It's been a while since the last novel by Frederick Forsyth. This one makes it worth the wait. Likeable heroes, despicable villains, and a very plausible premise. No superhero stunts, just solid storytelling and clean action. I recommend this book highly. The only downside, and this is personal, is that the hero, Christopher Carson is known as Kit Carson. Not an auspicious state to associate a good guy with a murderer and bringer of war to the North American Indians.
I remember The Innocent as I know I read it. I think I read The Hit, but don't remember. This book brings back Robie and Reel. The subplotlines start vastly far apart and slowly wind together to intersect. You'll never think anything good about North Korea after this.
Other reviewers found multiple readers problematic but once I settled in, I really liked the way it moved the story along. I was surprised when the sound effects started in, but like another reviewer, I remember listening to radio dramas late at night with the lights out and found the sound effects became additive rather than distracting. Accurate too. Nothing else sounds like an MP5 in 3 round burst mode.
A good read, recommended
This is Jack Higgins at his finest. Not to say later characters are not good, but this introduction of Liam Devlin, and Kurt Steiner is wonderful, decades after I first read it. Unlike some later Higgins books that are copies of themselves, the imagery is rich and the characters lovingly crafted. The German paratroopers are not all evil monobrow Nazis, the IRA gunsel Devlin is a man of parts, and there are times where you root for Steiner to succeed, the way you rooted for Forsyth's Jackal (the Edward Fox variant not the Willis tripe). If it's been a long time since your first read, invest in yourself and listen to this book. While the reader's accent and locution is sometimes hard to follow, the story is wonderful and you feel for Devlin, Steiner, Radl and the people of Studley Constable. Also Higgins characterization of Himmler is so intense, every time he is in a scene, I see Donald Pleasance in full character.
Some books work really well when read by Scott Brick and he does a great job on this Cussler co-write. Causer's style is not ponderous, nor sparse like the well missed Parker, but the pace is well handled by Mr. Brick's style of reading. It's a good story and we learn more about some of our now favourite characters. Like the very early Dirk Pitt novels, I get a bit concerned when the Chairman starts to seem like he's from Krypton not Earth, but it's a good story despite the BIG STRETCH with the leg and the ship saw.
I like Greaney's work but this piece of work is not as strong as his prior Jack Ryan Jr stories. It is more convoluted which is nice but it could punch harder.
This is the third of the Robin Monarch books and it's pretty decent. It's a slow start as part of the setup, and it drags in the middle, but really picks up steam and momentum to end. While the books are not a trilogy, this book ties up some loose ends and I look forward to the next book featuring our unstoppable thief. I do keep thinking that Monarch is a dual skill character being often more of a fighter than a thief, and I hope that the next books shows a Monarch of more guile and surreptitious ability than a hard charger. More Silk, less Stallone, if you follow me.
This is a step up on the last Isaac Bell story. The character is "back" in form but that's in quotes because this story takes place prior to one of the early Bell stories where he meets his future wife during the San Francisco earthquake of April 1906. Maybe I missed a part where it was clearly stated that this was an earlier story, but I was confused through a good part of the audiobook because of Bell's behaviour. I wish I had caught on earlier, I would probably have enjoyed the book even more. Characters are solid, and the plot has some nice twists although the trip to Russia still doesn't seem to have been really necessary to the story. After reading Cussler for so long, I can almost feel where his work steps off and Mr. Scott's work steps up. That said, I recommend the book.
The Cuckoo's Calling was really good with interesting characters and a decent if not convoluted story. I was hopeful that The Silkworm would continue in the line. Sadly, at just over halfway through I have given up. To say that the story plods would require a significant jolt of caffeine. Moreover, so of the scenes are both grotesque and sickening and there are no redeeming qualities in the victim that could make anyone care less. Strike is more mentally dense than in the first book and there is far too much dreck about how is secretary/aspiring detective feels about him. The reader is excellent with his grasp of various accents but even this excellence cannot save a truly boring story.
13 times I've walked beside Gabriel Allon. Never perfect, never indestructible, always honourable and consistently brilliant. Allon is a hero for an adult. He falls, he fails and he strives and he wins.
Considering the history, there are two long anticipated outcomes pending, not yet delivered. This is one of my very favourite Gabriel Allon stories. It's written in three parts, the first two stand alone, and the final is the way a wrap up should be done.
Daniel Silva's characters are real, they're believable, and his insight into how the professional service agent's mind works is very compelling. We are so accustomed to western heroes being American or British, the slight Israeli provides a nice balance and his humanity makes him a joy to read and encourages anticipation for the next story.
Daniel Silva's Allon is not James Bond, he is not any of the Seal/Ranger/Force Recon/SAS/SBS/Delta warriors. He is an artist, and art restorer, who also happens to be the best that Mossad fields. If you've never read Silva, you're missing a great deal, but start at #1 and work through the series. You'll be very glad you did.
George Guidall is Walt Longmire. This is classic Longmire, with the characters you really like, some sad losses, a win you've hoped for, great historical research, interesting side characters and really bad bad guys. The only downside is that if you've never read a Longmire novel, don't start here. There's an arc and you really need to read them in order.
I have read or listened to all the John Wells novels. I really like the character and have enjoyed every other Alex Berenson book. I struggled to finish this one, jumping out to listen to three other books before buckling down to finish this. Not because it's a good story but because I kept hoping something would happen to make it better. Truthfully the last hour is far superior, but getting there is a slog through muck and mire. I actually logged in to see if this was one of those "by famous author and some other guy you've never heard of" because it didn't read like Berenson, didn't move like Berenson and if you had never read any of his other books, could put you off the author completely. Feels like a contractual obligation, not a real effort.
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