I've been rationing myself on the Wilhelm books read by Anna Field since Field & Wilhelm seem linked in my mind (and with Field's death that will end). This book was just OK. It's got all the elements of the other Wilhelm's I've read (grumpy but loving father, cooking, Barbara's commitment, analysis, Bailey's eccentricity etc.), but the story was too contrived for me. The revelation of the guilty person seemed pulled out of a hat. Not a bad book - jut OK.
Only problem is there are no more books for me to read - I've read them all. I saved this one until I got disgusted with W.E.B. Griffin (or exhausted the best of the series with Dick Hill). It's good. Took me about an hour to change pace. Berenson's character's have considerable depth and dimensions and the description of them can slow down how quickly the store takes hold of you - but once it gets going, it's gripping. This one is the most contemporary of the series and very current in it's plot lines. (While most of them take place in the Middle East, this one is focused on Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear bomb - on how a president would respond to provocation and so on). Worth reading and there is hope for more books since the lead character rediscovered his commitment to his job and his determination to remain involved (earlier books had ended with his questioning the personal costs to his ability to be a father or in a committed relationship with a woman.
Not as good as Griffin can be, but better than the Colonels that I really disliked. I won't buy another in the series, but if I hadn't read the Colonels, I might have.
I bought it because I have been reading the series. Unfortunately, I've downloaded the Berets already or I'd stop here. Fortunately both this one and the Berets I bought at Audible's ½ price sale. I don't find any of the characters sympathetic as I have in Griffin's other series where I really liked Charlie Castillo, or Marine McCoy or many of the others. Lowell is just an unsympathetic rich guy who proves impossible to resist by various really sympathetic women (or so the story would have it). He's wealthy, full of himself, Dove's narration has him speaking with marbles in his mouth (although American English as opposed to British where one usually meets the marbles). I suppose I kept plugging on to pick up nuggets of the history, but there isn't enough in this one. Really bad. Going forward, I will avoid books with Dove as narrator and regret that there aren't more of Griffin's I'll be reading mainly because he's now writing with Butterworh and/or I don't like the narrators. I've ready 7 of the Presidential Agent Series (won't touch 8), all of the Corps series (which I really liked) and the first book of Honor Bound.l That's it for me.
I really like Griffin, but I think this book is one of my favorites. It has everything - character development, emotion, depth, politics, suspense and military strategy. The main character, Lieutenant Cletus Frade is a Charlie Castillo kind of personality although perhaps not as outsized. The back drop of Argentina and "neutrality" in WWII gives some perspective on the complexity of that war. If you like the Presidential Agent Series (but perhaps have given up once Griffin son-in-law took the pen), read this one - it's fun and gripping. The Corps series needs to be read as a series and the depth of it comes both from the growth of some of the recurring characters and the history (WWII in the Pacific); Honor Bound seems to be the only one of the Honor Bound series that has the magic combination of Dick Hill + Griffin.
I like Dick Hill more as narrator than Eric Dove, and I found the character development in this book much weaker than Griffin's Presidential Agent series or the Corps Series. It's OK, but no more. I MIGHT try the Captains just to see if the characters continue and grow in the telling. I remember I didn't find Book 1 of the Corps series anywhere near as good as the follow-ups so maybe the Brotherhood of War will follow the same pattern. I'll read the reviews.
I had hesitated to buy this book because Dick Hill wasn't the narrator - I didn't realize that this book was co-written with William Butterworth as are the final two in the series. This one is a farce. Everything is overdone - the president is an a__. Castillo comes off without the charm or flair or humanity that he has in the earlier books. The dialogue is forced, overdone and purely dumb. As others have noted, for those of us who have listened to the earlier novels in the series, there is little new that happens. BUT the biggest problem is the second author who I feel wrote most of the book. It had none of the depth of understanding that Griffin has. It's as if the co-author (who NOTE is not listed on Audible's site, but is revealed immediately as Jonathan Davies starts reading. "The Outlaws by W.E.B Griffin AND William D. Butterworth.") I doubt I'll be reading the final two in the series unless something in people's comments leads me to believe Griffin took over again. I've read the Corps series, will be starting the Lieutenants (Eric Dove - don't know how I feel about him, but at least the book has only Griffin as the author) and Honor Bound (with Dick Hill). I probably should have only rated it overall as 1 star and the story as 1 star and the performance as (who knows) - I think I will - I originally had given it 2 stars out of respect for Griffin, but isn't really here as an author. Really bad.
I've read a number of the Daniel Silva books and at time I've found them somewhat formulaic (same elements etc.) but this one had more - and really held my attention. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a recruited American highly educated woman into the Israeli service, her training, and her level headedness, the "newly discovered" Van Gogh and it's owner's (also a woman) eventually decision to loan it to Gabriel - anyway - a good story, well constructed, well narrated, with characters I really cared about, and bits of jewish history (art stolen or hidden during WWII from or by Jewish families in Germany) that added a drama and a context.
I've read some books of Brad Thor's I've really liked and a few I've really disliked - After I listened to "Path of the Assassin," I vowed no more by Brad Thor - but then In noticed I'd already downloaded State of the Union. What's different? The narrators do make a difference. I really like George Guidall. While this one was a little too "cold war", it had an authenticity and plausibility to it liked. "Path of the Assassin" was full of stereotypes. I didn't like it at all. What to do - well last night I downloaded another of Brad Thor's Scott Harvath books - read by George Guidall. And I'll see. I'm a big fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, but only if they're read by George Guidall, so I won't go for the ones with "the other narrator." and sadly Flynn died last June so there won't be any more. I George Guidall in the W.E.B. Griffin Presidential Agent Series. There are other narrator's I like, but in the "series" books like Brad Thor's - I think a narrator makes a big difference.
I really really like George Guidall as a narrator and the combination of his voice and intonations with Alex Berenson makes me very happy for as long as the book lasts. This book (The Night Ranger) situated in Africa (Kenya and Somalia) perhaps isn't as good as his books on the Middle East - but more than good enough and gives a credible feel for life in Africa, the warlords, the instability etc.
AND much much less black than the later books when Harry gets more and more depressed and eventually ... well. You'll see if you get into the series. John Lee is great, the characters are fun and diverse. (When I say fun, it's a murder investigation so it's not a light book), but I liked many of them and Harry Hole showed sides that eventually disappear.
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