I won't give any spoilers since the whole April issue starts right off. Mary Beth is an educated woman, Joe maybe naive but not dumb SO WHY didn't they get a lawyer the minute April's 'mother' appeared in town. Then unless Wyoming foster's system is 50 years behind the times: you can't just go right in and take your child back. There are hearings, especially in the case of abandonment. That was my main problem with this book. If that had been done in the beginning then the whole April situation probably wouldn't have had the same outcome.
Its a good story on the corruption of parts of our government-they partake in cover ups all the time as we the public eventually hear about well after the fact.
Obviously there are 'survivalists' every where but they are not all bad, not all gunslingers. There are some that just want to be left alone but then step-in the others that want to blame them for every thing.
And about Joe's balls: everyone else steps right up and says what they are thinking so why can't Joe open his mouth and just speak, stand up for himself and others.
I enjoy the series for the wilderness aspect: the animals. I have been to Wyoming and Montana, camped there for extended periods years ago and loved it, when I was younger I wanted to move there. I just hope that as the series goes along that Joe becomes more confident and stands up for himself, speaks his mind.
Sheridan is favorite character-I was her as a child- tomboyish-caring for the animals. I had a friend who was like Lucy who couldn't and still can't see past the makeup and the dolls.
In this book my fav was Nate. I hope he comes back since they can't prove anything. He needs to teach Sheridan falconry, I know Joe says he will but that's Nate's job.
Literally at the half way mark I knew who had done it. I can't imagine any reader of mystery and thrillers wouldn't. What surprised me was that it didn't even dawn on Brennan or Ryan. I don't retain the exact contents of every book I read but I am pretty sure that in at least one of the Reichs' books there is Behavioral Analysis type psychology. So when heard the news (no spoiler) it should have switched a bunch of light bulbs off in both their heads.
All that aside, the writing and the rest of story, the wording etc are worth finishing the book.
I really liked the absence of Harry and Katy and the wonderful addition of Brennan's mother.
OH and the narration was marvelous.
It was hard for me to rate the story when the FEMALE narrator absolutely ruined the book, for me. She has one of those voices like on a commercial or maybe morning talk radio that you just find your self ignoring. All of a sudden I realized I wasn't listening and had to rewind, kept doing it over and over. Stephan Hogan was excellent as he was in Broken Harbor, why couldn't the author or the publicist choose the narrator from the Likeness?!
I remember being a teenager, not in the cool group of kids. I went to a private girls school though not boarding. I knew the boys at the boys school. My best friend went to a catholic boarding school and she still knows knows the school and the nuns of today-granted in the US not UK. They conduct searches of the girls rooms, would have found those phone, she feels. They are not oblivious to the newer age things the kids can get into. So I found the story a bit unbelievable in that area.
The detective part was OK. I was a bit disappointed that the pattern Ms French seemed to have going : of using one detective from the previous novel to be that main detective in the next. I thought that was an interesting pattern to have created. it kept the detectives fresh while continuing with the Dublin Murder Squad. Not that I don't enjoy 10 or 17 or 22 books all with the same lead character but I think it would be quite interesting to write-in these new detectives each new book.
So , sadly, after waiting 2 very long years for Ms French's new book- I was disappointed and couldn't wait until when I wouldn't have to hear Lara Hutchinson's voice ever again.
I have listened to the other 4 books twice and must go listen to one again just to get her voice out of head.
I must also say the very end was no surprise.
What a delightful book. New and interesting involvement with an endangered species. Love Joe Pickett, game warden, looking forward to more on him. This book has it all: a good mystery, murder, great family, animals, children, endangered species. The last 3 hours are absolutely nail biters. If I was reading a actual book I would the page ready to turn before I was done reading that page. And David Chandler was magnificent
I started this book 3 times. this is one book I think is maybe better read than listened to so you can flip back the pages and figure out whats going on. That's hard in audio. There were lots of characters, you don't hear from them for an hour or even more, then you go "wait who is this, is this a new character oh yeah its so and so'. This is called the Simon Serrailler Series-having started with this one because it's the first- you would expect a series named after a character would have that character in it- a lot-right?
If you are into naturopathic/homeopathic medicine you wont like this book. It's the typical allopathic rhetoric that they are trained to lam-blast from med school 101.
The only thing this book had going for it was the narrator. Don't think I have listened to him before but thought he was marvelous and look forward to listening to him again, just not in this series.
There wasn't anything left at the end of this book that made me want to pick up the next one. There is no character development of Simon, you know more about his sister. You like the copper / investigator Nathan better than Simon.
Any way so glad I can finally take it out of my iphone library and start something better.
Some of my favorite books ever were Kurt Wallander novels. It was sad to let him go in The Troubled Man.
I saw this novel realized with Kenneth Branagh on BBC Masterpiece Theatre I think it was, and remember thinking ' I don't remember reading this story'. I also remember looking it up and realizing it did not exist.
What a wonderful surprise when I saw it in Audible, I purchased immediately and listened right away. I am just sorry it was so short.
It was good to hear his grumpy retorts and his philosophy on life. To remember how he worked through the crime scenes.
I just regret that it made me sad again to know there were no more to be listened to.
Simon Vance was wonderful as always. I would listen to him read about garbage pick up.
After the book is over There is a wonderful afterword by Henning Mankell telling about the inception of Wallander and the writing through his life. Make sure you listen all way to the end.
This is by far the best book I have read all year, maybe longer. And I can't say enough about Colin Mace. What a pleasure to listen to. This is one of those books that when you finish you have to digest. You can't go into your library and start another one right up.
Some one else's review made mention of no real gore or vulgarity, they were correct. The crime scenes were so well written you didn't the gore.
There was a point when I 'figured out' at least part mystery/crime but then you think you have the whole story and wham there is a twist I did not see coming.
Love the father/daughter/dog relationship. It's heartwarming.
And Colin Mace - WOW not sure I have listened to him before but I would seek out others that he has read. The different accents were wonderful, transition flawless, and just his voice-perfect.
I hope this becomes a series!!!
This was just an OK book. As a multiple dog owner all my 59 years, used to work for a vet, used to show & breed, work with rescues, etc, I found several things I would consider flaws. the one that bugged me the most was the shelter scene. What dog shelter doesn't immediately scan a dog for a microchip! this book takes place in current times and I don't even know a vet office that doesn't check. Then.... Chet should have been micro-chipped. Hence Bernie should have called out the shelter people for not scanning Chet the minute he arrived. He was a police dog in training and as far as my acquaintances in law enforcement tell me the minute a dog/puppy is taken in to the training program they would be micro-chipped. There were just so many dog owner errors in this book, it really bothered me. Including the feeding, don't get me started. I finished this book only to see how it actually wrapped up. I am also just getting tired of so many characters, smart characters, not catching on. At least the author made Susie, the reporter, quick on the ball!. Don't think I will listen the others in the series though.
go read my reviews on 1,2,3, in the series. The first book was hopeful as you thought it really was going to be a search for Reacher-wrong- lousy, stupid FBI agents. As one reviewer on amazon put it ' Diane Capri Don't Know Jack'! Its hard to believe that Lee Child allows this raping of character.
I got an hour and 39 minutes into this one and threw up my hands. I cant listen anymore. Now Gaspar, who has had a hard-on for Reacher since the beginning has down a total about face-for no reason at all. Not a slow I have realized I was wrong approach , just a plain about face.
And the narrators voice just gets worse too. Her voice of Gaspar has been grating since the beginning and now it seems to have filtered over to Otto.
The story seems to go now where, hardly about searching for Reacher at all. I am going to go get my credit back!
Can't just review this one, has to be whole series:
Where to begin:
Well it had to do with Jack Reacher so I had to get it - right?!
Well this came out as an Ebook in 2012. I don't have a kindle but got in that format on my iphone, ever try to read a book on a 4s?! I got to about chapter 25 and realized I needed to re-read The Killing Floor. So I re-read TKF but never started the ebook again.
Then audible got 4 of the 5 in this Hunt For Jack Reacher Series so of course I got all 4 at once. the list is a bit confusing so go to Capris site for the order. Its book, short story, short story, book.
Unless you have a perfect memory you will have to re-read all the Reacher books to follow this series-stop right there-finish my review then consider. (well thats what I thought initially-at least re-read TKF)
I of course remembered TKF-Margrave, Joe, Roscoe, Blind Blake-but the details no.
So now lets start with The Hunt for our friend Jack: 2 FBI agents are tasked with finding Reacher. They are given a vague reason: needing him for a special project. As is typical in many books and tv/film these FBI agents, especially Gaspar, are narrow minded-one track mind kind of agents. They see Reachers stats: 6'5" & 250, off the grid since 1997 etc. and think the worst. They must be after him because he's a bad guy , a fugitive.
I had to step back for a moment and pretend I didn't know Reacher-what would I think. I used to be an investigator so i felt i could do that, but yet with that vague description and knowing he ran a special investigative unit in the military police I still wouldn't have assumed the worst. But Gaspar, well you get the idea that I don't like him at all. Kim Otto is a tad, and only a tad more receptive to an alternative.
Any way back to The Killing Floor, you probably should re-read it. So Otto & Gaspar start in Margrave where you expect them to start when looking for Reacher. The story is OK, it feeds you answers slowly, frustratingly. I mean come on Roscoe just cough up the info. Interesting supposition is brought up - one that many of us Reacher fans have probably thought of throughout the Reacher series (sorry no spoilers here :) Anyway 8 hours later and you are into #2 which is a short story ( exactly 1 hour long) Jack In The Box. Here is where if you are like me, a die hard Reacher fan, the disappointment sets in. Susan Duffy (from #7 Persuader) comes in at the end.
You would think-assume from the series name that the search will take you from the Killing Floor to Die Trying Chicago to Montana) to Trip Wire (Key West to New York)......you get the picture. But you would be wrong. Jack in the Box is mainly about back ground on Otto it seems. Some file searching and meeting and that's it. Susan Duffy makes another brief appearance. Then it's on to Jack and Kill and to Virginia. A drone has captured Reacher-must have been looking for him. The kidnapper nanny's car has cameras in it (really). The surveillance equipment info seems a bit far-fetched but .... So we have skipped 15-16 years of what I expected to be following Reacher through his adventures, to Reacher being Reacher rescuing a woman. Needless to say I am disappointed.
So it's on to Get Back Jack, #4 and a book (8+ hours this time). And at least we are getting into some old friends NAMES ONLY for now- Neagley, Dixon, and ever so briefly mentions his buddies from Bad Luck and Trouble (Sanchez, Franz, Orozco, Swan).
There is a #5 jack in the Green, which as of 8-12-14 is not on Audible. But it ventures to Florida and starts to combine with Capri's other series Hunt for Justice. Since the new Reacher book isnt due until September and sounds like Reacher goes to France and not Tampa. So where is Capri's Hunt for Jack Reacher going? Wouldn't the 2 authors wind up having Reacher in the same place, not venturing off in two different directions? Maybe I am missing something (feel free to straighten me out - PLEASE) After all Reacher is Lee Child's character. Well anyway..... I will continue to read but its not what I was hoping for.
Oh and narrator, well her interpretation of Gaspar's voice is terrible, I mean terrible. She shouldn't tried to do a male voice.
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