©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)
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
A very enjoyable listen with a very complicated plot line that does its best to keep you guessing! At times it can be a bit difficult to follow as it jumps back and forth between several different locations and the characters involved in the action in each of those locations.
The action is fast-paced but often strains credulity, as do some of the saccharine-sweet "good guy" characters. Likewise, some of the bad guys are merely cardboard cutouts with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The book could have been shortened and actually improved by omitting some of the main character's self-serving and repetitive inner dialogue. All of this said, it is still an engrossing listen and a good novel if it is, indeed, Dugoni's first one, as I believe it might be.
Robertson Dean was good with the delivery story however his voices were a bit similar and with all the switching back and forth in the story meant you really had to concentrate on the story.
I have already downloaded the next book in the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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."
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.
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