Got this book after reading the sample and synopsis and it was the dog that caught my interest. It really should not have worked for me except for thaGot this book after reading the sample and synopsis and it was the dog that caught my interest. It really should not have worked for me except for that, but it did. A strong four stars for the story and the 5th star for the dog.
Not quite sure how to categorize it, some mystery, a lot of high tech, a touch of espionage/homeland security, great characters and a wonderful dog. The format was different and shouldn't have worked, much of the storyline was told while the main character being interrogated by an unknown authority plus his thoughts and recollections of the backstory when alone. Some of the girlfriend's story was told in the form of an interrogation as well.
I have trouble keeping my checkbook balanced and am totally illiterate when it comes to computers and anything more technical than "push this button" is way over my head. The significant presence of math and computer technology should have bumped me out of the storyline, but it didn't and a few of the confusing and necessary bits were explained by the interrogator requiring a simplified version. For all that much of the story the protagonist was strapped down to a gurney and being interrogated under drugs, the pace was unrelenting, which seems pretty unlikely but that is how it read.
Will definitely be reading more by this author. ...more
I don't 'gush' with reviews but this book almost makes me wish I did. A keeper, one of my rare 5 star ratings at the first reading. This series is nowI don't 'gush' with reviews but this book almost makes me wish I did. A keeper, one of my rare 5 star ratings at the first reading. This series is now on my quite restrained auto-buy list.
None of my 'off buttons' ... snarky kids, wimpy females or "Bluebeard's Castle syndrome' events, just good writing. Characters were vivid and individual and are getting more depth as series characters. Geology was accurate as far as I could tell as an amateur, descriptions of mountain terrain and the people dealing with the weather and terrain very accurate.