The author's attention to detail is the most enjoyable aspect of this series. The assassin doesn't just pick up a gun and shoot. We learn the type of gun, type of ammo, characteristics of both and the reasons for using both. If you're not into that level of detail, this book isn't for you. I also love the details of the counterespionage Victor uses at all times.
The narrator was flawless given the multiple accents required although Victor sounded a little flip at times which goes against my perception of a lethal assassin.
I never start with performance but it is as if King wrote this book to have Will Patton read it. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this and conversely, I can't imagine listening to another Will Patton performance without thinking about Mr. Mercedes. That said, I just came off a disappointing book and needed a winner. I took a chance on good old Mr. Dark Tower and I am so glad I did.
The book is heartbreaking at times yet I found the disturbed killer's inner dialogue to be hilarious at times, which made me somewhat unsettled about my own sense of humor. But hey, at least I didn't write it. Right?
It's a decent whodunit with multiple likeable characters. But the best part is that in typical King style, there are no predictable outcomes. He goes to great lengths to get us to like the characters, but history teaches us that there are no sacred cows in a King novel. We are left to hold our breath until the last.
I don't mean to be a hater but this was my first and last Baldacci novel. I had just finished the Victor the Assassin series and wanted to continue the secret-agent-thriller-vibe. What a mistake. Compared to Tom Woods' novels, this book was full of predictable "twists" and "turns". The main characters seem to never, ever make a mistake. They never lose a fight or a gun battle. No opponent ever connects with a shot. Why even continue with the story after the first chapter when you know the outcome is set in stone? I like my heroes to make a mistake once in a while.
But the absolute worst part of this book is the performance. So when a key Korean character is supposedly speaking to other characters in Korean, the female narrator speaks in English with a THICK KOREAN ACCENT! What purpose does this serve? The character is supposed to be communicating to another character on a one to one basis. What does it matter how she sounds? We know she's Korean. Is it really necessary to have a thick Korean accent?? Later in the book, there are multiple Korean "accent" speakers which adds to the hilarity. And these voices are haphazardly spliced together with the main narrator's lines. Every listener knows these are just a bunch of disjointed voices spliced together in separate studios. My only wonder is how in the world I got through the whole thing.
Even the very premise of the book- that 4 college grads can turn into a band of kidnappers because of a bleak job market, is absurd. This might work for an episode of Law and Order but it is definitely not novel material.
Even the police side of the story is amateurish, with case-breaking leads falling right into the cops' laps at every turn using minimal effort. There seemed to always be a witness with a fantastic memory or picture-perfect surveillance tapes at the ready. And the romance angle was even more absurd, which just added to the comedy.
The most hilarious part was the beautiful, rich Princeton co-ed who wants to join the gang because she is bored. Oh yeah, and her dad just happens to have his own jet!
I found myself laughing at the "twists and turns" because you could see them coming from a mile away. I listened to this book as often as I could not because I enjoyed it but because I just wanted to get it over with. I kept hoping there was some plot twist that would swoop in and save this book but it never came.
It is naïve to think we understand what it was like to fight in World War II. However, the author does a wonderful job of blending a global view of the conflict along with explicit details of the horrors of war and what it was like to be on the front lines and beyond. I learned a great deal from this book that I had not previously known about the war. I would definitely recommend it. The performance of the narrator was flawless.
My only criticism is that, at times I felt as if the book should be renamed "How African Americans Won the War". While it is noteworthy to point out the contributions and misconceptions of African Americans in WWII, the author seems to overdo it in my opinion while glossing over the contributions of other ethnic groups such as Japanese Americans.
I'm glad I took a chance on this one based on reviews. A well thought out mystery with an interesting main character. Perhaps a series in the works? I enjoyed the pace of the book. I felt like there was enough tiime to get to know all the characters fully. The performance was impressive considering all of the various accents used throughout.
I had no idea of the author's true identity when I downloaded this book. Perhaps it would have kept me away and that would have been a shame.
From Scott Brick's melodramatics to the plodding storyline to the laughable twist that tries to tie the book together, this book was just not for me. I kept waiting and waiting for the story to take off but it never did. By that time I had so much time invested that I just wanted to see how it ended. I should've stopped after the first hour.
Perhaps it was a hangover from the brilliance of Ghostman which I listened to before this book and thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself rewinding parts of this book not because I wanted to relive a moment, but because my mind had wandered and I lost the story. And why would the author name the wife Annabel and the daughter Katherine? Not a big deal but one of those annoyances that took me half the book to get straight.
My first Robert Crais book and I enjoyed the dog-angle to the story. It was a unique way to solve a mystery. I actually learned some things about my own dog and why she behaves the way she does. The narrator's pace and voices were good. I only wish the main crime the book revolves around wasn't so cliche. Armored car heist? Really?
I enjoyed the main character's sharp wit and sarcasm throughout the story despite the things that were happening to him.
I love Simon Vance's style. Also enjoyed Safe House by Chris Ewan. His pace is good without feeling rushed. He performs women's voices well without sounding forced. He is a little weak when doing American accented characters.
It was a fun story, not a masterpiece.I enjoyed the twists and turns and how all the loose ends come together at the end. I would read another book in this series because the main character is so likable.
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