I have been a fan of the Harry Bosch series for some time. But Harry in this book is immature, self centered, unnecessarily very rude to everyone, racist, and just plain unlikable. As portrayed in other books, Harry has off setting likeable qualities. Where those likable qualities were in this book, I don't know. Everything has to be done his way. He never explains why to the other characters. And simple explanation would be more credible in those circumstances to the other characters. He acts like a self centered teenager.
The narration was good, the plot moved forward fast. It just that Harry was someone that you might start cheering against. Definitely NOT recommended as the first book to read/listen too of the Harry Bosch series.
Now, Ed has an amazing physical condition along with unique genes that allows him to climb without bottle oxygen. At the same time, he makes a series of good decisions that curtail several climbs when it didn't seem right. He lived to tell the tale and climb again next season. So why didn't I like the book?
Ed tells his story in which he is the only person that can sense good climbing conditions when all around him, make bad decisions in continuing to climb. He talks about his instincts, a lot. Perhaps it was the manner in which it was written that makes Ed look like he has a big ego. Perhaps better editing would have have softened some of these disagreeable moments. I would like to think that Ed is more humble in person then this books suggest. I would just liked something more definitive then instincts as a reason to perform an action. In the end, better editing would have forced him to be more precise as to his motives and reasons to act as he did on the mountains. Still, Ed is around to write his story when so many died along the way.
Good plot, and an interesting concept. But horrible absolutely horrible main character. In every situation, he is boorish and obnoxious. At first it was kinda funny, but then as the book wore on, his dialog became immature and dull. To everyone that John Corey met, he was an ass. I kept expecting to discover the interesting side of the main character. But it never happened. After a couple of hours, John Corey's dialog wasn't funny. Stopped after nine hours. Deleted from my library. Too bad, I would have liked to known how it came out.
Kept me sitting in my driveway, more then once. Will written, well read, interesting story line. Superb dialog between the main characters. Even if you know the outcome, this is well worth the listening to.
Well written, well read, exceptionally well developed plot and characters. Found myself staying in my car, listening even when I was at my destination. Looking forward to the next book.
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