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
Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.
Dick Hill did an excellent job of the narration. He kept the story going with his inflection and change of voice for male and female voices. The story line was also very enjoyable.
When Harry Bosch caught Lewis and Clark and handcuffed them to the tree. I like that he got the upper hand on them.
Harry Bosch. He seems so calm and yet he is human.
That would have been nice, but impossible.
I am looking at possibly listening or reading the other books in this series.
Story, main character and Narrator, all great!
I found this book by searching for more narrations by Dick Hill. What a great talent!
If you've never read/listened to Michael Connelly's work, or the genre of a guy like Harry Bosch, this is a great way to start. The Narrator's work is super!
Mr. Hill is a superb narrator giving each character depth and personality in addtion to the descriptions in the book. I have enjoyed his performances in the Reacher novels and this narration tops those.
Part Time Soldier and Full Time Geek and Civil Servant... I love innovative thrillers and Science Fiction and Fact.
It is very visually descriptive, and it's almost like watching a cop-show like Law and Order back when it first began. This book has a dark, gritty feel to it that was common in detective fiction and television during the late 80's and 90's that depicted the good guys (cops/detectives) as world-weary, no-BS cops who have little patience for younger, pretentious bureaucrats and who just seem to get the job done. Introducing the Tunnel Rat from Vietnam is almost a forgotten element in today's fiction, television, and movies. It's truly set in a time that can only work for this plot.
LIke any good thriller, the author keeps you guessing the villain or plot, but twists it one time more than you expect. It's not exactly innovative, but it doesn't need to be. It's relatable and interesting. Harry is likable and not too over-the-top to dismiss as a hollywood detective. You can almost smell the world he walks through.
Harry Bosch, of course.
Something like "A Journey into the blackest parts of human darkness"
Yes, extremely well written and Dick Hill, as always delivers an excellent narration.
The depth of the characters
I listen to all Jack Reacher books most of which have been performed by Dick Hill and this one, like every other, is just amazing.
The ending was very suprising, though I'll say no more on that.
This book was recommended to me by other people who like Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, I was interestedand came to check it out and as soon as I saw Dick Hill was performing I was sold immediately.
I just downloaded my 5th Harry Bosch because as you finish one book, they give you about 5 minutes of the next one and then you are hooked...Very Tricky Audible!
I am enjoying the very flawed character of Bosch, He reminds me a bit of the Scandinavian Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo, I read all of those so far and so I am happy to find this new flawed but capable Harry.
The first Connelly book I read was "the poet". I would not recommend that as a introduction to Connelly as the Bosch series is much much better!
I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author
Really enjoyed this book, I have never read the Harry Bosch series and decided to begin at the beginning...Glad I did
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written & perfectly paced. The reader was exceptional. I am sorry to see it end, but will definitely listen to another book by this author and by this reader.
The only complaint I have is that it gave away the results from an earlier book, so I probably won't listen to that one.
Yes. Flashback to Tunnels of Viet Nam very compelling
Yes. All top notch.
No. All scenes were good.
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.
"Slow start that never really picks up"
I can't think what you could change aside from a complete rewrite - the story is there but only just and becomes predictable far too early on.
Not really, I thought it to be very weak.
No, but I would have no hesitation in listening to him again as he gave an excellent and strong performance despite weak material.
There are follow ups but I don't think I would bother purchasing them.
Unfortunately the beginning is slow and over detailed which makes it confusing, it does get marginally better but never really gets to be gripping and disappointingly the ending is totally predictable from about two thirds of the way through.
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