I just listened to both of Michael's books, 'The Inside Ring' and 'The Second Perimeter'. I want more. Good action, keeps interest level high, and t..Show More »he 2ns book (The Second Perimeter) is even better than the first.
The time spent listening to this book was an okay listen. The narrator did not do a very good job as far as my evaluation. The narration seemed to slo..Show More »w down the book. I had a difficult time listening to the book but I did finish. It's the third book in the Joe DeMarco Thriller series and I had listened to the first two. Therefore, I wanted to continue listening to the series in the order established.
Mike Lawson's House Justice is tag-lined as a Joe DeMarco Thriller. The tag line states the truth - it is a thriller. Lawson, a much under-appreciated..Show More » writer, has developed Joe DeMarco as a solid action protagonist. He surrounds DeMarco with a variety of interesting collaborators. From DeMarco's boss, Speaker-of-the-House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney, to old and new colleagues, Lawson's rich characters stabilize the achilles heel of most action-adventure novels - plots that tend to stretch the believable. Because DeMarco's allies are sometimes reluctant, they're more fun. The villains, particularly in House Justice, are both numerous and not too obvious. As for plot predictability, be prepared for an interesting conclusion.
The audiobook performer, Joe Barrett did a very solid job. Though I wasn't particularly thrilled with the voice he gave DeMarco (a minor nit-pick), Barrett delivered an excellent range of voices, including the necessary subtleties for age and gender differences. Barrett is the 2nd reader (Scott Brick) in 3 audiobooks. For abridged versions, there were two more. For continuities sake, I hope the author can stabilize his reader choices. In addition, Audible skipped two very good books, House Rules and House Secrets.
If you want a fast-paced, fun experience, filled with interesting characters and plot twists, this - and other Mike Lawson books - will not disappoint.
Finally - A book I can write a positive review for
I think forever ago I read one of Mike Lawson's first or second books & it was o.k but not memorable... I looked through all the reviews and deci..Show More »ded to give book # 7 a chance. I'm glad I did. I like Joe Barrett and am most familiar with his work as the narrator for Brian Freeman's books. I think I enjoyed the book mostly for it's plausible story line & The fact that it did not have some over the top action hero doing things beyond their means. It's the very reason I like Joe DeMarco. I do wish Joe was a little more everything though... I wish Mike Lawson didn't paint him as some bumbling half lawyer skating by. I am listening to book 8 based off my experience with # 7 and Joe tried to pronounce anaphylatic shock and bumbled his way through the word and it surprised me that I could say it if not spell it & I am just a pool guy from Florida.. I'd really like to see a Joe DeMarco pick up where his dad left off and make him a hit man of sorts. Anyway - I liked the ending a lot and it brought the whole book together nicely. Audio books are one of the ways I cope with the daily grind & I am glad to have found this book in amoungst the pile of bad books I listened to lately.
In a time when many traditional mystery and suspense protagonists are running out of steam, author Mike Lawson continues to keep Joe DeMarco and his s..Show More »upporting cast fresh. Unlike the superman-like protagonists in other series, the self-deprecating and often vulnerable Joe DeMarco gives readers believable doses of bravery and good judgement. Supporting characters like former Speaker Mahoney, retired spook Emma and others continue to surprise with additional character complexities.
Even more important, Lawson know how to "spin a good yarn". House Odds has a really good plot with twists and turns that will keep you interested until the end. Also important in any good audiobook, Joe Barrett delivers a really solid performance.
If you like the political thriller genre, don't miss the chance to give this audiobook "a listen".
Having the story told to my by the likes of Joe Barrett is better for far then reading it myself. I have to say this has to be my favorite book in the..Show More » ‘Joe DeMarco’ series, and I’ve listened to them all. Now I can’t wait until July ’15 and the 10th book in the series when ‘House Rivals’ is released. Nice work, Mike Lawson, and thank you!