FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, United States | Member Since 2013
Hummm. No. Just as good.
This is vintage perfection written for the discerning mind. Publisher's Weekly probably would reject it as "old fashioned" because it doesn't begin with a chase scene, or something. You want new fashion? Go see Star Trek. You want perfection like Doyle, Wells, Kipling, or Verne, this is your ticket to satisfaction! It will knock your socks off and make your head spin like no other story.
Excellent. None better.
...in the tree.
Worth every cent, every minute devoted.
This is my first foray into the Reacher World, my first Childs book ever, and I liked it. I liked it well and I liked it because of the way the actor handled the role and I liked how Childs handled the prose, especially Reacher's. Reacher is eloquent but jagged in a Brooklyn sort of way, kinda like how I'm writing this review, and kinda the way Reacher makes observations. Example: "...it had four rooms. A small bedroom on the left and a smaller one on the right."
Reacher I liked, too, but Dick Hill made him "plausible." (...how many times was THAT word used? I ask myself.) I probably ordered this book when it was on sale because after Tom Cruise's disaster it didn't seem "plausible" that the series would have an iota of a rat's arse of a chance of being any good at all, but I was wrong.
I'm hooked. And I'm going to listen to them all, and, I pray that I stop thinking, writing, and talking the way Childs writes. Maybe I will. Maybe I won't. All thumbs up.
When he escaped
Maybe. Maybe not.
Perhaps. I liked reading "Old Man's War." But this book makes me reluctant to take the risk.
Yes. I don't like liberal ideas and Dystopian scenarios.
The narration was good.
Cut my wrists.
The correct history details.
Will Patton is always superb and I would run away with Kate in a heartbeat.
No. It takes a gestation period.
I may listen to it again.
This novel is perfection in every respect, both the hard cover and the audiobook. A super-maximum 10-stars best of all Middle East wars books. THE best hand-to-hand combat scene EVER. It makes the scene in Saving Private Ryan look like girls scouts dry-humping each other.
You're kidding, right? SSG Bellavia, of course.
The hand-to-hand scene.
The hand-to-hand scene.
Bellavia has tried unsuccessfully to run for a Congressional seat in New York State. WTF do they want, a Wiener? For Christ's Sakes!
Yes, not only is this a terrific detective mystery novel, but it is an artistic masterpiece, probably Burke's finest work. It won the Edgar, it was that good. I've read it twice and listened to it three times.
Yes, like a raptor ready to pounce!
No, this was my first. He is excellent.
The beginning when...just read it. You'll see.
This is situated in Louisiana and the characters are grass roots, down-home, grits, root beer, heat lightening over the salt flats humid with color and flavor. If you want to experience a cornucopia of sensations, read Burke. Or listen.
Ranks above the top of the top in my view, and I not only read voraciously EVERYTHING, but I am also a writer. Pat Frank nailed this better than Nevil Shute's, On the Beach.. This is gut-wrenching story that I read as a boy in the 1960s when it was in paperback. Nowadays a signed first in hardcover can be well over a thousand dollars. I looked it up in Audible, and when I saw Will Patton was the actor, well, that clenched it for me. I had to get this audiobook.
The protagonist, Bragg. He was realistic and heroic.
His acting acumen. My god, his range is huge! He must have voices in his head, or something, to be able to do all of the different characters and still keep them sorted. I wish he'd do my book!
When Mordechai died.
I see that Mr. Patton also does voice overs for James Lee Burke. ... Now I know HOW I am going to go broke.
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