House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael.
After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who will do anything to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.
©2015 James Lee Burke (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
"One of the finest crime writers America has ever produced." (Daily Mail)
"Saturated with the romance of the past while mournfully attuned to the unholy menace of the present." (The New York Times)
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"In my humble opinion, not his best"
I love James Lee Burke and his story telling. He is without any doubt a brilliant crafts man. His characters are always rich and deep. This story is no different but I just found the characters too bleak and evil. Will Patton is an excellent narrator and absolutely perfect for the character. Who else would Hackberry sound like?? I just feel that there was never a moment of hope. It just felt too depressing and I struggled to finish it.
"Never mind the accents..."
An almost unrelentingly dark story, dripping with evil characters and deeds. JLB's use of words and storytelling genius have few peers either side of the Atlantic. I guess that more than a few people will put off by the fact that this book rarely gives the reader, or listener, a break and, certainly, you have to be in the right frame of mind to go down the path this book creates.
My only gripe, and it's relatively minor, is that Will Patton cannot do foreign accents. At long last Dick Van Dyke has lost the title of 'worst cockney accent' - his attempt at English spoken by a French woman made me wince but even that could not compare to his Austrian accent; but no matter - otherwise he is a great reader.
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