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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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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-01-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-01-10 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Had to start at the beginning of Bosch"

    I wanted to read the Bosch series from the start so I picked this up. It was nicely paced and the characters were believable.

    The twist in the story was a bit predictable and the IAD investigation which fills a large part of the storyline is not really explained/justified and I finished the book still unclear as to why Bosch is so "bad" that he needed to be investigated.

    I didn't really enjoy the military sub-storyline (it wasn't quite political but had a tinge of politics), and don't understand the antagonist's motivations even though they are spelled out at the end.

    The narration is good.

    I'll read the next in the series because I suspect Bosch will turn into a very interesting character.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Eric B. MO, USA 11-25-09
    Eric B. MO, USA 11-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good classic detective story"

    Good classic detective story, that follows the classic "rough around the edges, good hearted, not well liked detective" format. Though its is somewhat cookie cutter I still enjoyed the book and the narration is solid. I will listen to more in the Harry Bosch series

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory granada Hills, CA, USA 01-20-09
    Gregory granada Hills, CA, USA 01-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I didn't see that coming"

    great book with great narration, plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-14-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Another Solid Harry Bosch Performance"

    There is litte if anything to critique negatively in this book -- the story is tight and well-paced; the narration superb. The surprises near the end are somewhat predictable, though plausible as the story concludes. Harry Bosch survives and returns to the homicide beat. . the place he most loves to apply his detective skills. I would rate this as a good, solid read for anyone who enjoys contemporary detective stories.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-19-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Black Echo"

    I got this book on an Audible sale and it was well worth it. I have read some of the newer Harry Bosch series and had not realized this was the first book of the series. This tell how Eleanor and Harry met. Dick Hill always does an excellent job. I will make a point now of going back and reading the other books in the series.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
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    "Connelly at his best"

    Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-08-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-08-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Very Entertaining, Intriguing and Complex"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    This book really captured my interest in the Bosch series. Connelly put the words "twists and turns" to good use in this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    Enjoyed the entire book, no particular moment or scene.


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

    I think that Dick Hill is the voice of Harry Bosch. I enjoy the energy that Hill puts into his performances, his various voices and the introduction of sounds to make the story more realistic to the listener.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    09-13-13
    09-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't Finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Leave out all the gratuitous violence and soft porn.


    Has The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly from this series - I love a good mystery but this one was offensive.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 09-08-12
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 09-08-12
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    "Could not put it down"
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say among the top 20% rank. I liked it so much I bought five more Harry Bosch books after listening to this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me guessing all through the book and when I finished I was quite surprised.


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

    I was particularly moved when Eleanor was discussing her relationship with her brother and how she found out the truth of his death.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SSMITTEE 09-04-11
    SSMITTEE 09-04-11

    Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!

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    "awesome story too much profanity"

    Too much profanity. Truly, Audio should rate books by the same method as movies as R=sex & profanity. This book is creative and holds your attention until a blast of disgusting language drives you to hit pause to get some fresh air.
    Can you imagine how fast my review would disappear if I used as much foul language as the book I am reviewing?

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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
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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
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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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