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 do recommend this book for the story, but Dick Hill's "decibel performance" coupled with the sound production of this book takes away from the individual enjoyment of listening. On the other books I have enjoyed in which Dick Hill was the narrator I was able to lower the volume to my earpiece and set it a little more outside of the "nook" of my listening ear in order to finish. But, with this book my trick didn't work. I was forced to use my computer to listen to it. Unfortunately, that turned what is usually a personal listening experience for me alone into an invasion of the "shared decibel space" of any other person within the listening area. That, I did not like!
Audio quality is horrible.
Did not listen to all of this book. Could not hear narrator, very poor sound and book very boring.
I love books!
Let's start with the fact that Greg iles is a great writer, one of my favorites. In this story, set in Natchez, Mississippi and with his usual protagonist Penn Cage, there is dog fighting, prostitution, money laundering via riverboat gambling, lots of crime and some really bad people doing really bad things. The author does a good job of weaving all of this evil into a story where he's also telling about life in the new Old South. Iles' books are always taught mysteries where you relate to the characters, at least the good ones. Iles states on his website that this book in a prelude to his trilogy which has the first book in it, "Natchez Burning" coming out in 2014. I listened to this book partly to get ready for the trilogy as Iles does state the trilogy takes off from this book and in the end of the book, it's clear there is more to come. I recommend all of the author's books. One complaint I did see in the audiobook reviews is that some listeners don't like Dick Hill as the narrator. I do believe another narrator might be a more perfect fit, like Will Patton is to James Lee Burke's books. While Hill is OK, in the beginning you think about him also narrating the Jack Reacher series but I find, at least for myself, that once I get into the story that I'm not thinking about who the narrator is. A good narrator can really bring a book to life, of that there is no doubt.
the art of quiet pleasure
Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors. I recently purchased "The Devil's Punchbowl".I could not get too far into it due to the narrator, Dick Hill. I deleted the book after purchasing it because of Dick Hill. His accent (real or faked) was not easy to follow, his slow pace of speaking was annoying, and he drops his voice at inprotant words and makes it hard to understand.Before i purchase another book, I will check that Dick Hill is NOT the narrator.
Any book narratated by Dick Hill.
Didn't get that much into it because of Dick HIll's narration.
Please don't let Dick Hill narrate any more good books!!!
provocative, suspenseful, courageous
Penn Cage - good true blue hero type, with a few character flaws
I started this book with high expectations, but the pace is so draggy. Things are described in such minute detail that they kill any progress in the plot, if there was any to begin with.
I quit after the first part.
Dick Hill did a great job. Book was very well written and had a hard time turning it off. The hardest part was listening to the detail descriptions of the dog fighting and the suffering of the animals. Had to fast forward through some of those but thankful those parts were few.
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