Pretty dang high, I have to tell you.
I liked the way Jack Reacher continued to surprise himself, and me, with the way he discovered the plot to be twisting and turning with him in it.
Sort of subtly interesting, down to earth, but with a fierceness if you will, that leads right into the character's mindset.
The story is a return for John Sanford back to the roots of the types of books which I originally loved, his Lucas Davenport series. Still love them, but with Lucas older, and married to Weather, with kids at home - all realistic, mind - it leaves the storyteller struggling to keep romantic subplots effective and tasty, always a keen point in the Davenport series. Here, Virgil's story is a return to grit, investigation by walking around, and less polito-drama than the most recent Lucas boioks. Don't get me wrong, I still read and enjoy them, too... but...
Protagonist Virgil, actually. For the usual reasons of a protagoginist. I didn't care for much of anyone else, and the villians are too crazy to be likeable. Probably Sanford's point.
Eric is breaking new ground in this one. It felt as if he was working his way into Virgil's character as the story went. By the time he's finished it, he's going well, but at the beginning, "feeling his way" is a good description. Again, I liked it a lot.
Virgil giving his statement to the press after the ambush south of town.
desperate poignant saddening
McGee is not a superhero, nor a secret agent. He is merely a man of slightly above average size and intellect, gifted with excellent reflexes and a changeable manner. Smooth operator comes to mind, but that doesn't fit, either. McGee struggles to understand what is going on himself, while the story unfolds, he is as lost as the reader and it shows.
He was great
I've no idea how to draft a tag line...
It is a hard task to be "better" than Macdonald's original print, but having a skilled reader (the original McGavin or now performed by Robert Petkoff) accomplishes the objective.
As with many of the Travis McGee series, the opening sequence of events where McGee narrowly misses running over the girl, then is shot at. To say the writing is skillful would be insulting to how good it is.
I recently listened to the entire Travis McGee series as read by Petkoff, and to my mind, he does the occasionally grouch McGee in fine fashion, and captures the caring Meyer perfectly. Great performance.
Nearly all of the McGee novels cause introspective thought on the societal commentary contained in them, even now, 30 or 40-odd years later.
I generally do prefer audiobook versions to print versions nowadays, though it is a great experience to be able to have time to sit down and read a great novel.
Seems trite, but Casino Royale, the original Bond by Ian Fleming. This book is more grounded in realism and gritty, and loss of life, etc. However, the time period is very reminiscent in each.
The recollection of Limas about the recruitment of the German spy in Berlin's Presidium secretariat.
At the realistic-seeming finish, where no one swoops in and saves the world, ala James Bond, I started out with an initial disappointed feeling, and then realized that how I felt was exactly what the author wanted us to feel.
Winter is Hot
Shoot, nothing really compares to the Dresden novels, that's why I enjoy them so much.
The witty turn of voice, alterations of voice treatments that bring Harry to life.
When Harry gets a glimpse into Mab's past.
These books, ALL of them, well, except for the 2nd one, have been some of my favorite reading of the past decade.
It is over
Rand al'Thor, protagonist, hero makes good in the best way - unexpectedly.
The fight scene where Lan slew Demandred
This epic, which I began reading about a week after The Eye of the World was released to paperback, closes in a very satisfying way, with loose ends tied up, but with plenty of possible spin-off stories available for Brandon Sanderson - if he has the gumption to tackle them. Great Read.
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