Beaverton, OR, United States
Once again, the kids of Sphinx come to the salvation of TreeCats who are condemned to death by loss of their natural nesting area due to the fires discussed in the second book.
And, once again, theres a great deal of "Hurry Lassie..Timmy's in the well" as the treeCats try to make Humans understand what is needed, though the human 'younglings' are getting better at understanding what the Tree Cats want them to do.
The wars in the title is a brief fight between 2 clans of tree cats-one established in a nesting area and one who is looking for a home or just wanting to pass thru the settled Tree Cats grazing area. For the younger listener it isn't as gory as the first battle in the series in book one, between Tree Cat & Human vs. Hexa Puma/Death Fang. Sadly that episode upset my 8 year old grand daughter-she loves animals, including the hexapuma!
This last novel in the series finds main protagonist, Stephanie, off Sphinx attending classes in a major city as she works towards becoming a Forest Ranger on her home planet.
There are the usual cardboard cut out bad guys, the teens are mostly the kind you'e want your daughter to meet and date..polite, articulate and intelligent...where are they in real life?
All in all, a grand finale to the 3 prequil Honorverse books aimed at the pre-teen/Y/A audience.
Still there are questions left unanswered in this book which is a shame. A better ending might have been welcome..or perhaps there is another book in the works???
Apparently, if you're a fan of Weber this is a must read...I'm not..I was simply looking for Young audience books for my grand daughter and wound up enjoying this Sci-Fi lite series.
I suggest the listener take this for the audience that it's aimed at and not expect the level of sophistication and character development that might be found in other Weber books. It's not really meant for the adult audience, even though I, as a 70 year old, found it quite fun to listen to. Reminded me of John Scalzi's Fuzzy World or Robt. Heinleins iconic "Red Planet Mars" what with the first contact theme..except here, the protagonist begins as a slightly bratty 11 year old.
I enjoyed it-my grand daughter is enjoying the first book now--thats a pretty broad difference in tastes..62 years between us and we like the same book!
I first listened to a Don Winslow audible book about a month ago and since then I've become totally hooked on the surfing scene he writes so wonderfully of..a scene I grew up with in the late 1950's and 1960's, first surfing at Ventrura County Line in 1958 when my family was camping on the beach for a month..something my folks loved to do...set up an old canvas army tent right on the sand and live at the beach for free..long before pay to camp parks with all the luxuries (like out houses).
Makes me long to go back when I hear the dialogue in The Dawn Patrol...it was a wonderful time and this is one wonderful book.
Well worth the listen-there is a lot more to the plot than riding waves and it really drew me in
Enjoy this series..I sure am!
Don Winslow and Joe Barrett are a great pair...Winslows writing is enhanced by Barrett's narrating..reading reviews of this series I see I'm not the only one who appreciates this duo.
Carey is a PI who seems to get into a lot of trouble, no matter where he is he finds something or someone who causes him problems..with fixes that I haven't guessed yet..I like that in a mystery!
If you haven't read Don Winslow's books, I encourage you to give them a try..
My second Don Winslow novel but first narrated by Joe Barrett is a truly compulsive listening experience.
Though I very much enjoyed the plot with it's plot of Neil and all the back story with the senator, Alli, and the other various characters from a Senator hoping to be Vice President to the pimp that push Alli into the streets, I really connected with Joe Barrets narration. He's great!
I loved this book and am looking forward to other Neil Carry stories in this series. and I'll be also looking for more narrated by Joe Barrett!
Well wrath a credit...but only if you want to purchase the other novels in this series..they are addicting!
I imagine everyone has had periods of unawareness or forgetfulness, of getting tongue twisted, forgetting names of friends or even appliances-I once asked my eldest son to mow the living room carpet and vacuum the yard for me...he would have done it just to be mean if I didn't stop him.
In any case, Still Alice made me so aware of what can be in store for any of us--and not necessarily just when we age.
I found the reading to be less than ideal though and think the author could have served herself better by using a professional narrator instead of narrating it herself.
However, the material itself is so compelling I can almost excuse the poor narration..Encourage listening or reading this novel..well worth your time.
Montalvan writes very compassionately about his bonding with service dog "Tuesday" and how they come to learn about and understand each other.
A dog lovers dream of a novel, I recommend it to anyone who has a friend who relative who has been thru the Middle East wars or even Viet Nam.
Of course I had a few tears towards the end of the book, but I do love animals and have a friend who uses a service dog herself.
Well worth a credit and your time
I don't know how I've missed author Don Winslow and his So Cal Surf Scene novels but I'm glad I found him. This rather strangely plotted book tells the story of a retired mafia hit man known as Frankie Machine who would rather stay retired from his hit man job and focus on early morning surfing, his bait shop on the pier and as fish supplier to 4&5 star restaurants.
Unfortunately Frankies Boss man has other ideas.
If you haven't read Don Winslow, I think this is a good book to start in with. I found Frankie to be a basic nice guy who is shoved into situation he'd rather avoid.
Worth the credit and your time.
Though not the type of book I might normally buy, "Code Name Verity" surprised me by its captivating, real life look at UK women aviatrix and their striving to be allowed to fly combat type missions instead of just being the ferry pilots.
Elizabeth Wein has authored a real tension filed novel that is beautifully narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell as code name "Verity" and "KittyHawk"-Verity/Julie is captured and tortured while KittyHawk searches for her in war torn France and bemoans the fear she has of the loss of her pilots license.
Well worth the listen and credit.
I very much enjoyed listening to this narration of a great mystery. This was one of those books that seem written to be narrated for an audio book and the narrator was the perfect choice for it.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy mysteries
Book 2 in the Alli Reynolds series kept my interest as well as the first book. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this series, based in Sedona, AZ, though much of 'Web of Evil' takes place in Los Angeles.
The trials and tribulations of Ms Reynolds do get a bit dramatic but anyone who has dealt with the LAPD knows that "Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't hold much sway there.
Enjoyable, exciting and with an occasionally confusing story arc, I did enjoy listening to this novel and intend to purchase the 3rd and 4th in the series.
If you like dramatic storytelling this is a good series to start on a cold winters night!
I've read all the Beaumont and Johanna Brady books over the years-especially liked Beaumont's tough gritty cop and if you haven't read these now somewhat dated stories, they are still worth perusing.
I was interested in this new series and thought I'd try the first..and found it very enjoyable, written with Jance's usual tight plot intrigues and containing sufficient side story arcs to keep my interest as I recover from surgery..audio books are the best things for recovering in a nursing home where you share a room-can't sleep? Can't keep the light on all night? Get out the iPad and headphones and listen until you do fall asleep.
I've already purchased books 2 & 3 in the series, even though there are negative reviews, I want to make my own mind up about it.
Reviews to come.
Elle in Oregon
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