In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.
Logan and his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, plan a reconciliation in posh Lake Tahoe. But upon landing in the Ruptured Duck, his beloved aging Cessna, Logan agrees to put those plans on hold when he's asked to help guide a search-and-rescue team to the remote, mountainous crash site. The team finds not only a long-missing airplane, with the mummified remains of its pilot still at the controls, but something much more recent and far more sinister: the body of a young man, shot to death only hours earlier. Someone has beaten the rescuers to the site and will clearly stop at nothing to profit from what the plane was carrying - including kidnapping and threatening to kill Savannah if Logan refuses to help them carry out their getaway plans. With the clock ticking and the love of his life in peril, Logan is drawn into a vexing vortex as personal and potentially deadly as any he's ever known.
Voodoo Ridge is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride filled with the kind of unexpected twists, full-throttle action, and wry humor that won Freed's Flat Spin and Fangs Out, the first two installments in the Cordell Logan mystery series, rave reviews and a legion of loyal fans.
©2014 David Freed (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
This was the second time I've listened to a book from this author and narrator combination and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The main character Cordell Logan is a great invention and I hope to listen to more of him with this wonderful narrator. There is a second book in this series, of which this one is the third, but the second one is narrated by someone else. For me, Ray Porter is Cordell Logan so I haven't yet bought the second book. I may give in cos I love the format so much.
The story was ok to good, but the whole thing is supported by the great character that David Freed wrote along with the brilliant narration of Porter.
Great story, fast action, excellent characterisations, quick dialogue, all packaged together and given back by a superb narrator. What more can I say? Buy it and enjoy.
"Just awful! I am taken aback!"
I can't imagine any reader who has read the first Cordell Logan book would appreciate this one. Mr. Logan was very funny in the earlier book that I read. However, he has been rendered into a pedantic gasbag who cannot stop talking about all of his various hard-won expertise in military science, espionage, flying and etc. A deeply boring protagonist.
Obviously not another of Mr. Freed's books. I have already tried the newest book that is narrated by Eoardo Ballerini. This is a book about four generations of Italians and their fairly boring interactions over the years. Again, 100% humorless. I mean, I don't need every book to be either a thriller or a laugh riot, but if you want your readers to stick with you, a style that incorporates a bit of humor does a lot to keep the reader interested. Without it, your characters become stiff, bloodless, stoic non-livers of life, and the reader soon gives up on enjoying anything lively or even spontaneous. The Brits often write in this way, as their sense of humor tends toward the loo. So they do over and over again the unrequited love bit, and the stiff upper lip thing, and the tamped down smoldering passions schtick. I am sorry to offend, but I think that most American readers share my frustration with these themes. Get on with it, mate! Life can, believe it or don't, be fun! And you don't have to be completely inane, like Monte Python.
Mr. Porter is an excellent narrator who, if given good material, easily holds my attention. This material, is just a sow's ear, and Mr. Porter cannot...you know.
I don't remember most of them. Logan, Savannah and Mrs. Schmuling are essential, I guess. Even the comical old Jewish lady can't do much with this stuff. The romance between Logan and Savannah is getting mighty tired by this point. This writing is so far beneath Lehane, or Hallinan, or Tom Perry, or Michael Connelly: If you have a day job, Mr. Freed, I think you should hold onto it.
"Disappointing. In a Brutal Way."
LOVED the first book - in this one, I feel Freed had gotten into a storyline he felt jeopardized his series, and got out of it brutally and simplistically. Ray Porter's narration is great - otherwise I would have stopped listening. This one's a dud. Save your credits.
"Witty and insightful view of the world"
I positively loved book 2 and 3 of this series. My review lacks 5 stars, because I keep thinking I can't over-rate books. The main character is incredibly likable and I value his constant reflections. His mysteries are good, but they are not as valuable as his constant insights. I highly recommend this if you are more interested in character development than intrigue, though both are absolutely present. If I were to say something critical, it is that the mystery is more intense than it should be/could be. Can't say more.
Yes, it was entertaining and had a fast pace. The main character is funny and my favorite characteristic, sarcastic.
He creates scenes so vividly. The interaction between the main character and his friends are a high point.
I bought this book because of Ray Porter. He makes every book better than it would have been without his performance. He really brings characters to life, you can picture them and imagine a conversation with the character. I first listened to him perform Patient Zero. When I can't find a good book I go back and listen to Patient Zero or other books he has performed. Some authors owe their success to Ray Porter.
It would be a spoiler.
I so enjoy the main character's landlady. What a hoot!
"Just plain cruel"
The cruelest ways to continue a series I've ever experienced. A complete downer of a book if you ever suffer from depression do not read or listen to this book. The narrator was excellent as usual but not even that makes it worth listening to. I will never listen to another book by this author again!
"Great Narrator, POOR Story"
A story! The author definitely has writing skills but deciding on a plot that makes any sense would be something he needs to try in his next effort.
There seemed to be lots of filler and too little in the way of an actual story. And I won't give away a major part of the book, but there is a death of an important character which seems to have no real point.
WOW! Where to begin? His voice is great, all by itself. He reads sarcasm as if it's a part of his normal way of communicating. He does different voices quite well and i will look for him as a narrator in my future Audible book choices.
"Boring, boring, boring book looking for a plot"
Wow...I should have read other reviews instead of looking at only the overall stars - Will I ever learn? Really enjoyed the first book of the Cordell Logan series (skipped book 2) and mistakenly thought the fun would continue. Wrong! 3/4 of the book - nothing happens - other than a kidnapping - and we aren't privy to the details. The last 1/4 of the book some stuff happens. What, you may ask? A plot, of sorts, develops. I don't think the author had an outline or full story thought out. The bad guy seemed to be a random choice. The book sounded as though he was making it up as he went along. Nothing hung together and Cord did very little butt-kicking and was pretty stupid this time around. One of the main reasons I really enjoyed the first Cordell Logan mystery was his butt-kicking. I found Mrs. Schmulowitz (sp.?) tiring this time around. Just dull, dull, dull. Narrator was good and salvaged a little of the book.
SEMI-SPOILER: I know Savannah's dad is a jerk, but is the reader supposed to believe Cord wouldn't call him for help in searching for her? I kept wondering why he hadn't called him the entire time Cord was trying to find her and then Freed tosses the dad in at the end. It was like he all of a sudden realized Savannah has a mega-wealthy dad who (probably) should be mentioned. The dad would have had an army of people there within hours and, based on the bad guy, he would have found her quickly.
"Good at first but disappointing in the end"
The first book of the Cordell Logan series was great, unusually good humor, restrained and believable violence, interesting characters. Then, the second disappointed a bit with a story too close to the first one and a bit rushed but showed promise nonetheless so I was eager to get to the third in the series. There was the return of Ray Porter as icing on the cake. The story starts with a great setting, evolves in a procedural novel with an intense investigation that kept me listening in my car after arriving home. Then the story starts to drag, the auxiliary characters are flat, the story meanders without clear direction, but I still had hope. Then, close to the end, came the big let down. Difficult to explain without spoilers so let me just say that I do not like when the author keeps telling us how smart a character is while he/she is acting plain dumb. It made me question if Logan was ever a member of the Alpha team or a pretender much lower in the Greek alphabet. I am in doubt now if I should give Mr. Freed another chance. Perhaps a return to Silva, Lee Child, or Flynn.
"18 months later, still pissed at author"
Loved them both 5 stars, now bummed
Porter is the freaking best, no better wise guy in the Biz.
Can't say why I'm PISSED OFF at Freed without spoiling.
"Logan at his best!"
Caught my attention right from the start. I love David Freed's story telling. Ray Porter is amazing! He really helped the book come alive. There are only a few authors that can blend well-spun mystery with memorable characters and a good smattering of humor as well as Freed. I'm anxious to read his next book. Please keep Ray Porter as this series' narrator. He IS Logan!
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