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
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".
SMART - INTRIGUING - THOUGHT-PROVOKING
I have 'read' almost all of DeMille's books and have enjoyed each and every one. "Spencerville" is another great 'read.' Scott Brick does a wonderful job on the narration, which is so important to the story in audible content. Although it's not international intrigue, because I know so much about his characters, this book just picks up where others have left off (in terms of character studies). DeMille's characters are well-defined and interesting - as I know next to nothing about the world of international intrigue. These books take me away to strange, exciting and scary places!
OMG - so many memorable moments. For instance, when Keith arrives at the home of Annie's sister and Annie isn't there, the way he handles himself with respect to his emotions in light of so much disappointment is incredible. How he is able to have so much self-awareness as well as ability to 'read' others, instantaneously, is fantastic. He knows exactly how much to let people know about what he's thinking - never says too much - or too little.
His narrative skills MAKE the stories for me.
Nothing - and have 'heard' his reading on other books - he's a terrific narrator.
Not finished yet - can't wait to find out what happens - and then I also don't want the story to end!
What knowledge and experience Nelson DeMIlle has - about / in a world so foreign to that in which I live.
33 year-old pharmacist, organic chemist and musician.
This is not DeMille's best. It's almost incredible this came out about 10 years after he wrote Word of Honor because you'd think everything after that one should be at least in the same league... wrong. I know this has been said, but Spencerville drips with beat up stereotypes. I guess you need to have known someone like Chief Baxter to believe people like that actually exist, because I don't. It's full of gratuitous sadistic details and just when you'd think the author might guess all of his readers get the point, DeMille just adds more and more. The end wasn't even satisfying. And to top it all, it's not Scott Brick's best narrative either. Maybe this book wasn't written in a style that fits his.
What I loved about the book is the excellent descriptions of Spencerville and the small details that give you the feeling of actually being in small-town Ohio. DeMille really excels at that.
The Villian in this book - and those like him - should be coated in honey and staked out in the desert.
WHEN SHE IS TRYING TO UNDO HERSELF FROM THE LOCKS WITH THE FIRE POKER
WHEN HE PUTS THE WOLF HEAD ON THE FAKE BODY
I love Nelson DeMille, but I am 1 1/2 hours into listening, and I have stopped. The villain is such a characture, and as a reader I would be skimming through this stuff. The narrator is way over the top. Do yourself a favor and read this one rather than listen.
I have to be more careful to check copyright dates. Being from the mid 90s, no cellphones, internet etc. and WORST of all, the main characters are boomers in their 40s. They are late 60s college types, Vietnam veterans, etc. The story is fairly good, drags a little at times due to over-detail with tangential characters that you think are being built for some future role that they never fill, etc. Many just drop off, so you get the idea of precognitive events that do have something to do with the story and many that don't. Good naration as usual but I dont ever let poor narration ruin a story for me. What does ruin a story is a bunch of boomers reminiscing about the 60s, god I hate that.
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