Cold 6000 was one of the best books I have come across. It tells the most believable recounting of the time from JFKs death to Bobby's. BLOODs a ROVER picks up the story line where the other left off. Same grizzly, helter skelter action. An insiders telling of history, the under-belly view. Same writing style, nearly poetic at times, assault rifle delivery. Very coarse, racist, REAL. But really, if you havent read COLD SIX THOUSAND, better start at the beginning, if you are ready for a new readers addiction. (Not for the feint at heart.)
COLD SIX THOUSAND. He gives a poets touch to the darkest evil.
I prefer the audiobook to actual reading, it permits multitasking, and the reader gives the text a flashing gashing splash of color beyond what my imagination would provide.
Always... I am a slow reader, and I can multi-task while listening to the best literature available. The narrator gives an interpretation in his reading I might not benefit from my own reading.
There are few books similar to this one. It is a story of culture, namely AfroAmerican culture. Mr. Grisham displays a rare talent: a white man telling a black man's story, frankly, unabashidly, and truthfully. All in a plot that twists, turns and wrenches the reader through all the prejudices of our society.
It is a legal epic that starts with the murder of a Federal Judge and the incarceration of an innocent (more or less) of a small time black lawyer. Angry, powerless, humble, and so dedicated to exonerate himself from the frame up he has been victimized by. The plot line is thorough and huge. A great read for all but well read bigots.
He embodied the main character, soft spoken and intelligent.
The ending was phenominal.
A rare gem in the long list of Grisham's legal mind games.
This is I guess, the last of the Heironymous Bosch series. And what a blaze of glory. Harry travels to Hong Kong hot on the trail of a murderist Chinese triad. Desparately trying to undo the mortal danger his job has inflicted on his broken family.
As we have come to expect, Harry stays three steps ahead of the law enforcement teams he deals with, and two steps behind the bad guys but closing rapidly. The plot twists and turns thru the dark roads of Hong Kong, and the shimmering freeways of southern California.
This is NOT the Harry Bosch to read. Mights well start at or near the beginning with the Black books. This is the BEST DETECTIVE series in print. The depth of character is unparalleled, the cast becomes family to the reader. In an age of two dimensional macho vigilantees, Harry stands head and shoulders above the crowd. His cool is a wonderful lesson for those of us who learn from our libraries.
This series is so better than some new age self help course. It instructs the male persona in maturity, patience, and lightning fast action when it is called for. Single parent moms would benefit greatly when dealing with their adolescent sons from the lessons and style of Harry Bosch. Timeless gratitude to the author.
HARRY, HARRY, HARRY. enuf said above.
The ability to multi-task while hearing the best literature available.
No. savoring is my bag. Imhated tomfinish it.
Many times over. It is not a naval battle story, it is a tapestry of life told in serial form through the course of 20 books. Jack Aubrey is brilliant fighting naval officer, who is a fish out of water when on dry land, an impulsive male in the company of women. He meets his best friend in this book one, Steven Maturin, one of the most complex, manipulative, kind, and cultured men of literature. He is a skilled surgeon, lover of music, Irish/Catalonian bastard son, natural biologist, and superb spy determined to undermine Napoleon Bonaparte's destruction of Europe. At sea Maturin is Aubrey's only confidant, and sometimes they go head to head is raging arguments about their purpose and strategy. On land, they fight over the same women, wrestle with money and politics, and the manipulative Grand Damme, Mrs. Williams.
But that is not all that separates this series from all other historical fiction, the narration is done by Patrick Tull, who is an artist at the top of his trade. He can slow the text and issue soft spoken words regarding poetry, an excellent moon lit night, a "capital" wine, or a brooding lover's revelry. When engaged in a furious battle, or fighting to stay afloat in a raging Atlantic hurricane, his reading explodes into a fury to match the mortal danger of the action. And his reading drolly punctuates the ridiculous duplicity of British society, dryly conveys the author's subtle wit and timing.
A most engrossing series, covering 20 years around the Napoleonic Wars, and although it is told primarily from the British viewpoint, the Papist Dr. Maturin defends the Irish, the Pope, the French, and openly and readily mocks the British in their rapacious quest to dominate the seas, if not the World.
the part Aubrey's second in command played, serving 2 countries, England and Ireland and what wrenching that caused within the politics and purpose of the naval mission.
There is no other narrator who comes close to the range of emotions the man performs in his readings.
The battle scenes, the tortures of romance in such a caste society.
Just read it, if you miss a point, go back and play it again. sometimes the author goes on in great detail about something that could play an important part in the stories development. Other times he is just flexing his ability to relate texture and timing, most others deem superfluous.
Title reference is that this is the last Spencer book RBParker wrote and it is the first for a new character Z. Sixkill. It is an indepth character study starting with a 2 dimensional sketch of a Northern Plains Cree who was gifted physically with a strong body and is introduced as a body guard to the Person of Interest, Tubby Bubba Johnson. That said many people believe Parker writes in 2 dimensions; unfortunate for them for they are missing the humor and depth of the characters presented. It is the very real Boston attitude, street but cultured, fast acting but ready and able to savor the finer things in life. Spencer is ready to see anyone first as a often humorous sketch and then as the book progresses into a multi faceted personality capable of self deprication, greed, egoism. But Spencer easily moves through the many Boston sub cultures, without being snagged by petty or even malevolent prejudice. Z. Sixkill becomes yet another sub culture lieutenant in Spencers circle of friends and allies. That brings us back to Last Of the Mohegans (intentional spelling variation) because our real hero, Robert B Parker moved on to the Happy Hunting Ground. The Good News is that there is a gentleman from Tennessee who has admired Parker throughout his 40 year career and has been given permission to attempt to WRITE ON !!!Hopefully close enough to Parkers voice, clipped arrogance, and the aforementioned Boston attitude, One of the best in the series although the tension doesnt ride as high, the character development is outstanding. With the added dimension of being the last, its savoring value is hightened.Author JCPease
The other ones that involve Spencer's mentoring a younger soul.
a number of them that take place in the Harvard Stadium
Last of the Mohicans
Joe Montegna offers a very good narrated adaptation, although it took me a book or two to GET his version of Parker's heavy, toungue in cheek sarcasm. A 5 star rating would have to include some true Bawston Tawnic.
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