When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike - and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims, but on each other - buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities.
Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two of them back, he himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers, before it is too late.
©2012 Robert Crais (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
Somewhere in the mid-range of over 60 books
Characterization, especially Elvis, Joe and Krista
Overexcited, American, irritating
A race against coyotes. Only Cole and Pike could pull it off.
This book seriously moves around in time - would be great to listen to in one hit but can be hard to follow if you dip in 15 mins at a time.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
This book was not for me. I persisted with it because of the person who had recommended it in the first place. I found it tedious, boring, repetitive. The characters were cardboard, one dimensional and uninteresting. I related to and connected with none of them. I couldn't have cared less about their plight in the smelly house, their injuries, the danger they were in or the fact that they may never be rescued. In fact I hoped their misery would end sooner rather than later so that I would be spared more hours of listening to the whinging and whining. Why did I persist when there are so many books out there to enjoy?I guess in that sick way I experienced the pain of the characters
It's hard to say, I love the Elvis Cole Joe Pike series but this one was a bit flat
William Roberts is just the best voice for this, I listened to Free Fall, I can only get the abridged version and it was narrated by someone else, it was just not right.
I will buy what ever he writes follow up or not, let's have more Joe next time.
"'Anyone keep count of the bodies..?"
Not that it has any bearing on the story but the Audiobook synopsis of this book is not entirely correct.
That notwithstanding, I'm a big fan of Elvis Cole & Joe Pike and was delighted to find one that I hadn't listened to yet. However, I was initially put-off by a reviewer who was highly critical of William Roberts' narration so I left the book on my 'Wishlist' until finally deciding to take the plunge. I'm delighted I did. Whilst at first WR's harsh, barking, fast-paced, narrative style took a little getting used to, especially for a non-American with a pathological dislike for anyone who feels they need to shout to get a point across, I quickly became too immersed in the story to notice - either that or he started to tone things down - and I was on a roll, absolutely loving both the story and the narration. WR's blending of Spanish/Mexican and American/English voices was excellent and carried the story along a a cracking pace. The story itself did not have a dull moment. God knows what the body count was but it was impressive. And, despite a storyline that has so much action, mindless violence and mayhem the listener is still left with the impression that they have heard 'a good read' as opposed to a compilation of one B-script scenario after another. I have a number of other Robert Crais books on my Wishlist and I'm looking forward to hearing them - and WR - over the next couple of months.
I love Elvis Cole, but this reading is so shouty, oddly-pitched and grating that I can't listen to it. Awful.
"Fan (Sorry if you disagree)"
As a fan of the Elvis Cole series can never wait until the next one comes out, it has to be unabridged though!!
This one does not disappoint Elvis in it Pike in it and the narrater, lets put it this way it would not be a Elvis Cole book without this narrater William Roberts. I hope Robert Crais will write many more OF THEM.
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