After leaving the Big Apple as soon as he was old enough, his life consisted of one moderately successful book, a collection of affectionately received newspaper columns and a comfortable existence in Miami. Then everything changes. A robbery goes wrong - and turns John's existence on its head. It seems that his father didn't die all those years ago...
©2006 R J Ellory Publications Ltd; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC
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"Obvious and overdone"
Having listened to 'A Simple Act of Violence' by the same author I guess I should have known what to expect but I wanted to see if, perhaps, different characters brought out other aspects in his writing. Alas, no. The story itself is not bad and, much as it goes against my normal stance, perhaps listening to the abridged version of the book may prove to be more worthwhile but just don't be expecting any plot twists - what you think is going to happen does happen. The fact that the author takes 18 hours to tell this is the real problem with this book. The amount of times the dialogue goes along the lines 'What do you think?' 'What do you mean, what do I think?' 'I want to know what you think.' 'Think? You want to know what I think? Think about what?' 'You know what.' 'Do I? Really? You really think I have a clue what it is you're talking about? Why don't you tell me.' 'You want me to tell you?' 'Yes, I want you to tell.....' and so on and so forth. It is one of the most frustrating books I have listened to and the reason beyond all this protracted dialogue is to pad out the obvious plot before it takes you to exactly the place you were expecting.
I really enjoyed listening to 'A Quiet Belief In Angels', and then 'A Simple Act of Violence', so I was really looking forward to this one, but what a disappointment.
Dialogue is supposed to move the story along, give it pace, but this terrible dialogue along with the gratuitous use of the 'f-word' really slowed it down, almost to the point where you forgot where you were! The story line and plot was good, however, the only thing that kept me listening - I nearly gave up on several occasions. I am now in two minds whether to waste my money on further of his books. If it had been my first buy of this author it definitely would have been my last!
I really enjoyed this book by RJ Ellory as well as the narrative. The story weaved together well and I enjoyed the way the author brought the reader along. I was interested in the story and what happened to the characters. The ending had quite a few twists and I did not expect these but found them interesting and gave me another perspective on the characters. Would recommend.
It's a slow starter as there's a lot of building up of the characters, but once it gets going, the pace gets faster and faster resulting in a tense crescendo of twists and turns. The characterisation is excellent and you really feel what the main character is going through. Definitely worth a listen!
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