Charming. Edgy. Likewise.
Whatever you thought about the first one (Devil You Know), you'll think about this one.
He brings the perfect tone and creates the connection we have with each one of the characters. I'm not sure I would love the books as much if I didn't hear them from him.
Oh, yes the scene where the guy did the thing at the place with the...
...nice try -- nobody need spoilers.
Never experienced a writer who could come up with so many perfect metaphors in my life. Regardless of the plot, the writing is rhythmic and engaging. And funny as hell in all the right places.
The narrator was performing this story and not telling a story; his voice always had this slightly hightened quality; all he needed to do was relax. His performace was remarkably uneasily dull. It didn't help that the writing was pretty amaturish -- the author was trying to create a rhythm in a by-the-numbers, I-learned-how-to-write-from-a-how-to-book way which was painfully obvious by the many torchured metaphors. The premise was not as interesting as other reviewers indicate; all you have to do is think about it and the explaination (which completely escapes this apparently smart retired detective) becomes clear. Solving the "mystery" early made the rest of it unbearable.
If you skip this trilogy, you won't be missing a lot, really. The authors are at least good about that kind of thing. In this trilogy, there is way too much Pendergast. It's the balance of other characters and getting involved in their lives and concerns and frailties is what makes the Pendergast novels so good. There is NONE of that in these three books. And I can't stress this enough: Pendergast himself is not all that interesting on a personal level; he's not exactly a figure we can overly-empathise with because his life and experiences are so out of the norm, so his taking up 95% of these three books is taxing. This would have been a good SINGLE long book.
And Nazi's? Really? Clichéd and stereotypically boring. It was a great effort to see if they could make it all worthwhile. Some good stuff there, eventually, but not for the amount of required investment of time.
His usual fantastic job.
Way too much Pendergast (as are the first two stories from this trilogy). The balance of other characters and getting involved in their lives is what makes the Pendergast novels so good. There is NONE of that in these three books. And I can't stress this enough: Pendergast himself is not all that interesting; he's not exactly a figure we overly-empathise with personally, so his taking up 95% of these three books is taxing. The tie-up for D'Agosta was WAY too quick and clean..and the getting him in trouble is getting to routine. If you skip this trilogy, you won't be missing a lot, really. The authors are at least good about that kind of thing.
No -- this can't be put into a genre. When a series (any series) has gone as long as this, it transcents genres. You know what you are expecting is unique.
Absolutely solid -- just like all his other Pendergast performances. No disappointment here.
Comprehensive. Engaging. Historical.
This is my first for Mr. Heller. Terriffic, terriffic job.
No -- this one needs to be parsed out.
I was too young for the Smothers Brothers show, but the albums are among my favorites, so getting to hear the details of the rumors/stories about the show I'd always heard was the fascinating part for me. The relationship TV creators and networks had then was fascinating given the era we live in now, and that's the real hidden gem of interest in this book. In the light of history of the SB show itself, it's easy to see who the heroes were -- but the tactics of Tommy Smothers are properly characterized as brave, but also, well, not so bright. I can't speak too much to anyone who is not a SB fan, but the balance of power in that day and age is really explored and puts that aspect of this book on, at the very least, an American historical level, and well worth learning if you like television.
I would for someone who loves action that is piled on. The author seemed to feel this needed 3 climaxes. At some point, enough is enough.
I love Jack Du Brul's first books, but I've noticed they seem to keep getting longer -- which is not a good thing. Even a 4-hour James Bond movie would try die-hard fans -- this one is like that.
Only this series.
It's every book Scott Brick has ever done.
It dragged and the hero was annoying. But, at least it was overly-long...
When everyone got into place and it came to playing out the third-act, it got to be exhausting. Two to three plot points could have been dealt with in the denoument instead of becoming scenes that were overly long. They weren't bad scenes, but they came when the reader needs to keep the momentum going toward the final.
An updated telling of the Count of Monte Cristo, and not a bad one at that. I would have given it 4 stars, except that our hero, who has a lot of time and resources to plot his sequence of revenge, inexplicably leaves one character that should have been "dealt with" and naturally, that character wrecks too much havok -- and that brought down the overall experience of a good tale of revenge. The rest of the themes are dealt with credibly, and that's all I asked of this popcorn tale.
I lasted 30 mintues. The first person narrative is awful, which the narrator makes excruciating. He CANNOT even remotely do anyone's voice but his own -- and even that is wrapped-up in an annoyting semi-flake of a sidekick who thinks we want his personal critique of EVERY SINGLE THING that happens.
The voice of Cepak is beyond an amaturish effort. As soon as the Producer heard it, he should have said "Are you trying to be funny? -- We can't have the hero of the story sounding like a characature -- and a bad one at that!"
I wish yearly members could be credited with 1 refund a year. This would EASILY be mine.
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