No, no, no. Sigh... (seventh? eighth?) And I so wanted an Owen POV =(
There was a compele disconnect between the main books of the series and this nove...moreNo, no, no. Sigh... (seventh? eighth?) And I so wanted an Owen POV =(
There was a compele disconnect between the main books of the series and this novella. Or so it seemed to me. You can't go and say and do all the things Owen has been doing for TWO books now, and then suddenly twist it so that it meant a whole other thing. Well, you can and I've seen some amazing such twists, but with his words and actions it just doesn't work =( Am I the only one who felt it?
And then there was the first chapter of Heart of Venom, and everything was plausible, and funny and amazing. I can't wait for book 9 and I can't believe that it would be the last (not counting book 10, which comes as sort of a prequel-story).(less)
I loved the premiere deal, and all the kids references thrown in - they were small, little, subtle things, but I think Eve is hea...moreAh, over too soon =)
I loved the premiere deal, and all the kids references thrown in - they were small, little, subtle things, but I think Eve is heading toward the path that leads there. That's both 'amazeballs', to quote Mavis, and chilling, what with our author saying the end of the series will come before she became a mom... Food for thought for all those of you about to take this installment on =)
Anyway, Calculated comes out as sort of a connection, a liason between the cathartic installments. To some, it may not come quite up to scratch after the BOOM of Celebrity in Death, Treachery in Death and, of course - New York to Dallas, but I've always had a soft spot for the 'connection books' in a series (for the good ones, as most don't come out right).
I don't know how I'd wait for the next one - I'd gotten spoiled, eating up the whole series in about two years, and having to wait for this one to come out was a torture. The In Deaths have become my fix of choice. Thank GOD for all my other fave series, and thank god for Castle =) They'd keep me sane till Thankless in Death.(less)
New York to Dallas - the first in the thirty-plus bestselling book series by author J. D. Robb to break the “In Death” pattern of the titles, is a per...moreNew York to Dallas - the first in the thirty-plus bestselling book series by author J. D. Robb to break the “In Death” pattern of the titles, is a perfect example of the “coming full circle” concept. Against the backdrop of the year 2060, it takes the reader into a near-future world of vices and crime by way of reawakening demons past.
The plotline deserves the distinction of the unusual title, as it is a turning point in the mythology of the books – having just about come to terms with her traumatic infancy, homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds herself facing both old and new horrors when paedophile Isaac McQueen, who she caged as a rookie twelve years earlier, escapes prison and goes on the hunt again. Thirsting for vengeance, the killer draws her out and forces her to abandon New York, the city she had made her home turf, to return to Dallas, where her past rears up its ugly head and comes back to haunt her, this time not only in her nightmares, but also in the flesh. Eve has to race against time to avenge “all the girls” and to stop him from taking another life, even as bureaucracy and distrust rage within the team she does not know and is forced to work with…
A jewel in the series, the book drew fascinatingly all the psychological twists that churned inside Eve’s head as she dealt with the “skeletons in the closet” - from both her childhood and her beginnings as a cop, while out of her element and in pursuit of justice - a nerve-wrecking process, tempered only by the love and devotion of her husband and unofficial partner, Roarke. He jumps in without her having to ask and stands behind her even as he himself feels trapped and helpless in the wake of all the turmoil that is both inside and surrounding his “a ghrá”. And despite it all, Eve recognises the burden he bears, which was almost never the case in the beginning of the series but is becoming more and more the tendency as they proceed.
The Sylvia/Stella angle was sickening and sad, the character - striking with an almost implausible single-minded idiocy; she came out as shallow and hate-driven to the point of disturbing. There was less of Robb’s usual black humour and sarcasm to light up the story; at times the plot slowed overmuch, then almost raced through the climactic ending, and most of the endearingly eccentric characters that are a constant in the series took little, if any, part in this one. There were, however, some intriguing new ones – like the sisters Bree and Milinda Jones; there was some fun with the “overly-cheerful and friendly” bullpen of the Dallas division, and the “Galahad angle” coupled with Mira’s appearance was simply delicious, as was the ending itself.
Chilling and thoroughly engrossing, New York to Dallas is a milestone in the Eve Dallas chronicles which no Robb reader should miss. Strongly recommended to all lovers of deep, dark, psychological and criminal reads. (less)