I have read other reviews here, and while I can understand some of the frustration, I would not classify this as one of Cornwell's "worst". I was more annoyed with "The Last Precinct" and "Blow Fly" than with "Trace". I have read all the Scarpetta novels now, and I do agree that the earlier ones contained more suspense and more believable characters.
That being said, I think "Trace" is the type of novel that is setting a new direction for a character that is lasting and still beloved to many of us. I think part of the problem is that Kay has lost some of her invincibility and she's in a position now where she's not the strongest woman on the planet. I think that frustrates some people.
I still think Cornwell writes well, and I wouldn't stop reading Scarpetta novels because I'm attached to the character -hers and that of Pete Marino. If I were to recommend one of these novels to someone, I'd tell them to check out the earlier books first. But, being a completist, as I am sure there are others out there, I would also encourage someone to read them all.
I don't know that the overall comments and ratings here are a true picture of this book. I would suggest seeing for yourself, especially if you're already a Cornwell fan. I'm not trying to say other reviewers are wrong here as everyone is entitled to their opinion. I do agree the ending was lacking in comparison to previous books, but I read (and/or listen) for more than just the payoff at the end. Sometimes it's the story that hooks you, not necessarily just the end (fans of Stephen King's Dark Tower understand this). My advice - go along for the ride and see for yourself.
I purposely didn't read any synopsis or reviews of this book because I wanted to experience the story for myself. King is an amazing writer, and, amazingly, he just keeps getting better. Mr. Mercedes proves this.
It's not a horror story in the traditional sense.- there is nothing supernatural going on here. However, it's a horror story in other ways as it tells the tale of a very disturbed young man (even scarier given the headlines over the last ten years) who goes on a rampage and then plots more destruction. There is a retired cop who picks up the trail and goes on the hunt for this killer.
I read a LOT of John Sanford, Harlan Coben and Lawrence Block - all authors who nail this kind of writing. King more than holds his own here. He has always been the master of character development, and he does it brilliantly in this story. This book is for fans of King and fans of great story-telling normally too scared to read King. Spread the word to your nervous friends that they can read this one, too. Don't miss it.
I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, and so it's been with great interest that I've collected the works of his two sons, Joe Hill and Owen King. I liked Joe's work for sure as he is following in his father's footsteps. Owen, however, is his own man, and I really, really enjoy his style. He definitely has a great sense of humor which I think is so very important to a well-told story. While some of the things the characters do in this book might seem like a bit of a stretch, when you put it into the context of most of them being "Hollywood" or "artistic" types, it's not that far-fetched at all.
Owen King must've paid attention to his father's excellent ability for character development. Not to take away anything from the younger Mr. King - it's a compliment, really. I found myself wondering days after I finished this book what happened to the central characters like they were real people I'd been eavesdropping on for the last couple of weeks.
The narration was also very good - not distracting or annoying - but actually perfectly executed with a true and obvious grasp of the story by Mr. Graham throughout.
I won't rehash plot lines as the book description and other reviews will give you that. What I wanted to get across is that if you're a fan of good storytelling (regardless of genre), then give this book a chance. You won't be disappointed.
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I had no idea what I'd been missing all these years. I realize this is an older book, but if you missed this like I did, please take the time to listen to it. The narrator was PERFECT for this story as well which makes all the difference.
This entire novel is told from the dog's point of view. As a dog lover, I really appreciated this approach. I'm convinced half the time that my dogs really do understand when I talk to them, so this was a wonderful indulgence to hear what the dog thinks when he's being spoken to or to know what he's observed.
It's a well-written story that kept my attention all the way through and brought up every emotion creating everything from belly-laughs to tears. I highly, highly recommend this!
The first Odd Thomas book was brilliant, in my opinion. I loved the departure to a quirky story with a lovable character from Dean Koontz. As the Odd Thomas series progresses, however, the books decline in all areas.
I realize one must suspend belief in horror/sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I can do that, no problem. I can live with Odd's "talents" and enjoy them and laugh with him. What I can't live with are the ridiculous, not-believable-by-any-stretch-of-imagination situations he's in after the first book - with Odd Apocalypse being the worst. Even Odd's once charming sense of humor came off as forced and, as a result, quickly annoying.
To be honest, I really hated this book, and I found myself checking often on "how much time is left??".
If you loved Odd Thomas, remember him as he was in book 1, and save yourself the money and time this piece of crap will cost you.
While I absolutely LOVE John Corey, and I love Scott Brick being John Corey, I couldn't quite figure out what the point of this story was. It was like Corey-filler for no apparent reason. Yeah, I get that it's a short story, but really, this "story" could've been an anecdote in any of the Corey novels, and it would've been better. It's not like there was a lot to figure out here. My favorite thing about it was that it slightly quenched my craving for the perfectly done smart-ass voice of Corey as done by Brick, but the frustrating part was that the story was too short and too pat.
Your life won't end if you pass this one up, and you're not going to miss anything. If you're completely bored and out of stories for a minute, then go ahead an listen. It's not the worst story.. but it just wasn't necessary.
There is a LOT going on in this story - Harry has two cases going on at once, plus he's continuing to teach his daughter how to be a good detective, and he may have a love interest. The story is fast-paced, and I felt like I really got the chance to "know" Bosch as a human being even after all the previous stories.
The narration was great as usual - it always helps to have the same "voice" for a repeating character. This recording was no exception. Len Cariou IS Bosch to me, and he always does a great job.
I feel like Connelly is slowly starting to prepare the readers for the end of Harry at some point, and I dread that day. So, for now, I'm just going to enjoy listening to whatever adventure Harry takes and enjoy the ride-along.
I realize there have been many stories based on "time travel", and some people may write this off as being a cliche of the genre. However, I would never group this book into that category. Why? Because the "time travel" part of this is really the smallest part of this story. The more important concept deals with human nature as only Stephen King can write it. There is no question that these characters have the same faults as all of us, and that's what makes it so compelling.
Jake/George is an earnest, likeable guy who is struggling to do the right thing throughout many different situations - some of these the hardest of all in matters of the heart. The woman he falls in love with - Sadie - is a true delight. Stephen King has such a talent for writing about strong, funny, intelligent women, and I always adore the chance to read their stories. I was not disappointed here!
Yes, the question is posed - if you had the chance to go back in time and save JFK from his assassin, would you do it? And if you did, what would be the consequences? This is one of the driving questions of the story, but it's how the entire process is fleshed out that makes this book so good. It is obvious Mr. King did exhaustive research into more than just the history books - he researched what every day life was back in the late 1950's and 1960's. His portrayal of the people, the food, the clothes, the attitudes - everything - is so engrossing, so detailed, you'll feel like you've dropped through the rabbit hole yourself.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It's not a horror novel - as King is known for. This is storytelling at its finest. The book may seem long at first glance, and the listening time an investment, but it's more than worth it. In fact, I will guarantee you that when this book comes to an end, you will mourn its finish. Don't let this one pass you by.
It took me a little while to get used to the true crime format. I listen to a LOT of suspense novels from the likes of John Sandford, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, etc.. so, it took me some time to get used to the idea that I wasn't going to be listening to much conversation or following a specific plot line. That being said, I DID get used to it because the story is interesting.
I was only two when all of this happened, so, obviously, I wasn't in the midst of the headlines and fear that came with this story when it hit. As a young person, I remember hearing stories about Manson and his crazy family, but I never really got all the details. I certainly have them now, and I'm astounded by what I learned.
Manson seems to me to be the ultimate manipulator. The scariest part of this is what he could've done had he not been caught. His ability to convince people to do what he wanted was something he honed over many years, and I think he was just reaching his peak. Some of the transcripts of what he said to Bugliosi and others shed some light for me on how he could be so convincing... he used a lot of actual truth in his arguments. The idea of children as garbage to be thrown away is true.. too many people do that to their kids for crazy reasons. It was also true that he took them in.. yes, he took them in to manipulate them and control them.. but he still took them in. This is what makes him so scary.
For anyone who has ever wondered how or why something like this could happen (and could possibly happen again), I would highly recommend this book. It's the most inside look you could ever have without having been a part of the investigation yourselves.
Omg, Harlan! Buddy! What were you thinking? Who put it in your head that you could narrate your own books? My friend, I so enjoy Myron and his insane buddy, Win, but when you speak for them, I think I'm listening to Yogi Bear (thanks for that, previous reviewer.. I was in the midst of listening to this and already annoyed, and then I read your review, and that's been stuck in my head ever since).
I had to listen to this because I absolutely love Myron and Win. I'm almost through the entire series, so how could I skip? All in all, it's isn't the BEST Myron Bolitar novel, but it is enjoyable.. well, aside from Harlan's narration. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely long book, or I might've had to skip it and hope for the best. I got so used to Jonathon Marosz being the voice of Myron and Win, and I thought he was really good. I don't know why he didn't finish out the series. However, Scott Brick is an EXCELLENT choice, and I look forward to finishing the series with him.
Sorry I couldn't really comment more on the actual story - I'm still too distracted by the narration. Synopsis? A missing girl who is the daughter of Myron's friends. He gets mixed up in it and struggles to find her. His past demons are stirred up over it all.. and that's the part I found a little unbelievable. Myron is still thinking about Brenda, a friend who was murdered, a friend he wanted a relationship with but never had one. Myron's angst would be more believable if it was Jessica who had been murdered since we are told she is the one who Myron believes is his soulmate.
I don't mean to confuse here - I HIGHLY recommend the entire Myron Bolitar series. They are decent suspense stories, and the characters are funny and lovable. I REALLY enjoy Windsor (aka Win). Just prepare yourself with this particular book, and try to ignore the impulse to hunt Harlan down and slap him for this.
I saw this book featured on Audible, and then I saw a very positive review for it in Entertainment Weekly, so I figured I would check it out. I AM SO GLAD I DID!!
I'm normally not into the futuristic type books, but this one worked for me because so many references were of pop culture from the 1980's. I was a child of the 80's so this was very nostalgic for me. The concept of a successful, billionaire, computer genius willing his fortune to the winner of a game he created was a brilliant one. In these days of lightening speed technological advancement, the idea isn't that far-fetched. I could see Steve Jobs doing something like this.
The main character is a believable, likeable one, and his friends turn out to be very interesting and fun with a few twists. The story is meaty and well-written, and it will hold your interest all the way through. The quest to find the "egg" (as in "Easter Egg" - the term for a hidden object in a videogame), was compelling - even to someone like me who grew up on Mario Bros and Donkey Kong - and who would have no clue how to navigate Call of Duty 3 or even Madden Football. I still got it.
Wil Wheaton does a FANTASTIC job of narrating this book. I'm not sure if I've heard him work on any other novels, but I intend to research that since I thoroughly enjoyed him. He did what he was supposed to - enhance the story with his performance without being distracting. Not an easy feat as evidenced by some truly annoying narrators.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up in the 80's, to anyone who enjoys a good story, to anyone who has played a videogame in their lifetime, to anyone who is a geek over technology, to anyone who wants to escape for a while. Don't be an asshat by missing this gem.
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