Barry Eisler rocks, both as an author and narrator. I'm always amazed how he doesn't sacrifice character development to the altar of action, as many tBarry Eisler rocks, both as an author and narrator. I'm always amazed how he doesn't sacrifice character development to the altar of action, as many thriller-writers do. And this short story featuring Dox is a prime example of that.
If you've read the John Rain books, you know that Dox is Rain's sniper friend and associate. In this short story, Dox is in Cambodia, on business (meaning, he's been hired to kill somebody.) As usual with Barry Eisler books, the cities and people are so vivid that you feel as if you were there. There's lots of introspection and self-reflection, because although these men are tough and might be afraid to open up, they are very honest with themselves.
Barry Eisler is one of few very talented author-narrators out there. He has a great voice and his performances are so nuanced.
Totally recommended for fans of the John Rain series....more
For a change, this book is not about Reacher by himself. Here, he has the help of 3 friends from his time in the Military Police. They ar**3.5 stars**
For a change, this book is not about Reacher by himself. Here, he has the help of 3 friends from his time in the Military Police. They are rough, tough and very smart. I really liked to see Reacher as a CO of a team and a plot involving terrorists (even if it wasn't the main thing.) This series started pre 9/11 but there has been very little mention of terrorism so far. I'm glad to see this plot point is not being ignored anymore.
It was a bit obvious what the conflict was all about and like the last book, it shouldn't have taken Reacher that long to figure it out. This whole business of Reacher's mathematical abilities was something new - I don't remember him being able to calculate stuff in his head that easily before - but it was a bit part of the plot. But any reader of this series must have a big suspension of disbelief - in a normal world, Reacher would have been in prison because of the body count he leaves behind...it's not as if he doesn't leave any evidence.
I'm glad to see Neagley again and I'm looking forward to another book where she's part of the action. ...more
Not the best Reacher book ever but it had a happy ending (sort of...at least for the series standard) which I liked. This series is so bl**3.5 stars**
Not the best Reacher book ever but it had a happy ending (sort of...at least for the series standard) which I liked. This series is so bleak sometimes, that it's good to see people risking everything to protect those they love.
As usual with this series, Reacher is minding his own business when trouble finds him. A woman and her child had been kidnapped and Reacher happened to witness something. From then, he gets involved in the search for her kidnappers.
Who kidnapped the woman and why was sort of obvious so I couldn't believe that it took Reacher that long to figure it out. Decent read though, specially if you are a fan of the series....more
I saw the movie before I started reading the series so I wasn't too excited about this book. But it ended being way better than the movie (as it's usuI saw the movie before I started reading the series so I wasn't too excited about this book. But it ended being way better than the movie (as it's usually the case.)
This is probably the best investigative work that I've seen Reacher done. He followed the clues, used his expertise and didn't let himself be blinded by smoking mirrors. There are tons of women in this case - you know there's an obligatory hookup...this time there were two! I always think of Reacher as the Earthly version of James T. Kirk...sleeping with a different women in every town. :)
Looking forward to the next book in the series!...more
Interesting concept but I could have done without the psychiatrist. She was the least interesting of the bunch by far. Having the parts of John Rain,Interesting concept but I could have done without the psychiatrist. She was the least interesting of the bunch by far. Having the parts of John Rain, Reacher and Cotton Malone narrated by the respectives narrators of the series was supercool. Like anybody who's a reader of Rain & Reacher, I always wonder who'll come out ahead in a fight so having them "meet" the same person was super exciting (like they were real people!) even if the stories weren't that interesting. (BTW...John Rain would have never given his name to a stranger.)
Listening to this made me want to read the Cotton Malone series so I guess the freebie did its job to promote each series. ...more
This prequel is supposed to show Reacher's reason for leaving the Army and justify his current aimless life but I'm not sure that I belie**3.5 stars**
This prequel is supposed to show Reacher's reason for leaving the Army and justify his current aimless life but I'm not sure that I believed it. Reacher is not the naive type so I can't believe that until that case, he hadn't realized that there were assholes in the Army with their own agendas. That's not the kind of guy he is.
The best part was learning more about Joe and Reacher's mother. There were some deeply emotional parts, even if Reacher doesn't show emotion most of the time (besides being angry or pissed off.) That was the saving grace of the book, otherwise, it would have been really boring. Reacher wasn't in top shape with the investigation - it was so obvious who had been the General's lover!
So far, Without Fail has been among my favorite books in the Reacher series mostly we got to know more about Joe and Reacher's feelings after his deatSo far, Without Fail has been among my favorite books in the Reacher series mostly we got to know more about Joe and Reacher's feelings after his death. Reacher keeps everything in the vest and like a tough guy, he doesn't dwell to much on things he can't change but you would think that what happened with Joe would leave consequences and in this book, we got to know what he thought and felt. Note: This book has spoilers for Killing Floor.
The action was as usual - exciting if crazy improbable. I couldn't believe the villains would be so good, specially once you find out who they were. Different from past books, Reacher had a partner that helped him take the bad guys down. I really liked Neagley and I hope to see her in future books. And for a change, Reacher was wearing more than one set of clothes during the whole book. I know he always showers but in past books, I always keep thinking how stinking those clothes must be with him shooting people and running all over the place.
I've gotten used to Dick Hill's narration so I'll keep enjoying the series in audio. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series....more
The plot of Running Blind was pretty much the same as The ABC Murders so I knew who was the killer before I was a quarter of the way through. Agatha CThe plot of Running Blind was pretty much the same as The ABC Murders so I knew who was the killer before I was a quarter of the way through. Agatha Christie did a much better job with the premise...here it seems unbelievable because of forensics (I can't believe the business of never leaving one jot of evidence) and because of police procedure (view spoiler)[ in this day and age, I can't believe that an FBI agent would involve somebody who will benefit from the death of a relative in the investigation, no matter how far fetched it seemed that they could be involved. (hide spoiler)]
I never believed that Reacher was really in love with Jodi - I just couldn't for some reason - so I liked how that was resolved. I wished though that the author would give Reacher at least one change of clothes per book. No matter how many showers a man takes, nobody can be wearing the same clothes for days, running after bad guys, and not stink! Also, I wonder where was the editor in this book. Lots of different characters used the words 'I guess' (I did a search in the book and it happened 83 times) which is not at all natural, specially with people who are supposed to precise. Some examples (all by different characters.)
"I assumed it's for my roommate, I guess." "Just keep on thinking, I guess." "Well, whatever, it's kind of good to see you, I guess." "It needs explaining. Could be disciplinary, I guess."
As you can imagine, this was particularly annoying in audio.
Anyhow, the book was action packed as always so I'm looking forward to the next one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Given recent news, I won't be posting reviews here for a while. So if you want to know what I think about this book, please read my review on Book LikGiven recent news, I won't be posting reviews here for a while. So if you want to know what I think about this book, please read my review on Book Likes.
I purchased this audiobook only because it was narrated by Robert Petkoff, one of my favorite narrators. I knew absolutely nothing about**3.5 stars**
I purchased this audiobook only because it was narrated by Robert Petkoff, one of my favorite narrators. I knew absolutely nothing about this series but as I read mysteries too, I figured I should give it a shot.
The Deep Blue Good-by is not a mystery per se, but more of an investigation in which Travis McGee is charged with recovering some stolen property from a very nasty character who likes to rape women. The story moves along as Travis encounters all sorts of different women this character has roughened up/raped and uncovers clues as to what exactly this guy stole.
Travis has a certain way of describing people that seems to go to the root of their character. Sometimes his descriptions seem presumptuous and sometimes they really damn insightful. Sometimes I didn't like him; he has a beef with the modern world that can get ranty at times but at heart, he's a rough man with a streak of gentleness, specially towards those he sees as innocent.
Robert Petkoff was (of course) awesome with the narration. He sounded so different than in the IAD books (only his women sounded sort of alike). Travis' voice conveyed that roughness and bitterness that sometimes you could feel infused his character.
The end of this book was rough. While I was listening, I didn't think I wanted to continue the series but now I'm not so sure. I'm curious about Trav's background so maybe I'll read the second one and see how it goes....more
A Terminal Illness. Psychic Powers. Terrorists. Human Experiments. High Stakes Gambling. Mercenaries. And...Aliens?
Yes, you read that right. BrainrushA Terminal Illness. Psychic Powers. Terrorists. Human Experiments. High Stakes Gambling. Mercenaries. And...Aliens?
Yes, you read that right. Brainrush had ALL of the above. It's definitely made my top 10 of the craziest books I've read, EVER.
Jake Bronson is terminally ill but he comes out of an MRI with brain powers. Instead of keeping it to himself, Jake foolishly brags about the whole thing in public and before you know it, everybody wants a piece of him, including Battista, a mastermind who's doing human experiments to create the perfect terrorist.
The plot was full of action and very exciting, even if things were crazy improbable. Not only did Jake seem to develop new powers just as he needed them but all his friends happenned to have all sorts of different skillz that allowed them to help him out. The plans were so ridiculous that there was almost no chance that they would work out but of course, they did. And the writing was so over the top that I kept laughing hysterically. You usually don't see purple prose in thrillers.
The characterization was not one-dimensional but it was very black and white. The good guys were good and the villains were eeevil! But unlike evil villains world over, Battista didn't kill Jake when he had the chance. Instead we were treated to that most stupid of plot devices, "the teacup", in which the evil villain decides to spare the hero so he can kill him in a slower, more elaborate, painful way (like boiling him in a giant teacup full of hot water) or some crazy non sense like that which allows the hero to escape. A few times I was yelling at Battista...just kill him now!
R.C. Bray did a decent job with the narration. His New York accent was really good (amazing how many narrators get that wrong) and the rest were good to passable (except his British one...that was bad.) He had a range of voices and his pacing was good. If only the plot wasn't so ludicrous, I would have enjoyed his narration more.
Even though the sequel promises more wackiness (with the aliens and all), the book ended in a way that I want to know what happens next. I won't buy it at full price but if I come across the audio on sale, I will definitely grab it. ...more
I love this series but this book has been languishing on my To Be Read pile for a couple of years because I didn't like the narration by**4.5 stars**
I love this series but this book has been languishing on my To Be Read pile for a couple of years because I didn't like the narration by Michael McConnohie (see Killing Rain.) I tried reading in print several times but I stopped after a few pages. It just never felt right.
I knew the author had narrated book #7 but I never even bothered listening to the sample until I learned he had re-recorded the whole series (in my experience, authors don't make good narrators...some don't seem to realize that it's a completely different skill). I'm a so glad I took the chance.
Mr. Eisler was FANTASTIC as the narrator. His voice has that soulful quality that I expect in the John Rain books. The different personalities and their emotions were extremely well portrayed - you can hear Dox' mischievousness and amusement in almost every word and the part where Rain is trying not to laugh at Dox because of the katoey felt so genuine! The accents and voices were above average as well. You've made a believer out of me, Mr. Eisler!
As usual, the story was full of action and introspection. I found myself tearing up in parts and bookmarking dozens of paragraphs. Mr. Eisler has just a way of writing that is full of depth and beauty. John Rain is extremely honest with himself and always willing to confront uncomfortable truths:
And trust, I was discovering with Dox, is a dangerous narcotic. I thought I had weaned myself from its rapture, gotten the monkey off my back. But then I had a little taste, and that thing I'd live without for some many years was suddenly indispensable."
Unlike past books, Rain is not as isolated. Dox provides both companionship for Rain and lots of levity to the story. I laughed a lot at his quips:
Sounds like unsafe sex to me, partner. And I’m not sure I want to be the condom.”
Where I come from, gentlemen just shot each other.
Rain really likes the ladies so you won't be surprised that there is some hooking up. One particular sex scene was so hot that I was fanning my cheeks as I was listening in the subway.
Once I was done, the story made me think of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. I didn't realized that was the theme of the book (sort of) until finished the book! Very well done, Mr. Eisler. I also loved the setup for the next book even though I'm afraid there's going to be some heartbreak for Rain.
Moving forward, I will only be listening to the versions narrated by Mr. Eisler - I have already purchased the next one and I can't wait to start listening....more