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Excellent New Series
I've just finished this, the second book featuring DI Callanach and am massively impressed with Helen Field's writing. The narrators too have been excellent. I loved the first book and enjoyed this one even more: twisting plots, red herrings, characters I can genuinely care about - and some I can genuinely loathe! Though a bit gory for me at times, that is part of the genre and very well written. I hope Ms Fields continues with these well-crafted and interesting characters, including Tripp, Salter, Lively, et al, as well as the two excellent leads and I look forward to reading more in the future.
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Love Baldacci; Love Amos
I love this character and his "friends". Excellent story, plot twisting and turning, red herrings, the lot! Head down Mr Baldacci and bring us another Amos Decker book! Thank you for creating this wonderful character.
John Connolly. What can I say? Utterly beautiful writing of such wonderful characters within a world of darkness set in our reality. I only wish he could write as quickly as I read his books, so I never had to look for another author. Thank your Mr Connolly.
I've just discovered this author after seeing a flier for a play based on one of his books. What a find! Brilliantly realistic characters and conversations, plot lines - one in particular - that had me considering stopping listening, such was the tension and the unpredictability of the constantly unfolding, twisting story. Lush! Can't wait to buy the next in the series. There were a few slight glitches in the recording and a couple of instances where the editors appear to have missed the reader starting a line again. I really enjoyed this performer too, he managed to add to whatever the author was getting across - drama, helplessness, foreboding, humour - despite occasional mispronunciations that I found surprising given the regularity of their inclusion in this genre (Quantico - QuanTEEco??) Nonetheless, I am chuffed to bits to have stumbled upon the wonderful Peter James and this brilliant series.
Not for me.
For years I've enjoyed the Tom Clancy novels - having learned to bypass the politics and enjoy the main characters' romps. Given the collaboration between this author and Clancy I anticipated enjoying this book. Not the case. It's written as a series of film scenes, designed for some über-action man to show how tough he is. I love fiction, be it thrillers, adventures, science fiction, fantasy, so I have no expectation of "real life"; I live real-life , thank you! The exploits depicted here, however, beggar even suspended dis-belief. I don't like dissing writers, who are at least putting pen to paper, their money where their mouths are, etc, unlike me, an untalented non-writer, but reviews are requested and these are my honest opinions. Obviously a talented writer, this author should write either a screenplay or a novel and not try to combine both under one heading; concentrate on story rather than merely linking overly contrived events, thus ensuring the reader's involvement rather than seeming determined only to catch the eye of the movie-makers. (W's Missus.)
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Not for veterans of the "Thriller genre.
Perhaps a good book for younger readers or those just beginning their foray into the world of "thrillers". The blurb led me to expect more intrigue and depth than this story delivered and I feel that "young adult fiction" should be a sub-heading. The narrator is clearly very talented (excellent male character voices, I thought) and would be well-suited to a range of performances, however in this case, she invested no drama or tension into the story-telling, which for me, detracted from any sense of suspense or involvement. I stuck with it to the end in case something happened to redeem this book but unfortunately it didn't. Just not for me I suppose and I'd be delighted if I could write nearly as well as this author, however this misses the mark in my opinion, for what that's worth as a non-author.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Another excellent book from Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad. I don't know how she does it! Realistic, uncompromising characters within compelling and intricate story-lines. I listen to, rather than read, books these days and the narrators of this series are superb. I love every book in this series and would recommend them to any adults who enjoy intricate mysteries, thrillers, whodunnits, etc, involving characters and situations brought to life by this utterly modern, gritty, thoughtful and overwhelmingly good author. My only criticism would be that there's no way Tana French can write fast enough for me!
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