Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in the saddle with guns blazing in this gritty, intense addition to the New York Times best-selling series.
After hunting down the notorious desperado Alejandro Vasquez, Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Everett Hitch return him to San Cristóbal to stand trial. No sooner do they remand him into custody than a major bank robbery occurs and the lawmen find themselves tasked with another job: investigating the robbery of the Comstock Bank, recovering the loot, and bringing the criminals to justice.
But when their primary suspect is found severely beaten outside a high-class brothel and turns out to be using a false identity to escape a torrid past, it is Alejandro who becomes the key to their investigation. Cole and Hitch are soon on the trail of the money, two calculating brothers, and the daughter of St. Louis's most prominent millionaire in a Cain and Abel story that brings revenge to a whole new level.
©2014 Robert Knott (P)2014 Random House Audio
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"Bad choice of narrator"
I loved the first of Robert Knott's "Robert B. Parker's ..." novels (Ironhorse). It was very faithful to the style of Parker, along with being a great yarn. In particular I liked Titus Welliver as the narrator. Welliver did all the previous Cole-Hitch books, and he was excellent. Rex Linn, not so much.
Linn does a fair job of sounding like a Gary Cooper playing a old time western marshal, as Cole and Hitch are intended. But they sound identical in his rendition. In fact almost everyone sounds the same, with the exception of the Mexicans in the story who sound the same but with an atrocious Mexican accent.
Mexican accents aside, there were other problems with the narration.
You know those parts in dialogs where the author inserts things like "he said", "Hitch replied" (and every prepubescent boy's favorite, "Jack asked")? Welliver did a great job of easing those into the background. WIth Linn, they have the same emphasis as the dialog, and it is jarring.
Equally jarring were the very often repeated one-word responses from Cole or Hitch (Hitch: "It's what we do." Cole: "Is.") Linn just can't pull these off, and he makes Cole's "Is" sound clumsy and inappropriate to the dialog.
I liked the story fine (despite wondering if Parker would have given a woman the nickname "Slingshot"). But given the narration, this book would be a lot better in print than narrated by Linn.
"Expecting Titus Welliver to narrate."
The trip into Mexico.
Not a Virgil Cole novel..
Rex Lin is not a bad narrator, but Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are soft spoken lawmen.Titus Welliver narrates in in a soft spoken but firm voice..I was disappointed with the narration of this book.
While Knott got some of the flavor of the series right, the dialogue was very difficult to listen to because of the shear volume of the word "said". Some paragraphs, when there were more than 2 characters, contained so many "said"s that it was very. distracting.
Predictable, which isn't always awful in series like this.
In addition to the incredible number of he said, she said they saids in the book, Linn's decision to change voice intonation at each one was distracting to say the least.
no, enough "said"
"Titus Welliver should have narrated this book."
Great book, true to the characters. Having such a difference in narration was very jarring for me. If I had realized that Titus Welliver wasn't the reader for this book I would have opted for a printed copy. It really makes the book less appealing.
"Virgil and Hitch are making the wild west safer"
I enjoy the audio books and look forward to the next one
The end it kind of all came together after a long struggle
I enjoyed Mr Linn's performance and look forward to listening to many more of his reads
River of the Past
Needless to say I am a big fan and look forward to the next great adventure, please write another one soon Dennis
"Parker's Legacy Continues"
Everett Virgil Continue
Everett Hitch; his narrative continues the Parker tradition of terse dialogue.
Yes! As good as or better.
Two of my favorite characters, ever since Appaloosa.
Top 10 easily but what I did like the development of the characters. I just don't want to spoil the book for others but it was just well done. By the way I have listen to every booked ever put into audio by Robert B. Parker.
Everertt, a man who is his own man and understand it and why. Still he is a side kick to Virgil. He has no problem with doing this but his true wish is to settle down with a that special woman and he just can't do it.
Alejandro Vasquez, development of the character was so well done. For all the wrong reason you can't help but like the guy.
He goes back to Robert B. Parker in what you will tolerate as a listener. Even when only two people are talking and it Everett is telling the story you get "he said or Virgil said" or "I said". I know it correct but with a little work and changing of the voice a little you could delete this situation.
"An otherwise decent story ruined by poor narration"
Mostly it was the poor narration abilities of Rex Linn. I enjoy him as an actor, but will not purchase another audible book that he narrates. I was so disappointed that I couldn't finish listening to the book.
I'm glad that Robert Knott is carrying on Robert B. Parker's style and legacy.
Am listening to "Iron Horse" narrated by Titus Welliver now, and the narration style & ability are far superior. I'm sure "Bull River" is a good story but it was ruined by the narration.
"Cole and Hitch alive and kicking"
Knott brings Virgil's detective skills to the fore. Same clipped dialogue that Parker is known for.
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