I loved the opening act which set up this sappy book. I liked the ending act even if it wasn't the usual super duper wild ride we expect. Oh my, the middle is muddled. Too many underdeveloped characters, too many obvious hints, too many fights, too many needless deaths and too much whining. When I think of a book about academia I expect a ride with "Indiana Jones". I believe the abridged version would have been better.
I kept saying would you like some cheese with the whine Jack which is as silly as the endless pining of the main character.
Coben never developed the underlying question of what I thought was his intent. Should I act in a black or white world or one that grey permeate throughout. Idealist or Pragmatist?
I expected more. I liked the ending. It's unusual to read a novel that gives closure to a story and avoids questioning the authors typical need for the big surprise.
Harlan Coben is an amazing author, I love his work but I hope its Sixty Years before he pens another like this one.
How about one more hit of Myron and the gang please? Pretty please!
Except for a bit of confusion with Chinese names this is a much better novel than the last two. I waited to read this one pursuant to the last two disappointments . I'm looking forward to the next Bourne installment. This plot was typically Lustbader. He simplifies the plot, twists turns chases and hand to hand combat we expect. Mixing Israel, China, Mexico and Russia was quite the refreshing quartet to balance. Without giving the plot away this is the best Bourne since "Legacy". I'm cautiously excited the next book coming out on June 10th.
The narrator hit all the accents but crashed and burned on Bourne. He made him sound plain and uninteresting. He has to work to make Bourne tougher!
This is pathetic, there is no way in fact or fiction this story can be believed. Maybe it would make sense in a different family, but not this one. I read it to the bitter end and the end is better than the beginning. There are strong characters but their actions do not fit with the story. Ms. Scottoline has and will do better.
Grisham is a talented author who's recent books lacked the needed kick of a great ending. "Sycamore Row" fulfills the missing element in Grisham's recent novels, a great end. This novel is full of intrigue, drama, characters and a storying that's a page turner. I hope the future presents us with more of the same.
Through all his trials and tribulations Greg Iles', "Natchez Burning" lived up to its billing. What a thrill ride! It got a little harried during the end but it was well worth the wait. Greg, keep the pen flowing, as we await the next installment of Penn Cage's life.
I was disappointed Dick Hill didn't narrate this one but expected the person you selected would do well. Ah, that expectation quickly crashed and burned. I'm sure the book was great but Ledoux ruined the audio version. I couldn't tell which character was taking too many times. It's a shame, I don't know the process but who listens to the audio book before its published? This is the second time in a couple months a book by one of my favorite authors was ruined by a narrator, the other was Harlan Coben's "Just One Look".
This is getting contagious, writers and producers need to find a cure for this malady.
Please find someone else to narrate the next two "Penn Cage" novels.
The female narrator is awful! Staccato sentences and nothing flowed. A fifth grader could read this book better. What were the director and editors thinking??? Whomever was responsible for proofing the audio version needs to find another profession. I love Coben's novels, alas I'll never find out how this one ends. If you must read "Just One Look" buy the abridge version maybe you can get to the end. I'm bummed!
This quick moving shell game is more suited to "Evanovich's",Stephanie Plum than Sanford's Virgil Flowers. A fun thrilling ride with an interesting side bar where the girl gets the guy. Sometimes difficult to follow but a good light hearted novel. The absence of a sinister villain where nobody is a killer and ends up dead or goes to jail is unique but a bummer. Looks like Virgil has a chance to settle down with a smart sexy adventurous lady makes this book intriguing. It was worth the credit but I hope Sanford gives Flowers a break and backs this one with a juicy "Prey" offering. Dan Brown doesn't have to worry about losing his place I'm the antiquity and historical genre. I smiled, laughed and shook my head in this one, defiantly out of the box for a Sanford novel.
Eric you can do better. There were too many obvious situation. Too many throw away lives and nothing to stimulate the mind. The end was obvious. The only way to renew listeners confidence is to write a great story that makes us sit in our cars waiting for a Chapter to end.
The villain had no gravitas, he acted like a spoiled child. The men from the "alphabet divisions" of our country had no class, character or style. It's fine to portray them as idiots or traitors but make them believable. The book didn't flow well. The new characters seemed to be rushed into life without clear development.
The next book is a tremendous challenge. You did it in the past but I'm afraid Jack's at a huge disadvantage after this novel. I'll read Book 6 and anticipate a story that captures my imagination and puts Jack back as a preeminent hero.
The new narrator had a challenge following Richard Ferrone and failed. Berkot didn't do the book justice. Comparing Berkot to Farrone is like comparing Inspector Clusoe to James Bond. I trust you will select a better wordsmith next time.
What a rush! Most the characters weren't very well developed. However the insidious subject matter and the final outcome far overshadow the shallow characters.
In "Rough Country" the sidebar of Flowers not getting the girl was super and developed into a fun side bar. In this book no sidebar could derail the plot line. Sandford takes Flowers up a notch. I can't get enough of "That F******G Flowers"!
Lucas you need to put the fire back into your work, I love you too and I never thought I'd see the day anyone would upstage you. Time to put your big boy pants on get away from that damn political anvil and restart kicking ass.
Conger is the man for Flowers. I love different narrators for each hero.
I recently warmed up to Flowers. I boycotted him because I loved Davenport. I was disappointed Davenport seemed to lose his edge and avoided the new series. Sanford upped the ante in Flowers and I missed it for months.
Oh my where can the plots go from here.....#4 next!
The creative mind of Sanford creates villains who are believable and not people you want to run into while they're on the run. This is a brutal tale of poor and desperate characters who screw up and make their situation worse when they have to run. Sandford shows the mindset of villains who know there's no way out.
The subplot of police who look for revenge, use the law and public opinion to justify their action is fascinating. Flowers on the other hand is not of their ilk. The ending is a great one, unusual and unexpected. Mad River is a social look into the minds of the killers, the police and the public. It was a wonderful read and a page turner.
Virgil Flowers is fast becoming as good as Lucas Davenport! Conger is Flowers and that's great. Most authors change their hero's but make it difficult for the listener the differentiate between them when they don't change narrators.
The Prey series was getting stale, the author needed a new vehicle to jump start his creative juices. Virgil Flower's resuscitated Sandford. This is the second Flowers novel I've read and it's resuscitated me too.
The title is the only complaint I have with "Heat Lightning". The characters are strong, well developed and interesting. The story flows with ease even though the plot isn't believable, but hey, its fiction. I still loved it and couldn't put it down. I was able to predict the villain early in the book, but the catching the killers was an intense and well written journey.
Flowers and Davenport are great characters, few authors are blessed with a pair of hero's.
It's smart of Sandford to use a different Narrater, Conger is the face of Flowers. Other authors should consider this as many Series seem to be the same when the same person narrates everything.
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