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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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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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    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 10-08-09
    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 10-08-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good production quality"

    Nice book to listen to. Good narrator. Pretty good story. A little contrived, but it's mostly fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Palm Springs, CA, United States 04-09-09
    Rex Palm Springs, CA, United States 04-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Another good book by Michael Connelly"

    This book will keep your interest and the time flies by. Harry Bosch has his usual personality and attention to detail. It's a real good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Gonzalez MADERA, CA, US 02-20-09
    Daniel Gonzalez MADERA, CA, US 02-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable"

    Truly enjoyed this reading. Kept me listening, wanting to know what was next. You will like it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Cary, NC, USA 02-19-09
    Thomas Cary, NC, USA 02-19-09
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    "Great narration"

    I really enjoyed the narrator of this book, his voice quality, speech rate and intensity kept me involved with this great story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 02-18-09
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 02-18-09
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    "Liked it"

    I liked this one quite a bit. I went to the library and got some more from this author to read when I'm not commuting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arlea Hillsdale, MI, USA 02-12-09
    Arlea Hillsdale, MI, USA 02-12-09
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    "Very Good"

    I would, and have recommended this book. Many twists and turns. Excellent narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Lincoln, CA, United States 02-12-09
    Roy Lincoln, CA, United States 02-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "wow"

    This guy is great! I really think the Harry Bosch books are wonderful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bulldoglady 03-25-11
    bulldoglady 03-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I did not finish this book"

    I gort this book based on the hight reader ratings, but it is just not to my taste. I got about half way throught the first half and lost interest. The writing was OK and the reader was not objectionable, but I did not care about the charecters at all and it did not hold my interest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Fredericksburg, VA, United States 12-30-09
    Glenn Fredericksburg, VA, United States 12-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Read"

    Connelly has another good one with this. Surprise ending wasn't really a surprise but well told anythow.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 02-14-09
    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 02-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "keeps your attention"

    too much use of the f word.............guess that's how cops talk???? but it did have a good story line and kept my attention

    1 of 6 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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!!!!

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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

    3 of 4 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ieva
    Babite, Latvia
    5/11/14
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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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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