This is the first book of the Mitch Rapp series. With a very weak story line and the absence of George Guidall (the reader of the later books in the series), this book is one that may make many listeners angry that they wasted 15 hours of their life. The best part of the book is that several key characters that play important roles in later books are introduced, including an aide to Irene named Mitchell ( I assume Mitch Rapp), who has only a cameo appearance.
This book feels like it would be great as a 1 3/4 hour sci-fi futuristic movie. The underlying plot is interesting, but the author jumps back in forth in both time and geography. Therefore, the reader spends unnecessary time just trying to figure out details that could better be shown on the big screen. On the plus side, the female lead character shares some of the same basic personality traits with the heroine from the Girl with Dragon Tatoo, so this made the read more interesting..
Kurt Wallander's back again chasing another serial killer. This time, a local policeman is one of the victims and Wallander has developed the acute symptoms of diabetes. The disease drains his energy and blurs his vision as he leads a 24-7 search for the illusive killer. Wallander is driven to catch the killer before he/she strikes again and before his illness forces him off the case. Between working on the case 20 hours a day and having to urinate every 15 minutes, Wallander barely has the energy to make it to the end of the book.
This is my second Mankell book and I am excited about going back in time to read the earlier books and learning more about the Swedish police detective. With Dick Hill's excellent narration, Kurt Wallander has a very Harry Bosch-like feel. So if you miss Harry, give Kurt Wallander a chance.
My 80-year old mother was a "colored" maid from the 1950's to 1990's and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She used to take me to work with her to the homes she cleaned, and prided herself in the quality of her work. Katheryn Stockett and the brilliant actressess that read "the Help" took me back in time when I bonded with my mother and her "white children", much like Constance bonded with Skeeter. Listening to the book has made me proud to be her son and I can not wait to share the listen with her.
Once you get past the Swedish names and geography, the story moves along and comes alive. It was great reading a book written for a culture with different social norms. I think that is one reason this book is such a good read. Since this is the first of three books, and the other two are already written, it makes you want to learn Swedish so you don't have to wait another year to learn how the story ends.
This is the best of the series. Scott Brock does an excellent job as the reader, adding to the listening experience.
I liked many of his previews books, particulary those written with Lincoln Childs, but with Blasphemy, Douglas Preston gives us an extremely boring book that is made more painful to listen to by the reading of Scott Sowers. His hero, Wyman Ford lacks the personalty he had developed in Tyrannosaur Canyon. I have no idea why Preston made him a lead and then just placed him in the middle of a predictable plot. This is one of the worse audio books I have listened too, but I have found a use for it. When it's late in the evening and I am having problems getting to sleep, I can but this on and will be able to fall asleep within a few minutes.
It seems like the goal of this novel was to sell the rights for a TV series. Tennyson "Ten" is a former male prostitute with the heart of gold. His one dimensional character is thrown in the middle of a murder case where he is the number one police suspect. Unfortunately, the author forgot to give him a motive for the murder and therefore the book was unable to create enough inner drive for Tennyson, an unskilled, financially challenged wannabe detective, to constantly put his life at risk. Just did not add up. Overall, should make a good made for TV piot, but not a new detective series thriller.
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