The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror

Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Series: The Neal Carey Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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Robert Pendleton is a chemical genius with a fertilizer worth a fortune to whoever controls the formula. Not surprisingly, the Bank, his notoriously exclusive backer, wants to keep an eye on its investment. But so does the CIA. And the Chinese government. And a few shadier organizations. So when Pendleton disappears from a conference in San Francisco, along with all of his research, Neal Carey enters the picture.

Neal knows the Bank is calling in its chips in return for paying his grad school bills. He thinks this assignment will be a no-brainer - until he meets the beguiling Li Lan and touches off a deadly game of hide-and-seek that will lead him from San Francisco's Chinatown to the lawless back streets of Hong Kong, and finally into the dark heart of China. In a world where no one is what they seem, Neal must unravel the mystery of a beautiful woman and reach the fabled Buddha's Mirror, a mist-shrouded lake where all secrets are revealed.

©1997 Don Winslow (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not the Don we know and Love....PAINFUL!

I'm a huge fan of Don's books. For me, it started with the Power of the Dog, and I've been hooked ever since. One of Don's talents is to create engaging characters complete with humor, drama and the in-between all set to a backdrop of an amazing story.

This is the first time the story was off. Neil was off, the entire story was all over the place. Neil basically just wandered through one disaster to another never learning. "Dad" wasn't around to keep him on track and amuse us. Add to that the plot lines just lept from one random thing to another.

I found myself just drifting waiting for it all to end. I drifted so much the last 2 hours felt like a complete waste of time. I didn't care what happened. I will, of course, listen to the next in the series because all signs indicate both Don and Neil will get back on track.

If this series is your first introduction to Don Winslow, just know that his other stuff consistently gets an A+. If you somehow enjoyed this you most likely haven't experienced his true talent in his other books.

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One Regret

My one regret is that I've listened to all the Neal Carey series. Please Mr. Winslow give me more!

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Not up to others

Having listened to the first in the series as well as some of the later ones, this one doesn't measure up. Still, I like the characters that Winslow creates and the narrator captures Neil Cary's personality to a T.

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Its ok, basically a beach book

Not as good as the first in the series, but not bad. I give it a 6.5/10

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excellent

i really enjoyed this book.
This is a very good read!
i used it during my work outs and it kept me working!

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Good, but not Winslow’s Best

Having read several other books by Don Winslow, I found this one to be the least engaging and not up to par with his others. The story seemed to drone on, and I literally was just waiting for it to end not able to quit early. Looking forward to more of his catalog, but hope others remain on par with his other books.