The focus of this book is on illegal Chinese immigrants in the Pacific NW. There is very little plot focused on Boldt, Matthews or LaMoia. The story wThe focus of this book is on illegal Chinese immigrants in the Pacific NW. There is very little plot focused on Boldt, Matthews or LaMoia. The story was interesting and had action, however, it wasn't as riveting as some of the other Boldt-Matthews series. As a result, I had a hard time getting through this book. It was slow going. I also felt like there were things that just appeared in the plot without any substance. Assumptions made that didn't seem real... Part of the problem was me. Because the plot dragged a bit, I had a hard time getting back to it and really struggled to focus. I really like the series but this was not my favorite....more
**spoiler alert** I have really enjoyed this series so far. This is #5. I like the characters and the story line has been very engaging since book one**spoiler alert** I have really enjoyed this series so far. This is #5. I like the characters and the story line has been very engaging since book one. Quick Recap. Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan are Chicago area cops. Abe is Jewish and Bill is Catholic. Despite their religious differences, they are good friends. Abe is married to Bess. They have a daughter, Lisa, who is divorced and lives in California. Bess and Abe are raising her 2 kids. I don't care much for the character Lisa. She is selfish and how can a mother abandon her kids like that. Bill is divorced. He is a recovering alcoholic. He had 2 sons and up until this book, they haven't spoken to Bill. Michael has come home to recover from his alcohol addiction and he has asked his father to help. Bill is engaged to an Asian woman named Iris, but I think he still loves his first wife, Maureen. Maish, is Abe's brother who owns a restaurant. HIs son was murdered by a black man. Lisa, in this book, has come home for her son Barry's bar mitzvah and she has just married a black man, a doctor.
This book is about terrorism. Local terrorism. It starts as a flash back to a scene in Isreal where a brother and sister see their family murdered by a Jewish man. But, as an ironic turn, they are actually saved by another Jewish man. Fast forward to today and this brother and sister now live in Chicago and they are still reeling from their past and inflict their hate on others. Kaminsky kind of complicates things because he gets the skin head Nazi's involved in this war between the Muslims and the Jews. It really hits home when the Synagogue that the Lieberman's attend has been broken into and trashed and the invaluable Torah has been stolen.
So, the book progresses with the plot of the terrorism as well as the story line of the 2 cops and their families.
I have to be honest, the first part of this book was slow going for me. I didn't have much interest in getting back to it. It finally picked up in the middle. From there, it was engaging until the end. The end was a bit confusing and there are some loose ends that did not get resolved like the Korean thug who vows revenge against the young girl who shot him. I know there is more to this series and I intend to continue. This one, however, was not one of my favorites but I really like the characters. ...more
John Corey kind of reminds me of Spenser from the old Robert B Parker series. He's a great character. Flawed, yes, but human and very funny. This bookJohn Corey kind of reminds me of Spenser from the old Robert B Parker series. He's a great character. Flawed, yes, but human and very funny. This book was about Asad Khalil. A terrorist in a jihad. Seeking revenge for the death of his family. And John Corey is on a task force to figure out who he is and how to catch him. He has a new job since recovering from being shot as a cop for the NYPD. Kate Mayfield is his partner and the two of them are working together on the case. The setting is US, New York and California primarily. This was a well written, suspenseful, action packed thriller. The Libyan angle was interesting and the author weaved it very tightly within his plot. This is definitely a series I am interested in continuing. I've become very fond of the main character, John Corey, and DeMille's writing is genious....more