Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
Very David Sedarisian and quite Bill Bryson-esque.
My normal "reads" are crime and covert-ops espionage so the occasional side venture to humor are always welcomed. The narrator here even sounds like David Sedaris who I always felt is a long lost son of Woody Allen.
Great travel choice with the family. Maybe a few hours longer than necessary but easy to leave and come back to without having to recall any plot lines or characters..... there is no plot or characters.
This was my first Bryce Courtenay, won't be my last. It's a long one - 26 hours so be prepared to make an investment of time. Great story that reminded me of some Sidney Sheldon epics from the 70-80s.
Jack's youth and his Vegas experiences are detailed and comprise 85% of the book. His African experience is hurried and compacted. The reader learns in the epilogue why that had to be the case. Courtenay's health.
Jack's Vegas days reminded me of the movie - Casino. Crazy Sammie was Joe Pesci's character in Casino.... quite insane and scary.
This was my 7th Joe DeMarco story and maybe "the best". I am already sad that there are only two more in the series. Mike Lawson, I hope you are hard at work on #10.
This one did not focus so much on "The Speaker's" corruptness. I hear enough about corrupt politicians in the daily news. I don't need more proof in my recreational reading.
I suppose this series can be picked up at any point, but I chose to read them in order. Among my favorite Audible series along with Harlon Coben's Myron Bolitor, Brett Battles' Jonathan Quinn and Connolley's Bosch and Mickey Haller.
I hesitated to start this series for several years thinking it was horror genre which I don't go for. In a sense I suppose it is "horror". But the unique character of Agent Pendergast is so entertaining I am now going thru the entire series. This was my 3rd.
Pendergast is a modern-day "Sherlock" for sure but with some Dirk Pitt and maybe even some Doc Savage mixed in. Definitely NOT "Reacher". There is no sex in this series, that I've found. Pendergast's eccentricities have carried each of the books I've read. P&C do go in for the ghoulish with regularity.
My narrator preference is Rene but the others are fine. There is some chronological order to the series but it is not critical. P&C treat each book as if the reader is just meeting "the man in the black suit" for the first time.
Pendergast is so unique I cannot imagine who might play him in as movie. You really should get to know him.... as much as anyone "gets to know Pendergast". :-)
EXCELLENT Book. Rather long (20 hours) for the genre. Could have easily been 2-3 separate books. Fans of Charles Bronson's Death Wish movies will especially enjoy Robert McCall, former top secret ops guy as an urban vigilante of sorts dealing with NYC street thugs AND "the Russian mob".
All the Russian names do get confusing. If the names have Ks, Vs and Ds they are really bad guys. A movie starring Denzel Washington comes out Sept 2014.
As with all stories of this genre.... obvious comparison to "Reacher" apply here too. Easy to imagine a series with McCall.
I just discovered Jericho Quinn a week or so ago.... and immediately ordered / listened to all three IN ORDER. Definitely read in chronological order as each adventure builds on the earlier ones.
The narrator for the first two books was (IMO) preferable to this one. This one was too much "mouse and squirrel" with his accents. But this narrator did not detract from my enjoyment. This narrator's "Zamora" did drip pure psycho-evil.
Comparisons to more established action heroes is easy and obvious. Quinn may be closer to Mitch Rapp than many others. Looking forward to more of Jericho (and friends) from Marc Cameron.
I'm putting Jericho in the hero pantheon with Reacher, Rapp, Bauer, Harvath, Andreas, et al. This guy may be closer to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp than the others.
I look forward to completing the series over the next week. Keep'em coming Mr Cameron.
Will and Jessica save America three or four times in this one. A classic Baldacci espionage thriller that is all I ask. "Wish You Well" is my all-time Baldacci favorite which is NOT classic Baldacci at all.
If you're considering North Korea for a possible vacation, this listen might change your mind.
I'm going to give the author credit that his research on conditions in NK are as gruesome as he details. ..... SCARY!
Fans of BobLee Swagger, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp and Dewey Andreas - meet Edwin Kriess.... and Kriess is angry and on the hunt. Uh oh!
I became a Deutermann fan several months ago and went thru his 4-book Cam Richter series in several weeks. This one is a stand-alone but could be a series. I guess the term "formula plot" is supposed to be a negative but not for me. With the familiar voice of Dick Hill, I am in familiar territory with a rugged iconic "operative" who has run afoul of the bureaucrats..... sound familiar?
Some reviewers analyze books like they critique wine. Not me. I like the story - the characters - the narrator. If you like those characters I noted above, I think you will like Hunting Season too.
Just discovered Deutermann a few weeks ago and have now read the 4-book Cam Richter series. More please! Being in North Carolina I enjoy his NC settings for all four. Pretty easy to guess his locales.
With Dick Hill's voice, its easy to compare Richter to Reacher.... if Reacher had Frick and Frack (and Kitty). Yes, there is a formula to the series.... nothing wrong with that. MUST read in order - Cat Dancers, Spider Mountain, Moonpool then this one. Now I will be reading Deutermann's non-Richter stories. Suggest you do too!
Comparing Deutermann's Cam Richter to Child's Reacher is an easy compliment for this less famous author. With Reacher's voice Dick Hill the comparison is even stronger.
Living in NC makes this series even more fun. A buddy who is ex-SBI confirms that Deutermann knows his stuff. This was my 2nd Richter and I'm already into #3, with #4 on Wish List. His basic formula is apparent which I appreciate. Definitely read the series "in order" for max pleasure.
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