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The Jaguar (Charlie Hood #5)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  457 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands are as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocorrido, a folk ballad that records the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunner ...more
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Published January 10th 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2012)
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James Thane
This is the fifth out of six books in T. Jefferson Parker's series featuring Charlie Hood, an L. A. County Sheriff's deputy, and the deeper one gets into the series the more difficult the books are to review, at least for me. I find that this one is virtually impossible to discuss without giving away critical information that might spoil the earlier books for people who haven't read them yet.

What differentiates this series from most others is that the six books in the series constitute a single
This is a terrible book and demonstrates what is wrong (troubling) with the literary/publishing industry. It’s not that the author, T. Jefferson Parker, can’t write a coherent sentence (he can), or describe scenes (he can), or describe people (he can) – it’s that there is no reason demonstrated in this book why he should – other than to make money for himself and the Industry, which is not the reason I, and most people, read. I read for several reasons: 1) To be informed – about people, history, ...more
Ian Bull
I jumped into these series at book number 5, and two characters make me want to jump back in -- Charlie Hood himself, and the mysterious Irish devil, Mike Finnegan. I won't say much about how evil Mike can be, but he's an unexpected character that kicks this book into more than one category.

I like the thriller genre precisely because it can cross over into other genres, and create mash-ups. I don't know about the rest of the Charlie Hood series, but this one works as a character study, and a lit
Parker is clearly obsessed with several things: the beauty of the desert, the warring drug cartels of Mexico, the inadequacy of the police and military in Mexico, and his crazy fixation with his character, Mike Finnegan. Singer Erin McKennah is kidnapped by Mexican kingpin Benjamin Armienta under the watchful eye of her husband, Bradley Jones, as retribution for Bradley's assistance in smuggling guns and cash for his main adversary. Working with Charlie Hood, they forge a rescue effort from Armi ...more
Tom Tischler
Erin McKenna is a songwriter and she is married to a crooked
L.A County Sheriff deputy. She's kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta a
ruthless leader of a powerful Gulf cartel. His demands are unusual
he wants her to compose a unique narcocorrido, a folk ballad that
records the exploits of the drug dealers,gun runners and outlaws
that have highlighted Mexican history. This is to be his life story.
She is allowed with an old priest and a guitar to wander the halls
of an old castle where she is being kept. Two
Sheree Ross
The Jaguar makes Erin the center of the book with Charlie taking a backseat. I am not sure what Parker plans for the Mike character. I wish he would get on with it and get rid of him. I like Charlie Hood,,,,,,,,,,the character of Mike is ruining the series.
Parker is a good writer. I guess I'm just not totally hep on the Charlie hood series.
Donna Hatridge
For me this was an MP3 audiobook. I like this series. To appreciate this book you need to have read the other books in this series and in order. The characters surrounding Charlie Hood are interesting and make you want to see where this series ends. The fight between good and evil is an old one, but this series looks at it thru our modern world and the things happening in it today.

Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, is kidnapped by Ben
I've long been a fan of Parker's books and have read most of them. This one was a disappointment. It dragged on after about the halfway point and there were large gaps in some of the developments. I enjoy hints of the supernatural, so that part didn't bother me. However, the gaps and inconsistencies weren't part of the supernatural. In retrospect, I think the Charlie Hood series started great with the first book and have been sliding downhill since. I'm happy to suspend belief, but the stories n ...more
Decent thriller, but nothing special. Without spoiling anything, I found the ending completely disappointing. The whole book seemed to build up to this grand finale, and instead it ended with a quiet fade-out.

The whole Mike Finnegan thing failed to interest me. Is he some sort of vampire? A supernatural being? He must be, but that doesn't fit the story world at all. Not even close. How is it that the story exists in a normal, real-life type world, and there just happens to be this one supernatu
Stacy Bearse
What a rush! The action begins with the first sentence of THE JAGUAR and builds continuously to a thunderous conclusion. Whew! There's nothing subtle about the plot, characters or locale ... all are a bit over the top, which only contributes to the excitement. Save this book for a long flight or a rainy Saturday; you won't want to put it down.
The more I read it, the less I liked it. Quit after 150 pages. Story formulaic, characters flat, dull and annoying. It didn't help that I had not read the previous Charlie Hood book, but nothing will tempt me to do so. Hugely disappointing since I have really liked many of his earlier books.
Mike French
My least favorite of the Charlie Hood series,but still worth 4 stars. Looking forward to last book of the series.
Michael Sherer
Okay, let me say right off the bat that I love T. Jefferson Parker. He’s one of the gifted few who not only (usually) tells a great story, but also has a marvelous facility with language that makes his writing a joy to read. (My list isn’t that long—Gregg Hurwitz, Jonathan Kellerman, Don Winslow, Charlie Huston, and a few others.) Let me also say that I know how much easier it is to criticize than actually write a good book, having written several of my own. But sadly, I think Jeff’s gone off t ...more
Gloria Feit

While this novel continues the series with Charlie Hood, the Los Angeles deputy sheriff and ATF agent, he plays a relatively minor role in the plot. Here he is more of a messenger carrying $1 million through Mexico to ransom Erin McKenna, wife of LA County sheriff’s deputy Bradley McKenna and a popular singer and songwriter who has been kidnapped by a gang of narcos and brought to the Yucatan castle home of the cartel leader, Benjamin Armenta. The story is, of course, of her experience as a capt
Robert Carraher
One only need to read a few reviews of T. Jefferson Parkers work, and consequently book reviews, to come to the realization that readers either love him or hate him. The Jaguar is no different. I think this is because his novels don’t conform to any one particular style of crime fiction. He is usually associated with ‘police procedurals’ when in fact a number of his novels are classic ‘whodunits’ and have nothing to do with ‘police procedurals’ as a style. He also can write in a hardboiled style ...more
Don O'goodreader
T Jefferson Parker is a New York Times bestselling author and this is the latest addition of his Charlie Hood novels. This entry has wife/singer/songwriter Erin McKenna kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel. Her twenty-one-year-old husband, Bradley Jones, an LA sheriff's deputy, who occasionally works for another Mexican drug cartel, has the million dollar ransom - in the house - in cash - "one million dollars, weighed and shrink-wrapped in one-pound bundles. There were twenty pounds of one-hundred ...more
A.c. Fisher-aldag
Read the reviews on Amazon; surprisingly, a lot of Parker fans disliked this.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Jaguar". Not only was there incredible suspense, and accurate depictions of Mexican drug cartels, crooked American cops, and the mechanics and emotions of songwriting... in addition there was magic realism in a demonic character plaguing the "good cop". If you ever wondered why chaotic events happen to good people, Parker explains this with his Finnegan character.

Lots of Mexican legends and culture
I've read all of Parker's books and did not expect to like this one, but thought I'd give it a try, being a fan. It was a thrill ride with three parallel stories. Erin McKenna, wife of full-time Orange County Sheriff, and part-time outlaw, Bradley Jones, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta of the Gulf Cartel. She is taken to his castle in Mexico and Jones has ten days to deliver a million dollars and stop helping Armenta's opponent in the drug and gun smuggling business. Jones just happens to have ...more
Lance Charnes
Apr 24, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of L.A. noir; Charlie Hood completists
Shelves: fiction-crime
You may recall I really liked Border Lords, the prequel to this book ( I'll also get around to rating L.A. Outlaws with five stars and Iron River with four. Yet if it was possible to rate this, the fifth installment of the Charlie Hood series, with 2.5 stars, I would have. What happened?

One of the great strengths of this series has been Parker's great attachment to (or passion for) his characters, major or not. We've come to know this constellation of retu
Parker brings us another piece of the Charlie Hood saga in JAGUAR, this time moving much of the action to southern Mexico, and giving us a good look at the genteel mask savagery can wear.

Erin McKenna, popular singer-songwriter and Bradley Jones's wife, is kidnapped by the Gulf cartel. He is given certain instructions and ten days to pay a tribute of $1 million to the cartel chief, or Erin will be skinned alive, her skin returned to Bradley. Jones enlists Charlie Hood in an effort to save her.

a singer is captured by a drug cartel, because her husband works with these bad guys. She is unaware, and is confused and upset, the drug man want her record music, demonstrates his power, feeds bad guys to tigers, and she just wants to be free. Charlie hood is in the story, but feels like an add on to the story. the mysterious mike finnagan is in the story on and off.
It wasn't my fav, but I liked it. I liked the singer and her troubles, but not her husband, nor the rescuers.
This is book n of a much larger number of the Charlie Hood books, which are also the Bradley Jones books.

Hood is the Good Cop.
Jones is the Bad Cop. Or at least the Outlaw.

I've enjoyed this series and The Jaguar continues the experience. It's nowhere near as simple as my Good/Bad poles mentioned above, although it does seem to have a sense of good and evil. Even there, though...

I'm listening to this on Audible, and the narrator is quite good, but I noticed (too late!) that they only had the Abri
This is the 5th book in Parker's Charlie Hood series and it was a pretty good read. Erin McKenna, a singer/songwriter is kidnapped from her very secure ranch by Mexican gangsters in the pay of a druglord and taken to a jungle hideaway in Mexico. Her husband is told to pay a ransom of a million which he can find, surprising for a young sheriff. Erin is tasked with writing a narcocorrido song for the gangster to buy some extra time. An interesting read.
Richard Thompson
Well written. Compelling characters, most of whom are bad guys. Exotic location. Lots of action.

This part of a longer series and there are lots of connections and references that a reader not familiar with the earlier books is left guessing at.

Lots of loose ends and questions on the final page.

And who is Mike Finnegan?

I originally read this book on my own (logged March 13, 2012) and gave it a three star rating. I am resetting the "Date I finished..." to the day I finished reading it aloud to Mag
Man o'man... I love Charlie Hood. He is the man with a plan, or in many cases, no plan at all. There is just such a cool feeling reading these books about Charlie Hood. Admittedly though, this installment was more about the supporting cast of characters that surround Charlie Hood in his journey and adventures. I will say, and do have to give props to Parker for writing such a cool character and surrounding him with such cool characters in general. I sort of want to be a cop in California and try ...more
I eagerly awaited this one and enjoyed the pace until the end/wrap-up. You knew young Bradley was going to get it sooner or later- just karma. A drug lord kidnaps his wife and he has ten days to bring $1M dollars or she will be killed. Bradley gets Charlie Hood to be the money drop off guy. I still can't understand why Charlie embarks on this errand. Meanwhile Charlie deals with a hurricane while trying to get the money to where it needs to be. Bradley organizes a force to rescue his wife. Both ...more
Maybe it's me, but I'm getting a bit tired with the competition between Charlie and Bradly. I find it funny how Bradly wants to beat Charlie, yet when he really needed help he turned to Charlie. I also am getting tired of what the hell is going on with Mike Finnegan, what is he? How does he know everything he does?

The person that I did feel bad for was Erin. She really didn't deserve what happened to her, her only mistake was loving and trusting the wrong person. I did like that Erin seemed to r
Frederick Bingham
The next in the Charlie Hood series. I listened to an audio version of it. In this one, one of his friends is kidnapped by a Mexican drug kingpin and held for ransom in his mansion.

It was a compelling read, but in the end rather forgettable.
Another Charlie Hood. Each one gets better. Though this one may be more violent than the last few, it serves to make the contrast between good and evil clearer to Charlie and to his protege and sometime outlaw Bradley Jones.
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T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of 20 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners Silent Joe and California Girl. Parker's next work is a literary novel, Full Measure, to be published in October. He lives with his family in Southern California
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