This book has a contrived setup, and so far is mostly a breathless monolog about a painfully naive "archivist", who given half a brain would have done everything thus far completely differently. I am sorry, but I can't stand for my thriller heroes to be nitwits.It may get better, but I can't bear to listen any more.
No. See above/
breathless, panic from the start.
Would have been better if it were completly different.
Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?
For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?
They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?
Had the characters not stayed mad at themselves and each other, all the time, not engaged in self absorbed internal metaphysical dialogue. persistent misunderstanding of each other, saying stuff lke "I think you're a nice person", the book would have been better.
amazing and over done.
I am tired of all of them.
Every time I listen to one of these, I swear never again. This time I mean it.
Cobee\n-never, if I can remember (I've made that vow before. Usually lI ike Scott Brick.
Back to John Connolly, maybe Daniel Silva
Way over the top. If his goal was to get you to despise the self obsessed, breathless main character, it was a great job.
I would get the hero killed in this first fifty pages and start over This is the worst since Nighfall by Nelson Demille.
One of the nicest things my wife ever told me was, "You don't have to listen to it just because you bought it?
This book seems contrived to me relative to a Bosch book
The centrai premise, that a reporter would be "embedded" in the FBI, is not believable. Also, there is a point in the book where the propostion is that everybody gets bore and sleepy on a stakeout waiting on a serial killer, so our hero goes for coffee. Really?
Lost of good voices
Untill the end, yes. The end is a bad joke.
Don't let this be your first Connelly.
This is more of the same, but with less "plausibility". Way to much talking for the amount of story. Not the best. My wife told me nothing made me finsih these things, and so I didn't. Thus I will not review part 2.
My most serious criticism of the genre is when characters who ought to know better do really stupid stuff. Would you go out looking for a sadistic serial killer who can recognize you when you have never seen him? Why, "no". Would an FBI profiler and a crime reporter who almost got killed once before by a serial killer do this? Well, maybe in this book.
The writing is pretentious. You get the feeling he made up his figures of speech, and then tried to fit them all in the story. Descriptive passages that would have been good if limited, just go on forever.
The worst, though is that the hero, Billy Bob, is outwitted by everybody. I like my heroes smarter than the competition.
When you have finished the book, and think about it. Billy Bob did Nothing to advance the resolution of the story except (believe it or not) at least two reprehensible actions. And here's a survival tip(not to give too much away): Don't shoot at people you don't want to hit.
I only got thru the first part, which consists of a rant by the nutjob president of the Custer Hill Club justifying why it's a good idea for his group to set off nuclear bombs in American cities, framing the Arabs so we will set off "Wildfire" and kill ALL the arabs. Ok he's a nut case. Buy this, and you'll listen to him for five hours. Want to do that??
This should have been titled stupid people having interminable conversations manage to solve crimes and conspiracies anyway. Just by way of an example, one of the first issues is whether somebody shot himself or was murdered. Our heroes debate this ad nauseam. Nobody ever asks about gunshot residue tests on the guy's hands? I mean come on, don't our cop, secret service agent and FBI agent even watch CSI??
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