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The Forgotten Man

An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel, Book 10
Narrated by: James Daniels
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (884 ratings)

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"[A] riveting novel with a vivid sense of place.... Anyone who enjoys a well-written, fast-paced, noirish thriller with a great aha! moment shouldn’t miss The Forgotten Man."--The Boston Globe

In an alleyway in Los Angeles, an old man, clutching faded newspaper clippings and gasping his last words to a cop, lies dying of a gunshot wound. The victim claims to be P.I. Elvis Cole’s long-lost father - a stranger who has always haunted his son.

As a teenager, Cole searched desperately for his father. As a man, he faces the frightening possibility that this murder victim was himself a killer. Caught in limbo between a broken love affair and way too much publicity over his last case, Cole at first resists getting involved with this new case. Then it consumes him. Now a stranger’s terrifying secrets - and a hunt for his killer - give Cole a frightening glimpse into his own past. And he can’t tell if it’s forgiveness or a bullet that’s coming next....

"Robert Crais is a crime writer of incredible talent - his novels are not only suspenseful and deeply atmospheric but very hard to put down."--Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

"A brutal but exhilarating climax."--USA Today

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2005 Robert Crais (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 05-14-10

Crais's reliable craft

This is a nicely paced book which keeps moving even though we are given a good deal of flashback information about Elvis Cole's childhood abandonment. Crais knows how to craft a plot and use it to reveal character on the fly. It does seem to me, however, that he has pretty much exhausted some of his supporting characters at this point and needs to shake things up in a major way if he continues with Cole's story.

Still, this is a good read. It develops honestly, giving you all the information you have a right to expect along the way and then delivering a surprising revelation about how it all fits together.
I particularly like the way Crais combines first and third person narrative. He keeps all the threads of the story developing in parallel and ties the knot artfully at the end.

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Awful narration

I dont know why the narration has so many good reviews, I dont consider whispering and running your words together to be a great performance. Could not get past the first 3 chapters

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Original

A very inventive story ! Will hold your interest thru out and never be uninteresting.

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Elvis is the Greatest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

all of R Crais books read by James Daniels are a must listen.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Crais brings you along with each book. they can stand alone, but you will enjoy them much better if you read in order. This order I can not tell you, but they are not too be missed when read by J. Daniels

Which character – as performed by James Daniels – was your favorite?

Elvis and Pike (do not miss the Watchman, Pikes story, Sexy from get go) It was a great shame that R Crais thought he could compete with j. Daniels reading style in the Sentry. If Crais were to re record that book with J Daniels and NOT Luke Daniels, he would get a large winner and even bigger sales as I would re buy with James reading it

Any additional comments?

I had all of the elvis books on cassette, and will be buying only the J. Daniels recordings from audible. These all were worth a re listen and my time.

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A Brother Fit for Calamity

What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Man the most enjoyable?

In a world where Face-to-Face Friendships is all but lost, the human connection between Cole and Pike makes the adventure believeable. Knowing someone has Cole's back kept me reading

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pike. When I grow up, I want to be like him or know someone like him.

What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Feeling. Audible listening is all about the "Reader". Daniels does a great job.

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

Yes, many days I would sit in my truck in my drive-way after getting home, just listening.

Any additional comments?

My first Cole/ Pike book was "Taken". Now I'm Hooked on series. Thanx, Robert

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Not Craig's best work

Not at all what I expected or was hoping for. finished it just to make sure I didn't miss something important for the next book.

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Cartoonish dialogue, week performance

Maybe it was the narrator, James Daniels’ high school level interpretation of the characters. But this sure felt like a bad 70s cop show. The story was fine. But the writer could have used more authentic prose and they could have used a better narrator. I will avoid Mr. Daniels in the future. XO

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Many other titles are so much better.

For some reason this book just didn't seem as interesting, nor as captivating, as many other were and are. I can reread many of the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike titles with just as much enjoyment as the first time. The Forgotten Man however, is just not worth my time to reread.

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Good story

Cole never learns! He chases killers. You would expect him to plan for lethal confrontations and ambushes from those killers. But, you would be wrong! He motors ahead as if he lives a risk free life. Leaves his gun lying around. His situational awareness is abysmal. He distracts himself with his love life when he should be keeping his head in the game. He jumps ahead of his backup--even after being warned to wait. Nope! Gotta get to the kill zone right now. Even when there is no urgency other than his own impulsiveness and no reason to not share the confrontation. For a Ranger with all of his survival and combat skills, it is amazing how often he gets caught napping by relative amateurs.

Having vented on that issue, Crais tells a great story. His characters are vivid and his use of simile, metaphor, and analogy are excellent. He brings you into the environment in almost poetic descriptive narrative. He makes one wonder how much of his characters' distracted lustful mental meanderings and intimate fantasies when they should be focusing on self-preservation are actually autobiographical. One thing is for certain. They are much more competent when the girl-boy thing is not in the foreground. So, the backstory vignettes are some of the most compelling and believable scenes. My critique notwithstanding, I can't stop listening.

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Great!

Love this series, the characters. The narrator is excellent, I really believe he is Elvis cole.