When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike - and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims, but on each other - buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities.
Fortunately, the kidnappers don't yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two of them back, he himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers, before it is too late.
©2012 Robert Crais (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
"'Anyone keep count of the bodies..?"
Not that it has any bearing on the story but the Audiobook synopsis of this book is not entirely correct.
That notwithstanding, I'm a big fan of Elvis Cole & Joe Pike and was delighted to find one that I hadn't listened to yet. However, I was initially put-off by a reviewer who was highly critical of William Roberts' narration so I left the book on my 'Wishlist' until finally deciding to take the plunge. I'm delighted I did. Whilst at first WR's harsh, barking, fast-paced, narrative style took a little getting used to, especially for a non-American with a pathological dislike for anyone who feels they need to shout to get a point across, I quickly became too immersed in the story to notice - either that or he started to tone things down - and I was on a roll, absolutely loving both the story and the narration. WR's blending of Spanish/Mexican and American/English voices was excellent and carried the story along a a cracking pace. The story itself did not have a dull moment. God knows what the body count was but it was impressive. And, despite a storyline that has so much action, mindless violence and mayhem the listener is still left with the impression that they have heard 'a good read' as opposed to a compilation of one B-script scenario after another. I have a number of other Robert Crais books on my Wishlist and I'm looking forward to hearing them - and WR - over the next couple of months.
I love Elvis Cole, but this reading is so shouty, oddly-pitched and grating that I can't listen to it. Awful.
"Fan (Sorry if you disagree)"
As a fan of the Elvis Cole series can never wait until the next one comes out, it has to be unabridged though!!
This one does not disappoint Elvis in it Pike in it and the narrater, lets put it this way it would not be a Elvis Cole book without this narrater William Roberts. I hope Robert Crais will write many more OF THEM.
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