Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police - an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.
©1995 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio
Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc
Slowest moving DeMille novel I've read. Leading characters, also, seem to be the stupidist. Very disappointing!
I love thrillers!! Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Michael Connolley, John Sanford, David Baldacci, and others! These authors can make a long road trip very enjoyable!
Loved the themes in this book. They rang true and matched up with some of my own thoughts.
The scenes of Cliff Baxter's brutality were too frequent and too long.
Not my favorite DeMille book and still worth listening to.
I would warn them about the use of the f... word. It must be used 500 times! The word is used way to often!!
I love to listen to Scott Brick. He always does a great job and brings the story to life.
Other than the language, it was a good story
I love DeMilles other works, so this was disappointing.
The story line need a lot more attention and focus. It seemed to stumble all around not sure where to go. The "Hero" is introduced as a soldier-spy expert, yet can't do anything right and is out-maneuvered by the supposedly Neanderthal villain at every turn. It is painful to watch the hero miss every sign of the disaster to come, page after page.
The story had a lot of potential, but it was never developed. It comes across as a lot of random thoughts thrown together and wandering blindly through the night.
Gold Coast is the one I'm listening to now. MUCH BETTER.
A good listener!
Of all the ND books I've read and listened to, this is my least favourite. It was just too predictable, and some of the scenes were drawn out far too long. Most significant, any real-life woman as strong and intelligent as Annie is purported to be would never be as unaffected by such a long-standing abusive relationship as Annie is here.
That said, I continue to like Scott Brick as a reader. But even he couldn't rescue a doomed plot and story line.
Nothing...it was too repetitive.
Of course. I have enjoyed many of DeMille's books. If I had read this one first I probably would never have tried another one.
Scott Brick was not at his best in this book. The story was so bad I don't think a different narrator would have helped.
I would not recommend it to anyone.
The use of foul language was really excessive -- it became so common that the vulgarity didn't even register after a while. Narrative was long and drawn out -- I love suspense but after 20-30 chapters of waiting for the unexpected to happen, it got a bit tedious.
I certainly haven't given up on DeMille. I have read most all of his books and his name was on my 'Favorite Authors' list, but after suffering through Spencerville, I think I'll scout out another book by Connelly, Sanford or Grisham.
Nothing. He was absolutely the redeeming feature of the presentation.
The repetitive descriptions of abuse.
I realize that this book was written many years ago and DeMille has obviously improved with age! So I'm going to "forgive and forget" and move on to some of his other truly wonderful efforts.
I was expecting more from this book than I got. It moves rather slowly even though the plot is a good one. My biggest objection is the dialogs between Keith and Annie. Their conversations at times sound like they are still in High School. With Keith hints are dropped of his world travels and spy craft but he talks like a High School Junior. Cliff comes on as this real mean tough guy and drops the "F" Bomb every other sentence. I am a Scott Brick fan but he really dropped the ball on this one by making Keith sound like a whimp. After reading "The Gold Coast" and it's sequal I wanted the same experience with this one and it just did not deliever.
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