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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
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!
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
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.
Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
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.
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 excellent and well paced thriller from Michael Connelly which translates very well to an audiobook. First class narration. Strongly recommended.
"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.
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.
"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!!!!
"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.
I enjoyed listening to this .Michael Connelly book so much that i will buy more of this author.
"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.
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
First time for me.
Clear and with good diction.
Will definitely be following this author from now on.
Not much - too american
The opening did not get me into the story
Just not for me
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