I wonder if I would have enjoyed this more if I'd read it instead of listening to the audio version? It certainly wasn't terrible, but there were longI wonder if I would have enjoyed this more if I'd read it instead of listening to the audio version? It certainly wasn't terrible, but there were long periods of narrative that I ended up fast forwarding through to get to the good parts. For instance, the scene where the corn husker tried to run him over in the truck seemed to drag on forever. So did the scene where he was locked in the basement.
Nonetheless, Reacher was still kick*ss and saved the day, and I love his type of vigilante justice. He's smart and tough, and what's not to like about that? ...more
I’m a bit torn by this story. It was definitely a nail-biting suspense, but I wasn’t a big fan of D.D., the lead detective in this story. She’s on a dI’m a bit torn by this story. It was definitely a nail-biting suspense, but I wasn’t a big fan of D.D., the lead detective in this story. She’s on a date when called to investigate what appears to be a murder/suicide. Not only was she abrasive, she came off as unprofessional at times. Since I “read” this as an audiobook, it’s possible that the way the actor chose to interpret the lines affected my impression of D.D. in a negative way.
Nonetheless, despite the detective, the tale held my attention and I wanted to see how the different characters would intersect. In addition to D.D. and her case, there was Danielle, a nurse who works in a psychiatric hospital for violent children. The cases were heartbreaking and I truly had a hard time with them. I don’t know how anyone can do what Danielle does for a living and not have it affect you. For her, these situations were particularly difficult because she had lived through the massacre of her entire family by her father.
Then there’s Victoria. While her narrated portions kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t summon any sympathy at all for her. She had two children—a son and a daughter—but her son had serious mental issues and was extremely violent. She thought loving him would help him because she didn’t want to send him away. Meanwhile, her husband moved out and she seldom saw her daughter because she couldn’t leave her son alone or with anyone else, for that matter. At one point she asked if she’s a bad mother, and I immediately responded in my head with a resounding “Yes!” Her behavior made no sense. Not only was she putting herself in serious danger (this kid was violent), she put others at risk and gave up her husband and daughter for a child who obviously needs professional help.
At any rate, the story eventually came together, and while the ending was a little melodramatic, I always like to see the bad guys get what’s coming to them.
Great pacing, lots of suspense, violence, and very interesting characters. ...more
What a great story! I can't believe this was Hobbs's first book. This thriller kept me turning the pages with great writing, excellent pacing, and haiWhat a great story! I can't believe this was Hobbs's first book. This thriller kept me turning the pages with great writing, excellent pacing, and hair-raising scenes. Jack is not a nice guy. He's a criminal, and the journey to the resolution of the story kept me up all night reading. Bonus: I now know how to rob a bank, talk two men out of killing me in a swamp, kill them instead, and get rid of the gun so it's nearly impossible for anyone to find it.
I went back and forth about whether or not to give this a 4 or 5. A 4 because Jack Reacher is a stoic man, and because he’s the main character, the prI went back and forth about whether or not to give this a 4 or 5. A 4 because Jack Reacher is a stoic man, and because he’s the main character, the prose was often short, emotionless sentences that I sometimes found to be grating. But I finally decided on a 5 because I couldn’t put the book down, and frankly, it was great storytelling that kept me guessing from page to page. If that’s not a 5-star read, I don’t know what is.
The story starts off with action, where the main character, Jack Reacher, is arrested in a little town in Georgia. It takes off from there, with Jack being held in a jail cell because they think he committed a murder. The story moves forward with him trying not only to prove his innocence, but find out who actually committed the crime.
More murders take place, each one very gruesome because these guys were determined to keep their criminal enterprise running without interruption, and the vicious way they handled co-conspirators was for the purpose of keeping everyone involved quiet.
The plot was intricate and complicated, and I never really knew what was going to happen. All I can say is, expect the unexpected! Jack was really good at his job, and the convoluted plot felt completely plausible. The only part I wasn’t clear on was *why* they had to move the money so quickly once the Coast Guard made the change.
Jack was a true alpha man, protecting, intelligent, and able to kick butt. The scene where he fought all the criminals in the house had me practically biting my nails, but he handled it and came out on top. And I can’t forget how he handled his business in prison when he was “accidentally” placed on the wrong floor and had to handle the blacks and the Aryan Brotherhood. Another nail-biting scene where he came out on top.
In summary, Jack Reacher is unstoppable and a complete bad *ss. Do not mess with him. I’m looking forward to reading more stories about him. ...more
This story was free when I got it, and I really enjoyed this short thriller. It was nice to read about a heroine who knew her way around guns and spyThis story was free when I got it, and I really enjoyed this short thriller. It was nice to read about a heroine who knew her way around guns and spy paraphernalia. Her weakness, though, was the men she fell in love with. But this is no romance, and the ending was ambiguous with Sapphire being forced to do something she didn’t want to. I felt bad for her, and quickly searched for the rest of the story to see where she would go and what would happen to her next.
Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there’s nothing else by the author, but I would have liked to find out what other adventures she got herself into and whether or not she’d find a lasting love. ...more
How is it that I've never read anything by David Baldacci before? It's not like I never heard of him, but somehow I never read one of his books. A hirHow is it that I've never read anything by David Baldacci before? It's not like I never heard of him, but somehow I never read one of his books. A hired assassin, a precocious 14-year-old, and dead bodies piling up all over the place make for a great plot. The combination of mystery, nail-biting suspense, and action kept me engaged and turning the pages to see what would happen next. I would love to see this adapted for film. ...more
The story hooked me right away. It took me a while to figure out who the Heartbreaker was. Low heat level and more suspense than romance. The ending wThe story hooked me right away. It took me a while to figure out who the Heartbreaker was. Low heat level and more suspense than romance. The ending was very sweet and romantic and left me with a smile on my face. ...more
This is an interesting tale that captures your attention even though the present-day murder doesn’t take place until about 25% into the story. With thThis is an interesting tale that captures your attention even though the present-day murder doesn’t take place until about 25% into the story. With that type of setup, you get to know the characters, and they’re a fascinating cast with amusing nicknames. For instance, Antonelli was Butt Plug and Bakalis was Aardvark because of his prominent nose. Between the realistic camaraderie and the background stories, for me it was more than the typical thriller.
I liked the family dynamic between Gus and his wife and kids. Gus is married to a black woman, but while every other character was clearly described by their physical features and race upon introduction in the book, she was not, which was odd. However, the author didn’t skirt the issues of race, which I thought was refreshing because people do talk about race in interracial relationships, and people do notice other races. That aspect was very realistic.
I would have given the book 5 stars because it kept me entertained, but I couldn’t because of the ending.
(view spoiler)[All the other mysteries in the book were solved except the main one, which was disappointing because I have certain expectations when I read a mystery. While the reader finds out who the killer is (possibly), there is no real justice because the reader is left to assume that the killer will be caught, but he’s never actually caught in the story. Considering the heinous nature of the crimes, I wanted justice, but I was left to assume that it will happen instead of actually seeing it happen. (hide spoiler)]
Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and tried to find other books with the same characters, but it looks like this was a one-time deal. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I couldn't decide at first if I wanted to give this book a 3 or 4, but once I thought about it, I decided it did deserve a 4 because the things I didnI couldn't decide at first if I wanted to give this book a 3 or 4, but once I thought about it, I decided it did deserve a 4 because the things I didn't like were minor when I took the book in its totality.
What I didn't like: Peter Knight's twins did a couple of things that I don't think children their age should be able to do. I was so surprised that at one point I ended up flipping back to reread passages to make sure I hadn't misread their age. They have very well-developed motor skills for toddlers.
**update** My sister, who's a mother, informed me that children can in fact perform those tasks and gave me stories of other people whose kids had done similar tasks. Glad I didn't let it cloud my decision.
The ending seemed a bit over the top and kind of gross. I could've done without the visual and wished Knight had been able to defeat Cronus in a different way.
What I did like: It's a fast-paced book that kept my attention right from the beginning. In fact, it started in the middle of the action and I got a glimpse into the mind of the villain and just how out-of-control he was because of his god-complex. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough during the action sequences.
About half-way through the book, I figured out who the villain was. Yay! Usually in a mystery, I go back and forth between different people, but this time I knew it was him. Even when Patterson tried to throw me off the scent near the end, I still held fast to my belief.
This is my first book by the author, and it won't be my last. Clare Cosi takes over her ex-mother-in-law's famous coffee shop in New York. It's a landThis is my first book by the author, and it won't be my last. Clare Cosi takes over her ex-mother-in-law's famous coffee shop in New York. It's a landmark business with a loyal clientele.
The drama starts when one of Clare's employees is found hurt in the coffee shop. Although the cops think it's an accident, she doesn't. With the help of her Italian husband (who sounds hot, by the way--too bad he's no good), they start sleuthing to get to the bottom of the "accident."
Recipes are included in the back of the book and on the author's website. Within the story, it's clear the heroine is a coffee snob, which is kind of funny. We learn how to make a good cup of coffee, in minute detail. Coffee lovers would love it. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It started a bit slow, but once it took off, it TOOK OFF! It pushed all my buttons as far as thrillers go. Lots of action,I really enjoyed this book. It started a bit slow, but once it took off, it TOOK OFF! It pushed all my buttons as far as thrillers go. Lots of action, interesting characters, and a story that unwound at just the right pace to keep me interested.
The cast of characters is multi-racial, and the main characters are Sam (white) and Alyssa (biracial black and white). I enjoyed reading the thriller portions as much as I did getting to know the characters and reading about their love lives. There were a lot of characters, but it wasn't overwhelming. Brockmann allotted time to each of them, devoting sections or chapters to each of their POVs, which I enjoyed. I feel like I really got to know them all.
I loved Jules! He's funny, smart, and loyal. Max...what a complicated man. I wouldn't mind reading his and Gina's love story. I had a grin on my face when Kelly showed up in that wedding dress to marry Tom.
Sam and Alyssa were great. Alyssa gave Sam hell at first, as she should, because he broke her heart a few years back when he married another woman. He eviscerated her (her words). I could almost hear the pain in her voice. For his part, Sam was sufficiently contrite, loved her, and worked hard to win her back, while at the same time trying to find his missing ex-wife and daughter.
Seals have to go through rigorous training to ensure they can withstand extreme emotional, psychological, and physical stress. So I was surprised by the amount of crying, tearing up, and fainting (?!) in the book--and these were the male characters! That's my only complaint. Otherwise, it was a really good book. ...more
This is a story about two young people making their way across Europe and butchering other couples. How twisted are James Patterson and Liza MarklundThis is a story about two young people making their way across Europe and butchering other couples. How twisted are James Patterson and Liza Marklund to write this tale? Pretty twisted.
Jacob Kanon's daughter was murdered by the Postcard Killers, and he can't rest until he brings them to justice.
Kanon is not the most sympathetic character. He's emotional, a pompous jerk to the Swedish police, and when you first meet him he's downright filthy because he hasn't bathed or taken part in any hygienic activities in a long time. Still, you feel sorry for him because not only has he lost his beloved daughter, but he feels guilty about it. He bought her and her boyfriend the tickets to the European vacation that got them killed.
Dessie Larsson is the Swedish newspaper reporter who reluctantly (at first) helps Jacob crack the case, and she helps to bring him back from the brink of suicide and learn to live and love again.
This was a typical fast-paced Patterson novel. There was an icky incest angle, so be forewarned.
If you've heard of the "hooker with a heart of gold," then Haller is the lawyer with a heart of gold. How so? Well, despite the fact that he's adamantIf you've heard of the "hooker with a heart of gold," then Haller is the lawyer with a heart of gold. How so? Well, despite the fact that he's adamant about getting paid before working on a case (who wouldn't be?) and uses "unconventional" methods to get what he wants from clients and the judicial system, he's still a likeable character. I liked him pretty much from the beginning.
He does pro bono work for a hooker who can't seem to keep herself out of jail, he's got two ex-wives who still love him despite his failings, and the one thing he's scared to death of is losing a case in which an innocent man goes to jail.
From the time Louis Roulet is introduced as his new client, the story picks up and I was caught up in the investigation to prove him innocent. Very soon, we realize Mr. Roulet is not what he seems. Haller risks his life and his career to bring closure to the case that involves a man who is "Evil. Pure evil," and justice to an innocent man in jail for a crime he didn't commit.
The dialogue keeps the story moving along nicely. There are plenty of previous and current cases to give you insight into Haller's methods and character. I appreciated the detail the author took in covering the courtroom scenes, I liked the host of secondary characters who add depth and interest to the story and the twist at the end I did not see coming.
There was plenty taking place in this book to keep you occupied. Jack Morgan is the owner of Private, an investigation firm which was originally foundThere was plenty taking place in this book to keep you occupied. Jack Morgan is the owner of Private, an investigation firm which was originally founded by his father and brought back to life after his father died in prison. Jack's organization can get things done the police can't, and they've been hired by the LA police to crack a series of murders of teenage school girls.
Two other crimes need to be solved at the same time. One concerns the death of Jack's best friend's wife, and the other concerns unearthing who is fixing NFL football games.
This is a quick, easy read that had me turning the pages swiftly to find out what would happen next. In addition to the crimes, we get a look at Jack Morgan's personal life. He's handsome, wealthy, and a flawed character. I sympathized with him and his inner demons: his inability to share with the women he's involved with, even though he cares deeply for them, and the torture he suffers trying to remember a blocked memory from his days at war.
I suspect this is going to be a series. Looking forward to reading more about Jack Morgan and the rest of the colorful crew at Private.