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Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players - a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client.

Heywood’s troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywood’s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston’s underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser’s protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser’s back and return the child to the football star’s sprawling Chestnut Hill mansion. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akira’s future.

©2014 Ace Atkins (P)2014 Random House Audio

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I thought I had lost Spenser

If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, witty, nice

What other book might you compare Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot to and why?

I really can't make a comparison because this is Ace's first attempt.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Hawk.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

I thought that after Robert B. Parker's death that was the end of Spenser. However, Ace Atkins has done a formidable job of carrying on the Spenser tradition. He has adequately gotten the nuances of Spenser's psyche and has accurately portrayed the supporting characters. I would suggest to continue with Joe Mantegna's narrating the series. He also gets the characters. I've listened to other narrators of the Spenser books and there is NO comparison to Joe M.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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More of the same but lacking interesting moments

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story line seemed to be dragged out a bit. Not much of a reason for this as it turned out. I like these books most of the time but this one was a disappointment.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ace Atkins again?

I probably will because I like the caracters but I will be hoping for a much more interesting story. I will look more closely at the reveiws.

Did Joe Mantegna do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I think he is one of the best at doing just that, differentiating. I like his pace and delivery. He lets you know who the carracters are without too much he said she said. It is always well done.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Diappointment as I said before. I was hoping for more. I thought about not finishing this book but I kept hoping it would get better! It was still better than listing to the radio.

Any additional comments?

I just want to get a better book next time.. I was talking to some people in a book store in Solvang the other day and we all agreed that it would be tough driving home or to work without the books on tape. Probably the best cure for road rage in the LA area!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Standard Stuff

Any additional comments?

This is the standard pusedo-Parker - maybe tries a little too hard to be brash and clever. But is an easy listen filled with familiar characters behaving in expected manner - filled about three lonely evenings after work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ace Atkins Keeps the torch held high

Another great Spenser novel. And Joe Montegna IS Spenser. I wish they could go back to the earlier books and get Montegna to re-narrate them, particularly those that Burt Reynolds did. Anyway, highly recommended for all Spensers many fans. A credit well spent!

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Standard Spenser

Joe Mantegna is great and demonstrates an ability to do accents and varied voices. So, why does Spenser sound like Fat Tony from the Simpsons? Distracting. Maybe apply some of that talent to the Spenser voice and come up something less clipped and less over-enunciated. Otherwise an entertaining listen.

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It's okay

This isn't the best Robert B. Parker book I have ever heard. it is good though. plenty of Spencer and Hawk action. Read it and judge for yourself.

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Spenser Books So Much Fun

Love the performance. Such a fun suspense story. Great chapters feel like I really know them.

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A nice way to pass the time

Seemed pretty faithful to Parker's style, and I like the addition of Sixkill. Joe Mantegna does excellent work, and the removal of all the "he said"s makes it much more listenable.

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Superb

Excellent character dialogue. I enjoy reading the book and listening with Audible. I love the narrator. Also, Ace Atkins does a great job. I love Spenser, Hawk, Susan and Z. It's an exciting story that keeps you guessing. Good work Ace!

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Joe always does a great narration

Parker stories are always different. His characters are unique. Example Jesse Stone and Spenser. They are entirely different.