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The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 | [Michael Connelly]

The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.
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Publisher's Summary

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.

The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. Now, Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the torturous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.

Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.

Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.

©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Susan Bow, NH 10-08-12
    Susan Bow, NH 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Vietman Vet Story"

    A spell binding tale that is a little dated. If you can overlook the fact that this story pre-dates cell phones and the cops seem to always be looking for a pay phone, then the story moves along pretty well. I learned a thing or two about a soldier's terrifying duties in Vietnam. The narrator was great for a police drama but weak on the main female character's voice. If I listen to another book in the series, I plan to select one that is more recent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christy 10-05-12
    Christy 10-05-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved this first Harry Bosch"

    I have a friend who has read every Harry Bosch ever written, but I had never tried one. Then I joined Audible last year and bought The Black Echo on sale and for some reason never listened to it.

    Well, I was going over the books that I purchased long ago and decided to listen to this one. I am so glad I finally did! Dick Hill (who is so good reading Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series) was terrific, the story was full of twists and turns, and the characters very well drawn.

    I must say that I figured out the last twist before Harry did, but I think I was supposed to. And that doesn't bother me, anyway. I am perfectly okay if I discover the answer before the end -- it usually allows me to be more observant for the rest of the story.

    It's amazing how much technology has changed the way people carry on their everyday lives in only 20 years (The Black Echo was released in 1992), not to mention its impact on police work. But the human side of things I believe remains constant, and Harry is a good guy.

    Now to go on to the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Ralya Marietta, GA 10-01-12
    E. Ralya Marietta, GA 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book"

    Very good plot with the right amount of twists. If your a Connelly fan you will enjoy this one.

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    Chris Australia 10-01-12
    Chris Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great detective story with a good twist"
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it's up there with the best. i am hooked on Michael Connelly's Bosch series.


    What other book might you compare The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 to and why?

    I compare much of Connelly's Bosch series of books to Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. Great characters and the books are to the point, fast paced gripping with great twists.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes i have, he is a great narrator. amazing at acting out different voices and emotions of the scenes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, i am not reading that type of book. this isn't exactly mills and boon.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't get enough of the Bosch series. i am so worried as am coming to the end of getting through them all. What next, i like Lee Child's books and Michael Connelly's books. need to find something similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 09-27-12
    Farrell 09-27-12
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    "Good Start to a Series"

    Good start to a series. This is the first of the series I've read. Given this one I'll continue down the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheap and Lazy 09-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Harry Bosch"

    This is definitely a police procedural, with lots of those kinds of details. It seemed very well researched (not that I'd know). The protagonist, Harry Bosch (and the fantastic narrator, Dick Hill), really made the book for me. The mystery was pretty good. I liked the backstory of the Vietnam War.

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    Sharon United States 09-10-12
    Sharon United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not one of Connely's best!"

    Listened to over half of the book and didn't care how it ended. Lost interest right away. Had to listen to passages over and over and still just could not get into it. Dissapointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HAROLD Pleasanton, CA, United States 09-10-12
    HAROLD Pleasanton, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good mindless fun"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes, but I had a hard time not thinking about Jack Reacher with Dick Hill narrating.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    Sure, good story, kind of predictable though


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Again, sounded like a Jack Reacher book.


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    Bonnie Kamuela, HI, United States 09-05-12
    Bonnie Kamuela, HI, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read (listen)"
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first book that I have read in this series. It was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Jacksonville, FL, United States 09-04-12
    John Jacksonville, FL, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good mystery with great performance,"
    What did you love best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    trying to solve the mystery of who & why


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

    no


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    author did a great job of creating several suspicious charactors & possible motives


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    11/19/09
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    "Excellent thriller"

    Another excellent and well paced thriller from Michael Connelly which translates very well to an audiobook. First class narration. Strongly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    7/16/09
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    "A little predictable"

    A comfortable fairly predictable detective book. I did enjoy it, but didn't find it gripping, and the end was dragged out a bit. I thought the ending was a bit guessable too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    6/29/12
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    "Good cop thriller."

    This novel has all the ingredients of the traditional American cop thriller. Murder, a bank job and a cop with with all the usual complex character defects we have now come to expect from this genre. Set in LA in the early 1990s with the language and gadgets of the time, this book has the feel of the great American crime novels of the 1950s.
    Plenty of twists and a fast pace, it kept me entertained in every chapter of the book. Well drawn characters and decent narration, this is my first taste of the Harry Bosch novels and it will not be my last, if you like a good crime thriller, I recommend you give this novel a go.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ieva
    Babite, Latvia
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    "Good story."

    Initially I wanted to return the book, as The beginning of it was not exactly comprehensible and does not give an idea of the story to come. But if you have the same feeling, be patient - it shall come... The story, the thrill, the character of detective - everything is there.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Shepperton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Harry Bosch Black Echo"

    The Harry Bosch Series does it again ,I finally got my iphone patched up to my car radio and this book made every journey so much easier.Dick Hill narrating is just one top guy, I actually didnt want journeys to end so I could listen even more .

    The story is Michael Connelly at his best, can't wait to get the next Harry Bosch installment!

    Keep it up Mickey boy!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    aberdeen, aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
    11/9/10
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    "kathleen"

    I enjoyed listening to this .Michael Connelly book so much that i will buy more of this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    8/9/10
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    "First in the Harry Bosch series"

    I'm a sucker for the contemporary LA detective with a past. In this case the past is his experience as a Vietnam veteran which added a dimension that I particularly enjoyed. I've gone on to listen to the whole series of Harry Bosch novels so this is a great way to get yourself into a new series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    bostonUnited Kingdom
    7/8/09
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    "great read"

    fantastic story with several twists had me gripped from the start
    was well read by dick hill with all the character parts done just right

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    ROANNEFrance
    12/6/13
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    "Fast moving"
    What did you like most about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    Believable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    First time for me.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Clear and with good diction.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Will definitely be following this author from now on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    5/14/14
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    "Not great"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Connelly or narrated by Dick Hill?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much - too american


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    The opening did not get me into the story


    Any additional comments?

    Just not for me

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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