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.
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©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and as usual his narration was brilliant. This was the first time I listened to a Harry Bosch series book and I loved it! It had the ambience of the old time detective stories. The history of tunnel rats was so interesting and I think anyone can understand how that must affect a man after the war is long over. Plenty of plot twists kept my interest. I had to immediately listen to the second book in the series.
Not sure how I missed these first books since I've read all others. This book sets the stage for Harry Bosch's personality and issues with management. Even though it is before cell phones it is superb. Dick Hill is ideal as Harry and the plot is as intriguing as later books. Harry Bosch is an irascible detective in the old school who gives no breaks to anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories where smarts wins over brawn.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
I started listening to this book three times before I continued and I am glad that I did. Initially, I bought the book since I enjoy the narrator and listened to him from various other books.
I picked up another Michael Connelly book (Blood work) and enjoyed it immensely. Therefore, I decided to try to get past the start of the book.
The story has some predictability but is very believable and has enough mystery and 'action' to keep the listener interested through to the end. There are many different surprises but the apparent research provides credibility and kept me thinking wanting to listen without stopping similar to the Blood Work.
Harry Bosch is portrayed in many different lights. Vet from the Vietnam era struggling with its impact to life combined with his intense desire to find the truth in the apparent murder of the person found in the pipe and the deep loneliness associated to his 'chosen' profession as a 'protector of the peace'.
If you enjoy a good cop mystery, then you will enjoy this book.
The Black Echo gets you engaged from the get go and the characters are formed reasonably quickly becoming more intricate as the story progresses. I find this allows you to become immersed in the story rather than rattling the brain on who's who.
Overall the plot was solid with interesting characters that keep you guessing and wanting for the next chapter. It's easy to become fond of Harry Bosch and the "romantic" interludes with his FBI partner are nicely woven in. Not so gushy as to take away from the drama, enough so you become emotionally attached to the individuals depicted; a nice balance!
Really well Narrated by Dick Hill with great contrast and believable accents with the setting and history of each character. The pace was perfect and rallied with the "mood" of the verse.
Keen to now follow Harry Bosch through at least the next few books of his life and see what mischief he can get up to and what murderous plot he can thwart.
I started with the later books and fell in love with them so I had to go back to the beginning. Michael Connley is a true story teller that can spin a mystery that keeps you guessing. The characters are interesting and believable. Can't wait to listen to every one of them!
Wonderful characters just love Bosch and I've listened to about a 100 audio I've never heard anyone do the narration like Dick Hill ..... What a combination of talent
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
I liked that the story never dragged. The main character, Harry Bosch was pretty dull. If you're going to write a book, why make the main character uninteresting? It's like reading a book with Jack Webb from Dragnet as the main character - just the facts ma'am. And this dull, friendless 50+ year old detective and introvert is able to attract the 30 year old hot babe. Please..
I've not. But I have read similar type books from Nelson DeMille and the John Corey character from those books was smart, witty, funny, ignorant, and able to laugh at himself. Now that's a main character.
The performance was fine. No complains but nothing exceptional.
It inspired me to read a few more reviews before I select a detective series. I love the genre but make it interesting.
This wasn't a bad book, but I wasn't disappointed that it was over. I'm was Bosched out.
Here is another series I now have to read. Story was very good, easy to follow with a number of convincing twists and rich with realities. Narration was decent. A lot to go forward with, for sure.
Who knows? Probably sometimes in the future after I've listened to further Harry Bosh stories.
A totally different ending because reliable endings seems to be Michael Conenelly's weakpoints. My rather early guess in this book was 50 % correct.
He did it well, very well indeed.
Connelly (and several other famous authors) ought to think a bit moore about how they are writing endings. A real surpise is OK but only if it is reliable and fit into the 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.
First time for me.
Clear and with good diction.
Will definitely be following this author from now on.
"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!!!!
"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.
"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.
"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.
Another excellent and well paced thriller from Michael Connelly which translates very well to an audiobook. First class narration. Strongly recommended.
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
I enjoyed listening to this .Michael Connelly book so much that i will buy more of this author.
"An excellent introduction..."
A great first introduction to the new hero on the streets of LA, Det. H. Bosch. First came across him in the Amazon TV serialisation simply named after him. Brilliant series and the books are equally great. 😁
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