Detective Angie Pallorino hasn't forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card - crosses etched into the flesh of his victim's foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?
This was tough to finish. There are multiple sex scenes which are cringey and go on way too long. The dialogue is unconvincing and the reader makes everyone sound the same.
The book needed a better editor. There are multiple plot lines that go nowhere and end up with two characters at the end of the novel literally asking each other questions like, "Hey, what happened to so-and-so?"
The performance is terrible. The female reader makes every male character sound the same and the women don't get much better treatment.
Disillusioned after a mission in Ukraine goes tragically wrong, military contractor Tom Locke is on the run from Apollo Outcomes, a private military corporation run by the treacherous Brad Winters. While working undercover with his surviving team members on the frontlines of ISIS-infected Iraq, they are approached by a Saudi middleman who offers good money to find the missing son of a high-ranking government official.
A great book that fits well in the modern mercenary genre.
The characters are pretty well developed, the action is convincing and the story interesting.
The plot kind of fizzles at the end, but it's worth finishing and the plot moves along nicely.
The use of 2 narrators is an odd choice and the reader who voices the main merc is clearly from the Christian Bale Batman school of voice acting--very gravelly and it gets a little old.
Recommended if you like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Mark Greany style books.
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Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.
This is a new novel by MC about a tough LAPD detective whose maverick ways clash with the brass, but who's smart and tough enough to always get the job done. There's a shocking crime to start the novel, the detective is warned to stay away from the case, they make some extremely questionable procedural moves and ultimately figure it all out.
No, it's not a new Harry Bosch novel, but it may as well be one. Det. Ballard is not a fresh take on what has become a standard (and still popular) formula. Further, MC has always had difficulty writing deep and interesting female characters. Making his new lead a female may be setting the series up for failure.
The narrator drones through the text like Charlie Brown's teacher. There are several places where the book describes a character's speech as "he shrieked" or "he got choked up by the end of the sentence" but her reading never inflects these tones. Please get a new reader. January LaVoy or Jan Cramer would be so much better.
I will keep following the series, but I'm lowering my expectations.
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He's your perfect date. You're his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time it's not her case.
As usual, this narrator delivers a solid performance. The writing is first class as well, but the plot seemed to take some unnecessary detours.
I like the armchair travel to London, but this time around the characters seemed a bit one dimensional.
Still worth a credit.
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A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.
I suppose if this book were written in 1980 it would have been seen as very cutting edge. But it is so full of cliches I had to increase the listening speed to hurry through it.
You have the roguish English Lord/Super spy/international businessman, the avuncular Scotland Yard detective, the jive talking (no, really--jive) black ex-Navy SEAL, the thoroughly despicable Middle Eastern villain with his sadistic ebony African number two, etc.
The plot is no better. Actually, there are 2 completely unrelated plots which was very frustrating when the one just fizzled out and ended.
Even the climax is a let down after all the build up.
There's nothing offensive or terrible about it, it simply isn't very interesting or engaging.
The narration is actually quite good. I found the accents "quite distracting, old boy" but that is how the characters are written.
The spy thriller genre is so well populated you should put this book far down on your reading list.
After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.
We get ulterior motives, collateral damage and superhuman abilities in keeping with the previous entries in the series.
Greaney has found a good balance between constant action-gunfight! exploision! car chase! and interesting character development and plotting.
The narrator has great range and does a very good job with accents and voices. I like knowing who is talking by the sound of their voice.
The story takes place across Hong Kong and southeast Asia and the locations feel authentic and inviting.
I'd recommend this both as a first Gray Man novel(minimal spoilers to previous stories) and for those who enjoyed any of the previous ones.
Detective Luke Thompson is a hero cop with a string of solved serial killer cases under his belt. He comes to California, thinking he can disappear quietly into the forests, isolated from the rest of the world. His expertise is called upon to help with a mysterious serial killer dumping bodies dressed like fairy tale characters in the woods outside of Mendocino County.
This is a terrible book. The writing is so cliched and the characters so unbelievable that it is not worth even the 6 hours to listen to.
There is almost as much romance in the book as detective work and it sounds like it was written by a 13 year old boy. Phrases like "he couldn't stop looking at her butt" and "he was distracted by her rear-end" keep cropping up.
The detective sections are unconvincing. For example, the main character keeps flipping the safety on his Glock on and off--Glocks don't have external safeties. The plot involves an out of the game detective who is dragged back into a case because an FBI profiler believes that only he can solve it, etc. It's all very cliched.
The performance is very difficult to listen to. The narrator sounds like that aunt you have who smokes too much and drinks too much. It's hard to tell if she's a poor narrator or just hopelessly lost with the bad writing.
No way to recommend this book to anyone. Not a good mystery, not a good procedural, not a funny or lighthearted take, not a pleasant performance.
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Edgar Award nominee Robert Crais’ L.A. Requiem is a gritty, harrowing look into the minds of a serial killer and the men determined to stop him. Elvis Cole and former cop Joe Pike have been partners in a detective agency for 12 years. After an ex-girlfriend of Pike’s disappears, the girl’s father asks them to help the police with the search. When the missing persons case turns into a hunt for a killer who has been stalking victims in Los Angeles, Cole and Pike find themselves battling both a hostile police department and a madman.
This was a thrill ride that kept you guessing without contrived plot twists. It's longer than the usual book in this series, but that's because you get more background detail on Joe Pike.
Joe often appears as a "Deus Ex Machismo" which can make him rather one dimensional. He gets a nice treatment here without slowing down the story and it still feels like an Elvis Cole book.
The performance is not as good as James Daniels (who has the proper amount of snark in his voice for a wise guy like Elvis.) This narrator is more 40's noir which doesn't work as well.
You could jump into this without reading the prior books (like most in this series) and get good feel for the author's style.
Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.
Whats begins as a promising murder mystery loses its way in the desert. It's in the spirit of Bosch and Elvis Cole, but not nearly as good.
For such a long book, the characters are surprisingly underdeveloped and cliched--the overbearing police supervisor, the nerdy academic, the greedy CEO, the eccentric pathologist etc. I really didn't feel anything for the characters as they get killed off.
As others have pointed out, the explicit sex scenes are a bit cringey and completely unnecessary.
I loved the narration--I'm a fan of Simon Prebble and he was one of the reasons I bought the book. This is my first fiction listen from him and his female voices are not perfect, but his various accents are spot on.
The book could have been much more, but I won't be following any more of Kubu's adventures.
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This is the story of Elizabeth I's inner circle and the crucial human relationships which lay at the heart of her personal and political life. Using a wide range of original sources - including private letters, portraits, verse, drama, and state papers - Susan Doran provides a vivid and often dramatic account of political life in Elizabethan England and the queen at its center.
The author takes a fresh look at this well studied chapter in English history. She focuses on the relationships of the various people within EI's sphere and tells each person's story through the prism of the relationship. It's a very interesting approach. She points out how a courtier had different boundaries than a Privy Councilman and argues that this forced them to use different tactics when trying to gain influence.
Unfortunately, organizing the book as sequential biographies leads to jumping around in time and main charachters from one chapter showing up as minor actors in another. This confusion is compounded by the English historical tendency for people to change names and titles several times during the course of their lives.
She jumps right into the people and events of the 16th century so you must have some familiarity with the Tudor period to avoid being overwhelmed by relations and namesakes.
I found it very enjoyable, if a little dry.
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