Perfect, just perfect. Horrific beginning, as LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog, Sirius, are trapped in a burning forest in pursuit of a kill..Show More »er. The killer shoots at them, hits Sirius, but Gideon forces the killer to help him carry the wounded dog out through a wall of flame. They all survive, the killer is sentenced, and becomes an eerie presence in the book. Both Sirius and Gideon are badly burned, but both go on to become the protagonists of what will -- I hope - become a new police procedural series for Alan Russell.
Burning Man is one of those "just five minutes more" books you can't find a place to stop listening. The cases Gideon and his "partner" Sirius get are fascinating -- a newborn baby abandoned on church steps, a teen-aged bully crucified on a tree in the park. There's a romantic interest, but just enough to make Gideon a real person. I like how Sirius is included in everything -- he's not a "sleuth", like some of the cat books, but not since Carol Lea Benjamin created PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull companion 'Dash' has a dog played such a significant -- dare I say 'meaty'? Sirius is addicted to In 'N Out Burgers -- role in a book, and done it so well. Nothing cutesy here, just a really smart police dog with a brave and interesting human.
The narration is excellent -- thank Gd for a narrator who can pronounce California place names correctly! Couldn't be better.
By all means listen to Burning Man, Book 1 in the Gideon and Sirius series, before Guardians of the Night. Both books, Kindle version plus Audible ve..Show More »rsion, are available to borrow at no cost to Kindle Unlimited members. The protagonists in this series are LA cop Michael Gideon and his police dog Sirius. Gideon and to a much lesser degree Sirius are still suffering from the physical and emotional effects of being badly burned in a fire while capturing a killer. This book is in my opinion not quite as good as Burning Man, but it is still an excellent police procedural. The narration is consistent with what I have tome to expect from Jeff Cummings. His voice is very clear but his accents are hideous.