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!
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.
Great narration by Scott Brick. This was not the most interesting DeMille book I've read. I am a big fan of DeMille, but this book was not as compelling as his others. I felt it was a waste of a credit.
Yes, I've enjoyed is other books.+
No, the main characters were not interesting enough for me to care what happens to them next.
This is a chick version of DeMille. I struggled to get through it. Long sequences of people expressing their love and talking about their feelings. I found it not DeMille's typical style.
The story dragged through long sequences of lover's talk of reconciliation. These could have been much shorter.
I like Scott Brick and have listened to multiple audible recordings of his. He reads DeMille well.
Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.
The Talbot Odyssey - i like most of DeMille's work.
What the? How did this get published?
While this is not one of his best, Demille remains a really great storyteller. It tends to drag on at first and I was begining to wonder if there ever was going to be any action ... I am glad I hung with it. There is enough stealth and suspense to keep the reader hooked in.
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I loved almost everything about this book. The only thing that let me down was that I was expecting more of a "Bad Ass" from the main character. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone and it is well worth the time and cost to read, but I'd hoped for some real action as described in the Publisher's Summary i.e. "Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime".
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