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Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot: A Spenser Novel | [Ace Atkins]

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot: A Spenser Novel

Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players - a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.
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Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players - a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.

Heywood’s troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywood’s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston’s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser’s protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser’s back and return the child to the football star’s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akira’s future.

©2014 Ace Atkins (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Josephine Union, NJ, United States 06-09-14
    Josephine Union, NJ, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Love Audible!

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    "I thought I had lost Spenser"
    If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, witty, nice


    What other book might you compare Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot to and why?

    I really can't make a comparison because this is Ace's first attempt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Hawk.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that after Robert B. Parker's death that was the end of Spenser. However, Ace Atkins has done a formidable job of carrying on the Spenser tradition. He has adequately gotten the nuances of Spenser's psyche and has accurately portrayed the supporting characters. I would suggest to continue with Joe Mantegna's narrating the series. He also gets the characters. I've listened to other narrators of the Spenser books and there is NO comparison to Joe M.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    meeklibrarian tn 05-11-14
    meeklibrarian tn 05-11-14 Member Since 2014

    meek

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    "Standard Stuff"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the standard pusedo-Parker - maybe tries a little too hard to be brash and clever. But is an easy listen filled with familiar characters behaving in expected manner - filled about three lonely evenings after work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 05-21-14
    Joe 05-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "More of the same but lacking interesting moments"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story line seemed to be dragged out a bit. Not much of a reason for this as it turned out. I like these books most of the time but this one was a disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ace Atkins again?

    I probably will because I like the caracters but I will be hoping for a much more interesting story. I will look more closely at the reveiws.


    Did Joe Mantegna do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think he is one of the best at doing just that, differentiating. I like his pace and delivery. He lets you know who the carracters are without too much he said she said. It is always well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Diappointment as I said before. I was hoping for more. I thought about not finishing this book but I kept hoping it would get better! It was still better than listing to the radio.


    Any additional comments?

    I just want to get a better book next time.. I was talking to some people in a book store in Solvang the other day and we all agreed that it would be tough driving home or to work without the books on tape. Probably the best cure for road rage in the LA area!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Hannon 07-09-14 Member Since 2005

    I love female detectives and most all "sup" (supernatuaral) stories. I often follow narrators, and am complete addict of Audiobooks.

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    "Love Spenser, even if Atkins hits only 70%"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure, if you are a Spenser fan, well, here is a Spenser book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ace Atkins before, how does this one compare?

    Mr Atkins has done Spenser ok, his sense of humor, his quirky and yet still aloof and cool style. Most of the other regular characters seem to be missing. I suppose this is a good thing though, here is why: Let's start with Susan. Mr Parker was brilliant as penning her, smart, fun, and interesting, unusual and a quick match for Spenser. Susan is her own person and their relationship is unique. Unfortunately, Mr Atkins lacks the same skill and nuance to write Susan. General females are written a bit trite and more often than not he only describes their physical appearance than who they are, their qualities and interesting quirks. Whats more interesting, or sad, is that he does this well in describing any male character introduced or described.


    What about Joe Mantegna’s performance did you like?

    Lovely as always. One of my favorite narrators.
    Female get voiced a bit too breathy and often sound like hair heads.


    Do you think Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Always, cant say good by to Spenser, and never to Parker. I miss him very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James A. Elsner 07-03-14
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    "Terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I accidentally ordered audible book instead of a CD version. I said OK and started listening. At first it was fine, but then I could never connect...buffering alert, then server issues. I gave up and will never order again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Only listened for 15 minutes before losing it. I'll re-order on CD


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Mantegna’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot?

    See above


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible service.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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