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Bolero: A Nick Sayler Novel, Book 1 | [Joanie McDonell]

Bolero: A Nick Sayler Novel, Book 1

Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist, and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit. Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything....
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Publisher's Summary

Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist, and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit.

Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything. If he can dip into his notorious past to uncover the secret that will save the dancer, maybe he can finally save himself.

©2013 Joanie McDonell (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Joanie McDonell’s Bolero is an auspicious debut - sophisticated, stylish, and sexy. We shall be hearing a lot more about Nick Sayler, a disenchanted hero in the classic mode." (Benjamin Black, author of Christine Falls)

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    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 03-18-13
    Eric Seattle, WA, United States 03-18-13
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    "Good Idea, but cliched with excessive exposition"
    What disappointed you about Bolero?

    The cliched gathering of comrades for the main character, the rich doctor/mentor, the savant/researcher, the buddy/detective along with the private investigator with a sordid past were one of the weakest aspects of this story. Additionally, far too much time was spent bemoaning the main characters sad lost love. The weakest point of all is the lack of momentum. Since almost all the action occurs either in the past or "off-page" there is no excitement, no tension, no need to keep reading/listening because it doesn't feel like the story is trying to go somewhere.


    Has Bolero turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, unfortunately.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bolero?

    As editor, I would delete all of the flash-back chapters about the main character's old girlfriend as well as almost all the long, tiresome paragraphs of her throughout the book. They merely slow down the pace of the story and are so cliched that they don't contribute anything towards making Nick a unique or interesting protagonist.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this IL, United States 09-26-13
    Think about this IL, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Information seemed rather hurried"

    This is what I will dub "A Pretty Good' story. I did enjoy the story and the characters, but the author seemed to be crowding information all the time. Slayer would be in the middle of asking some guy a question, and we'd get a whole slue of background material, about something in that characters past. It's quite overwhelming at times, as the story flies away on one tangent or another. Like when a little kid gets started telling a story, and becomes so excited, everything just runs together, while you forget what started the story in the first place.(If that makes any sense) It's just hard to put into words what I didn't like about the book, maybe instead of character development, this book has character over-development.

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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 03-21-13
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2005

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "Don't waist your money!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I couldn't get past the first five chapters.


    Has Bolero turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    Scott Brck


    What character would you cut from Bolero?

    I didn't get that far.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been an action/mystery fan for years and will continue to be. This book bored me to tears in the first two chapters; I couldn't continue after the fifth chapter.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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