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text 2018-07-15 01:40
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly

I recently bought a Kindle short story which is by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane and has Harry Bosch and Patrick Kenzie teaming up to solve a crime in Boston.

 

I've read all of Lehane's Kenzie and Genarro stories, but haven't ready any of Connelly's books about Harry Bosch, so thought I should find out a little bit about Harry before I read about their meeting.

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review 2018-06-25 21:45
The first in the series
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly

There is nowhere better for me to try to understand the mindset of Harry Bosch or indeed his creator Michael Connelly by starting again where it all began book one in the series.

 

Harry is best described as "a detective who would do the right thing no matter what the cost. A man with a sharp worn code of conduct. A classic outsider.".... In The Black Echo we learn about Harry's activities as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war and how the horrors of this underground hell helped shape him as a detective with the will to survive and a loner's code of justice. When the body of a fellow "rat" Billy Meadows is discovered in a drain outlet, Harry is determined to find the perpetrator responsible and bring justice to his onetime comrade in arms. In this endeavour he is joined by FBI agent Eleanor Wish, a relationship develops that becomes personal and leaves Harry wondering if her intentions are honourable or does she harbor an underlying agenda.

 

The weakness of the story is the plot; dirty money profits from Saigon laundered as diamonds/precious stones and kept secret in a bank vault in downtown LA. The only way to retrieve the hidden stash is to tunnel deep into the innards of the bank. In contrast the strength of the story is the superb charactization of the main players. Bosch, Eleanor Wish and Deputy Chief Irvin Irving who appears to be on a one man crusade against what he views as underhand tactics by a maverick lone detective.

 

As always Michael Connnelly is razor sharp in his acute observations of the human spirit....."Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, and that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story."....."He was a worn-out old man whose eyes had quit caring about anything but the odds on three year olds"..."I believe that shit happens. I believe that the best you can do in this job is come out even".......

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review 2018-06-23 02:38
Echo
Echo - Pam Muñoz Ryan,MacLeod Andrews,David de Vries,Rebecca Soler,Mark Bramhall,Corky Siegel

 

 

"YOUR FATE IS NOT YET SEALED.

EVEN IN THE DARKEST NIGHT, A STAR WILL SHINE,

A BELL WILL CHIME, A PATH WILL BE REVEALED."

 

This book is classified "juvenile," but I think it's the kind of book that can appeal to readers of all ages.  A boy named Otto gets lost in a dark forest in Germany, and is assisted by three sisters who are somehow also characters in a mysterious fairy tale he bought from a gypsy, who also gave him a very special harmonica.  The sisters need Otto's help to break a witch's curse, and the harmonica will be the key.  A kind of "Fellowship of the Traveling Harmonica" ensues.  The harmonica will be passed along multiple times, and the narrative follows to each person who possesses it.  Just a bit of a warning:  The switch from one narrative to another is jarring when you don't know it is coming, especially since the narrator gets you to care about the characters, takes you to a cliffhanger, and then switches to a new set of characters.  Don't worry--the story comes back to those characters, resolves the cliffhangers, and ties it all together.  Just expect it and go along for the ride.

 

This is an instance where listening to the audio edition is the best choice, because music is so central to the story, and every musical piece mentioned is also played in the audio version.  I can't help thinking something is lost in the text-only version.  

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review 2018-06-09 23:58
Death Echo
Death Echo - Elizabeth Lowell

There was a point early in the book where I wasn't sure if I was going to have to DNF or not. It was so slow to get going and way too overly detailed on yacht piloting and such.

 

Once the action picked up a bit, it got a lot better.

 

Emma is a former CIA agent hired by St Kilda Consulting (this is the 5th in the series and the first I've read). She's working on cases involving insurance fraud and yachts. She's on the trail of a ship named Blackbird, and Mac (former special ops) is a transit captain hired to take the yacht to get it's final bits and bobs installed. The two team up when it's discovered that others want the boat for nefarious reasons.

 

I enjoyed the developing relationship between the two main characters, Emma and Mac. But as the book takes place over the course of nine days--with the bulk of the book taking place over six days, and the final chapter set three days later--I had a tiny bit of a hard time believing in their HEA. HFN, for sure, though. No "I love yous" were exchanged, but the two deep form a connection based on more than just physical attraction, and I can see things working out for them in the long run. I like that there was zero angst between the two of them. They were attracted to each other, they acted on it, they worked together to defeat the bad guys.

 

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text 2018-06-09 23:33
Reading progress update: I've read 392 out of 392 pages.
Death Echo - Elizabeth Lowell
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