This book introduces a new character to the C.J.Box lexicon, Deputy Sheriff Cody Hoyt, an alcoholic from a less than desirable background and a disgra...moreThis book introduces a new character to the C.J.Box lexicon, Deputy Sheriff Cody Hoyt, an alcoholic from a less than desirable background and a disgraced ex-Denver detective.
The story starts fast, kind of drags in the middle and ends on a high note. The middle part is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five.
The story opens when Cody’s good friend and AA mentor, Hank Winters, is found burned to death in his cabin. Everything points to an accidental death or suicide but Hoyt doesn't buy it. He enlists his reluctant partner, detective Larry Olson, to prove it was murder. In the process he angers his boss, is suspended for shooting the Coroner while in an alcoholic haze and decides to pursue his hunch, especially when he discovers the murderer might be on the same wilderness trip in Yellowstone National Park as his son Justin.
The plot unfolds from there using the literary convention of jumping between the wilderness trip and Hoyt's travails trying to catch up with his son in alternate chapters. Box also takes this opportunity to introduce a couple sub-plots involving others on the trip.
In the last quarter of the book, the action picks up to a furious pace eventually coming to a satisfactory conclusion that ties up all the loose ends and there are more than a few of them.
I enjoyed the book immensely and can highly recommend it. I've only read a couple of Box's Joe Pickett novels but this book while featuring a very different sort of character is at least as satisfying as the other Box authored books I've read. (less)
Not one of McGarrity's best but an interesting read, nevertheless. This is the 10th entry in the Kevin Kearny adventures, all of which have been prett...moreNot one of McGarrity's best but an interesting read, nevertheless. This is the 10th entry in the Kevin Kearny adventures, all of which have been pretty solid stories.
As background: Kearny is the chief of police in Santa Fe, NM, married to Sara Brannon, a career military woman. In this volume,a sub-plot involving Sara takes up a good part of the story and, in truth, is more interesting than the major plot.
The story begins when Kearny is visited by a high school buddy - a black sheep - who is now producing a movie. He hires Kearny as a law-enforcement consultant as the movie is being shot in New Mexico. On his way to the movie site, Kearny stumbles across a dead body and gets involved in an immigrant smuggling investigation as well as a cigarette smuggling operation.
Far too much time is spent on describing both the scenery and the movie-making process. There are a few interesting characters, particularly the local sheriff and the usual Federal law enforcement jerks that often appear in stories of this sort. The ending is sort of inconclusive and disappointing.
It would be a mistake, though, to avoid the whole series based on this one book.(less)
The Janson Directive is one of 5 novels credited to Robert Ludlum and published after his death. It is not, then, surprising that this book was not as...moreThe Janson Directive is one of 5 novels credited to Robert Ludlum and published after his death. It is not, then, surprising that this book was not as good as the ones he finished himself. We have no idea who actually edited and completed this novel but it lacks the patina of reality that Ludlum's previous efforts showed. It's not a bad story. I wouldn't have stayed with it through 760 pages if it was. It's just not a great novel.
Paul Janson, the protagonist, left the spy/assassination game only to be lured back by a request to rescue, Peter Novak, a financier and peacemaker and someone who at one time saved Janson's life. In the process of doing so, things go horribly wrong and Janson is blamed and targeted for elimination by the very people who asked him to help in the first place.
As the story unfolds, Janson foils the attempts on his life and enlists one one the snipers, Jessie Kincaid, to help him unravel the mystery. As an unbelievable conspiracy is uncovered, Janson is thrown back into his own history and must purge his inner demons to solve the problem and restore sanity to the world.
As in all Ludlum novels, at some point, you must totally suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy the breakneck, unbelievable pace of the story. Nobody is as competent as Janson and/or Kincaid. No group is as evil as the villains in this story. No one is as arrogantly stupid as the bureaucratic planners and politicians who are at the core of the well-intentioned conspiracy. Yet, through it all, good prevails over evil and stupidity. A fun read if you like that sort of thing. I do.(less)
I was impressed with the rationale but unimpressed with the writing. I think he makes the whole process more complicated than it needs to be, perhaps...moreI was impressed with the rationale but unimpressed with the writing. I think he makes the whole process more complicated than it needs to be, perhaps to fill up the number of pages. His approach to calculating what to eat on the "down" days is also over-complicated in my opinion. He certainly works hard to scientifically justify his approach. Some of the recipes look good.
Perhaps I'm being naive but I like the simpler approach of "The Every Other Day Diet". (less)