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
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.
History is my passion but I also love a good story
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.
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.
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