On the Grind

Shane Scully
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Shane Scully, Book 8
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Charged with misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, Scully is forced to resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. His wife Alexa leaves him, seeking a divorce for his alleged dalliance with the accused in the case, a well-known Hollywood actress. His son, Chooch, horrified by these events, won't speak to him.

In order to make a living, Scully seeks employment where he can: the Haven Park, California PD. Haven Park is a small, incorporated city near downtown LA, populated largely by illegal immigrants. The department is known for its corruption, in effect the Mayor's personal goon squad and collection agency. As Shane gets involved, he learns that things are rarely what they seem.

Relentlessly harassed by an over-zealous FBI agent, the beautiful Ophelia Love, and under the constant, sometimes violent, extremely paranoid scrutiny of his new comrades-at-arms, Shane finds that Alex may be the only one who can get him out of this new mess alive. But is she willing to?

©2009 Stephen J. Cannell (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A fun read...

No one would guess that I am addicted to gritty police and legal thrillers, but I am. This was my first Shane Scully book and it was a fun read. No, it wasn't in the category of the Harry Bosch series, but I am familiar with the author's TV series so I expected as much. I was a bit confused in the beginning by the main character's role as a dirty cop but it was explained quickly. The plot of an entire police force being corrupt with no oversight was a stretch but I enjoyed the book nevertheless. I will definitely check out the other books in the Scully series.

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Excellent read

I thought this was a well written book about a story plot I wouldn't think I would enjoy. One of the main reasons I purchased it was because of the narrator Scott Brick, he has a very commanding voice and did the book justice. I really did enjoy they way the characters were developed and how I felt involved in what was going down.

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Too Predictable

I've been a huge fan of the Shane Scully series and this new book continues the themes set forth from the earlier works but seems like a novel conceived and written with too much haste. It has its moments of suspense and action but doesn't evoke a since of accomplishment. It's good enough to keep me interested in the series but not enough to make me want to rush out to get the next, when and if it ever comes out.

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Weak entry in the Scully series

I am about 10 years late to this series but enjoying working my way through the Shane Scully stories. The first few are pretty terrific. Interesting characters and plot twists to hold your interest. On The Ground doesn't add anything to the series. To me, feels like it was written on autopilot while Cannell was attending to TV scripts. Not that this book is bad, it just repeats plot ideas from earlier in the series which you can spot beginning on page one.

Again, I marvel at Scott Brick's ability to elevate most everything he narrates. This guy is the gold standard for audio books.

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"I love it when a plan comes together"

Stephen Cannell has brought the same expertise to this series about Shane Scully as.he did to the "A Team"! Every books just builds in suspense as the stories are told. The books in this series can stand alone, but they are so much more impressive when listened to in order. The characters build in complexity. The story line are believable. What a great adventure!

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As Good As TV

What made the experience of listening to On the Grind the most enjoyable?

I purchased this book as Scott Brick was the reader. I am his new fan and I am trying new authors' books he reads. He did an excellent job on this story.
I have watched many TV scripts written by Stephen J. Cannell and this story would have been right for TV.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This was a dark drama, so how humor could have been added, I don't know, but that is the only element that could have lighten this story up a bit.

Which scene was your favorite?

When our two heroes are on the lam, it was cool how they spurred each other on to not give up.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was sad to see how bad cops operate and make the good ones fade out.

Any additional comments?

Not sure if I would try another story from this author. Good story to be sure, but it was a dark subject.

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Good Value

This book was a great value. The story was okay. I thought the narration was good. I would definitely get another of these books if the cost is similar.

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Bang bang

This was an okay book but I think it would make a better movie, it has a lot of shoot em up, action scenes that I would prefer to watch. The beginning had an interesting character driven storyline and then it just fell into lots of guns and gangsters. If you like that kind of thing, you will love this.

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Love Shane Scully

If you could sum up On the Grind in three words, what would they be?

I love the way the characters are developed. The story is fascinating - I want to listen to the whole series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

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KEPT MY ATTENTION

What made the experience of listening to On the Grind the most enjoyable?

This story kept me on the edge of my seat. Since I am a fan of the Scully series, I was shocked at the opening and it kept me wondering about Scully. I liked the excitement the story conveyed, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. These ruthless folks Scully had teamed up placed questions in my mind. It was a very good book.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Scully was my favorite character. Scott Brick brings this character alive and makes one feel close to Scully and his family. When he gets in a situation, I think he is going to be harmed I really feel compassion for Alexis and Chooch. I have purchased every book Stephen Cannell has written with Scott Brick narrating. Stephen's books keep your attention and you are able to get wrapped up in the story with Scott Brick narrating.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book is suspenseful and keeps you wondering what is next. Cannell always delivers a sense of humor right in the middle of some serious situation.