Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in a fast-paced new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.
Nature versus nurture...
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve's husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources - and genius - at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two - one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we're all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil....
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Although I always enjoy a visit to Dallas and Roarke world, this one felt a bit repetitive. The emphasis was on action rather than plot, and it seemed a bit padded. Outstanding work from the narrator as always.
We had far less of the personal story in one, and Bella's Birthday party and the events involved (trying to to spoil) though admittedly an epilogue don't really seem to fit with the story as s whole
"Her best book ever!!!,,,"
I listened from start to finish !!!! Loved this book my new favorite until the next one comes out!
I am amazed, this is book 43 in the Death series and J. D. Robb keeps coming up with new ideas. Most series go stale at about book 25 but not Robb’s.
In this story we have a sniper on the loose. All of Dallas’s staff is on the case along with a new person, Lowenbaum, a weapons’ expert. He is head of the SWAT squad and is acting as a weapons consultant for Dallas. We might have a new member of the squad, a female uniformed officer named Shelby. To lighten the story, we have Bella’s birthday party; the usual banter with Summerset and Rourke is redecorating the house.
The book is well written and fast paced. The plot winds around and snaps at the reader. The suspense builds during the book and one just cannot put the book down. Robb has a way of writing that grabs the reader’s attention and holds it until the last word. Robb mixes humor with murder to prevent the reader from becoming overwhelmed by the violence. I think it is best to read this series in order so one can get to know all the characters that weave in and out of the various books. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Susan Erickson does an excellent job narrating the series. I am so glad the publisher kept Erickson as the narrator for the entire series. Erickson is a classically trained actress and an award winning audiobook narrator.
Another great read in a series that never disappoints. The continuing growth and depth of the characters makes the people real. You would love to join the group as they interact and solve the crime.
"Less review, more character analysis..."
Awesome story, scary bad guys, great performance. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment. Eve, as always, is at her best. (Here is where the character analysis begins) At this point, though, I am at odds with Eve's constant ability to do all things right, even when she is wrong. I would love to discover how Eve would handle a loss of someone in her inner circle. How would she behave as the survivor? Her friends have lost loved ones, even Roarke has experienced a loss in his youth, but what about Eve? Would such a loss set her back to the point she couldn't do her job as effectively? Would it make her an even better detective? Would she push away or draw closer? Eve is not a simple character but at this point I have her figured out. I would love for her to surprise me like she used to! She's certainly not boring, but she is getting a bit predictive.
"Not one of my favorites"
This was fast-paced and overall a good story. But I can read or listen to this type of story from many different authors. The reason I wait for the latest death series is because I love the characters. To me in the last three books Rourke character has been diminished. All we hear from him is you have to Eve? You look terrible Eve. Welcome home let's make love blah blah blah. This wonderful characters become stagnant. To me it's almost like there's another author writing the story. What's happened to the exciting fast-paced multifaceted stories that include all the wonderful characters especially Rourke and Eves dynamics. She's created this super interesting character Rourke. Who is so multifaceted and interesting if you remember everything you've written into his character in the past. I hope it changes because I love this series and I would hate to start getting bored with it.
"Not my favorite"
I am a huge fan of this series and they usually don't disappoint. However, sadly, I think this one didn't have much depth. The main plot was compelling enough but all the usual characters just fell flat. Eve and Roarke, dare I say it, are getting a bit boring. I think they do need to get a little boost ( maybe take in a street kid or something). All the characters were thrown in but had very little substance - this isn't usually the case. It just felt a little tired and I hate saying it!! Unlike others reviews I thought Susan Ericksen did a good job and brought as much life to the characters as she could.
This is pretty close to being my favorite series. This book fit right in.
Susan Ericksen did as usual a great job.
"Five months until the next one!"
Had a choice between reading or listening, picked listening because that would take longer!
I love the Eve Dallas books!
This one doesn't disappoint, but now I have to wait about five months until the next one!
"J. D. Robb does it again!"
At first the random sniper brought back horrible memories. I live in the Washington, D.C. Metro area and did during the time D. C. Sniper s were on the loose, shooting randomly. We all had a target on our backs, it was horrible. Ms. Roberts lives in the area as well so I think this story was influenced by that period but she told a great story.
That said, it was nice to hear the whole gang again. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
I don't know how but Susan Ericksen is amazing.
The In Death series was one of my first Audible experiences and unfortunately Ms. Ericksen is such a high standard that I compare other readers to. I can always tell whose speaking, never an "She said or he said", all of her character voices are different. Katherine Kellgren, Tony Roberts, Scott Brick, Rene Auborjonois and Richard Armitage are some , if not the best readers.
As long as Ms. Roberts/Robb continues to write and Ms. Ericksen continues to read, I'll be purchasing and listening to the magic they weave.
"Another fantastic case"
Join Eve Dallas and her team as they race against time to stop two killers. A father and daughter team. This book is fantastic. Full of action. As always, Susan Erickson brings each character to life with her unique way of making a voice for each character. I love reading books but when it comes to these i prefer the audio with books. with Nora Roberts writing talent and Susan's narration these books are so real. You feel like you are part the stories. This book is no exception. As always, Eve uses her wits along with her team to figure out the killers next move.
"Brilliant series - not my usual"
No Vampires/ Werewolves no supernatural. The series is about Detective Eve Dallas set in the near future about 50 years. I have read all 43 books and about another 10 short stories. I get the new book as soon as it is out. Eve is not a heroine who jumps from bed to bed she is deeply in love with her husband Roarke. Each story is complex enough and detailed enough as you watch her find clues. I know it's not my usual but it is a series I love, sorry.
"Continuing with this excellent series"
Yes certainly. I love all the books and characters in this series and often listen to them again and again.
I like the interesting plot line. The creepy personality of the Apprentice is fascinating as so well done.
I enjoy Susan Ericksen's performances on all of the books she reads. She paints a very interesting word picture of all the characters. The different voices are perfectly suited to characters as I imagine them to be.
I did have an emotional reaction to the book. I felt sorry for the sibling and mother and step-father of the apprentice. I also always enjoy the wonderfully done connection between Rorke and Eve. The scene between Rorke, Eve and Summerset is very emotional.
This writer is always sure to please. The series has been running for so long I keep thinking that it will lose its impact but thankfully it never does. Keep up the good work.
"I just love this series"
I only ever listen to the Audible versions of the In Death series.
My favourites are Eve and Roarke. I love their dynamics and how in love they are and how much they have fun together and work well together.
I loved the scene where Roarke wanted Eve to wear her weapons while they were in bed. So funny. The Birthday party for Bella was adorable too.
I look forward to these books so much. I have listened to most of them many times. The characters stay with me and the narrations brings all the characters to life amazingly.
"Another fabulous story."
Another fabulous story from JD Robb aka Nora Roberts. Sometimes you read a book from an author that is disappointing, that has never happened to me with this series. Some books I have enjoyed more than others but I haven't had one that I truly disliked and when you look at how many books there are in the series that takes some doing. At the beginning of the series there was Dallas who kept herself very much to herself and had just 2 friends her old training officer and Mavis someone who she tagged as a con woman and then made friends with whether she wanted to or not but then that's Mavis for you. Near the end of this book we go to a party at Mavis's to celebrate the first birthday of Mavis's daughter and we see just how far Dallas has come in a couple of years and how many real friends she now has. Don't get me wrong this is a stand alone book you don't have to read all the others to enjoy it but as you can see I love the series so I would say go for it you won't be sorry.
Really on form. The characters keep evolving. Can't wait for the next book. Go Eve!
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