REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCT 1, 2015 Narrator: LJ Ganser
I was enjoying this until the story started to focus too much on Swytech's crumbling marriage and tREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCT 1, 2015 Narrator: LJ Ganser
I was enjoying this until the story started to focus too much on Swytech's crumbling marriage and the ex girlfiend popping up. I wanted a murder thriller, not a romantic drama.
So I paused, listened to a lovely gay romance then came back to this. Since it was fast-paced, I got into the groove and began enjoying the book. I still think Swytech's a tad naive when it comes to women but at the moment he's faring better than Joe Pike in The Sentry. Beyond Suspicion is solid enough as a murder mystery featuring a criminal lawyer but I did find the whole scam thread a little too complex to follow. I could ignore that, though, and simply went along for the suspense ride as Swytech figures out who the killer is. Yes, there's a dead body and a murderer but saying anything more would spoil the story so, spoiler alert or not, I'm not even going to give the details.
I'm enjoying this series enough to start on the third book, Last to Die, narrated by Nick Sullivan....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 27, 2015 Narrator: Robert Crais
I enjoyed this second Joe Pike book so much that I now don't know if I can do the Elvis Coles!REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 27, 2015 Narrator: Robert Crais
I enjoyed this second Joe Pike book so much that I now don't know if I can do the Elvis Coles! I was hoping that liking the Pike books might help me like the Cole series, which I've been having difficulty finishing even one book.
I'm now, officially, in love and lust with Joe Pike. Not because of the baby, because I do not like babies in my fiction, but because Pike is always so cool, doesn't hesitate to kill, and can (unlike Lucas Davenport) say no to sex when it's offered by beautiful women and focus totally on getting the mission accomplished without distractions.
I loved how Pike set the bad guys up and I particularly enjoyed the action taken to get vengeance for Meyer and his family's deaths. It was smart of Crais and I'm happy because it left Pike free.
The First Rule was much more complex than I was expecting - after the first installment, The Watchman, which was a straightforward bodyguard story. I was gripped from the second half onwards trying to work out who was whom, (because no one could be trusted) and who was doing what. While I found The Watchman surprisingly entertaining, it is this book that enabled me to get a real feel of the man Joe Pike is inside. I saw his yearning for things he has come to believe are out of reach for him and I hurt for him. Whatever can be said about Crais, I can say he knows the way to this woman's heart.
I'm leery of authors narrating their own books because, so far, I haven't liked their voices. But Crais narrated his well, though I would have liked more differentiation between Pike's voice and the bad guys. At least Stone's was distinguishable enough and Cole simply because of the way he talks....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 26, 2015 Narrator: James Daniels
First off, I'm not a fan of the Elvis Cole series though that could change if I manage to finREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 26, 2015 Narrator: James Daniels
First off, I'm not a fan of the Elvis Cole series though that could change if I manage to finish one of them. I've tried 3 or 4 times but each time have ditched it because I found the tone too light and couldn't take to Cole's personality. They were told from a 1st Person POV and, to me, sounded like a male version of chicklit (which I hate, along with its spawn, the NA subgenre). I want my crime/thrillers to be serious and edgy - which is why I tend towards police procedurals rather than PI series (the PI, for some reason, is almost always a wise-cracking smartass with pretensions of being the world-weary cynic).
When I decided, for reasons unknown, to give the Joe Pike books a try, I was shocked. No exaggeration. I was expecting the Pike books to be similar to the Elvis Cole ones, but hoping I'd like Pike better than Cole.
It took less than 5 minutes for me to LOVE the book. AND Joe Pike! I'm still giving TW only 4 stars, not 5, despite loving the whole Joe Pike doing the Jethro-Gibbs-Functioning-Mute thing, because the plot was, as Ami said, ordinary. It was just another bodyguard story and one romance-lovers have read a zillion times - the only diff being the romance version would have hot, explicit, wild monkey sex and an HEA for Pike and Larkin.
The romance-lover in me was sad for Pike but the crime/thriller fan in me heaved a sigh of relief when both went their separate ways. I finished the book and moved straight on to the next Joe Pike installment, The First Rule. Seven minutes in and I'm hooked!
The bad news is that there are only 4 Joe Pike books, with The Promise coming out only in November this year (Audible audio). The Could-Be-Good-News for me is that loving Pike has given me the motivation to give the Elvis Cole series another try. If for no other reason than to catch some Joe Pike sightings.
I love the serious, gritty tone of this first Joe Pike book and hope the rest of the series will be the same. I also wish there were more crime series like this one though Pike is more of a Jack Reacher type of warrior than a PI to me. Why, oh why, can't the male crime authors offer sexy protagonists like Joe Pike - ie, healthy, sexy, non-alcoholics, unattached and financially stable? I don't want to have to read Romance to have one of these as my protags....more