Swift Vengeance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this incendiary thriller from three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times best-selling author T. Jefferson Parker, Roland Ford is hunting down a mysterious killer, jockeying for position with the FBI, and risking everything to save a friend in terrible jeopardy.
Returning hero and private investigator Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene. His troubled friend Lindsay Rakes is afraid for her own life and the life of her son after a fellow flight crew member is killed in brutal fashion. Even more terrifying is the odd note the killer left behind: "Welcome to Caliphornia. This is not the last."
Ford strikes an uneasy alliance with San Diego-based FBI agent Joan Taucher, who is tough as nails but haunted by what she sees as the Bureau's failure to catch the 9/11 terrorists, many of whom spent their last days in her city. As the killer strikes again, Ford and Taucher dash into the fray, each desperate for their own reasons - each ready to risk it all to stop the killer from doing far more damage.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 7 minutes|
|Author||T. Jefferson Parker|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 21, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #175,245 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#50 in Terrorism Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#936 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,998 in Terrorism Thrillers (Books)
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I do not have as short attention span, but suddenly,I realize that I'm bored with minutiae, repetition, etc. and start merely glancing at pages just to stay on track. This is easy, because nothing of significance is going on.
About 100 pages from the end the story get's interesting again.
Unfortunately, a strong ending is destroyed by a totally unbelievable aspect. To whit, the FBI rolls over & let's a group of untrained persons who can only get in the way, run the show. Seems like it was a literary device to keep all of the characters in at the end. I thought Parker was above this.
The genre is police (here, FBI-) procedural but with a lot of backstory on PI Ford (a former Jeff Parker character) and on several of the other figures in the novel. Just to remind: Roland inherited a mountain estate including rental casitas from his wife who died tragically in a plane crash. His estate includes a number of renters who are always up for a challenge. A little homage to the Baker Street Irregulars; Roland refers to them, explicitly, as his Irregulars.
JP lives in Fallbrook, the principal setting of the novel and that setting, along with nearby San Diego are beautifully realized in the story. In one of the jacket blurbs C. J. Box refers to JP as the ‘poet of American crime fiction’. I might save that line for James Lee Burke or William Kent Krueger, but JP is definitely poetic and the novel is sparked, at points, by heartbreaking lines of simple but telling beauty.
The plot is very linear without gobs of mystification and blind alleys. There is the perfect blend of character, plot and setting, such that one cannot say that one of the elements dominates. The ending brought tears to my eyes. I always love dogs; watch here for an Italian mastiff named Zeno—a little homage to Burke’s Pansy in the Andrew Vachss novels, perhaps. You’ll want to adopt him.
Highly recommended; don’t miss this one.
But sometimes it's one of the subjects you gave up on that shows up in the end.
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The closing scene is particularly well constructed and I look forward to seeing Roland back in his third outing very shortly.