Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.
Make sure you realize this is only a 2 hour audio book. The story felt incomplete and definitely felt like a short story. It should have been combined with other short stories. It was not worth a full credit.
Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.
This is the best Duffy series story to date. I'm a big McKinty fan so that is saying a lot.
This was the book in the series where all of the plot elements and story lines coupled with all the years of character development and simply came together just right.
The personal side of the character has developed quite well which contributes to the story lines involving his professional strife as a cop and of course a very intriguing story.
I can't believe no one has mentioned the following:
WHY, WHO AND WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE NAME OF ONE OF THE CHARACTERS BEING BLEEPED OUT IN THIS BOOK???
No one else mentioned it, there was obviously a legal reason. What character in 1988 is still relevant to get his n Anne bleeped out???
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It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I tried it based on reviews alone, which does not always work.
I've read a lot of good books in the WWII genre so I'm always a little skeptical of stories about the same topic I've read many times.
I really enjoyed the authors writing style and ability to tell a story and keep the reader/listener intrigued throughout.
The narrator also does a done job.
Overall highly recommended!!
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Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.
I've enjoyed all of Hart's books so far. Not to give anything away, but there are three story lines mixed across the main characters, which at times was a little hard to figure out where the plot was going. One of them turns out to be a good story line and provides a good 5th act, but the other two fell a little flat for me.
Not one of my favorites of his, but still worth the time and purchase. The narrator does a good job as well.
Overall recommended and look forward to his next one.
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New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been after infamous criminal Nicholas Bennett for years. When Bennett kills someone close to Doug, Doug's investigation - and his life - start spiraling out of control. He's placed on indefinite suspension from the police force and breaks things off with his fiancée, but he can't let the case go, and he continues an off-the-books investigation on his own.
I did not enjoy this one nearly as much as the Andy Carpenter books. This may have been my least favorite Rosenfelt book.
Having said that it is still above average to average. I saw several people say they would like to see more of these characters, but I'll pass. The story and characters are straight forward and there is not a lot of witty dialogue. I saw some reviews saying this one had witty dialogue but they must have been confused
The narrator is decent and not as bad as I see in other reviews. He is simply not the witty satirical voice of Grover Gardner, who is perfect for the Carpenter books. He would not have fit this book as the characters and story were completely different.
Overall a slight thumbs up. Just missing Andy.
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A soldier returns from the front line of battle to report that Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant, Kirov, travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap.
The entire Inspector Pekkala series has been a good one.
I would recommend starting from the first one, but it's not an absolute and I think the book stands on its own as a solid story.
The stories are loosely based on historical fact but I'm not sure about this one. I'll have to do a little research to verify or not.
I always say a book is good if it makes me want to either research or want a sequel, and this one does.
The narrator might be good if I had heard him narrate from the first, but he is not nearly as good at voice inflection as the narrator in previous books - Pekkala's voice is a particular disappointment and it's hard to distinguish who is talking in rapid dialogue scenes. He has a good voice and narrates well so it's not grating in the least.
Overall recommended and looking forward to the next one!
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What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?
John Lee turns an average story into an enjoyable listen.
With touches of a Count of Monte Christo type revenge plot, the story is enjoyable but just not as gripping as some of Archer's other efforts. The let down comes with the way the story winds down and concludes.
Overall it's a decent story with a great narrator so I'd recommend it.
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When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?
The entire series has been a good one and this one does not disappoint. It starts a little slow but the story is another interesting and ingenious mystery with witty dialogue along the way.
Narration from Doyle is terrific as usual. Recommended along with the series.
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The year is 1820 and England has fought its last victorious battle against the French. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, has finally returned to London to wed his young bride. But instead of being able to settle down to his fame and glory, he finds himself penniless in a country where unemployment and social unrest are raging high, and where men - innocent or guilty - are hung for the merest of crimes. Thus, when the Home Secretary offers him a job as private investigator.
A good period novel that reminded me of a good Ken Follett novel. Good character development a a real taste and flavor of the times. Cornwell offers a bit more of a hard and graphic look. He describes the foul living conditions of the times as well as he does in battles scenes in his other books.
The narrator does a great job as well. Recommended!
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Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington, and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy? Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This one begins and ends well, but the overall character development and motives of the antagonists didn't stack up to the other stories. Likewise, it was like on historical intertwining like the other books.
But if you're a Clifton Chronicles fan it's a must read/listen as will the next one.
Narration is good as usual. Looking forward to the next one.
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