No thanks. The plot is very convoluted and there are too many characters that lead nowhere. The villians are highly unlikely and come from nowhere. I found the protagonist, Jack Colby, weird, an oil field worker, garage owner, working for nothing and alternatively macho and then Mr. Sensitivity, full of self-doubt and adolescent in his newfound love. The premise that the police cannot and/or will not do the detecting and they have to hire for no pay Mr. Jack is weird. And, let's be gentle here, he has a very undeveloped sense of the obvious. His triumphs are not much. A good thriller hardly has the police abdicating a murder investigation to a mechanic with no detecting skills. His approach is to just toddle around and then be served up the outcome independent of his efforts.
The dialogue has a fair amount of UK forms of speech that you need to sort through.
In fairness the book has some interesting asides about some rather obscure classic cars. The characters had lots of overlays that led nowhere. I like a thriller/mystery that as you read it you get meaningful information that even nominally leads to a conclusion. A most unlikely pair take the fall in this novel. Both accomplish some very complex tasks in a highly unlikely manner for some very thin reasons. Since the author sheds doubt and potential criminality on all of the characters it gets tiresome to deal with otherwise uninteresting and empty characters that parade throughout the storyline.
A final comment is that the dialogue of our middle-aged car detective is somewhat to totally feminine. The author seems to think that men validate their masculinity by nonsensical shouting and idle demands. Jack Colby is afraid to ask his love interest for a date; so we are talking about that kind of a book.
A tight plot and connection between the auto crimes and the murders in the movie set. Both were parallel and not much connected.
Excellent English voice. He covered the characters well. His accent is a little thick to an American's ear. This is hardly an Oxford accent.
No. The characters were pretty much exhausted as I saw them.
Save your money and buy any of the thousands of incredible thrillers on Audible. I feel cheated that this was a promoted item. There are so many excellent books and not enough time to hear them. This was a book that I just plowed through as I hate not to finish. I was hopeful that something would come together in the end. I leave it to you whether or not it happened.
This is a very short story set in Venezuela during the roaring, lawless 1930s. The theme is a race/contest of rival wildcatters desperate to generate producing oil wells before their leases expire. I liked that the true villain was hidden for much of the story, so the logical culprit was a good person, well almost. The dialog and horses make this feel like something out of a Western. Hubbard gives you a lot of plot and action and very, very little character development. To call the principles cartoonish would be an overstatement. This is a fun story that takes only a couple of hours, great when you can't devote 15 hours.
This is a Doc Ford thriller set in his base in the Florida Everglades. The premise is to help a psychic 13-year-old girl, Tula, who is stopping in a nearby Florida trailer park on her way from Guatemala. She is looking for her mother, who disappeared. Tula has a special skill; she speaks with God through Joan of Arc. Blocking the way is the steroid-crazed manager of the trailer park, Harris Squires. Next mix-in a team of lethal gang bangers and meth cookers and you have quite an amalgam.
This entertaining book gives you some nice snippets about wildlife and ocean biology as Doc Ford is a marine biologist when he is not reverting to his Special Forces skills. There is even a nice love story. Of course she is very rich which makes things neat.
Randy Wayne White creates a pretty complex set of circumstances to navigate. The best part is there is a high speed (read high action) conclusion that is very entertaining. I found the Joan of Arc bit a little oppressive as the plot unwound. My preference is to not overload on religious mysticism in a thriller. However, Doc Ford comes through like the cavalry to save the day and the maiden. This is not the best in this long-running series but it does touch on the plight of illegals in America in an enlightened fashion.
This is a fun entry in the Archie McNally series set amongst the rich of Palm Beach and a fumbling detective (Archie). It has the whole cast of eccentric characters of this long-running series in rare form. Of course rich people don't work with the police (even if it's murder), so everyone has to play a detecting role. You need to suspend a fair amount of belief here. The McNally franchise blends a lot of comedy with a mystery motif. It is getting a little dated (the technology used by the characters in the book is now ancient); so think of it as a 1970's period piece. The comedy outweighs the plot; so jump in and enjoy something very unserious!
Portugal and its capital Lisbon were neutral during WWII. Despite this, Portugal played a major part in some of the key dramas, escapees from the pending Holocaust, wartime profiteering and asset/gold looting. The author paints a very interest scene of what a decadent wartime city of intrigue and deception Lisbon was. This is an area of history that has been largely neglected. I found it highly engaging and informative. Excellent narration.
It is wonderful that this series has re-emerged in full length, nonabridged versions. This mystery (and the whole series) is set in Palm Beach amongst the rich and those that wish they were. Lawrence Sanders wrote a whole array of mysteries, some of them pretty dark.
Victor Bevine does a very nice job performing this crime novel.
This series came at the author's height when he wanted to have some fun with his playboy protagonist, Archy McNally. Archy works for his father in a "Discrete Investigations" section of his father's law firm. The rich in Palm Beach don't want the police in their personal business, so they turn to Archy. This novel is fun, and I promise you, you will find the outcome highly surprising. Along the way, you will be entertained. The great thing about this fun mystery is that Lawrence Sanders is a great writer and he can create an interesting and obscure plot. This story starts with a kidnapped cat but spirals in amazing ways.
This is the latest entry into the alphabetical run of mysteries from Sue Grafton. Certainly, this is one of the most successful series of all time and the accolades are well-earned. Sue has a facility recently to focus on an element of discord in our materialistic society, previously treatment of the aged. In this novel the focus is on the homeless. Sue loves to have have parallel plots running and forming that come together in the end. I found this novel particularly interesting. The pathos of the street people made you want for things to turn out for them. By now, the Kinsey Millhone series has a rich backdrop of characters that reappear and add humor and richness to the story. Kinsey is introduced to a new wing of her family with some startling results. Judy Kaye does her terrific job performing this novel. Judy has literally become the voice of Kinsey throughout the series.
A final note. This book stands alone perfectly. You do not need to reach the previous 20 odd novels in the series to dive into this very special series. This story is fresh and vital, not a run-through like other long-running series that have lost their inspiration and vitality.
Greg Iles writes long, complex southern mysteries long on small city customs and social stratification in the New South. His protagonist that appears in three of his novels is Penn Cage, a prosecuting attorney. This book has all of the elements of a good thriller,plus very solid character development. You care for the main players and Iles gives you time to get engaged with them as well as a murky plot. There is a lot of action, so the plot has a steady rush to the conclusion. Recommended very highly.
Robert Crais is very gifted and writes rich mystery/thrillers with original plots and characters that are fully developed. In this excellent mystery, you have an officer recovering from a serious injury and a canine with a similar issue. So you have several plot lines, the arc of the thriller, the growing man/dog relationship and their respective career (fitness) perils. I loved this book. It raced along and along the way, I learned a fair amount about K-9 units. Highly recommended.
Professor Gary Gallagher (a very highly decorated, nationally renown history professor at the University of Virginia) delivers a fast-paced review of Robert E Lee, Confederate principal generals, fast rising young generals and context miliary leadership in the Confederacy. Each bio is carefully presented with both strengths, flaws and outstanding performances coupled with failures. Dr. Gallagher turns these historical figures into real people. His perspective is particularly insightful in that he points out that virtually all Civil War Generals were essentially untrained and unready for their responsibilities. Many succeeded at a lower level and then failed with promotion to wider commands. Few truly met the measure of what was needed. The overwhelming number of deaths and wounding of Southern key generals made rapid replacement with overwhelmed promoted subordinates a recurring issue.
This lecture series gives you context on the literature of the Civil War, wonderful biographies and a blazing pathway through the campaigns. Professor Gallagher has a pleasant, interesting and engaging voice. He delivers his lectures with a fast pace, understandable and with interesting vocal emphasis. He does not get lost in jargon. I found this series of lectures immensely entertaining as well as informative. Each general is either a lecture or two or three (Lee). Some generals were so interesting I found myself listening to their lecture over and over. I highly recommend this lecture series for someone interested in the Civil War, regardless of prior background and study. This series brings these Confederate generals to life.
Fear the Worst is a superlative mystery thriller. It starts with a missing daughter and ends in a thrilling and realistic climax. This is very much a nontraditional mystery. The protagonist is a father obsessed with finding his missing daughter. He is a car salesman, not a super hero. Through hard work and some cleverness, he solves a very complicated mystery. I found the novel compelling due to the humanity of the characters that are richly drawn and the relentless secret plot that carried me along rapidly. The narrator is only downgraded very slightly due to his raspy voice that does not lend itself to feminine voices. Otherwise, this is a perfect Audible book.
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