tallevast, FL, United States | Member Since 2011
I was given this book as a gift. Because it falls under the category of a "Fable" with a hint of fantasy, I probably would not have got it for myself. I really liked this book through and through. It really made me stop and think about how I have let a busy life and possibly some fears stop me from pursuing things I want to accomplish - Not need to accomplish.
Jeremy Irons was obviously Jeremy irons and told the story very well. It was a great story and I am glad I listened to it.
Someone has got to be putting me on with these reviews. I believe most of the reviews were from the written version. My review is from the audible version. I am not giving anything away as I tell you that the teen age dexterish main character in this book is trying to help capture the Hat Dog killer... Someone carving hats and dogs into people he kills... If that sounds interesting to you - Carry on. It seems - Like a childish imagination - As the character sounds childish when you listen... Let's go backwards to the beginning of this book where the character is taking credit in the previous book for catching a killer called the impressionist... I think I listened to the first book. My library says I did - Yet it's completely different from the new revelation that he caught the killer - When it was his girlfriend and friend that busted through the door with a shot gun and rescued him. Ergo - It wasn't him who caught the killer. He didn't find him with special deductions powers. The guy came to him and told on himself... I understand that you have to give a background to the first book - But Yikes - This book repeats a ton of stuff from the first. If I have an idea for a new type of air plane and it sounds good - I might get some people that want to know more. But if that plane is incapable of flying - No one is going to invest. This book has a great idea - But the plot and characters don't fly. This book is very juvenile and it makes sense now after reading about Mr Lyga, and that he is a young adult writer.
I felt like I teetered on the edge of liking and not liking this book. I loved the idea overall - But the story to bring it together did not rock my world... I really liked David DeSantos overall but there were a couple of issues. Though his name sounds Latino - His voices for some of the Spanish characters were grating at times... His accents were too pronounced as if a Gringo was doing a Spanish accent. I only know a little Spanish - But it seemed some of his parts where Spanish was spoken - The sentence structure was more English than Spanish. I enjoyed his English parts very much. Especially Frank and his brother. He spoke with such ease that the voice alone drew me in. I made it through this book which says a lot. But I think a 3 star rating is very fair.
Think about this....
ADAM LANZA - Fatally shoots 20 innocent children and 6 workers in 2012
COLUMBINE SHOOTING - 12 Students and 1 Teacher killed
JAYLEN FRYBERG - 2014 5 kids shot & 3 died
There are more - look them up.... It's only getting worse. my political inclinations are neither hard left or right. I just have a brain and can see how society is excusing the actions of people killing people because they were picked on or embarrassed. It's only getting worse & It's the thinking in this book that is taking it there. The justification of the sissaffication of American and their children continues.... Keep letting your kids talk back to you parents > Because you want your kids to be free thinkers, and teachers don't grade with a red marker because you don't want to embarrass these poor kids. PLEASE.....
Thanks Dad for caring enough to cuff me upside my head when I acted up. Thanks Mom for the fly swatter on my butt because I didn't listen to you. It made me a better man. This country is doomed with the mentality presented in this book.
I looked up Sandra brown because I thought she couldn't have children and write this book. I cannot find that she does. That makes sense. If she had to go to the school and find her child was killed by some bratt with a gun. - I wonder if she would adopt the poor misunderstood kid that did the shooting.
I know know this book is fiction. I know that I signed up for a mystery laced with erotosism. I didn't know I was going to be hit with an agenda that I despise.
Take out the fact that before this turned into a "Lets all cry for the kid that shot 8 or 9 people because he was picked on story" - It was o.k.
I am not as angry as I am disgusted
I looked at a ton of reviews and I thought I should give it a try. By the time I was a few hours in - I thought I made the right choice & was calling everyone that gave a bad review crazy. I thought they were beating John Grisham up because it wasn't 'A time to kill' - After 'The innocent Man' I thought I was done with John Grisham, but I was swayed by reviewers for this book. Let me say that Michael Beck was awesome! He was the Only reason I hung in... I was ready to turn off after 3/4ths of the book - But I already invested 17hrs.... The problem with writers of Grishams intelligence and ability in my opinion - Is that they must think we are all dumb - Or he would have made this book smarter. I'm just a pool guy from Sarasota Fl and I'm pretty sure I could give Jake (The main character) a run for his money in a court room. I think John Grisham was so focused on the big suprise ending that he let the trial fall apart in a terrible way. I wouldn't want Jake as my lawyer. He folded like a lawn chair at every turn. I would have killed (Verbally) the suprise people that apposing counel brought in to testify. I would have murdered (Verbally) Seth's kids. I would have also pushed for the fact that 2 dying people leaving a care taker money wouldn't be strange - When they were the only ones taking care of the dying people... It would have been the only argument needed - And it was never brought up. Jake sucked as an attorney and the drunk guy in the story did save his case.
I get that a lot of people will hit the 'no' button when asked if this review was helpful, but somebody has to tell the truth. I believe that the majority of reviewers are proud Americans with a 'Let's kill all the Hajjis' type of mentality. Which I understand and can appreciate on certain levels. 3 Stars is actually kind though with respect to this book... Obviously we are swayed by the sacrifices of Americans that defend this great country. Even with Scott McEwan in the middle driver's seat - This book was only listenable to those who discount writing in order to praise heroics. They are not the same thing. I realized going in that this wouldn't be like listening to "Sniper Elite" by Scott McEwan... But I was hoping for something much better then this. The Story was very - Start/Stop. It had a very Po dunk sort of feel to it - Like a good ole boy attitude would put us on a level playing field. It seemed like the musings of someone, who took time to make a pseudo diary. Not a Diary like the "Notebook" mind you. It was also very opinionated in a way I couldn't relate to - Wether I agreed or not. I 'Could not' finish listening to this book after grinding my way through the first half. There was no continuing story line to follow, so I found it very hard to stay involved with this book on any level. Sorry for the non conformist attitude.
For what its worth............ J
I think forever ago I read one of Mike Lawson's first or second books & it was o.k but not memorable... I looked through all the reviews and decided to give book # 7 a chance. I'm glad I did. I like Joe Barrett and am most familiar with his work as the narrator for Brian Freeman's books. I think I enjoyed the book mostly for it's plausible story line & The fact that it did not have some over the top action hero doing things beyond their means. It's the very reason I like Joe DeMarco. I do wish Joe was a little more everything though... I wish Mike Lawson didn't paint him as some bumbling half lawyer skating by. I am listening to book 8 based off my experience with # 7 and Joe tried to pronounce anaphylatic shock and bumbled his way through the word and it surprised me that I could say it if not spell it & I am just a pool guy from Florida.. I'd really like to see a Joe DeMarco pick up where his dad left off and make him a hit man of sorts. Anyway - I liked the ending a lot and it brought the whole book together nicely. Audio books are one of the ways I cope with the daily grind & I am glad to have found this book in amoungst the pile of bad books I listened to lately.
For what it's worth.... J
This is the problem with books that run in series, and people that fall in love with an Author and or the character. They can't differentiate between the good and the bad, and they will write reviews based off feelings based off past experiences... I liked the first 2 books - I really liked the 3rd... I didn't drink the Koolaid though - So I will say without a doubt - This book stunk. The only constantly good thing was Rob Shapiro. The Story line was horrible, and there was no suspense to it... The bad lady went through hell and back again to kill someone that didn't have a clue about anything. Really??? A S@#t load of mercenaries to find one girl....... Lets not leave out the fact that the dialog and interaction between our favorite assassin and the girl was terrible... So much about nothing... I wasn't drawn in or intrigued at any point in time. I hate to say it - Because I am Anti Grey Man - But this felt very similar to that kind of novel... No substance - No mystery - No quality assassin work. Also - Lets put an ad in the paper for the worlds top assassin - As anyone can find them... I'm telling you - If they left the country and hid in a cave like Osama did. I still had the feeling like they would get conveniently found. It's almost Voodoish anymore in some books. If you see a squirrel and a rabbit in the same day - Then they must be in hidding in the hotel across the street... I purchased this book based off my past experiences. I wrote this review based off my current experience.
For what it's worth... J
My significant other laughs at me for being a review person.... I will read a ton of reviews before buying a audio book or I take a chance. I also feel responsible to write reviews based off the latter statement. This book had no audible reviews - So I took a chance.. The reviews that were available were based of book purchases and they were 50/50.. I love the occasional assassin book and decided to go for this one... Unfortunately I have to say that this Audio book was terrible. Luke Daniels has a great voice - But he butchered the accents and the pitches in his voice were grating.. If I were to write a book - I would hope that if I had a story line based off a persons of person from another country. I would find a narrator with some idea of an accent that made sense... I looked up Ward Larsen after listening to this book and what I believed holds true. He is the whitest man you will come across. I say that because it shows in the fact that Luke Daniels had the whitest voice for an Israeli Kidon you will ever hear.. It's hard to imagine a Mossad assassin when he sounds like an American white male....Not someone that lived in Israel for most of his life. Unfortunately a lot of narrators try to make this big gruff intimidating voice for tough guys and it is unnerving to me.. He also made this Israeli Kidon sound like he was in a constant state of anger and worry and that most definitely killed it for me... I imagine a Kidon being under constant control of his emotions. Not some guy that sounds like he took some uppers. The other accented voices were also bad, as they all had the tendency to high pitch at the end of every sentence as if to emphasize a point. If I wanted this audio book to be successful - I would take it off the market - Get the readers that wrote the House of Sand and fog and narrated it - Brilliantly by the way - And eat whatever you paid Luke Daniels - And re-release it after it was narrated again... If this book was o.k. - I would never know. The idea behind the story line seemed to have some promise - But getting there seemed very weak. . I honestly could not make it more than 2 hours in before quitting. It did not hold my interest on any level..
For what it's worth. J
It was also - God awful. That's my response to this idea that this is the best "yeah but" book ever. I will write this review without spoilers. You already have the premise in the book description. A kid was picked on and he killed the other kid. If you feel even slightly sympathetic toward the Columbine high school killers because they weren't accepted and picked on - Then this is your book. I am not sympathetic toward them. Just like the kid in this book - They weren't raped or tortured or any of the horrible things that might tip the scales into understanding why people justify the actions of some troubled kid. You're not a good parent if you aren't involved with your kids enough to know what's going on. Or you don't care enough. Or you stopped telling your kids no because you don't want them affected by negative responses. I can tell you that I wasn't the coolest kid in school & I got picked on - But I choose to do positive things. Not plot the death of other kids. Joseph Teller tried to indicate through Jaywalker - That we should feel ultimate empathy toward such an individual. What number of people killed do we stop being empathetic - If 1 is o.k. - How about 3? Do we stop when they become a serial killer? Even if this book wasn't so sad - On a moral level. It was horribly written. You ever listen to a really good joke - But it took like 5 minutes to tell and by the end it - It got awkward because the punchline was so far away. This is that joke - Except - It's not a good one.... This book was sooooo drawn out. Maybe like this review LOL. Wrapping up - The main character Jaywalker was not even close to being as funny as he thought he was. He was very effeminate at times. I don't know who he's trying to relate to - But as a man - It wasn't me & I can cry with the best of them.
For what it's worth - J
I think Michael Sears is a really good writer. The narrator was good - But I liked the previous narrator in book one better - Or at least - I already have the first narrator in my head - So it is hard to say. This book was somewhere between o.k. & good. There were a lot of balls being juggled in this book and it was hard to stay focussed on all the players. I have three sons and a daughter - So when I hear Jason say "My beautiful son" It weirds me out a little. My boys are good looking - My daughter is beautiful - I think he tries to hard with the whole kid story to make us feel a connection. Michael is a very smart writer & I hope he takes his time and writes another good book.
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