Beaverton, OR, United States
First Evidence-I never did figure out what first evidence the title referred to- is an average UFO/missing persons/Aliens all around us, type novel which takes place in rural southern Oregon. If you really enjoy forensic evidence and alien theories and extraneous information about old guns, you might enjoy the story..I found it to be barely average in plot though it might be made into a good movie because the primary protagonist continually sees shadowy mysterious creatures creeping up on him, it didn't really grab me as a scary story when read.
Kevin Kenerly the narrator didn't do much to add excitement to the plot either. Most of the mens parts sound the same and he can't do a woman's voice at all...he would have been better off simply reading the story without trying to do different voices. The few places where humor might be injected were lost on him.
The story arc is simplistic-a town in he boonies of Oregon is up in arms because there has been a rash of missing people, signs of UFO lights and strange happenings. The main protagonist, an Oregon State Patrol forensic expert has moved to this community to be close to two old friends. This part of the plot is pretty trite-the author wants to inject some romance and does a bad job of it..He'd have been better off sticking to a straight Aliens and UFOs story.
His old friend goes missing in a bloody massacre that includes a dog being killed-lots of detail here about blood and guts-again good movie stuff but not something I care to imagine-and strange disfigurement done to the body of the friend. There is a rash of exploding cars and a totally comic Captain of the OSP who rants and raves and kicks things. Very contrived exploding things that would play well in a movie, but which reader Kenerly made dull.
On and on we go, with a young girl who looks like his old girlfriend, a lackluster back story about the aliens which really needed to be fleshed out more and what tries to be an exciting ending, but fails. Lots and lots of detailed info on guns in the book-if you're a gun nut, this might appeal but to me it was useless information what size a bullet is and how fast the bullet goes-like who cares?
The book was on sale-I got it cheap and I'm glad I did, because it wasn't worth buying, in my opinion. I enjoy books about aliens, good sic-fi and First Encounter stories, but this tale wasn't worth a credit.
I'm packing to move and have had Repairman Jack running on my iPad for over a week now, one after the other. So far this is, in my opinion, the best story of the first 7. Including The Early Years---this series has kept me interested and helped m not be bored while packing....Don't know what I'm going to do when I get to Book 15!
Recommended, but it's best to read/listen in order.
After being quite disappointed in the first novel in this series, I decided to go ahead and listen to this, the second book, I liked it quite a bit better than the first book..especially since there weren't hanging story lines as there were in the first book...
I enjoyed this so much I purchased the third in this series plus the first one in the original series..
Recommended for those who like fix-it type guys with a touch of paranormal
My first exposure to Repairman jack, I understand the similarities between this series and the Reacher series by Lee Child. Sort of. I think Child a more superior author with Wilson running behind on the 'uber fix it guy' front.
I enjoyed most of the book except for the ending which left so many unfinished plot lines that I was quite disappointed and frustrated by it..and wondered if I even wanted to purchase another book in the series...
Maybe followers of these books have discovered the answers to all those different unanswered questions but I found it a pretty poor way to end a book..
Alexander Cendese was a great narrator - I especially enjoyed his take on Jacks Yiddish speaking buddy Abe.
If you are into these books, I'm sure you'll enjoy this newcomer to the series, a prequel subtitled The Early Years. If you don't mind abrupt cliffhanger endings than it shouldn't bother a true fan too much. It just wasn't a great way to start a series.
I have developed a real liking for Dani Britton, the protagonist in 2 of S.G.Redlings novels and I sincerely hope there are more coming.
This is a series that needs to be heard/read in order..there's a lot of history in book 1 that would be lost if you start with the 2nd book.
Dani is a plucky smart young woman who has moved to the Florida Keys to escape whoever is trying to kill her and her best friend.
Redling is a superior author IMO, I've just discovered her?/his? books and have enjoyed every one of them-especially Flowertown, which was an Audible Daily Deal a couple of weeks ago and turned me on to these novels.
I don't think you can go wrong with any of Redlings stories
I love the protagonist! She has emotional and physical issues. She's still a real person even though she's the POTUS. Lot of character changes of 'what the He**? is going on make for a very riveting "The President Dies" type novels..and it really sucked mien!
Similar to "6 days of the Condor" in many ways, Dani just wants to know what is going on while she went out of the office for a few minutes to get lunch..but she can't seem to discover what the H**L is happening????? then saddling rehiring characters a few months later..never know what is going to happen here!
narrated by narrated by Tanya Eby-who is an excellent choice for this series.
Use your credit and ENJOY this Post app novel that might well be the "TRUTH" I had a difficult time deleting the S"P:OILERS in this novel so please, give me a break!!!
I had the dubious 'good' fortune to experience the Hells Angels @ Bass Week for almost a decade, especially around Memorial Day Weekend and The Fourth of July..which sometimes can be as long as 5-6 days depending on what day The Fourth comes! We found, as a whole, the members to be courteous and friendly, especially to both my young sons. My gouges son, wh was toddler to 6 year old during these summers, remembers Hells Angels MC members tousling his curly red hair. We shared a cabin with good friend who had children the same age as ours. And we had to go to the store, one of the 2 in 'town' at least once a day. My girlfriends and I soon found that wearing our bikini toe and cut off shorts to the store wasn't really good idea.
We also had the pleasure of watching the Angels water ski behind rented ski boats and even went to Willow Cove to offer water skiing lessons toy these guys...and yes-they do water ski in their colors..back then colors were most frequently work on denim jackets with the sleeves torn off...
Anyhow, it was a real memory blast to listen to Hunter Thompson's non-fiction story about his experiences with the Hells Angels-I purchased it because my son, who is now is in his early 40's, has good memories about his experiences at Bass Lake and with the Hells Angels. He said I'd enjoy it and surprisingly enough, I did.
Narrator Scott Sowers did an excellent job relating this story about his year-or-so long experiences hanging out with the Oakland CA chapter of the Angels. I had hoped this would go into the Altamont disaster when the Greatful Dead hired the Angels (and paid them with beer, no less) to provide security for an open air concert akin to Woodstock as far as security fences goes...that is a great story and I'd love to hear it from Sowers POV..but he was no longer hanging out with the Angels then.
If you are an AARP member (over 55) or West Coast person and have memories of that era I recommend buying this book. If you are a motorcycle enthuses it's a good look at the history of a significant time in 20th century cycling.
Well written and narrated I recommend this story to almost anyone with interests in this field.
This is a very slow paced novel and though I did give it a 5 star review, it could have been so much better had author Redling given us a better verbal picture of what the Didodes (I have no idea how it is spelled) or the aliens that are visited really looked like. I finally ended up picturing a neanderthal-ish person in my mind. I'd have preferred know what the author envisioned when writing.
The similarities between Earthers and Didodes are many as are the differences and Redling with excellent narration from Angela Dawe does a lot to show these...but it all brought up several questions in my mind, akin to the physical description issue that I won't go into as it would be very much a spoiler.
I think this novel is appropriate for a younger teen interested in space exploration that focuses on interpersonal skills more than plasma ray guns and hyper drives...not lots of tech in this book, just lots of talking.
I basically listened to this in 2 days and even dreamed about it the night between..did this story have an effect on me? Apparently so!.
I recommend it for people who don't need blood and guts stories.
This novel was a real blast of a possibly real situation that could happen at any time and not just in Ohio. Though some reviewers saw this as a YA future history, Elle is actually 33 - 10 years older than her room mate Rachael who comes across as a sweet kid just wanting to get out of the 7 year long isolation for a weekend in Vegas with her sister.
Ellie, the primary protagonist, and think Redding wrote her well...she is a person with faults: angry, at being trapped in a small town while she was visiting. She smokes dope--as do many of the town folks in order to overcome the nausea caused by drugs that are continually being tested on the citizens as well as the boredom of being trapped in a dead end job and subject to arbitrary rules set forth by the company who was attempting to remedy the situation they caused...there are no longer civil rights in PennCo.
The two male protagonists are also well written..I liked Bing, the town pot supplier and one of Ellies co-workers and Guy, Ellies main guy. I wish there was a second continuing book about the future of the people we get to know.
I love novels that I don't figure out 'who dun it' long before the middle of the book..it's a challenge for me to conquer the author at his/her mystery writing.
Suspect is my first Michael Robotham novel as well as the first narration by Simon Prebbles that I've listened to..and it was a spectacularly written and narrated listen-one of those books where the Audible version must be better than the print--after all, who can read with a UK accent unless you are from the UK. This includes Liverpudian accents, Welsh accents as well as Londonese.
As other reviewers have suggested, listen to these in order..Suspense being the first and important in setting up the primary characters.
Buy it and ENJOY!
Though Holter Graham isn't the Winslow narrator I'm accustomed t hearing narrate Winslows excellent novels, he did a very good job with Gentlemens Hour.
I think it was helpful that I'd listened to several other Winslow surfing novels and had become familiar with the cast of characters, though this isn't part of the series, it does connect tangentially with them and gives a bit of conclusion to the series that isn't introduced directly in that group of novels.
Recommended for west coasters, those who are surfing wanna-bees or actual former surfers like myself though it's been 40years since I've been on a board...not much surfing off the Oregon part of the Pacific Ocean, those interested in the history of the lifestyle or just good mysteries/romances with excellent writing.
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