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