But one boat isn't like the others.
Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them - on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night - come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport - and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy and, with his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor.
Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate - and counter - their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead - and Natchez changed forever.
©2009 Greg Iles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have never written a review... but I must here. I listened to the first two of this series... the first being the best narration, the second was OK, but this, the third, I had to look at the narrator. SHOCKED to see he's the same as the second.
He has AGED Penn Cage By 40 years!!! He sounds SO old, and slow .... and NOT worthy of the characters.
PLEASE!!! Tell me the rest are different!!!
No. Characters are whiny and their actions don't really fit characters. Character development is all over the place. Seems like he just planned out a bunch of actions and then made the characters do them whether it made sense or not. Narrator is awful especially for women.
Different narrator, less whiny characters, more consistency in what the characters did and felt.
Maybe someone who does the Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler novels.
I think it has one but I am not going to read it. I will finish the book but it really isn't enjoyable. Kind of like fingernails on chalk board.
I love how Iles weaves a story together. Just when you think the details he provides has no bearing on the story, dozens of pages later that detail moves the story forward. Brilliant writing. This story was slow at first, but stay with it! The exposition, while longer than the previous Pen Cage novels, was all necessary for the story to play out.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
Each book in this series pulls you into an exciting adventure... and each adventure gets better and better. Although long books, they still leave me wanting more. I hope that you enjoy these books as much as I did.
Loved it. Great story and Dick Hill is best reader out there. Started slow, but hsng on there, best is yet to come. The best of the series about Natchez. A must read.
The narrator was all wrong. Clearly, Mr. Hill is an elderly gentleman, and there is nothing he can do about that, however, his voice was all wrong for the main character who is supposed to be younger, but sounded ancient and old. And then to make matters worse, the narrator had to do female voices which sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. It was torture to listen to this, the story was good though, and I wanted to hear it. Please re-do this story with new narrator.
Almost, but the narrator made be want to scream.
The parts where the character whispers the narrator did as well. But to a point that I had to increase the volume dramatically for every part after rewinding. And with so many parts with whispers.... Annoying.
I have great respect for Dick Hill's narration based upon other Audible books I have listened to, so I would not avoid him. Bad audio quality is the audio engineer's fault. Greg Iles has put me off from ever reading his demented scribbling again.
Better audio engineering would have helped and and a narrator who can do a southern accent was warranted.
This is a sick, ugly book, filled with characters that should not have been written about.
The violence and sadism are beyond off-putting. This book is little beyond pornographic violence wrapped in a Penn Cage storyline.
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