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The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel | [Tess Gerritsen]

The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.
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Publisher's Summary

It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that's what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who literally and figuratively scarred her, she is determined to finally end Hoyt's awful influence. But Rizzoli isn't counting on becoming a target herself. Yet once Hoyt is suddenly free, he joins his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta....

©2002 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Well-drawn characters and a compelling story will grab readers' interest and earn Gerritsen more admirers." (Booklist)

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    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13
    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Ritzoli book"
    What did you love best about The Apprentice?

    I love the series!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The name is Rizzoli. There is no "t" in it and yet the narrator continually pronounces it with a "t". Quite annoying.


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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 02-14-13
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 02-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!

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    "Good but not great..but the later books get better"

    I was disappointed with this book because I read a later book from the series first.
    Anna fields is a narrator I don't care for. I just don't like her voice. She does a competent job, so draw your own conclusions.
    Unlike many of Audibles Series offerings, The readers change throughout the series. They are all ok and don't ruin the books or mispronounce names, as is often the case in some of the other series I have listened to.
    This book needs to be read for the character foundations, and it is an ok book. The later books are much better, with more intricate plotting, interesting stories and plenty of twists.
    Read this one and then get the others in the series. You won't be disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer San Tan Valley AZ. 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer San Tan Valley AZ. 02-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Redrum

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    "Wow what a great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    once you get it out of your head that this is not alot like the tv shows and listen to it as a whole new series with same names then you will love this book. For example Jane brother tommy iin the movie is named Mike in the book. I really LOVE the way she writes these books. Its like reading 2 sides of the story and sometimes your surprised where they come togeather.


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    Leslyn Lebanon, MO, United States 01-18-13
    Leslyn Lebanon, MO, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent performance, good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the reader was excellent, and the story good


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It wasn't her best, but it was a good read


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    Amazon Customer 12-15-12
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    "The Apprentice Is a Slow Learner"
    What disappointed you about The Apprentice?

    Story line dragged.


    What was most disappointing about Tess Gerritsen’s story?

    Story line dragged


    Did Anna Fields do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Average


    Any additional comments?

    I would think long and hard about buying any more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 10-21-12
    Sherry 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! Retired School Principal and love mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction print and audio books.

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    "Excellent Thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Great follow up to the last book in the series "The Surgeon". This book and narrator gave a sense of thrilling excitement and mystery. The story is fast moving and displays new aspects to Rizzolli's character as the reader begins to understand her a bit more in each book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the thriller nature of the story


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    She did them all so well it is hard to pick one. She really seems to have Rizzolli down very well, just what you think she should sound like as a tough female cop who has had to claw her way to the top in a man's world.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book in a good series. Well worth the money or credit point.

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    Carol Whitney, TX, United States 09-10-12
    Carol Whitney, TX, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Scary and Creepy"
    Where does The Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really loved this book. It ranks in the top 10% of the mystery and suspense books I've listened to in the past several months.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book really filled in some "holes" in its prequel The Surgeon. It introduces the character of Isles, and Jane Rizzoli is filled out as a character. It was exactly what Tess Gerritsen needed to do to get this dynamic duo going.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pinpoint just one scene. I think the scene where Rizzoli is witnessing a murder scene and hearing the details of the crime was one of my favorite scenes. As she is listening, she is also rubbing her fingers over the scars left in her hands from her encounter with a murderer with a very similar MO. This shows the reader that the encounter left Jane with more than just physical scars. It makes her vulnerable and less "tough".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only there were more than 24 hours in a day! I couldn't wait to get back to listening to this book every day. I wanted to curl up in a corner of the couch and finish the book ASAP!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janet 08-31-12
    janet 08-31-12
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    "Putting on the ritz!"
    What did you like best about The Apprentice? What did you like least?

    Liked best: kept my interest during commute to work. Least liked: the reader. Her normal voice for Jane is fine but the voices for other characters, especially Isles, is horrible.


    What didn???t you like about Anna Fields???s performance?

    She pronounces Rizzoli with a strange emphasis on the z. Felt like I was in a Brian & Stewie sketch every time she says it. She pronounces it Rits-zoli instead of Riz-zoli.


    Could you see The Apprentice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Glad they changed everything for the tv show. Jane and her family in the books are awful. Jane is one of those annoying women that has to be better than all the guys then complains about sexism when no one likes or respects her. No one likes her because she's a jerk. She tells a story about going into a freezing lake after her mother tells her not to because her brothers mock her by repeating their mother. She's telling it to once again show how awful her brothers are. I see another example of her being an idiot. They stay on dry WARM land while she's chest deep in freezing water. Idiot.


    Any additional comments?

    So far the books are just Rizzoli and some guy gets a crush on. When do they become Rizzoli & Isles?

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    Lisa Los Gatos, CA, USA 05-02-12
    Lisa Los Gatos, CA, USA 05-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good writer, gruesome story though."
    Would you try another book from Tess Gerritsen and/or Anna Fields?

    Definitely will, I like to follow good writers and a good series. Anna Fields is great.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not too excited about how gruesome her stories are in this series, it's overdone for me and unnecessary which is why she is not on the top of my list.

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    Michael BROOKLYN CENTER, MN, United States 11-06-10
    Michael BROOKLYN CENTER, MN, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2012
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    "The Apprentice"

    Tess did it again! I was on the edge of my seat almost all the way through the book. I think this is my 5th. book focusing on Rizzoli and Isle series. In a couple of chapters the author had you transplanted to Boston. The detailed description of the interaction of the players in the book is captivating. The best part is it sounds so real, like it happened last week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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