Midnight on a moonlit beach. Six cops execute four thugs after a heinous crime. They are unaware that there is a witness to the executions. Thrilling action explores tactical, ethical, and criminal choices made by officers of the law. A stark image of moral ambiguity underpins their struggle to maintain courageous and precarious control of all-engulfing crime. Plain-dealing cops face scrutiny in an emotional journey through choices made in the day-to-day confrontation with evil.
©2015 Ian Patrick (P)2015 Ian Patrick
Very clear narration. Good speech. Good accents. Good resonant voice. Excellent studio quality.
There is a fantastic second-last chapter where there are car chases, shoot-outs, cliff-hanging clashes, and just when you think it's all over, with a lovely denouement, there's another up-tick of excitement in the very last chapter. Beautifully structured. Lovely characters. Great dialogue. Final lines are like music.
Easy, knowledgeable, laid-back and richly resonant.
The end of the second-last chapter is very moving. Well, the same goes for the chapter - I forget the number - at the end of Wednesday, where there is a really sad scene involving a woman cop.
This is really good from the very first moment right through to the closing moment.
I don't know, really. They're both so good.
Thabethe the villain is so bad. So, so bad. And so well performed. I love him. If you know what I mean.
The final scene in the park is beautiful, but the scene just before that in the hospital is lyrically beautiful, too. Then the couple of traumatic scenes earlier on. I don't know. It's all wonderful.
The Ryder Sanction: cops on the hunt
I heard the second book first and then got to the others. It doesn't matter, really. They're all great stories in themselves. But it's nice now to see the thread running through all of them. And the theme. Which I take to be 'what is justice; what is morality, when the devil is in your sights?'
I got the audiobook some time ago but forgot to listen to it (family trauma and all that). Then I saw a review just a few days ago saying that this was in the same league as James Patterson and John Grisham, so thought it was time. I both listened and read at the same time. One night straight through. I kid you not. This was brilliant. Most definitely in the same league as Grisham (I don't know Patterson). The accents and narration were top drawer, and the structure of the plot is cliff-hangingly brilliant.
I liked Ryder and the forensics woman Nadine, but to tell you the truth I thought Mashego was outstanding. He is a no-nonsense guy with a deep and disturbed history. He was fascinating.
The accents were great and the voice was rich and resonant with clear speech and lots of dramatic subtext.
Yes. And I did!
Got to get the rest of the series now. And next time I won't wait for so long before getting down to it.
Thrills on every page, characters subtle and complex and intelligent and very colorful.
The closing scene of the chapter (forget which number) that is headlined "Wednesday". That scene was breathtakingly shocking and so, so very sad. My goodness. I needed handkerchiefs.
No others yet, but I'm getting the first book in the series next.
Yes and no. I couldn't wait for the next scene in each case, but on the other hand I wanted to savor it in chunk-sizes.
I love these detectives. Such a change from the old seedy alcoholic troubled detectives that have become the norm. These detectives are a cross between Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne.
Yes. Gripping and realistic and original. The characters are all convincing and the action is really reflective of the real world.
The Bourne Trilogy. Same action and sparse dialogue and real emotions.
Mashego was great, I thought, but probably Ryder. He didn't handle the women as well.
For sure. There are some really emotional bits. Especially in the second-last chapter. Well, in the last chapter, too.
Very nice. Will get the others in the series, I think.
Both the same, I would say. Both excellent.
The Bourne Identity. Exciting, thrilling. Lots of action. Nice characters.
The chapter on the Wednesday. Last few pages. So traumatic. So exciting. So good for action-women!
Yes. Most definitely.
I love this style of writing. Very real and very exciting. Documentary feel, really.
Quite the best so far
Anything by Lee Child or Michael Connelly, really
Very commanding and quiet and firm, with lovely hints of characters without trying to do the full Monty
There are two or three very sad scenes that definitely bring forth some tears. Very moving indeed.
I like the Detective Mashego guy. I think I understand him, especially given what's happening in the world of crime these days.
Very exciting. Thrills all the way and lots of nice character moments - either light-hearted or tenderly emotional - in between. A real novel wrapped up in an action thriller. Very accurate character depictions and brilliant accents.
The moral dilemmas underlying everything are real and non-sentimental.
Easy and fluid and strong.
The Mashego detective in the second-last scene of the book. Can't describe it without giving things away, but it was very compellingly brilliant.
Part of a series, but I didn't need to know that. This worked well as a single thriller.
Yes. Very exciting and nice different accents
The Bourne trilogy
So many, really. The Wednesday carnage in the bush near Virginia is great
I like this series very much
The Shield, or The Killing, or any of the Scandinavian thrillers
Very real and just like the characters I know from that area
No. I like to hear it in big hefty pieces. So it took me three or four days. But I was gripped all the way.
Exciting and real and totally plausible. Like a documentary, really.
Hard to say. I loved the book so much and now hearing this I love it even more.
The opening scene is so brilliant you think it can't get better. But oh boy the second-last chapter is too amazing! And then there's a fantastic final chapter to cap it all. But the second-last chapter is to die for (ha! ha!)
The accents, the lovely clear speech: all so real and true to life
The final scene of the second-last chapter. The big guy in the bed. So amazing.
My former Vice-Chancellor gave this book a five-star review so I bought it. She was so, so right. It was five stars all the way. Then I decided to listen to the audio-book of the same thing. Now I'll go get the whole series.
Justice, morality, revenge
The last fifteen minutes at the end of the penultimate chapter is terrifying and cliff-hanging.
Tenjiwe is magnificent. What a woman. What a cop. What a marks(wo)man!
Both, in abundance.
Nice whimsical ending, wrapping up a beautiful thriller.
The narrator has got these characters right between the eyes. Very enjoyable accents and idiosyncrasies, and lovely tension.
Mashego is a really intriguing character in this audio rendition of the book. Accent is slightly inferred and very authoritatively performed. I also like the forensics women. So sharp. They cut any macho men down to size, and rightly so.
Mashego, for the above reasons.
Yes and no. I like to hear it in big hefty pieces. The chapter sizes are perfect for this.
This is so realistic. It's like journalism rather than fiction. Totally believable all the way.
"How brilliant is this"
From the very first sentence this audio-book grabs you by the throat and takes you on a rip-roaring ride. I loved it. All my friends who like thrillers will love this
The shootout on the beach is terrifyingly real and so filled with tension
I'm listening now to another one, so don';t have anything to compare yet, though I have read the books and love them.
Oh dear. Without doubt. Three overwhelmingly sad moments spread through the book. Am I allowed to spoil it for others? Maybe not. But the second to last scene in the last chapter has a so, so sad scene.
This is the best in the trilogy, for sure.
"Excellent little thriller"
Yeah. Great listening thriller.
Very, very good plot. Wow. Exciting and different.
Very different. Exotic. Not the normal stuff.
Lots of laughs and lots of sad stuff.
Very, very different and very, very good.
The way the plot is put together is great. Each scene ends with you wanting more.
Along came a Spider, by James Patterson. Because the action is suspenseful and the characters are totally convincing and subtle while complex.
I really liked Nadine Salm, the forensics woman. Clever and sharp.
The end of the second chapter from the end is really moving. But so is the chapter that ends on Wednesday after a shoot-out (or should I say "shooting" - I won't give away what actually happens) with the baddies.
This is really new and exciting. The style is different and really convincing.
Very exciting and very well produced
Lots of them, really, but the best is when the character Tenjy (Buthelezi ?) deals with the very bad guys in the middle of the book (the Wednesday chapter, as I recall). Oh my goodness, how wonderful was that. But very sad, too.
Very dark and mysterious and totally captivating.
Like I said, on the Wednesday in the bush near the airport. There's another moment, too, near the end. The morning of the last day, in the hospital. That's really moving and lovely all at once.
I have to get the rest of this series now, even though I started with the third of the four books.
"Thrilling: best of the series"
Yes, but they're both great
Action interspersed with totally believable scenes showing relationships and sub-textual subtlety
Yes, two of them. This one beats both of them
No. No need. It is good over a couple of days.
I like the accents in this one. Real characters. Nice humour. Unforced and natural.
"Very, very good"
The moment when Constable Thenjiwe takes action against the perpetrators
Very authoritative and knowledgeable, and with a lovely resonant quality that entices the listener
Cops strike back
The women characters are ALL very strong. I like that. It's not all macho male.
"Very current and topical"
Fast, exciting, real
The last two chapters are laden with excitement interspersed between very tender scenes
Very believable, authoritative and persuasive and mysterious
In the last resort, when justice fails, what weapons do cops rely on?
Very, very topical subject
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