I have become a reader/listener of Stephen King again. I had moved away from his books because they became too creepy and outlandish for my taste. He ..Show More »has returned to the days of The Stand and I am loving it. I have read many reviews that dislike this transition because they don't terrify anymore. They are less horror and more thriller! Mr. Mercedes is no different. It is wonderful. It was tense when appropriate and he fleshed out his characters wonderfully. This is right in line with my opinion of Under the Dome but has a more satisfying ending. This is not 11/22/63 which I feel is his crowning achievement with The Stand being a close second--but it is a headliner in the genre. If you want macabre this is not the book for you. If you want a thriller with a fast pace and an investment in characters I recommend Mr. Mercedes.
I have always been reluctant to read a Stephen King Novel believing regrettably thinking that all his stories were fearful and scary but I bit the bul..Show More »let and my goodness I loved it. The story line was clever, intriguing, holding my interest all the way to the end. Undeniable a great thriller!
What a great trilogy, Stephen King's 3 Bill Hodges' books are..and WOW, Will Patton -there couldn't be a better narrator for these books!
..Show More »/>King has written something different here, in the first," Mr Mercedes", police detective 'Kermit' Bill Hodges and partner searches for the horrific murderer who barreled a stolen Metcedes Benz into a before dawn group of people, lined up tfor entrance to a job fair. "Mr Mercedes" is something very different for King..a suspense murder mystery.....
In Book 2, "Finders Keepers", retired police detective AKA the 'Ret Det' falls in love and finds an unusual business partner. Again, Patton nails Holly "Berry", the OCD, slightly psychotic woman who is the daughter of the sister of the...well you have to read the story..imagine, King writing a real love story. Even side characters in the book, the Robinson family, are written so well and narrated so beautifully that we really get to know them.
In "End of Watch", 6 years after the massacre at the City Center job fair, we find Bill Hodges still striving to bring closure for the people who were injured or killed. The murderer, however, has other ideas and continues to kill, again and again. He's still after Hodges and the Robinson family -a real page turner!. The final novel is more typical of Kings work with the addition of suspense and psychic computer programs.
It's difficult to write a review and not insert spoilers...Harshfield is a crazy bad person and though we think he has gotten his just reward, he has something else going on. Hodges is the basic good person but has his own issues. All 3 novels were exciting but the third one is the best IMO.
Thru more than 30 hours of narrative, Will Patton keeps up his exciting and spot on reading..he truly brings the characters to life and we get to know them, with all their problems. I haven't really searched for Pattons work but will from now on. He goes on my list, along with the likes of George Guidell, Luke Daniels and Davina Porter . Patton reads with real heart!
If you haven't been a fan of Stephen King's writing in the past, this trilogy may turn you around. It's not a scary book like "It" or "The Stand", it's so unlike other work and I hope he tries again in the suspense genre.
The trilogy cheap at 3 credits-and so worth the time and money. Really..give it a try!!
Usually when a book impresses me this much on audible I wonder if the narrator makes the story stronger. With King, I need not wonder. He picks the be..Show More »st because he is the best.
Now. You want to know what I thought right? Well. You know that annoying friend that goes.....oh oh oh and then, and I do not want to spoil the story but...well with this book that is me. I felt for our foul evil reader cause I get it. I hopefully will never go this far but........
Lol. Read it. If your a fan I can tell you the King is back in full form if not a fan? Well then, why are you wasting your time reading a review that only goes.....go read it. Go read it now!
The saga of retired cop turned private eye Bill Hodges concludes in “End of Watch.” Once again Mr. Hodges and partner Holly are confronted with anot..Show More »her scheme by Brady Hartsfield, the deranged homicidal maniac that was dubbed “Mr. Mercedes,” but this time it’s on a supernatural level. Room 217 holds a special place for Stephen King; it’s that room number mentioned in the “Shining,” and also the room in the Stanley Hotel that Stephen King stayed in before he wrote the famous story. Now it is the room in the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where Brady Hartsfield resides supposedly in a vegetated state; but we know from “Finders Keepers,” that Bill Hodges has his doubts. Stephen king uses his mastery weaving real life horror with the supernatural and creates a fast paced riveting story that I believe is the best of the three. Will Patton’s narration is great, as usual.
Yes. An easy, entertaining read. Many of the concepts such as core consciousness, mind control and hypnosis are complicated and accepted in the text w..Show More »ithout explanation. Other concepts such as mind invasion ( one mind physically taking over another) are fantasy, but interesting