A kinetic standalone from "first-class storyteller" Michael Robotham (San Francisco Chronicle).
Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives.
Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up.
Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country. Fast, funny, hip and violent, Bombproof is a nonstop adventure full of unforgettable characters and a heartwarming hero - Sami Macbeth - a man with the uncanny ability to turn a desperate situation into a hopeless one.
©2008 Michael Robotham (P)2014 Hachette Audio
I wasn't crazy about the start, with a guy who appears to be getting away from a bombing for which he is responsible. But then Michael Robotham makes the guy likeable, smart, and simply unlucky. And enter the beloved retired detective. Can he make things right? I love the characters, the plot, and, of course, the narrator. Great story that keeps you guessing up until the end.
I am an eBay seller who listens to approx. a book a day while taking & editing photos of my items. I love a good suspenseful mystery!
Like all of his other books Bombproof is another Michael Robotham winner! Well written, suspenseful, engaging and exciting! I listened to it in 2 days and really didn't want to turn it off. MR does such a good job developing characters, setting up plots and engaging the interest of the reader it's hard not to get drawn in to his books and he's quickly become one of my favorite writers. Can't wait for the next book!
Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.
I took a chance, reading a few Amazon reviews. This is absolutely one of the best suspense novels I've ever read. Read the summary for the story.
What it doesn't tell you is how engrossing te story is, how wonderful the characters are developed. It was like watching a blockbuster movie for the first time.
This will be a huge best seller on Audible for good reason.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
After reading Charles' review I immediately bought this book, and I wasn't disappointed. It hooked me from the beginning and held my attention for the duration. I liked the fact the main character wasn't a macho guy no one could kill (my beef with so many action thrillers). It still had it's moments where I thought, there's no way that could happen, but very entertaining nonetheless.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun story to entertain them for many hours.
Sean Barrett did his job perfectly; he made the story come alive, and didn't get in the way of it.
Onetime Lit major, I now seek the best page-turners to get me through workouts.
Maybe it's just that this particular story didn't work for me, but I couldn't get into this. I didn't find the action suspenseful and I didn't relate to any character.
I'm sorry such terrible things happened to Sami, but eventually they just go so ridiculously bad I didn't care anymore and wanted the book to be over. Sami was hapless, Ruiz was not given enough room to be a fully developed character I cared about, and everyone else was either useless or terrible or both.
If one guy is going to be so unlucky, at least let's keep a sense of humor about the whole thing. This story just felt wooden, humorless, unbelievable, and ultimately forgettable.
In addition, well, look: I read a LOT of suspense/mystery/thrillers and I'm used to everything being male-centric. I expect it. But this one seemed overwhelmingly masculine. Not only did this not pass the Bechdel test (not by a long shot), but women were almost always described in objectifying/judgmental ways. And of the two main-ish female characters, one was a weak, sad spirit who needed saving, the other an emotional wreck who was an object of lust and little else.
Harlan Coben's "The Stranger."
I appreciated that this was a British author and story, so the accent helped enforce the spirit of the book. But I also think listening (rather than reading) made the story even slower-going for me. This should have been a fast-paced thriller and instead just plodded along. The narrator made it worse (no fault of his own).
Well & subtly narrated.
You only think you know!
Once you get engaged you'll be hooked until the very last.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
While the beginning is a bit dodgy and the plot a bit heavy on fantasy, the characters are multi-dimensional, smart and intriguing, so they saved the book. The main character is down on his luck, just out of prison and is hellbent on finding his sister; despite the fact that doing so violates every provision of his probation, not to mention a plethora of laws and criminal codes. But it is his perseverance that makes him relatable and real. And then, in comes the retired detective, ex-husband of our guy's probation officer and you have the makings of a great story.
The author marks time by telling the "story" of what each character experiences during each event throughout the book. This technique was a bit hard to follow in the early minutes of the book, but really made it work later on. This book is better than a four, but not quite a 5, so 4.5? Good action and suspense throughout with great narration.
Great performance by narrator Sean Barrett.
Fast moving, never a dull moment. Great variety of bad guys and an incredibly likable pair of heroes in Ruiz and Sammy Mcbeth
It's what you would expect and, at the same time, not what you expected. This book sounds like many a modern action movie where the hero is wronged and chaos ensues. Yet, it's easy to get caught up in just about every character and the twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat.
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