Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed.
When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.
Meanwhile, in another part of the city, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed and dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected: The fugitive is dead, the building is filled with explosives, and Scott and Maggie are assaulted by a hidden man who escapes in the chaos, all as a bloodied Joe Pike watches from the shadows.
Soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted by that man, and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe's, joining forces to follow the trail of the missing woman as well. From inner-city drug traffickers to a shadowy group of Afghan war veterans with ties to a terrorist cell, the people they encounter on that trail add up to ever-increasing odds, and soon the four of them are fighting to find the woman not only before she is killed...but before the same fate happens to one of them.
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Another fantastic story with great vocals, character profiles & interwoven structure
John Stone & Eddie..man, these two should team up!! Crais did good
I love Robert Crais and I thought the two voices did an excellent job of the narration.
I like the inter-textuality of bringing in characters from his other books, especially Maggie.
This is the usual super high standard of Robert Crais and sits comfortably in the world of Elvis Cole & Joe Pike, if you like the previous novels you'll love this.
A 5 star review except for narration which comes in at 4 stars only because no one can match the usual Robert Crais narrator WIlliam Roberts. Although the 2 narrators do a good job they don't quite inhabit and add to the characters as William Roberts does.
Robert Crais is one of my favourite authors but this book was a big disappointment. He usually has a bit more action going on but in this book he switched from Elvis to Dave to Maggie to Scott to Pike and was like pass the parcel. I couldn't get involved in the story and the characters were not fleshed out well. I found myself drifting off at times. Also! and importantly! his books are now read by different narrators. Most of his books were narrated by William Roberts? I think. He was excellent and brought the characters to life. In this book Elvis had a whining nasal voice and Pike (my favourite character) sounded like he was about to drop dead of some bronchial disease. I hope this is just a one off poor read from RC as usually he is so good.Mind you, no matter how many stars you give a review all the book in Audible seem to be 4 star anyway
Interesting, exciting engaging
It is really very hard to choose but I suppose it is Joe Pike. He is complex but interesting character.
No this was my first but will not be my last.
The conversation between John Stones and Amy before the law enforcement types move in.
I loved the book, the plots and the characters.
Sequel to The Suspect, good story. funny in parts, good characters and of course the Marine Dog Maggie. I've been waiting for the sequel , it was worth the wait. I hope there are more to come. Both books won't disappoint .
"All Robert Crais charaacters are in this novel!"
It's an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel, but Jon Stone, LAPD detective Scott James, and K-9 Maggie are also key characters. Even the FBI plays a role. Cole and Pike are private detectives and the book is set in Los Angeles as usual. Maggie is the hero. The book involves terrorism, specifically terrorists trying to get 200 killograms of C4 explosive.
Robert Crais is not, in my opinion, one of the best crime writers, but he does have interesting characters and his novels are worthwhile. His strength is in character development which adds to the interest. The Promise is among his best books.
Narration is excellent.
""They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!""
The amazon reviews were right on, THIS is a good listen. Fast pace with a lot going on from 3 different view points. If you have trouble following different points of view, then take some relaxing time to enjoy this book. Elvis is back, and is joined my by heroine Maggie. Her partner Scott is caring i.e. "next time I will have to bring OUR sunglasses"
yes as author took all his good elements from previous books and was able to incorporate these elements in a different path and make it work for his fans.
I am pleased with these readers paired together, Great Job and smart of producers! Luke has evolved greatly into Elvis and MacLeod did a fab job with Maggie's starring role book that this was a natural. McLeod's AKA reads as Todd Haberkorn shows off his full great reading range.
I am a long time fan of author and have all the Elvis and Pike solo stories (a must own, The Watcher read by my fave James Daniels). All of the author's books read by James Daniels are great. Audible, you need to get them as they are the best.
"Excellent book and narration"
Really enjoyed the book, could not stop listening. Narrators were great. Liked having everyone in the same book. It's been too long between Robert Crais novels.
"Time to put Elvis and Joe out to pasture"
No. Robert Crais has been a terrific writer for a good twenty-five years. Initially, the characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike were funny (well, Cole, anyway: Pike hardly said anything), and the first narrator was Patrick Lawlor. Mr. Lawlor was perfectly suited to reading these books. He was quietly funny, calm and not shrill or hysterical. Mr. Crais has suffered (?) from the successful writer's trap: he is being strongly encouraged to push out one book after another, and the quality of his writing has slipped noticeably. If you really want to enjoy Crais's work, read the first books, like Stalking the Angel and The Monkey's Raincoat. These, and others, are just great to read. I remember one day in the '80s when I was sitting outside a bookstore, reading Crais and laughing out loud. A woman came over and asked what I was reading, because she loved humor in writing, and it is hard to find. Now, thirty or more years later, the books have declined noticeably, even though Crais's readership has grown significantly. As I have remarked elsewhere, Mae West once said that "too much of a good thing is wonderful." Perhaps for her. For me, I am sad that Mr. Crais's skills have eroded to the point at which I just don't care what happens to Elvis and Joe. I know that Crais has written several stand-alone books, but I haven't liked them. One of them, clearly movie-ready, was so full of slam-bang- burning house, children endangered, unimaginable villains: you get the point. Overload.
No, although I probably won't read another Robert Crais book. He has clearly exhausted these characters, and his attempts to invent new ones have not been so great. Scott James and his wonderdog Maggie are a good try, but as for me, I prefer human-to-human relationships. There is more room for, uh, development of these relationships, whereas with a dog...well, you get the point. Even if both Scott and Maggie have PTSD from suffering through the wars.
It is easy to say Edoardo Ballerini, but actually I feel that his amazing skills are just not suited for material like this. Maybe the guy who reads Dennis Lehane's books.
I might, even though I didn't like it much. It would be interesting to see who gets cast as Cole and Pike. You might be able to throw out a lot of this book, be left with two hours of movie material, and if the casting is good, and the director is good, who knows?
Nope. Read the early books if you want to be happily entertained.
"Robert Crais at his best !"
I'm a long-time fan of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, and this book made me happy. Elvis and Joe, joined by Scott James and his dog Maggie, (from "Suspect") and Jon Stone, mercenary & associate of Joe Pike. What a great cast and a thrill-ride of a story. Excellent narration, especially by Macleod Andrews.
"Great characters, good plot, but unbelievable"
The characters are engaging...who can not enjoy the Elvis-Joe Pike relationship. But not in a million years did I believe the plot device of not informing the authorities of the collection of bomb making equipment...not on Elvis' part and certainly not on the part of the canine officer who, for the sake of some bargain made, gives up his dog...no way. Very dumb. I had a hard time listening to the end because I thought the whole plot became very contrived and not in the least believable.
The relationship between the various law enforcement authorities was interesting and the information about the way that the dogs function.
"I Promise - Nine Hours is Way Better than Five"
After a long difficult 18 hour listen I looked for a shorter story as my next audible adventure. Robert Crais has always delivered an enjoyable page turner so my decision was based on a five hour abridged version of his latest book, The Promise or the full length nine hour journey.
I opted for the full nine hours because none of the Elvis Cole, Joe Pike and Scott James books have ever dragged. And how many times do you get characters that can be found in great separate series all under one roof.
This book was entertaining from the first scene. I enjoyed every minute of the adventure which included typical Elvis Cole humor mixed in with mystery and suspense. If you are a dog lover and an Andy Carpenter fan, there is a great story here that includes a police dog retired from the military and his handler Scott James.
The five star narration duo of Luke Daniels and Macleod Andrews worked well with the story shifting perspectives between Elvis Cole and Scott James.
I never researched the abridged version of this book, but I have one question. How did they ever decide what needed to be removed? I wouldn't take out a minute and looked forward to each workout, long drive and house cleaning that could provide an excuse for plugging in the earphones.
If you have just endured a long tedious book like me, make this your next listen.
"Turned it on and Finished it in two days !"
The authors ability to put you inside the thoughts of the characters.
I have always enjoyed Luke Daniels and I snap his books up. I had not listened to Andrew's work before this listen
I love animals and have a black Chow Chow who generates a couple of dozen of positive comments on each walk. I have never had a writer put me inside the mind of a leading dog and illustrate how it thinks and reacts. For that reason when chapter 63 started I was all in worried about Maggie. It was just written so well.
It really is a five star book.
Great story, plot twists, characters and Star "Maggie ", can't wait for the next book.
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