I have long been a fan of the Arkady Renko series though this is the first I have experienced as an audio book. Martin Cruz Smith brings well drawn characters and exquisite turns of phrase to the genre. The world weary Renko seems endlessly adaptable to the ever evolving Russian landscape. Some of the coincidences and plot twists require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief but it's such a pleasure to inhabit Smith's world that I'm easily won over. The only complaint I have is, though the reader had an appealing delivery, he read at a somnambulent pace which got pretty frustrating after a while. He also didn't bother much with differentiating the voices. Still and all a worthy addition to the series.
Though the characters are well drawn, the story is somewhat lacking in suspense and one is inclined to loose interest in all the plot machinations. Still, will probably listen to the next of the series.
Though parts were satisfying revenge fantasy, it was so implausible, and the villain so cartoonish (with his massive bone crushing hands etc.) that the story lost me by the end. Religious references were heavy handed.
I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.
One of the more Byzantine plots from the Flowers series. Immensely entertaining: Dan Brown meets the Maltese Falcon at the cross roads of Lake Woebegon. As usual, Eric Conger brings life to John Sanford's richly drawn characters.
The Flowers series always delivers. Conger and Sanford are the perfect team. Dialog is nicely heard and characters are fully drawn. I'll be sorry when I've heard them all!
Read way too slow, this book was veered from predictable to implausible. Russian accents straight out of Bullwinkle.
Was disappointed by this book. Written at an 8th grade level. Tedium of domestic life in foreign cities whose descriptions could have been pulled from travel brochures. Unconvincing premise.
This may be my favorite of Adrian McKinty's books. It's certainly up there. As far as I know, a police procedural is a departure for McKinty and the form suits him well. The characters are vividly brought to life and the dialog is, as usual, whip-smart and often hilarious. Northern Ireland of the eighties is beautifully brought to life. It's interesting to follow the investigation in the time right before cell phones and the internet changed everything. Sometimes the alphabet soup of paramilitary groups gets a bit confusing but doesn't detract from the experience. I was sorry to reach the end of the book but I am heartened that it will be the first of a trilogy!
This audio book had the usual McKinty magic. Starts off with a bang and keeps you hooked. Locations and characters vividly drawn. A strong central character with an original voice. Allusions to poetry and philosophy that push the novel beyond genre fiction.
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