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This novel opens with Scarpetta and Marino contraposed in time to series novels of old. Early in the series, Marino was a Richmond Detective and Scarpetta was the Richmond Chief Medical Examiner. In this novel, Marino has left Scarpetta high and dry after 10 years of service and gone to work as a detective in Cambridge while Scarpetta is Chief for Medical Examiner for Massachusetts. One should take note that Cornwell is returning to strong roots that made this series great - it is about time!
Kate Reading does a fabulous job in narration -- as always. She has been narrating since book 10 and as Dust is book 21, she has mastered the characters and all their nuances.
A murder takes place on the MIT campus. Cornwell does her setting research thoroughly describing the university campus-- an area I know well. Finally, the old gang of characters we enjoy so much is externally focused on solving a murder and mayhem that is not of their own doing or within their ranks. Sure, there are still plenty of interpersonal complications as we have come to expect from the author -- nevertheless, this novel is much stronger and puts the series back in the right direction.
This novel will appeal to the loyal followers who have hoped for better from Scarpetta and is finally getting it. Also, it is okay to read as the first in the series, it will entice you to go back and read the first of this series and to follow through with the rest. I give it a big thumbs up!
This follow on novel to "The Breeders" series is an improvement over the first novel. Yet,it still has many structural problems and holes. First, the pace of the plot moves way too slow. Second, the plot has way to many answered questions that future novels won't answer. Third, we see a little character development in Riley but the other characters stagnate. For example, French is leading you down one road with Clay (Riley's love interest) and then abruptly does and about-face and sweeps a whole bunch of things under the rug and then moves in a different direction - very jarring.
The truth is, I want to like this series but I can't seem to get there. Yet, I also can't seem to say enough is enough. It's like eating creamed spinach -- it's kind'a good. Mercer-Meyer really needs to pick up the pace of narration. She read s-l-o-w and this is very distracting. The whole thing should be read in 8 hours instead of 10.
This YA novel, I give it a solid sideways thumb.
Book 6 in the series is set in the Florida Keys. It is a continuation of from previous books. Meg meets Valentino, the owner and proprietor of an ultra secret, ultra-primate resort. When the ultra-private nature of the resort is threatened and that of Michael personal life (Movie Star) is jeopardized, the good guys embark on a good old who-did-it. Except, this who-did-it has a flavor of a thriller that gives the overall novel more depth and texture -- well done. This is a romance novel, heavy on the romance (very light on the sex scenes). Although parts are predictable, the narrative moves along and the plot points are riveting. Tanya Eby continues to turn in great performances.
In this book we meet Valentino's sister Gabby. My money is on book seven being about her. I hope so, because we learn a great deal about her in this novel and it will be interesting to see how she evolves. Bybee has done a great job keeping the series fresh and interesting. I give it a big thumbs up and look forward to book seven. Give it a read.
This novel last eight hours and seven minutes, about 8 hours too long. The plot of the book is about a love triangle between Nixon and Chase who both have a thing for Traci all set in the back drop of the mafia controlled high school. I have to say, I have never read a weaker characterization of the girl, Traci, in any novel of this genre ever! The author presented her as a simpering, co-dependent, fragile china doll, who can't barely even think let alone sort out a relationship. The two men didn't fair much better in terms of the authors depth other than 'I Love You' no but wait, 'I love you more'. 'No you take her" lines. after a half hour such drivel and then we have seven and half hours more to go. The plot was like watching a ping-pong match between two amateurs only intent on returning each others volley -- the white ping-pong ball being the girl. Back and forth over the net again and again with the same choices the same dialog - over, and, over, and over, and over ... You get my drift. I kept waiting, hoping -- but no joy!
The only bright spot was at the very, very end where a sub-character woman steps up and makes it more interesting (see my seven minutes comment). If the next book is about her, maybe you should give it a read. But for this book, it is a define NO! Don't bother. Find someone who listed or read it and let them tell you about it -- it will save a lot of time.
This is a very well written feel good story. The whole idea is that Mia and Ethan have a one-night stand but wind working together, each an intern at Boomerang -- a dating service. There is only one permanent position though. The story is about all of the various blockages and obstacles, not so much about the conflict between the two. I like that August did a reasonable job developing the characters the main characters. She came up a little short in developing the supporting players if she intends to build on them in following works. This is nothing that cannot be overcome.
The narrators Wallace and Eiden do a solid good job. The novel is written alternating chapter perspective. This is becoming more common these days and each chapter opens with a question, more like a riddle.
If you are looking for a sultry novel, this is not it. It's packed with eccentricities and subtle humor. I reiterate, feel good. I recommend it as a read and I will read the next one in the series.
I thought this book was very informative and cutout a lot of the junk that is in books of this genre which are there simply to plump up the page count. Also, the accompanying PDF is awesome. I like the exercise plans all laid out with pictures and instructions. The book is read by the author which helps for emphasis in just the correct spots. I give this a big thumbs up for anyone looking to drop some belly fat!
This appears to be the first of two novels. Elect and it follow-on Elite. I have listened only to Elite. Based upon the first novel, I can already predict the best thing that could have been done was to write one novel by crushing them together and then edit aggressively. I blame this on the publisher. The conflict escalates so slowly that you almost miss it. As filler, the author has to throw in much whiny dialog. She introduces a sub character at the beginning leading you to believe that she will play a big role and then she vanishes except for the last five minute entry.
The narrator, Franco adds to the whiny tone.
I really have not much to say positive about this novel. With a few lines of editing, it would be better as a YA instead of romance of which there is not. I'd give it a read if you into YA but as a serious romance novel -- thumbs down.
The plot is old and tired. Executive assistant marries boss to fulfill boss' will requirements. Yawn. Nothing new in the plot nor in the characters. I suggest this book only if you have not read the plot-line before -- otherwise pass. It's not that this novel is badly written, nor badly narrated as much as it is utterly unremarkable. Burton gets you to connect with the main character so this is why I give it three stars -- barely.
This Young Adult novel is based upon a post-apocalyptic notion that the human race has dramatically reduced the female population though (event to be disclosed). A group, called the breeders, are trying to repopulate the race. So much for the premise. The setting is a cross between the wild west and downtown Detroit. French does a poor job in plot, she chooses to move the main character (Riley) from event to even without a good reason for her actions. Though she does have one central goal, there is little back-story. Some auxiliary characters are in the story to quack like a duck in the background. While others change and morph in unexplained ways.
Carla Mercer-Meyer pulls of a med-western twang accent for the characters that barely carry the story for the women and completely missed for the men. Though another narrator cannot save the weak plot no matter what their skills.
I am somewhat interested in what the outcome of the next book.It would be good if it were a short story but as two or more novels -- eeek. Oh well, if I have the time, I will circle back and listen to book two. There are many other YA series to get hooked on, this one isn't one of them. If you do listen to book one, you will probably do book two just for kicks. So, I do recommend you pass and thus you have no decision to make.
I am way late in reading this this novel. I have had numerous people tell me how much I would love it. They raved and raved. I thought it was better than average. I will read book two, but not right away. I found it tiring to listen and although I usually listen about 2-3 hours per day, I found myself only getting in about half of it.
There are so many characters, a multitude of locations and hints of story lines and histories. I think Dotrice is a good voice -- but he nearly put me to sleep several times.
Perhaps book two will help me gain momentum with the series. I recommend listening in small doses. I am one of the minority who only thought it to be so-so.
This novel purports to be the first in a series. The stalker plot is solid and has medium level of conflict and tension. I like they way Owens evolves the story in that is not heavy handed in either message or foreshadowing; she also places a good deal of emphasis on developing the hero.
The novel is written for two view points: Dani (widower) and Logan. The narrator offers a solid performance. If you enjoy you romance with a touch of a thriller, then this novel is for you. Give it a read.
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