©2006 Robert Dugoni; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"All of Dugoni's characters have a fresh and believable edge, and there is plenty of action in far-flung settings." (Publishers Weekly)
"The action keeps coming, so omnivorous thrill seekers who favor Martini and Grisham may want to give Dugoni a look." (Booklist)
This book is certainly full of action and short chapters. I usually love a book that has both. But this one bothered me. There were so many characters and so MUCH action that I found it hard to follow. I did a lot of "rewinding". Each chapter told a different part of the plot and it got confusing.
I also found the ending abrupt and left unanswered questions for me.
This is the first in the David Sloan series and unlike others is not a legal thriller. Aside from being a very successful lawyer, who has never lost a case for his sometimes culpable corporate clients, he is wracked by guilt, possibly PTSD, and violent nightmares which haunt his sleepless nights. He lives only for his work. The buried trauma of his early childhood precludes most human relationships.
Thus unfolds a psychological, political and 20-year-old mystery, as David Sloan realizes he must find himself before he can really begin to live a full life.
Fast read. Not your typical lawyer novel; He is in the court room at the beginning and the end of the book. It has a lot of tist and turns. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to his next
Eddo of Posted Note
I never read the print, but man, the audio was good.
It was a good story with a little bit of a surprise ending.
His voice was a little deep for me at first, but then as he switched between characters I really started to enjoy it, so much so that when he wasn't narrating the second book in the series I was disappointed.
Not really. It was really good, but I wasn't compelled to listen to it non-stop the way I am with some books.
At first the writing was a little choppy and the editing is odd. I mean as soon as a chapter ended there would be no pause because you would hear "Chapter 22" - it would hit you like a slap in the face sometimes because it seemed to just come out of no where. Other than that, it was an excellent book.
Lehua of Pacifica
Those who love cliffhangers more than I do will be happy to hear that I found this one unbearably on-edge. Skilled story tellers -- like Spielberg, Peters, Patterson -- will have moments of comfort and camaraderie, where you let your guard down, and then jump up and smack you. With Dugoni, there are no such respites. You aren't safe from the moment you start the book. And horrible things continuously happen to good people, which isn't my cup of tea.
AUDIO: Better than most.
First, Robertson Dean has a fabulous voice, he could read the phone book and I would probably like it! Second the book was very engaging. It had many plot twists, good characters, and espionage right up to the president of the USA. The surprises continued right until the very last page. I recommend it for anyone who listens to a lot of mystery/thrillers.
Fast paced, kept my interest. Ties together beautifully in the end; does NOT leave you wondering what happened. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good suspense/mystery.
The story starts fine and sets the stage for a good legal thriller, but then the book rambles on and on with unoriginal characters, and with a very implausible storyline. The story slows down to a crawl at times that I nearly gave up! The author could have cut down on the length of the story and also on so much extended dialogue which would have given the story much more zip. Maybe next time, although I'm not sure I'd go for another book of his.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
When I saw Jury Master as the title and it's starts off in a courtroom - I figured I was getting a good legal thriller... I found it to be anything but. The story line is a little hard to follow. Or my ADD was in full gear. Not very plausible plot lines hurt this book in my opinion. I listened to the whole book - But it was as much laziness in trying to find another good book to replace than anything I was listening to. Good books with substance are so hard to find lately.
Oh well. J
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Robert Dugoni's a powerful writer. But like Phillip Margolin, he cannot end a story with much less than contempt for his readers. I've written before about the cheap trick of the ancient Greeks called Deus Ex Machina. Where a playwrite'd work himself in to an impossible situation only to have a god appear in a chariot, and abruptly solve all the mystery. Well that is exactly what Dugoni does here, entirely cheating his readers. Nope, you didn't see that coming, because it wasn't! Once upon a time, I'd put this down to an early novel and try the author's next attempt in hopes that he'd really have a plot the next time.
Unfortunately I did that with Margolin and got burned with his awful "Ties That Bind". It taught me a lesson about wasting time and treasure in hopes that a bad author but a good writer might discover his craft on my dime.
You want spiritual improbability? Join up with Scientology, or maybe some cult political movement. Don't spend money on "Jury Master."
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