© J. A. Jance; (P)1999 Books in Motion
"Gene Engene uses vocal intonations and accents to distinguish each character in a nearly flawless performance of this complex and suspenseful tale of murder, revenge and just a hint of the supernatural." (AudioFile)
None of the three books in this particular Jance series compare favorably with her others, but this one, I would rate the lowest. Although I found the stories of the Tohono O'Odham tribe interesting, I thought her Tohono O'Odham characters themselves were very idealized and quite unbelievable. The writing/storyline itself bogged down badly as well.
This review should not discourage anyone away from her other series, though -- especially the Joanna Brady ones.
As a long-time Jance fan, I've read all of her works multiple times. I hadn't revisited this story in the last year, and I find that I don't care for this one any more. The reader doesn't have a great range of voices for bringing diverse characters to life, and also has a reading rhythm that doesn't quite work for me. Frankly, a reader can make or break a book. While George Guidall can't read them all, I certainly wish he could read more of them.
Other stories featuring Lani and the Walkers are much better, or at least less disturbing to listen to. Perhaps that's the issue - the villain is so VERY villainous in this one. In print I could skim past the less appealing segments; in audio, I can only wince and wait.
A more adept reader could perhaps make that wait less uncomfortable.
I found the first two books of this series very interesting. The characters are all well developed and after a while you feel you know them personally. I cannot agree with the previous reviewer. I would recommend this series to anyone. It is just as good as her Joanna Brady series but with a different type of story line. The characters are unforgetable and I hated to see each book end. I will be listening to book 3 in the series and hope it is just as well written. The reader was excellent.
We have listened to several Jance series - and liked every book in each series. We also like Engene - he does a great job.
Yes, the Walker series isn't our favorite. We love Beaumont, Brady and Reynolds series.
He has a good voice and a great pace.
1st reaction - Delete the book.
We just aren't used to such graphic violence from Jance. The jumping from Indian lore to current story is a bit distracting to us.
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