This is the second book in the series featuring FBI Agent Windermere and her sometime associate from the BCA, Stevens. After the whirlwind thrill rideThis is the second book in the series featuring FBI Agent Windermere and her sometime associate from the BCA, Stevens. After the whirlwind thrill ride from Laukkanen's previous book, The Professionals, maybe I set my standards too high, as I felt this offering fell flat.
The premise of a homeowner and business man trying to provide for his family, after losing his sole source of income and turning to crime, isn't new. This type of story makes the news everyday, although not in quite the dramatic detail that is shown here.
Where the disappointment as a reader came, was the motivation and thought process that drove the protagonist. It's a shallow and shadowy explanation; leaving one to question how much of it ended up on the editing floor to make an action book, and foregoing the actual growth of the characters.
Overall, the entire book seemed to lack any depth. I'm hoping it's due to youthful enthusiasm in trying to appease an impatient audience wanting to read more. The author has some well conceived ideas, and I'm hoping in the future he spends more time developing the story and characters and less in trying to make high-octane, action packed movie sequences.
As much as I would, and still do recommend The Professionals, I'm afraid this one is going to get shelved and buried deep. ...more
Two constants, throughout the Grant County and now the Atlanta series, have been Sara Linton and Lena Adams. Both strong female characters that play mTwo constants, throughout the Grant County and now the Atlanta series, have been Sara Linton and Lena Adams. Both strong female characters that play major roles, intertwining within the community and circle of acquaintances and seemingly always nearby to butt heads. There is a streak of jealousy that the author introduces as we, the reader, get to view the character’s perspectives from internal dialogue. If one could sit the two ladies down in the same room, and have them listen to what the other says, they would be surprised to discover there isn’t that much difference in the way they look at the world.
Coming from opposite backgrounds, the two individuals place family above all else, and are display the same stubborn tendencies when they focus on something they want. Bullheaded and jumping to wrong conclusions based on feelings, rather than facts. It didn’t help that Sara’s husband Jeffrey played mentor to Lena, and protector to both. And Sara continuing to carry a grudge, stemming from the blame she’d placed on Lena, for her involvement in Jeffrey’s death.
As the book opens, Lena and her husband, Jeffrey’s son, are shot in their home, during a supposed burglary. Lena fights back, and is soon defending herself against the law, while Jeffrey fights for his life.
When GBI Agent Will Trent, currently undercover, finds himself involved in the shooting, he discovers the truth isn’t always easy to tell, nor live by. On the trail of a reported drug lord and possible kidnapper of children, Will finds himself hiding behind a persona he hates, only to discover that one sometimes doesn’t see what’s right in front of them.
Karin Slaughter does a terrific job of weaving multiple storylines, like a daytime soap opera on speed, trying to keep the threads separated until the reader is so firmly wrapped up in the character’s lives, moving seamlessly between good and bad, and fading back to weeks before the shooting, building the scene, while exploring all the human failings and doubts that so often plague her characters.
Each of the protagonists does a little bit of growing and beginning to see their lives through those around them, whether or not the lessons will be ingrained for the long term, we will have to wait until the next installment to discover. In the meantime, enjoy the unfolding, and peeling back layers of complex and multi-faceted players in Unseen. ...more
What's amazing is after 21 Davenport novels, Lucas is still one of the coolest detectives around.
Working in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal ApprehenWhat's amazing is after 21 Davenport novels, Lucas is still one of the coolest detectives around.
Working in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, he gets called to check out a grisly crime scene where a family of four were tortured and murdered, including the dog. Located in a high scale neighborhood, the father a banker, the circumstances don't fit in Lucas's mind with that of revenge killing and drugs. To further complicate matters, Lucas becomes the victim of a mugging, suffers a broken wrist, and assigns the task of apprehending said muggers to Virgil Flowers.
I enjoy the interaction between these two characters, Lucas knowing Virgil's strengths and the need to keep him focused, employs the perfect hound dog when setting Virgil on the trail. Virgil, always thorough, finds more than either man bargained for.
The books rely on a heavy dose of police procedure, the methodology of piecing a crime together, and the part that makes these books work so well, is the reader gets both sides of the story simultaneously, knowing what the criminals actions are, while the authorities slowly tighten the web around them.
Sandford hasn't lost any of his ability to tell a decent story using a multitude of characters, and allowing the reader to view both sides of the playing field. It's his ability to cover the grey areas, those places where things aren't quite as clear as they should be, and yet allow his characters to react naturally to them that keep me coming back for more. The best example of this is the talk Lucas has with his adopted daughter Letty near the end of the book.
Clearly a set up for Force of Nature, and a jab at the exploitation of politics and finances when it comes to 'green' programs. This ties up a few looClearly a set up for Force of Nature, and a jab at the exploitation of politics and finances when it comes to 'green' programs. This ties up a few loose ends, and brings the character of Nate prominently back into the story line. Joe's mother-in-law is truly ruthless, and seems to have less scruples than Joe's friend, who is currently still on the run from law enforcement.
Solid characters and story telling, with a couple of minor twists, and the confidence that whatever happens, Joe will get the job done.
This is the twelfth book in the Joe Pickett series and CJ Box once again provides a riveting story with a pace that will have youAdvanced Reader Copy
This is the twelfth book in the Joe Pickett series and CJ Box once again provides a riveting story with a pace that will have you believing in Wyoming a New York minute is considered slow. Don't expect to put this one down until you turn the last page.
Focusing on Nate Romanowski, falconer, ex-special forces, sworn friend of the Pickett's, and an escaped convict, the authorities quickly conclude Nate's responsible for three dead bodies found in the bottom of a boat floating downstream. Only Joe seems somewhat convinced of his friends innocence, and sets out to prove it.
While Joe is chasing errant leads, with the assistance of a new trainee, we begin to follow Nate's investigation into the killing of member's of his former military unit, and his own assassination attempt. From Wyoming to Colorado, the hunted becomes the hunter, leaving a lot of dead bodies in his wake. Uncovering not only a plot to systematically eliminate those who served together, but providing back story to a very enigmatic character, we finally catch a wide glimpse into the events and history that forged Nate's outlook. His cold demeanor matches that of the harsh, snowy landscape, and provides the determination and fortitude to carry him through using any means necessary for survival.
Joe's loyalty is called into play when he struggles with his conscience trying to determine if putting friendship above the law is the right thing. And who can he trust when his family is threatened? Always pushing the line while trying to maintain his balance on the precipice Joe forges ahead trusting instinct and sometimes bull-headedness to accomplish his goals.
Amidst all the bloodshed and violence depicted in this book, there is an underlying theme of loyalty, perseverance, and looking out for those we care about.
Not only a highly recommended series, but one of the top books of the year. ...more
I would go 3.5. Not one of the better ones in the series. Seemed too much of a stilted plot to introduce and then excuse Joe's past, no resolutions. WI would go 3.5. Not one of the better ones in the series. Seemed too much of a stilted plot to introduce and then excuse Joe's past, no resolutions. Well written, with a great sense of location, and lots of research to back up the story. Unfortunately a science lesson isn't always the most entertaining premise. Still look forward to see how the next book reads. ...more