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
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.
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.
Blogger of accidental discoveries through books
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.
I love books!
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.
Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.
Author of The Madison Picker and the Serapis Fraktur
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.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
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.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I grudging watched the TV series "Bosch" at the prompting of parents. Detective stories and murder mysteries are just not my thing, but I've been bored and wanted to give something new a try. It took a few episodes, but I was hooked. By the end I needed more.
I generally stay away from pop authors who poor out a huge volume of books, but I figured that the first book in a popular series must have some merit and creativity, and a great hook of some kind, if an entire series and career was built on it, right?
I was extremely happy with The Black Echo. It was well written, and I really enjoyed meeting this original version of Harry Bosch. This book had all the suspense and grit of the TV series. More so, perhaps.
I've got other Bosch stories in my queue now, and I've started into the Lincoln Lawyer works as well. Connelly has earned a fan.
"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.
"An Easy Listen."
I had not come across Harry before, so since this is Book 1, it was a good place to start.
I think that I will listen to others.
"I'm hooked! Will follow Bosch."
It was written by Michael Connelly.
Harry Bosch because he now exists in my imagination.
No, I haven't. Overall very good but did not like his female impersonations.
Bosch's past returns.
A story I could not turn off. Sad when it ended, but looking forward to the next instalment.
"first Harry Bosch story - wont be my last"
id listen to this again as the story pulled me in - i watched the Bosch series on Amazon Prime and was hooked by the character - getting the audio book added more flesh to the bones and thrilled me with the story - expertly written and performed
the flashbacks to the vietnam tunnels - the big twist and reveal at the end
Bosch himself - even though i see Titus Welliver in my head
i was enthralled - excited to be stuck in my car so i could listen to more
since finishing this, ive purchased 2 more Bosch audible titles - only another 17 to go ;)
"Intriguing right to the end."
The plot thickens as the book progresses and I didn't see the end coming. All is not as you think it is until it is revealed in the last chapter - lots of twists and turns to keep you interested. I enjoyed this book and the narrator did a very good job in his own but it would have been better with several different voices. Well worth getting and I will be buying more Harry Bosch books!
"Very well written!"
Original, well developed and mastered with genius. Harry Bosch is simply, as the story says: "An outsider doing an insider's job." Enough said.
"My first encounter with Connelly"
Well worth 'reading'
When Bosch tied the two IA agents to a tree - very funny
Authentic accents bring the characters to life more so than attempting to read the accent.
I don't sit and listen, would have kept walking for miles had time permitted.
This was a book club selection, never would have chosen otherwise but really enjoyed it and will probably go for book two.
Report Inappropriate Content