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
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Few detective and legal thriller authors are as talented and successful as Michael Connelly. Published in 1992, The Black Echo is a worthy beginning to the Harry Bosch series. The first Bosch story I read in the series was Novel #7, A Darkness More Than Night which was published in 2001; although it was good I was not very impressed. I finally got around to listening to The Black Echo in 2010. Now all of Connelly's books are in my Audible library. The Black Echo is very impressive. Along with Bosch it introduces FBI agent Eleanor Wish who later became Bosch's wife and who is the mother of his daughter. This novel is simply superb. Narration is by Dick Hill. Connelly should have stuck with Hill, who is consistently great, but he has used several different narrators. His last several Bosch novels are narrated by actor Titus Welliver who plays the Bosch character in the Amazon series Bosch. I certainly highly recommend The Black Ice. It is the best place to start the wonderful series.
This book really captured my interest in the Bosch series. Connelly put the words "twists and turns" to good use in this one.
Enjoyed the entire book, no particular moment or scene.
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.
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There was something about this story. It felt dated but something about it was really enjoyable. The strong American voice, the policeman that was thwarted at every turn by people who were supposed to be on his side, all made me wonder why I was enjoying the story so much. It must have been because the story was well told and I listened to it every opportunity I could till I knew the ending. It was a page turner.
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This was my second Michael Connelly and it was enjoyable. It was entertaining which is what you want out of a book. Harry Bosch is fun and Connelly does a good job of keeping the story moving, throwing in some romance, a snappy LA style, and good insight into human nature. I know I'm a bit late discovering this author but 'll methodically work through his stores.
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
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
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)
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.
Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.
Mark C. Grove
I got hooked on Lee Child's Jack Reacher series probably because of the voice actor, Dick Hill. He is marvelous. If you like Reacher, you're gunna really like Bosch. Also, Amazon has produced a Bosch TV series. Ten episodes. They're great, too. All thumbs up.
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This is my first Michael Connelly, Harry Bosch book, but not my first Connelly. This though is the first in the Bosch series: The Black Echo. It will not be my last (as I have the next two books in the series lined up on my devices.) I was inclined to explain these stories as true Noir. Wikipedia though tells me that Noir characters although self-destructive never deal with legal, political or system corruption. Well, Harry Bosch is self-destructive but deals only with institutional exploitation, of the innocent, feeble or lame. Harry is always smoking, drinking and never being cooperative with his authorities – which makes being a homicide cop in the police hierarchy difficult. Oh yes, and he often gets fooled, beat up and hated on occasion. Yet, he is always there for truth and justice the American way especially when acting on behalf of the little people. Harry is always setting his situation to really historical jazz as played by the best musicians from the 40s through the 90s – and he is a great guide to epoch jazz!. Okay, now you know a little about the Harry Bosch gender.
In The Black Echo, we find Harry, confronting a murder victim that brings back his troubled memories of his Viet Nam past. Add to that circumstance that his bosses are trying to “get him” and have a police team of two assigned to do nothing but attempt to criminalize him and the FBI force (to whom he gets assigned) double crossing him. Finally, add to that a lover who has additional motives in their relationship than just being his companion. All of this gets mixed together and, well, it seems very Noir to me. This is good get away from the real world stuff. This is hard to put down stuff. This is a good read.
"An old classic - still great today"
Black Echo is the first book in the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I am starting the entire series from the beginning as part of my resolve to revisit and document as many of my old favourites as possible in 2017 while also continuing to look for newly released work and other exciting reads along the way.
Harry Bosch is a homicide Detective with the Hollywood division of the LA Police. One Sunday he is called out to a body found in a pipe near the water reservoir. Upon closer inspection he realised that he knew the guy from twenty years ago. They both served together in Vietnam as tunnel rats. Quite early in the investigation Bosch stumbles on hints that this body may be connected to a bank robbery, which took place on Labour Day weekend the year before.
The case brings memories back to the surface for Bosch, memories that were never buried very deep. Twenty years on he still suffers from what they would call nowadays PTSD. His record as a cop is speckled with ups and downs. Internal affairs is on his case once again. Bosch bullies himself out of that one and gets assigned to help the FBI with their investigation of the bank robbery. Here he works together with agent Eleanore Wish. When Bosch and Wish find a witness who was at the scene when the body was dumped inn the pipe, things begin to go south.
While Bosch and Wish dig deeper into their investigation more bodies turn up and the begin to realise that the bad guys are not going to let them get in their way. They want the loot and then some. For that they are willing to stop at nothing.
Not entirely unexpectedly, Bosch gets it all figured out in the end. He needs to get back down into the tunnels, which is not an ideal situation for him, all things considered. But the murder is solved and the bad guys … well, you read the book and you’ll find out. Justice wins the day. There is an interesting twist that I sure did not see coming the first time I read the book.
Even though I knew the outcome this time around, I still enjoyed Black Echo immensely.
What a fantastic book! Michael Connelly is a great story teller. He has a nicely flowing writing style that is easy to follow. The story moves along swiftly without getting stuck anywhere. And Dick Hill does a great job, as always, with his narration. I really like his work and so far I’ve never been disappointed with his narration of a book.
The name Black Echo itself gets explained along the way too. Really gives me the creeps. Now I am looking forward to Harry Bosch 2 - Black Ice. This will have to wait a few weeks though, as I have a few other books I want to get to first. But I will definitely keep going with the entire series. Who knows, by the time I’m done the next instalment may be out already. Well, considering that there are over twenty books, that is actually quite likely.
But that is not a bad things, really. It means that I get to enjoy Hieronymus Bosch for quite some time to come.
"high quality cop drama"
There's nothing strikingly original about this LA cop story with it's maverick loner hero, love interest and tangled crime to unravel, it's just done so well. The characterisation, atmosphere, plotting and performance are all top notch. If you like police procedural dramas, this one's a class act!
"Technical faults from chapter 6 to end........"
Overall OUTSTANDING except for technical quality....... Faults may be from faulty download ...... This is the first time this type of fault has occurred with an AUDIBLE download.
"twisty turns and evocative writing"
bosch feels familiar but original. his stoic grumpiness with the world who just doesn't seem as committed to justice as him is very believable.
"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. 😁
"Top notch !"
Fantastic read and Dick Hill's narration is on another level . I highly recommend this book .
"The beginning of s great series of stories"
This is a great story written by one of the best modern fiction authors. I found it difficult to stop Listening and was transfixed to this brilliant presentation.
The narrator Dick Hill puts so much into his performance, he is just the best.
Can't wait for Harry Bosch books 2,3,4 and 5.
"Fun but predictable"
I've not seen the TV show but this was a exactly what I expected it to me, a fun bit of pulp fiction. Who doesn't love a hard-bitten maverick cop who came up from the streets doesn't play by the rules? The plot's predictable but what the heck it's blockbuster crime drama, it's not claiming to be Proust. It was a great way to step out of real life for a bit and Michael Connolly certainly knows how to create word pictures so listening to this is a bit like watching a movie in your head, helped along by some great voice characterisation, especially the whiny lab dude. (But not the love interest.... might have been a good idea to get an actress to do the female voice because I laughed every time "she" spoke and the sex scene was just ridiculous.) I tend to listen to audiobooks before going to sleep and there were even a couple of times I stayed up late to hear the outcome of a bit of jeopardy.
"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.
"My first encounter with Bosch..."
...certainly won't be my last!
Gripping neo-noir old school style detective who you could imagine once being played by a youngish Bogart or maybe more accurately in the time setting Willem Defoe.
Excellent storyline and so eloquently descriptive you can almost smell the smells and see what the characters see.
Extremely well narrated by Dick Hill who brought the story to life for me to the extent I almost felt at times like I was listening to a radio broadcast.
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