I have to agree with the majority of the reviewers here. DeMille is one of my absolute FAVORITE authors and I rush to get his latest book as soon as it's published.
But I found this book pedantic and sophomoric. The charming cockiness and "wise cracking" Sutter in the Gold Coast has become boring, shallow and predictable. I wanted so badly to like the story, the characters and the dialogue, but I just couldn't. And I stayed with it until the bitter end. I listened to the interview with the author at the end and he seems to attribute the happiness in the plot line and characters to his life, with a new baby and a happy marriage. I'd give a lot to have the depth back of some of his earlier characters. He says we should expect the sequel to The Lions Game next -- which I loved -- read it once and listened to it twice -- I'll have my fingers crossed that John Cory doesn't suffer the same fate...
Classic Bosch. Smart, confident, complicated...maybe not his best but no dissapointment from this Connelly fan. Don't like when authors try to get creative with their beloved characters.
Each of Connelly's books stands on its own. I don't like to compare.
I read the criticisms on Wellivers performance and I just don't agree. His smooth, cool tone and unemotional affect is exactly what I would like expect from Harry.
I find the evolution of Harry's relationship with his daughter particularly touching. I was afraid when they introduced her she would unnaturally dominate the plot lines. But she remains a backdrop with just enough presence. Also liked his relationship with the journalist...nice to be inside his head to see his vulnerability.
Still one of the best detective series out there. Never a wasted credit.
The book had a great plot line with a good deal of suspense. The ending just plain fell flat. I went "what the heck" why did you bother to build us up like that only to let us down.
She really got into the heads of characters and her portrayal was on point!
No, there really isn't anywhere to go with this character.
I have read other Cannell books and loved them. He is a talented author, Which is why I chose this one. Cannell says in the beginning he wanted to write this for years. I can't imagine why. The story was tedious and the characters were extremely unlikeable. I had to fight to finish it. Yulk. As for Brick, as others have said, he could read the phone book and I would buy it!
Complex young anti-hero exuding sex appeal unafraid to confront the baddest of bad
Don't want to spoil it
Abilty to pull off inner DC dialects; ability to personify Spero's coolness flawlessly
Yes, but wouldn't let myself as it so infrequent you get a book you want to savor
What a refreshing change....more please
Whatever flaws the book had, and there were many, I have yet to be as captivated with a narrator as I was with Ms. Light. She was amazing. I agree with many of the reviewers who felt the book was entertaining enough, but predictable and light. But I couldn't stop listening due soley to the ability of Ms. Light to so wonderfully portay each of the main characters. I particularly loved her depiction of young Milo, .
You absolutely know what you are going to get with the Dave and Clete show -- the bad guys lose, the good guys win (not without a lot of blood and guts), a cold hard look at the underbelly of society, and an absolutely magical, poetic picture of bayou Louisiana. You can smell, feel and even taste the sights and sounds of this mystical place with all its haunting beauty. And Will Patton, well no one else could do justice to the brooding, complex character of Dave like he can. Yes, it was slightly predictable...but hey, that's why we love him. Don't give up on Dave and Clete ...in a literary world that is becoming increasingly commercialized, and novellsts offering up cookie cutter characters and flimsy plots, Burke never fails to deliver a profoundly well-written piece of work. One point -- do agree that Alafar is by far a bore as a character...totally unbelievable....with no real depth.
I love Scott Brick and will listen to just about anything he reads...but was I dissapointed here. The plot was sooooo far fetched and outlandish it was beyond belief. I had to struggle to get through it...save Scott for a better read.
This book is to Woods as "A Time to Kill" is to John Grisham. For a moment I thought I was reading James Lee Burke (in fact I have heard Hammer read Burke). It is rich in character development and digs deep into the darkest sides of everyday people. The writing is evocative and you really feel as if you are right there in a small southern city with all its racial challenges as it moves through the decades. I have read lots of Woods and his writing can sometimes be superficial and shallow. This shows the real depth and writing ability of the author. I was pleasantly surprised.
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