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There were so many others. The biggest problem, though, was with Harper herself. Her emotions often didn't ring true and her actions didn't fit her supposed expertise in observation her photography background or self-defense. She repeatedly dove into TSTL territory, to her own and her allies' detriment. I didn't connect with Harper nor did I see her as a realistic person. There was no single event in the book that made me quit. It more was the realization that I was finding excuses not to read more and that I really didn't care what happened next.
Entertaining and fast-paced thriller from Hall, known for his Thorne series but branching out to a new one involving Harper McDaniels, a photographer whose husband and infant son are murdered and house burned down over a potential story the hubby was investigating involving the chocolate industry.
Harper starts out as a bit unbelievable with fighting skills that seem to come from nowhere, but as the story progresses, information comes to light to explain her history and present skills. It's well Entertaining and fast-paced thriller from Hall, known for his Thorne series but branching out to a new one involving Harper McDaniels, a photographer whose husband and infant son are murdered and house burned down over a potential story the hubby was investigating involving the chocolate industry.
It's well-written and moves at a quick pace over its rather brief pages. The ending sets up the next chapter. Not as good as the Thorne books but entertaining enough. Aug 10, P Bernhardt rated it really liked it. The story is interesting, well-written, and includes enough information about the Chocolate industry to urge the reader to do more research. The author provides picturesque descriptions of the Ivory Coast, Miami, and Zurich so you feel as if you're there.
The action is descriptive and helps the plot. The reason I didn't give it Five Stars is the protagonist. Harper McDaniel is a singularly unlikeable character. She's abrasive, unappreciative, and a smartass. I had little feelings for her, so when she got herself into tough situations, I didn't much care whether she survived or not. If you like this type of character, this book is for you. I've found other titles with tough women as the protagonist who much more appealing than Harper.
James Hall is a favorite of mine and I always looked forward to his new releases for a chance to catch up when he appears at our local bookstores. Unfortunately, he has opted to skip the "conventional" publishing routine and skip the hardback in favor of the paperback and a huge emphasis on the e-book. Glad to see it made the best seller list!
Hall, who writes the Florida based mystery series about a man who goes by the name of Thorn, starts a new series with a female protagonist. Hall's Thorn series and was happy to read this one that introduces a strong, female lead who finds herself relying on her hidden skills to revenge the murder of her son and husband. Despite facing ruthless forces, nothing is going to stop Harper getting to the bottom of who destroyed her family. Harper McDaniel 2 books. A very quick, suspenseful read.
This is a new character, female, for a big change from Thorn and the book features his clear descriptive writing and tense plotting. A bit of a credulity James Hall is a favorite of mine and I always looked forward to his new releases for a chance to catch up when he appears at our local bookstores. A bit of a credulity stretch in a few places seriously, two major businessmen working opposite sides of a deal turn out to be big fanboys of the same movie star? And while I enjoyed the book and it was complete in its own right, I find dangling endings to be most annoying. I know, it prods interest in the next one in the series but I would have read it anyway.
Wishing you the best, Jim, with your new approach but I will miss you! Aug 04, Larry Deaton rated it liked it. Hall, who writes the Florida based mystery series about a man who goes by the name of Thorn, starts a new series with a female protagonist. This one is about Harper McDaniel, a woman photographer, who has to deal with her husband and infant son murdered in the opening pages of the book. We move through the horrors of that, as she recruits her grandfather, a retired mafioso in Florida as well as some other help, to track down the killers who are connected with the chocolate industry.
There is some good writing in this book, but Hall turns his hero into a virtual superhero and one who really seems to escape the grieving that I think that anyone would go through having lost their spouse and baby. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Really disappointing Adolescent writing of a mediocre story.
Don't waste your time. Can't understand how some of these "stories" get published. Pretty good beginning and story,but I got the impression that Hall cut and pasted it together. It was obviously the beginning of a series and I'll probably pass on any future offerings. This action-packed thriller is filled with some surprisingly true facts.
In a way, this book while exciting and hard to put down is sadly informative and tells of the child labor, and even abductions of children, that are used to keep prices low harvesting chocolate in Africa. The author did an excellent job of describing scenes so vividly that I felt as if This action-packed thriller is filled with some surprisingly true facts. The author did an excellent job of describing scenes so vividly that I felt as if I was there.
The characters actions ring true for the situations they are in. It was easy to get caught up in her desire to find out why they were targeted since the details of her relationship with her husband and son showed an extremely caring, young family. Why do authors feel a need to bring God into their curse words? This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Dec 28, Larry rated it really liked it. The murders at the beginning almost stopped me cold, but the payoff is worth the read, and Hall writes really well. Aug 20, Ray Moon rated it really liked it.
Spider exits his car and hurries to the home. Harper, a photographer with an internationally famous photographer mother, is preparing for charity gala. Just before she leaves, Ross, an investigative newspaper reporter, who never discusses his pending articles with Harper, breaks that precedence and tells Harper that he is working on an article about chocolate. When Harper and Nick arrive home that no longer exists.
Ross and Leo are dead, but not from the fire, both were shot to death. Harper was not fully open with the police. She decided to find out what was behind the chocolate article. The main storyline takes off from here and becomes international in scope. Along the way, a few more join the company of the deceased.
The B-storyline is rich and works well with and complements the main storyline. Not only does this background information make these characters come alive and enrich the reading experience, but many aspects of the main storyline depends upon what is revealed in the B-storyline. Unfortunately, some events stretched my believability a bit. They were serious enough that I lowered the rating, but was not serious enough that I did not enjoy the read.
Now, some readers have strict prohibition on language and sex. There are a few f-bombs but not excessive, and all were appropriate in their context. There are not any explicit sex scenes, but implications with scenes that are almost TV legal. The main storyline took a winding and circuitous route that kept my interest throughout the entire novel.
If you tone down you believability expectations just a hair, I believe that you will enjoy it also. I give this novel a rating of four stars. Save the headache This book was very difficult to read, but some how I managed to finish it. A woman whose husband and child are murdered because he researching the chocolate industry and the shady dealings of one company.
Good idea, however, the story was poorly developed. A mafia grandfather turned hacker; an adopted brother bullied as a child yet still cannot take care of himself; a movie star fathers she didn't know about, and an assassin who fancies himself in love with her; and let us not f Save the headache This book was very difficult to read, but some how I managed to finish it.
A mafia grandfather turned hacker; an adopted brother bullied as a child yet still cannot take care of himself; a movie star fathers she didn't know about, and an assassin who fancies himself in love with her; and let us not forget that our heroine is or had been a black ops person turned vigilante.
Its just too much and poorly told. Aug 26, Sarah Long rated it it was ok. You know how a book can grab you, not letting you put it down? This is not one of those books. The story line fell flat, the character development was not what one would hope for, and there were parts that felt completely unrealistic, such as the main character's grief on its way to resolving a mere three months after the death of her husband and son. I could see that happening if you didn't like your husband. I enjoyed the story, Harper McDaniel is a very compelling character- fighting for justice for her husband and young son.
I liked the book, but at the end where it hints at another book, I have no interest in continuing this as a series- and that is why I gave it three stars instead of four. This is the first James W.
Hall novel I have read in quite a while. It is also the start of a new series by him, featuring a strong, courageous and conflicted woman. In this first book, she leaves for work one morning her husband is at home with their one year old boy and later in the day, she realizes that her house is on fire and someone has killed the two people she loved most in the world. She does research and has help from others to find out why this happened.
Her husband had been workin This is the first James W. Her husband had been working on a journal article about children and women being kidnapped and killed in The Ivory Coast, mainly because a very wealthy man and his cronies love cacao, chocolate, and the men want to get a corner on the market, no matter what it takes. They don't care one whit about human lives. Hannah McDaniels's family was killed because her husband was going to publish the article so the world would know about this company's greed.
The tale gets very twisted from there, with the reader not being sure who is part of this conspiracy of greed and who is not. Since the Ivory Coast is in Africa, without a lot of publicity, no one will become involved in the inhumane treatment of other human beings. I thought the story was well written and am looking forward to the next one. This is the same author who did the series on Thorn, many of which I have read and enjoyed. Oct 11, Jo Jenner rated it really liked it. The story behind this book was so ridiculous that all disbelief had to be suspended and it turned into a bloody good read.
When Harper's husband and son are killed she is at first devastated. Then as the book unfolds we find out that her brother is an international financier, her dead mother a world renowned photographer, her grandfather a mafia don and Harper herself an ex CIA operative. All this leads her to try and hunt down her husband's killers and leads to a chase through Africa, Zurich and The story behind this book was so ridiculous that all disbelief had to be suspended and it turned into a bloody good read.
All this leads her to try and hunt down her husband's killers and leads to a chase through Africa, Zurich and finally Spain. The action was faced paced with Harper's skills so lacking by not having been honed over the years since she left the CIA where she was only recruited for one job so she was never a real agent. However even with these mediocre skills she manages to get herself out of harms way so many times as to be completely unbelievable. It was just ok and I felt no need to pursue the series further.
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But when my husband started reading this book, and was staying up late to see what would happen next, I decided I would give James W. I am so glad I did. James has come a long way as a writer from to I guess it goes to show you can't just write someone off based on their early work. This book had great thriller pacing, interesting characters, and an intriguing corporate conspiracy plot.
I can't wait for the next one! There is nothing very original about When They Come for You, an international revenge tale that reads like a Hollywood Thriller. This is not a bad thing. Hall peppers this tale with a protagonist worthy of cheering for, an eclectic group of supporting players and some over the top badies, and enough plot and action to keep both sides of your brain intrigued.
Narrator Michelle Ferguson handles the tale well, without a lot of bells and whistles. She handles the wide array of voices with workmanlik There is nothing very original about When They Come for You, an international revenge tale that reads like a Hollywood Thriller. She handles the wide array of voices with workmanlike precision but nothing about this reading will blow you away.
Hall's way with words is outstanding, and the central concept of corruption in the world of chocolate is very intriguing.
Unfortunately, I never warmed to the central character, and even though a sequel that also has a fine central concept has been flagged, I'm not sure that I'll be on board. The villains were quite good, however, and that helped.
Oct 16, Linda Strawn rated it liked it. Could not really get in to the characters. Not a book I could not put down or wait to come back to. Not a complete waste of time. Not planning to read any more in this series or from this author. I really enjoyed the plot. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going a new layer would form and a new twist showed up. I wish there was more character development of Harper and her family but overall I thought it was a thrilling story. Aug 16, Stephanie rated it really liked it. A very quick, suspenseful read.
Dec 05, Samantha added it. This book started off with great promise! I loved Harper McDaniel's character, she's amazing! Then it got really complicated, like overly complicated and I got bored. Sep 12, Linda rated it really liked it.
I have always enjoyed Mr. Hall's Thorn series and was happy to read this one that introduces a strong, female lead who finds herself relying on her hidden skills to revenge the murder of her son and husband. I found myself immersed in the story line from the very first page and happy with the outcome and the possibilities of more to come from this character.
Another one to add to your to-read list! Sep 26, Ben rated it did not like it. Hall, an award-winning author of mysteries. But not this one , I fear. The books begins with Harper McDaniel, a phototographer being stalked by a hired killer.