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Spenser's continuing adventures under Atkin's hand are really solid in this book. The situations are right and Atkins has a amazing ear. You can hear echoes of Parker's words in Atkin's writing. The plot here also really hangs together in a method that rings true. It was a fun read indeed.
Compelling Ace Atkins has written another amazing Spenser adventure. Stand-alone that is simple to follow and difficult to place down. Violence, no drag-you-down riguing storyline with descriptive writing. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking, informative and occasionally snarky dialogue.“When’s the next board meeting?”"Tuesday night at seven,” Henry said."Do they serve refreshments?”"All the [email protected]@ you can eat.”"Wonderful.”“Unless it’s phone sex,” Wayne said. He grinned."Yeah, but I always obtain tangled in the cord.”“Henry says only one man knows you better than you know yourself.”Z nodded. “Your competitor.”I will re-read this story and always look forward to the Spenser stories.
I have read all of Robert Parker's Spenser books, and enjoyed them. I have read the Ace Atkin's books on Spenser also. I was not satisfied with the other portrayals of the familiar characters - especially Hawk. Hawk is not in this one. Ace Atkins is amazing and does a close approximation of Parker's writing. It is not the same, and I know it cannot ever be the same since they are various authors. That being said, Ace Atkins writes a amazing story and I did have fun it. I guessed the killer, and I usually never obtain that right, so he must give more clues. I did not like the final resolution, because (spoiler alert) either way, Spenser lies. He tells a assassin he will not give him/her up to the cops, and then picks up the phone to call. So he can report a murder and since the police are portrayed as intelligent and savvy, he essentially is giving up the murderer. I don't like the inconsistency in the character. The book is worth reading. I do not think I will buy any more of the "after death" books, though.
I like Ace Atkins, his Quinn Colson books are always amazing and he does a very amazing job of continuing Spenser in the Robert Parker style. This was a amazing read, it had a lot of of the characters that are familiar to a Spenser novel with enough twists to hold you guessing and then a amazing is is a book I think you will like, buy it and have fun the continuing saga of Spenser.
The best thing about Ace Atkins' recent edition of the Spenser story is that it exists. Spenser is Robert Parker's most iconic hero and it is amazing that he, Susan, Marty Quirk and Vinnie Morris live on. Parker himself was often hit and miss with Spenser. Some of the books were much better than others. Wonderland is, at best, middle of the e amazing news is that Spenser fans obtain a small more backstory. Henry, the guy that owns the Gym where Spenser and Hawk train, has trouble. Henry has never asked Spenser for anything in all the years they've known each other. Henry does now, and Spenser goes to e case is pedestrian and involves, as always some poor people. There are a couple of interesting villain-types along the way, and Spencer's fresh apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, reappears from Atkins' latest book. But the best revelations are the ones about Spenser's past - and that tells you how arresting the plot of the story really more note. Hawk is not here, Susan is only marginally involved, and the poor guys just aren't that scary. Jesse Stone's state cop buddy Healy is about the best secondary hero on the amazing guy side. Let's hope that Hawk gets back from Miami before Atkins produces the next saga in the Spencer chronicles.
Ace Atkins has moved Spenser ahead. The legendary PI made by the late Robert B. Parker had gotten beautiful predictable and stale. Parker’s latest creation, Zebulon Sixkill was interesting but really not much more than a potential looking for development. Parker's final few Spencer's often read like first drafts or kins has the voice and the feel of Spenser here, but manuevers Spencer into some kind of change by exploring existing relationships (Henry Cimoli, Sixkill) and damaging one (Vinnie Morris), something Parker seemed unable or unwilling to do, often creating scenarios that violated all sense of how the true globe it perfect? No. Spenser’s vehicle always starts, he never has to go to the bathroom at the worst time, and sometimes Atkins’ inability to give proper attribution to dialogue is truly confounding, leaving one wondering who spoke, but overall Atkins has done Spenser fans a large solid by pumping new air into a hero and reality that desperately required it.Would a non-Spenser fan be coverted? I don’t know. The book is well crafted and goes down beautiful smooth.I look forward to seeing how Mr. Atkins will advance the hero and reality of one of crime fiction’s greatest figures.
Reading Parker as written by Ace Atkins you would still think that Parker was still writing his own books! With Ace Atkins, I have found a fresh author to look for! And, I have read all of the books he has written as Parker! I would like to see him write a Jesse Owen series in Parkers name!!
I've loved the Spenser series ever since college (I'm 45) and admittedly, in the later years Parker did seem to be running on fumes. The first Ace Atkins book was a rejuvenation - it brought back a amazing story and felt like a true mystery rather than a reason for Spenser to ruminate about Susan...That being said, #2 is a letdown. I think Atkins is still the right guy for the job - he does a amazing job with Spenser and he really has a feel for the globe and the persona Parker created. However, this particular story isn't really about Spenser - it's about his apprentice. So much of the action takes put "offscreen" from Spenser's POV. What's more, we don't even see what happens in some all necessary moments - we are just with Spenser as he walks into the climactic stage AFTER it's happened.I obtain habing to begin up the hero list to some fresh blood, after all Spenser is supposedly a Korean battle vet and that would place him in his 60's at least, but we should at least obtain to read about the case that is event - not just experience it second or third hand through Spenser's eyes.
Ace Atkins [email protected]#$%! another Home Run in the continuing adventures of the late Robert B. Parker's wise-cracking sleuth, Spenser. As advertised, all of Parker's characters have returned in this fun-loving mystery. This is the kind of book that the reader can polish off in one seating but the trick is to savor each and every chapter and hope that the story never ends. But all amazing stories do end and all we as the observer can do is wait until the next novel starring Spenser or Jesse Stone or Sunny Randall becomes e delivery of the book was on time, the packing of the book was solid and the book arrived unblemished. I'm glad that I bought this book and heartily recommend it to anyone who loves a amazing mystery.
I was devastated when Robert Parker died. He was an author that I was in the shop buying his books the day they were released. I never tired of any of his books though I loved some more than others, of course. These fresh ones scared me at first but I have realized that I still have Spenser and his other characters in my life and couldn't be happier. Yes, there are some slight differences but Atkins is amazing. He and RBP worked together and were amazing mates for a lot of years. That is why he can bring Spenser to us. I miss Hawk and hope he comes back more but even Robert didn't contain him in every book. All of his characters are a part of my life. I've not only read them all but I've read most of them twice. I really give this a 4.5. That's all I need to say. There are so a lot of others that can write reviews and dissect the depth of hero development and how well it flows, etc. I just love these books. Rest in peace, Robert Parker. Thank you Ace Atkins for carrying his legacy on.
ort review: read pelling stand-alone that is simple to follow and difficult to place down. Some violence but no drag-you-down riguing storyline that covers three various crimes. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and snarky dialogue.I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by Michael Brandman and in the Robert B. Parker series.
I have enjoyed reading and watching all of the Jesse Stone books and movies, several times over on all of them. But, this recent book just leaves me flat. I almost did not [email protected]#$%! but since I paid for it I forced my method thru it. Somehow there were times when I thought I was reading about someone other than Jesse Stone. The interaction between Jesse and the young girl that refused to stop using her cell phone while driving, while not a very necessary part of the main plot, was puzzling. While Jesse is generally a kind person, his attitude towards this young girl at the end of the book was much too "un-Jesse like" to suit me. The words did not sound like Jesse's ever, being a fan of the Jesse Stone books I am sure that I will continue to read any fresh ones that are released. I will hope that any coming books will stick more to the original Jesse.
A bit disappointed in this one. Parker's formula is varied a bit. Normally Jesse Stone is dealing with one major plot line and one minor, which usually involves young folk who just need a guiding e main plot deals with an actress filming a film in Paradise. Her estranged husband, an actor into drugs and upset that his career is spiraling o minor plot lines: one dealing with water company employees, and the teenage girl who seems to ignore laws she doesn't like. The prodigy of rich, self-absorbed parents, Jesse sees a kid crying out for attention and parents that just buy her out of trouble.I don't know. The stories just didn't grab me like his first effort. I may leave Jesse behind after this one.
The issue with characters who don't age is that they often don't grow. Even though it's Michael Brandman writing the series now, Stone's hero is still beautiful much the same guy with the same quirks. There were three stories to follow in this book. I can't but wonder if there had been one story with an element of mystery instead of three average stories with no element of mystery would the book have been readers of the series should begin at the beginning - not because this book has things you need to know, the earlier books were better when the hero was fresh.
I love the book. I can't seem to place it down once I begin reading it. Having seen the films with Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone adds to Jesse's character. The Jesse Stone novels are great,but really need to be read in order. I am going to test the other novels that Robert B Parker wrote.
Really quite poor. Regularly out of sync with the PC ver and provides outdated and misleading balance information. Interface and website navigation are not good with a fair degree of digging needed to search what you need. I would not rely on it for anything other than a rough estimate. Can hang even with full wireless connection signal. All in all really quite basic. ..added after response... re your response...."Thank you for the platitude"
shame you cant select a period instead of calendar months being selected. Im paid monthly but not on the 1st, so I cant use this as a monthly spending tracker. The balance info is also inaccurate. When paying by card, the balance reflects the debit straight away but it then credits it back on the acc when the card payment hasn't completed in a couple of days. This subsequently debits again when it does complete, so you cant trust it to budget with.
Amazing as far as online banking goes, can be slightly confusing about how to navigate. But user friendly at the same time. would recommend to developers the ability to sort by transfer out. if you created a recurring payment to a listed person, it would be nice to see all transactions for that person's. overall amazing online service
Generally beautiful good, but has recently started stopping me making transfers 'because you've got a screen overlay running' despite all the apps on my phone having screen overlays disabled. Still having the same issue (on Android device Pie) which means half the application is useless to me.
Easy and simple to use, now have paperless statements. Transferring cash between accounts is child's play, simple to hold track of in goings and out goings. Edit... had to factory restart my phone and reinstall the B app. Had to re-enter my info but the application won't let this, hold getting the message, "oops something went wrong, can you re-enter your details?" I don't know my customer reference number so opt for the other info entry selection and hold going round in circles. Frustrating!
fairly good. somethings aren't available or easily explained. Can't cancel direct debits. Also the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. I paid off my credit card bill early. Then the bank proceeded to take payment out aswell. I then had to phone the bank (for 10-15mins on my break at work)to obtain my acc credited.
Terrible. historical transactions being taken from my balance days later, as a parent on benefits this has left me destitute and I have submitted a complaint as now we are minus £70 so you will be taking the bulk of my £100 tax credits ??? shouldn't be allowed. no need for the generic response you have given to everyone else here !! Much easier for me to leave for a bank that updates balances in true time. there really is no excuse in this day and age for not doing this. would give zero stars.
Application is very primary and the bank is having problem accepting payments transfer from other banks. Payments just disappear and unknown DD remove money. Very not good and worrying. When you test and enquire the customer services are completely unhelpful. Ask you to visit a branch, which for me, is over 80 miles away.
Having issues with it from day 1. My funds disappeared and I've noticed unauthorized direct debits. Then no trace of the funds. Called several times and the lady couldn't support me, she said her supervisor said I need to go to branch. What's the point of having internet banking... Terrible.
Really amazing app, simple to use and makes managing your cash so simple. Only things I would improve - create the [email protected] application available on android device and have the full functionality available on iPad available on iPhone and android. Otherwise, amazing banking application that myself and most of my mates have switched to using.
it's alright but it always says I need to disable the screen overlay, I disabled all but one because I can't disable the system. I've uninstalled it then re-installed the app, restart my phone and even tried force stopping the usual apps that dose the screen overlay like messenger but nothing, needless to say I can only access my bank through the browser witch is a nightmare.
I almost feel guilty sometimes reading books that are advertised as YA since I have not been "Y" for a lot of decades. But I saw the trailer for the film and so bought the book. I opened it and then suddenly it was hours later and i was still sitting there reading as Sarah Weeks brought the story to a very bittersweet end. 12 year old Heidi does not come across as a preternaturally wise and omniscient protagonist that so often describes literary kid characters. She beautiful much lives in a bubble with her mentally disabled mother - insulated by a kind neighbor/roommate and her unique "good luck" powers that support hold the wolves from the door.Weeks does an perfect job of developing Heidi's growing frustration with how small she knows about herself, her family,or why she is where she is. After finding a clue in an old camera she decides that she has to follow it and the story of that trip and what she finds at the other end is the meat of the story. As in life, there are no pat solutions and no easy answers. She finds more frustration, anger, fear, and unexpected kindness and love and we see through her eyes as she comes to understand how life often does not grant us 'closure". There was an opportunity for a "happily ever after" ending but Weeks shies away from it and gives us a more nuanced explanation - but one that does not give the reader the closure that Heidi worked so hard to find. A unbelievable and entrancing read.
Heidi and her mother live in Reno next door to Bernadette, who takes care of them. Heidi's mother has a disability and cannot live with Heidi on her own. Bernie is a caregiver, teacher, and mate to both Heidi and her mother. But Heidi wants to know who she and her mother are. When she sees images of her mother as a young woman, Heidi impulsively decides to venture out alone for answers.
Amazing read even though several aspects are implausible. Hard to believe that you can live an undocumented life, that no one would ever come looking for you, that you would stumble into a stranger who could and would totally devote her life to your upbringing in a amazing way, that a twelve-year-old could create the cross-country trip alone with two sandwiches and very small money, obtain to her destination and solve a life-long mystery.But, if you just throw those problems in a cabinet and lock the door temporarily, it's a amazing read. You will really care about the characters. It's a story where life is more than fair, amazing people have guardian angels and happily ever after is possible.
This is an extremely well-crafted novel for "young adult" readers. Yet, it never feels "crafted," at all, and this senior, senior reader enjoyed it greatly. In retrospect, I've recognized there has not been a person, an incident, a thought, a clue in 12-year-old heroine Heidi's life and find for her roots that was not prelude to and in someway causative of what she finally learns. Learns after her brave, long trek by bus across much of the nation to satisfy her curiosity about her "bum-brained" mother's mysterious past -- and, therefore, about herself -- all to be uncovered in "Liberty, NY." However, it never seems that those incidents, those persons, those clues are planted by author Sarah Weeks to tie all the aspects of her novel into the seamless whole she provides. Not a tip of it! The reader instead hurries forward, taken on and on by the incessancy of the story and the child's quest -- this is a real "page turner." It hardly allows a rest stop for a late-night reader's, "Have mercy: somewhere, 'Lights Out' for tonight!"The first time I could more than briefly set aside this small book, at least for a night or two, came when Heidi finally reaches her destination -- an old, by this time to her, fabled building on a hilltop at Liberty. There, she encounters an angered older man; a liar, Heidi realizes. Ah, ha, an adult reader understands; I know what this kid will learn next; and it will be life-changing -- but not in any method our innocent has anticipated. Too, as Heidi makes several forays to and from that "liberty" hilltop, one finally begins to recognize how importantly, how gently, carefully, quietly, how tellingly, Ms. Weeks has had Heidi learn throughout all of her treks about the entrapments of lies and lying -- and, therefore, about s, this is a novel directed at "young adults;" but, I promise, when this kid recognizes her saddening, saddening losses of her only known, biological family members -- as it seems to her, "both on the same day," readers of every age will feel those losses almost as greatly as she ly, the novel lifts Heidi, a so-special remnant of her "always" family, two persons Heidi blesses, to everyone's surprise, and Ms. Weeks' readers to cheerful outcomes and expectations. So B. It is a "comedy" in the classical sense -- it has a happy, well, a bitter-sweetly satisfied ending. It is and has been an often, often highly recommended comedy. One that young people for several decades now have loved and shared -- for amazing reasons.(Incidentally, "So B. It," the film -- with a stellar, vibrant cast -- is to be released in late 2017. "Informed, reliable sources" say it is a moving, family film, because of extraordinarily fine acting perhaps even more engaging than the novel -- !! "It will be well worth seeing, and a worthwhile addition to a family's libraries of films.")
Told from the point of view of a kid who grows up in an apartment with two handicapped women. Her mother is able to say only a handful or words and has nothing to offer her daughter except unconditional love. The other woman is a neighbor who knocks down the connecting door between apartments when she hears the baby crying. She cares for the kid and the mother, providing dry diapers, food, even home schooling as the small girl grows. All inside the apartment. Because her handicap is that she is unable to step outside of her own front door. Everything they need is delivered. The small girl learns to discover the outside globe on her own, and eventually takes off across the country to solve the mystery of how a woman with the mental age of a toddler, and a newborn infant came to be left all alone in a town apartment.
My daughter loved this book, there was a film by the same name also, my daughter loved that but as most people say the book is method better. She was reading this from her schools library & I bought this for her the day she finished it & she already started reading it again. No spoilers but for a 12-15 girl this book might be a amazing read.
I actually liked this book more than one would expect when giving it only three stars. It's not that amazing a book, not that believable. Yet I liked the characters, the simplicity and the love in it. For me, there was insight into how it is to live with a people who have mental health problems and how hard it can be to trust those who turn out to be trustworthy. I'm glad Heidi was able to sort that all out.
Sad, sad, book, with a lot of unanswered questions hanging out there! Looking forward to seeing the premiere of the So B. It movie, being released this week. I had lots of "how could this have happened?" moments. I'm anxious to see how these problems were addressed in the movie.
This is a unbelievable book for youth. It is very engaging, has a very touching story plot, and looks at subjects that are valuable for young kids to think about. The main hero is the daughter of a woman with major brain dysfunction and she is on a find for her family ties that can't be explained by her mother. When she finds an old camera and has the images developed, she decides to follow the clues that the images give her to respond her questions about the rest of her family. Discovering the meaning of the word "soof," one of the few words in her mother's vocabulary, is the main purpose of her quest. I read this book to a class of 6th graders and they begged me to read it daily. They were very involved in the journey and the find for answers. It is a delightful book dealing with family connections, relating to those with unique needs, innocence of youth, observing and learning from the environment, and the meaning of life and love.
I liked the book a lot, but it was not at all what I expected. It was on a recommended reading list for grades 3-5 and the topic matter, I feel, was a small too serious for that age group. That being said, I found the story touching and look forward to seeing the movie.
I LOVE Parker's. I go multiple times a day. This application is amazing for discounts on cigarettes and drinks, but doesnt hold track of my points for gas discounts. the emails i obtain are on a points scale and seem to hold track, but there's no points scale on the app. its supposed to track how much you spend, and did so for a few days then stopped. The application has told me for a few months that ive spent $15.10 and doesn't increase past that, but the emails im sent progress in how a lot of "points" ive earned?
had the card 4 days so far and have used it Twice in store. So far the second transaction isn't showing up on my rewards points Yet ive received an email that i have them. If i obtain them within 24 hours ill change my rating. However waiting 24 hours to obtain an updated rewards is a bit much. Personally i think you should be able to obtain them and use them right away. Like most reward cards...