After listening to some really good books, this one seemed inane. These two ex-cop private eyes talk about how great they are but seemed like a couple of clowns to me. They start the case by playing basketball from their desks with wads of paper into the wastebasket. They think they're funny but they're not. For smart-ass or funny, the dialog doesn't compare to an author like Janet Evanovich or Harlan Coben. The story doesn't compare to Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly, or Jo Nesbo.
Smarter more savvy characters. Develop the story faster. I listened for a couple hours and still had no problem abandoning the book and never finishing it, which is rare for me. I started one by Greg Isles and was engaged in the first few minutes.
Seems like a first attempt an a book by a new writer. I won't be getting any more from this series.
I couldn't get through much of the first book in this series (No Lesser Plea). It got off to a bad start describing the criminals and crime, so I never got to the main characters who I hope were more likeable. So I returned it, and returned this one (second in series) as well because I assumed it was no better.
I listened to the first book in this series, but can't force myself to start this one. The first one had some torture sections (particularly late in the book) that made me sick and I couldn't listen. I had to fast forward through some of that. It was also very, very long, which isn't normally a problem for me. (For instance I loved Pillars of the Earth!) I bought the second one before I finished the first. But now, I'm going to return it because it's been sitting in my library for weeks and weeks and I can't make myself listen.
I'm someone who is constantly listening to a book but I've made it half way though this one and I haven't listened in over a week. I'm finding it boring, and don't care about the characters. I'm giving up.
Complex story keeps you guessing, with an unexpected twist at the end. I've listened to so many books it's hard to find any where I have do idea what's coming. Characters are interesting and well developed, and each book you learn more about them.
Books that jump back and forth from past to present are not my favorite so I couldn't give it 5 stars, but this wasn't too bad.
Some of the characters were not likeable. The main character Nate has a daughter who is a spoiled brat that is disrespectful to her parents and did some really stupid things. Her idiot boyfriend was annoyng. I could tell they were in the book to do some things that were too stupid for the parents to do, so the author used the kids. The daughter, who claims she is adult and needs to be included in decisions, tells her boyfriend what her dad is involved in, then when the father finally recovers the important document he's set out to find, she opens it and then burns it! Really? And the parents do nothing and aren't mad. She is so cavalier about the situation that when the bad guys break in and go after her, I am hoping they are successful just to teach her a lesson and bring her to reality! Then when they are trying to escape, the boyfriend shows up, and he and the daugher insist he is going with them - and the parents let him in the car!
At one point Nate is with the FBI agent who wants to go pick up the family and take them to safety. Nate shouts that if the FBI do that they will be seen and put a target on his daughters head (there's already one there!), but Nate thinks he can go home, sneak through the back yard, load his family into their own vehicle, and escape? Why can he do that better than the FBI? It was just too annoying and not credible.
Nate works for the police as a death notifier. I don't know if they really have such a position but I doubt that they would give him access to all the investigation information let alone the corpse, autopsy, and evidence. The author had to come up with a way to give Nate this information and chose this mechanism which was just more than I could believe.
The appearances of the dead soldier friend was not effective for me. There are other authors who use this effectively, but here it seemed like a borrowed gimmick.
There was no real explanation of why Nate and his wife split up or why his daughter was so resentful. Nate spent a lot of time thinking about the past in ways that didn't help me understand the present day situation.
The main "bad guy" Pavlov, was a bit extreme and more than obsessed with his daugher. Killing all the witnesses to his daughter's auto accident? Not believable even for a bad guy. Then after she is dead he is in her room cutting up her clothing and underwear. It didn't add to the story.
Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Louise Penny, John Sanford, Jo Nesbo, etc.
Scott Brick is great all the way around!
No way. Besides the main character is dead.
I thought I'd like Gregg Hurwitz, but I won't listen to any more of his books. There was too much that didn't make sense (not sensible or believable), and I got tired of all the reminiscing and philosophizing about life. Nate was too sappy about his daughter when she was growing up in light of how unlikeable she was as a teenager.
I fast forwarded through a lot of it, just trying to find out what happened and come to the end.
It dragged on and at times I just wanted to fast forward. The characters were annoying. I hate it when people do stupid things or a blind and oblivious to what's going on. The ending was unsatisfactory, unless you like the bad guys to win.
The story line did have an interesting twist mid-way that I didn't see coming.
I wouldn't listen to anything else by this author.
Another excellent book from Brian Haig. Complex plot, lots of twists and turns. Some realistic and graphic descriptions of the war, and the politics behind the scenes. This book did tend to ramble occasionally with philosophical observations or introspections which interrupted the flow of the action. The author is very funny at times and I laughed out loud. I recommend this book.
Excellent! Held my interest, lot's of reality about politics and the war - you could tell the author knew what he was talking about from experience. Also very funny! I laughed out loud several times. I highly recommened this book and the entire series.
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