When a sniper kills four people on Boston Common, Boston homicide detective Mike Houston and his partner Anne Bouchard are sent to investigate the case. Amidst the blood and terror, Houston discovers similarities, likenesses the killer’s positioning, his choice of victims, and his code of ethics between the crime scene and his own training as a US Marine scout and sniper. And with the staging of the scene set for prime shock value, Houston has to wonder what it is this murderer intends to accomplish. The connection is confirmed in the worst possible way when the sniper strikes again, this time killing Houston’s ex-wife, severing what’s left of the bond between Houston and his estranged daughter, Susie. It’s personal now, and as the death toll rises, Houston and Bouchard will stop at nothing to find the cold-blooded sniper who’s making a mockery of their department. In a final gesture of cat and mouse depravity, the killer kidnaps Susie, luring Houston to an island on a remote lake in Maine for a deadly, sniper-to-sniper showdown.
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"Narration drove me crazy!"
Don't think so.
Not sure however Christopher Price' voice was painful and dull. Drove me crazy and I only made it half way through before I had to give up.
Disappointment, the storyline was predictable and slow.
This book was nothing but a collection standard plot devices and story lines. The book was entirely predictable and dull.
Price's performance was fine. He did the best he could with what he had to work with.
Disappointment. However, I'm thrilled it was a free book and I didn't waste my money on it.
You can skip this book. You've already read it or watched it on TV, the characters just have different names.
I found the story to be unrealistic. The characters were unintelligent - something very bad when they are law enforcement officials and military personnel.
The Sniper is reported to be in a white van, yet more than once the lead detectives ignore the obvious presence of a white van - one time when it is following Houston from Ann's. She sees the van but doesn't take special note of its presence....really?? Stupidity is a huge pet peeve of mine and its worse when the author tries to say the characters are smart. These detectives are supposed to be the best on the force and are assigned only to the sniper case, but miss a white van following them, don't report the stalking of Houston, repeated contacts by the suspect, don't contact the military when a connection is suspected w/military ops, etc, etc. *******
I kept thinking "these are the stupidest detectives". While I don't expect the characters to know everything the reader does, when they don't act on the info they do have, I can't help but to think them stupid. I much prefer intelligent, capable characters like Mitch Rapp, Dewey Andreas or even Peter Decker to oblivious ones like Mike Houston.
I did however find myself liking the Jimmy O character :) He seemed much more intelligent and competent than the BPD characters.
The narrator did a good job with less than stellar material.
There was development of a side story that ended up being noise as opposed to supplementation of the story. If the author writes a sequel perhaps the story will end up being of significance, but as it stands, it's just space filler.
"The narrator was a bit over the top"
Better narration! The story may have been better if there was better narration!
Im not sure some of it seemed unrealistic
"Some Thrills, Lots of Problems"
I also got this book free and for that price, it's not bad. There are some good things to report about the book, basically an interesting story, good characters that are well-developed and good dialog. However, counterbalancing that are some pretty awful plot devices, preposterous turns in the plot, and unclear character motivations. Thriller plots generally require that the protagonist doesn't know everything the omniscient reader does. The protagonist also must lack some prudence. After all, if a vicious killer were after me and my family, I would hole up in a cave on the other side of the world until he was caught. That wouldn't make for much of a story Yet, in this novel, the author has carried stupidity to a laughable extreme. Time and time again, our hero, Mike Houston, and his colleagues, eschew any attempt to track the killer, whom they know is tracking them. He leaves his daughter unguarded, so she can, predictably, be snatched. His final showdown with the sniper, out of his jurisdiction, is too far-fetched to be believable. I will say, from listening to this story, that the author has the potential to do better, and I would welcome another novel by him. I found the narration only fair. Christopher Price did a good job when speaking dialog, but the narrative portions of the story were delivered in a tedious, somewhat slow fashion that detracted from the story.
I really enjoyed this one. Well worth the money. Love Jimmy O, he takes care business. I could use an uncle like him.:-D The narrator did a great job with the characters. I know it's difficult for men to do female voices. So it's hard not to think about that. All in all, it a good book.
"Houston, we have a problem."
Forgive me for that – I HAD to go there. In a book jam-packed with one cliché after another it just felt appropriate! I am not keen on the cop thriller genre but this one was free so what the heck! plus, I wanted something short to give me a little break from a longer book I am determined to finish.
Perhaps I am biased but to me these types of books are all too cliché: a hard-as-nails-tough-guy-determined cop with rocky past, shady characters milling about in the periphery, a solid partner to help pick up the pieces when it all falls apart, perhaps a little love story thrown in, find the murderer before he kills again race against time … and that’s not even related to the plot! same same same thing every time!
I won’t get into specific plot points of this book because I don’t want to inadvertently post a spoiler but it played out like a B-movie. I should have known when I read the line “deadly, sniper-to-sniper showdown” in the synopsis. GROAN.
This story was on par with every other murder, cop, find-the-bad-guy adventure. Nothing about it really stood out. For me, it was just ok. Barely.
(p.s. regarding the narration: the accents were farcical!!)
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