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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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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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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 08-01-08
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 08-01-08 Member Since 2005

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    "What a Terrific Book"

    I love Connelly's Bosch novels and normally, an author of gets better with age. Having said that, I wasn't expecting this first book in the Bosch series to be as good as the later novels in the series.

    This book is probably one of my top 2 or 3 favorites!!

    Connelly manages to weave together a very intriguing and complex story!!

    I kept saying to myself, "This Story is going to have SOOOOOO many holes", but he masterfully ties up all the loose ends.

    The reader does a good job as well.

    Highly recommended!!

    83 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 10-22-08
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 10-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Fills in the blanks"

    I have read all of the Harry Bosch mysteries over the past few years. While I am not a lifelong Dectective devotee, Harry Bosch is my favorite character and Michael Connelly is my favorite author. Somehow I have managed to read the 13 Bosch books in a random order. This book, The Black Echo, is the first in the series and recounts Harry Bosch's days as a "tunnel rat" during the Vietnam War. It does a good job of filling in the blanks that you only get bits and pieces about in the later works. As a testament to the talented pen of Connelly, much/most of the Bosch character is developed in this first book.

    If you haven't read any of the Bosch series, this is a good place to start. If you have read later books, you will still enjoy this one.

    64 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 04-23-10
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 04-23-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Liked It"

    This was my first book from the author and I really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style which reminded me of Lee Child (Reacher series). Perfect balance of story telling and character building for my taste. Pretty much every part of the story was relevant, interesting and well told.

    I admit that the narrator (Dick Hill) influenced my decision to try this one since he is one of my favorite narrators, but in the end I was glad I did. In fact I am going to grab another one right now.

    You won't be disappointed.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Paul houston, TX, USA 10-24-09
    Paul houston, TX, USA 10-24-09
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    "Good Start to the Series"

    If you've decided to start the whole series after hearing a few of the latter books, then here you are. A little too 80's cop movie for me (drug dealers, Vietnam, dirty cops...) but worth the time.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    B. brown 08-12-11
    B. brown 08-12-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Very entertaining!!"

    This was a great book...Connelly created Harry with this story and whats amazing is, his first Harry book is as good as his last. There are a couple silly parts, for example, at one time Harry catches 2 detectives following him and he handcuffs them to a tree. Other than that its a great listen. Dick Hill is amazing as the narrator as well.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-18-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "Endless Twists and Turns"

    Since I had never read a Harry Bosch book, I thought I would start with the first one. It's a good place to start: in introducing Harry to the reader, Connelly gives us his background as a tunnel rat in Viet Nam. Hard-boiled detectives are not often my favorite characters. I will say that Harry is very well-drawn, and the book is well-written with many twists and turns before you reach a really surprise ending.

    The only problem I had is that I just didn't find Harry very likeable, despite an excellent performance by Dick Hill. That diminished my enjoyment quite a bit. I will try another book and see if my enjoyment increases.

    In the meantime, if hardboiled, somewhat renegade, detectives are your thing, this book is for you! Enjoy!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-03-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-03-09 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Glad I tried another Bosch book"

    I listened to A Darkness More Than Night a while back and I was not impressed. After I reviewed the book I said I would listen to another with a different narrator. Both the narrator (Dick Hill) and the story made this book an excellent listen. I am used to hearing Hill and his superb narration in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. His work here too is commendable. More than just the narration, Connelly introduces Bosch as both a likable and roguish police detective whose ways seem more suited to those of a private eye. This story had the right amount of everything; romance, misdirection, tragedy, vindication, bad guys, victims, flawed characters and you name it. I will listen to another Harry Bosch novel, especially if Hill did the narration. This was purchased on an Audible sale and was the best value I received in more than three years. It would have been well worth a credit.

    36 of 40 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    11 of 12 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 2010

    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 10 people found this review helpful
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