-handed with foreshadowing? Suffice it to say that in that way that is uniquely Koontz, he won't let you down. You're going to be misdirected, establish expectations, and be wondering what just happened while you're being thrust into another plot change with incredible speed and intensity. This kept me guessing past the last page. It's not exactly The Lady or the Tiger, but it is as close in modern fiction as you're likely to come. And I wouldn't be surprised to find Mr. Koontz recycling one of the characters here somewhere down the line. In short, get this book. It's an entertaining listen!
When the Virgil Flowers line of books started he was kind of an unwelcome diversion from the Davenport series. A spinoff that I was not entirely sure I was going to like. The series started slowly, but I've listened to every one of them, and I am liking them more and more. Eric Conger delivers a good reading performance, and I've come to the point that I like Flowers and know pretty much what he's going to do. He's his own man, and a very different man than Davenport. You can almost predict what Davenport will do; not so with Flowers whom Sandford keeps us guessing about most of the time. This is a good listen and worth you time and money.
I had to mark this one down because I did not much care for the ending, but overall it was a good listen. I think in many respects when I listen to a novel of this variety I am thinking that there will likely be a sequel. I am almost certain, however, that there won't be one here. I don't think this one is set up that way. It's an interesting premise and there were only a few things that made me go "hmmmm." Definitely worth a listen, but likely not to be your favorite book.
If you liked The Killer, you'll love the Enemy. It's a tight tale, with lots of twists and turns, and with some really excellent plotting. Set in Europe, it provides descriptions and settings in places that I can only hope of getting to someday. I have really enjoyed the series, and the highest compliment I can pay a writer is "WHERE IS BOOK 3?" And that's what I want to know: when will I get to read the next of Tom Wood's Victor stories.
When Tom Wood's "The Enemy" showed up as #2 in the series as a recommended read for me on Audible, I went back and bought The Killer and listened to it first. It was an exceptional novel, as good as Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" but far less specific about the character's back story. It starts with a bang and keeps a fast pace through the entire novel. I could not wait to listen to this book all the way to the end. And as soon as I was done, I started on book 2. I hope this author gives us much more of Victor, the assassin in this series, because I have come to really enjoy his style of writing, and the cleverness of the character.
If you like the gray man, and you enjoy the richness that Greaney has brought to Tom Clancy's works, then you'll love this story. I am always pulling for the Gray Man, and this is one of the best Greaney's written.
As someone who has enjoyed the Odd Thomas line of books, I always consider a book featuring another character to be a deviation from and an unwelcome departure from that wonderful story arc. But in this book Dean Koontz delivers a tale of wonder, mystery, love, intrigue, and joy that is profoundly philosophical and thematically rich. It seems as though Koontz must have labored over this as an act of love, and you can feel his deep sense of humility, his kindness and gentleness, and his abiding belief that there is good in all of us, if we are but to discover it. Koontz does not scare me like Steven King. Reading his works makes me want to be a better man, and reminds me that we all fall short of the marks we set for ourselves in that pursuit.
It would do no good for me to describe the plot and substance of this book. It is something that you must discover for yourself. Like Intensity and the last of the Odd Thomas books, this has some disturbing descriptions in it, but it also leaves you with the feeling that Koontz is on to something. TS Elliott has always featured prominently in his works, and you can find the allegory in this work as well. The book is very well read, and the audio characterizations are exceptionally well done. Get this book and listen to it. You will not be sorry you did.
Lucas Davenport is an engaging character, and the police procedurals featuring his character are among the best. The only thing that has become a bit trite is the "feel" of the novels. They all feel about the same. This pervasive feel has even begun to infect some of Sandford's other work.
While I am sure the city of Minneapolis loves it that Davenport is "their character" it might be nice to freshen things up a bit with a trip out of state, a vacation, or something that takes Lucas out of his comfort zone, and makes him live on his wits and guile. But, hey, that's just me whispering into the mythical John Sandford's ear.
I enjoyed the book (although it clearly sets up a sequel). It also merges characters from Sandford's Kidd series. I liked that a lot too.
Other than needing a fresh coat of paint, this old house is still fun to dwell in.
The thing I love about David Baldacci is that his books never disappoint you. The characters behave in predictable ways. Things work or don't work because this feeds the author's plan. In this case the marriage of the two assassins in the book (the figurative, not literal marriage) is something that works well and that keeps the reader off balance just enough to make the story enjoyable.
Another thing I really like is that female characters are voiced by a woman, and male characters are voiced by a male. Ron and Orlagh do a great job on this book. I loved their performances.
The story is solid, and after years of listening to so many of the author's other characters, these are not just the same old guys with the same old problems. There is a refreshing newness to the writing. This keeps his work from ever getting old.
You'll enjoy the book.
When Dean Koontz writes a series of books, the one thing you can count on is that as the books go forward in the series they get better. Unlike many authors who write a good first couple of books, Koontz keeps writing Odd Thomas in a fresh and exciting way. What I find helpful is that David Aaron Baker gives voice to Odd in a way that is unique. With him dictating the events unfolding, it feels like Odd himself is talking to you. In many ways, he has become Odd Thomas to me, and I don't think it would feel the same if someone else were to read the series. So I give the performance very high marks.
But as new characters come into the series, and old characters continue, I find myself amazed that Koontz can fashion characters that are at once both entertaining and unique. The premise of the novel is, as with all the others, a test for Odd's abilities and yet another punch on the ticket toward his destiny.
I guess if I have a frustration, it would be that after reading Odd Thomas again, I want to go immediately to the next book. These are so good, and the story so thematically powerful (there is evil in the world, and it takes more than good to overcome it, it takes good with a sense of humor and a willingness to hit hard), that I can't put one down without thinking "Okay, Koontz, get busy, I'm waiting!"
If you have not read any of the other books, get them first, listen to them in series, and then end with this one. You'll feel exactly the same way!
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