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Hot Springs | [Stephen Hunter]

Hot Springs

Earl Swagger is tough as hell. But even tough guys have their secrets. Plagued by the memory of his abusive father, apprehensive about his own impending parenthood, Earl is a decorated ex-Marine of absolute integrity — and overwhelming melancholy. Now he’s about to face his biggest, bloodiest challenge yet. It is the summer of 1946, organized crime’s garish golden age, when American justice seems to have gone to seed for good.
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Publisher's Summary

Earl Swagger is tough as hell. But even tough guys have their secrets. Plagued by the memory of his abusive father, apprehensive about his own impending parenthood, Earl is a decorated ex-Marine of absolute integrity — and overwhelming melancholy. Now he’s about to face his biggest, bloodiest challenge yet. It is the summer of 1946, organized crime’s garish golden age, when American justice seems to have gone to seed for good. Nowhere is this more true than in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the reigning capital of corruption. When the district attorney vows to bring down the mob, Earl is recruited to run the show. As casino raids erupt into nerve-shattering combat amid screaming prostitutes and fleeing johns, the body count mounts — along with the suspense.

©2011 Stephen Hunter (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Charles El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 12-30-11
    Charles El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2004

    I hate silly marketing questions designed to reveal.

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    "I'm a sucker.."
    Any additional comments?

    ...for a Swaggart. Interesting location and plot line for a location and time we don't usually remember. A study in the Earl Swaggart character and what made Bobby Lee the character he became.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Oceanside, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Jonathan Oceanside, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start to a series"
    Where does Hot Springs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a great book. Not the Best, definitely not the worst. Earl Swagger and DA are great characters.


    Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

    Earl - D.A. - Owney Maddox
    It took me a little while to get used to Eric G Dove. It started out sounding very staccato, and matter of fact but after a while it fell into a good groove. The matter of fact story telling fit the character so it began to meld. In the end, i was wrapped up in the story and in the voice.

    Eric G Dove did a good job with the English Accent on Owney as well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Lake Jackson, TX, United States 03-04-13
    Gary Lake Jackson, TX, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book, Sequels Drop Off Significantly"
    What made the experience of listening to Hot Springs the most enjoyable?

    This presentation did not use a lot of character voices or added background noise and music. It was a nice straight forward presentation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Two actually, Earl Swagger and D.A. Parker. Both demonstrate no nonsense approach to life without bluster.


    Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I have now listened to a few sequels of the Earl Swagger series, and presentation is the most significant factor in the quality decline.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - too lengthy.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-29-14
    Patrick Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2011

    PSW

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    "Loved this book!"

    This is a wonderfully crafted story of corruption, gangsters and heroic police action. The descriptions and action are vivid and moves along briskly. One tends to identify or at least understand the underlying pathos and motivations of all the main characters, good guys and bad guys. In a no excuses fashion it does paint corruption in the evil colors that it deserves. I found the book much in the style of Elmore Leonard, in terms of subject, the crisp, realistic dialog and the complexity of the story which seems to unravel naturally and with ease. My only complaint is the final few chapters of the book seem to drag a bit tediously in exploring the psychology (prior experiences & motivation) of Earl Swagger, the main character, leading to the final "showdown". Except for this indulgence, I would be seriously tempted to give the book 5 stars. Earl Swagger and post WW2 America are such unique and interesting subjects, I truly hope Stephen Hunter follows this with more "swagger".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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