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11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
Page turning thriller
posted by Alla_S on October 13, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.
The dialog is wooden. It appears that Connelly has no more interest in writing well, just writing a lot. This book is largely driven by dialog and the dialog is terrible. Too many "Yes, Detective Bosch"'s, too many descriptive terms "She said, sarcastically".
The ending is too clunky for words; it's like Connelly had a student write this book for him.
It is a very weak effort, very disappointing reading. It is destined for the discount pile. A shame, really. He used to be so good and Bosch was such a wonderful, flawed character. Now, just the book is flawed.
posted by Mose on October 29, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2012
Posted May 18, 2010
Pretty good audio book. Nice voice. Similar formula book, though entertaining.
Pretty good audio book. Murder, investigation, surprises, etc.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2013
Wrst book ever
Hahahaahaaaahaahaaahahahaahaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaahahahahahaaaahahahahahahaaaaaai got you you thout that a chap like me would say some thing like that chap why chap only a chap as bad chappy McOldmcdonald he chaped until chappy had to chap his chap right then and chap you do not want to see a chap chap another chap to chap chapsters chaper chaperoo chap a chap once said thar is a chap chaped into a chap and a chap would eat some chap of some chap meat then santa might not of gotten eaten by a chap cus chap chap was big then santa was a chap but his chaps of reighndeer were chaps and chapped a chap of his chapper to chappy ha chaped until he coul chap no more bit the real reason santa is dead is this he ate until he could eat no more he kneeled down and chap he died chhhhhhhhaaaaaaaapppppppp he diedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2013
Though I love Harry Bosch and my interest was piqued with Harry
Though I love Harry Bosch and my interest was piqued with Harry in a foreign environment, it was a little too patWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
and too far-fetched to be believable. Harry's daughter is kidnapped in Hong Kong, and Harry goes barreling into
unfamiliar territory and the seamy side of Hong Kong. Almost singlehandedly, he tracks down his daughter and
rescues her just moments before she is sold by human traffickers. In a matter of hours. Really? We know Harry
is a doggedly determined detective, but the details in this case were too sketchy and the writer hurried the
story along to the inevitable conclusion. This was the 15th Harry Bosch story for me and I look forward to
reading more, but I have to say this was my least favorite so far.
Posted December 17, 2012
Love the Harry Bosch Series!
I liked this book as listened on audio and was great to play catch up as have read his newer books. Enjoy the Harry Bosch series! The story takes Bosh to Hong Kong with his case putting his daughter and ex-wife in danger. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.
Posted December 12, 2012
Posted March 30, 2010
i personally prefer to follow authors who have crafted a series around a character. i suppose it's not unlike watching a daytime soap. so i have followed the damaged harry bosch in his journey over the last 20 years, and was expectant to see what would happen in his life in connolly's latest work and would have probably been satisfied if it had been written in crayon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
having said that, and speaking as someone whose parents came to the US from hong kong and having lived in LA for the last twenty years myself, the work triggered resonances that made it a very satisfying read for me as compared to some of the other reviewers, even though i would not necessarily disagree with their perceptions of the work; as a stand-alone work, nine dragons may pale compared to other connelly works, but what happens in this novel will fundamentally change the direction of bosch's life moving forward.
Posted February 22, 2010
A plot with holes
Michael Connelly could rewrite the phone book and make it exciting. This latest Harry Bosch thriller was a page turner for 7/8ths of the volume. It could have gone on for another hundered pages. Instead it was brought to a screeching halt with fill-ins on plot issues which made the overall effort just so-so. Compare his Bloodwork and see what I mean. No one can pursue a path of clues like Mr. Bosch. As in most of his works he can follow them all the way up to a conclusion and then, right before the end, alter the meaning on one clue and the whole pursuit collapses like a house of cards. The mental ingenuity of Mr. Bosch, part Holmes, part Marlowe, all bulldog, makes for a great read and a thrilling journey. But when the dust has settled on this one you leave without the fullness of a Connelly work. The book is a nice read for Connelly fans, but it suffers from a need to make big jumps in character believability and to assume that some people who are not bad intentionally do terrible acts. It doesn't hang together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2009
Posted December 12, 2009
Like Brett Farve, it seems like Connelly's Harry Bosch doesn't know how to stay retired.
I think Michael Connelly is the benchmark for thriller/police procedural authors. Though "9 Dragon's" is weaker than last summer's "Scarecrow," it is still a very good read. My fear is that Connelly may be pushing his/my favorite character -- Harry Bosch -- too far. Like Brett Farve, it seems like Bosch doesn't know how to stay retired. And "9 Dragon's" is not nearly as good as to the 9-1 record that Farve has racked-up so far this year with the Vikings. The 39 hour roundtrip LA to Hong Kong fit the narrative but might also be the "jump the shark" moment for this series. Connelly has developed a rich cast of other series leads ... it's time to go to the bench.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2009
new Bosch book
Connelly writes in his typical style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This continues the saga of what happens in Harry Bosch's life after his daughter moved to live in Hong Kong.
The description of Hong Kong and the search there is interesting and thrilling.
Posted December 6, 2009
Posted December 5, 2009
Its only ok....
Its not the usual Harry we all love.I have lived in Hong Kong for 2 years and felt I was getting a lesson on the city from someone who spent only 2 days here... I can see the Cannon sign from my window and it would be impossible to do what Harry did....The plot needs more development or something. I love Harry but this just wasn't one of the best....he needs to stay in LA.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2009
I Also Recommend:
ALL ABOUT HARRY
The story line was a surprise as it was definitely all about Det. Harry Bosch. He travels down memory lane and shows us his vulnerable side all at the same time he is conducting his usual mayhem. If you are not a follower of the HB series you might not enjoy this book. If you are, don't miss this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2009
Andrenaline Rush! Yet Character Development is Missing! Bad Stereotyping!
9 Dragons gave me the hard boiled action, plot twists & andrenaline rush I expect from a Michael Connelly novel, but Connelly's ability to create well developed characters is apparently missing in this story. I remember attending a Connelly book signing/lecture in which he pointedly stated that in his opinion what makes a good story are well developed characters.....so I wonder now, what happened to one of the key ingredients? Bosch seems to be the only character, Connelly spent any significant time crafting in the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As for all the Asian characters in the story, they were all 2 dimensional characters and only incidental to the story to support Bosch like servants or to serve as villains to be killed like shooting tin cans off a picket fence. Take Sun Yee for example. He is Eleanor Wish' lover and ex-Triad. Throughout the story, he acts & behaves like a stereotypical Chinese houseboy in a 1940's film. He chauffeurs Bosch around Hong Kong, fetches a gun for Bosch, provides translation and triad intelligence when needed and dutifully asks Bosch what he wants to do next...each step of the way! Sun Yee apparently can't think for himself. Connelly used the stereotypical character of Asians as being inscrutable and fatalistic. With the stoic countenance, Sun Yee portrays when the woman he loves is violently murdered, he readily accepts her death and is ready to immediately forgive Bosch for putting his lover in harm's way without processing his own grief. Unbelievable! There was no development of the "villains" other than for the purposes of being the obstacles Harry must overcome and kill, or Robert & Mia Li who act cowardly and stressed out.
Harry Bosch's racist attitude towards Asians as a result of being a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war was realistic and overall I did not have a problem with that. That's reality. The racism that I speak of is how Asians overall were portrayed devoid of any strong character or personality for good or evil. One might argue that Sun Yee showed strength of character by promising Bosch he would leave Bosch & his daughter out of any testimony he would give to the police. Whooped-de-doo! Big deal! Of course, all Asians in this story were short. I don't know about Connelly, but I know plenty of tall Asians. Just look a Ming Yao, the basketball player. The world's tallest man (not Ming Yao) is Chinese. I've seen plenty of Asians 6 feet tall and taller.
Finally, there are aspects of the story that don't make sense to me. If Sun Yee was ex-Triad and was motivated to retrieve Bosch's daughter, why didn't he secure a gun for himself or for Eleanor who was an ex-FBI agent? What were they going to use? Harsh language? Since Yee and Wish were determined to accompany Bosch, it would seem to me that they would know they were going to confront some very bad people, Triad or otherwise. No weapons for Bosch's "team" made Yee & Wish a liability instead of an enforcement asset. There was no opportunity for any Asian character to be participatory in any physical heroic action.
It's impossible for Bosch to overcome his prejudices in 48 hours & possibly may never completely change, but I was disappointed that Bosch did not garner a positive view or at least more of an open mind about Asians at the end of the story. It's just a sad story to support the marginalization of Asians. Entainment only include Asian characters as Triad & mom/pop shop operators.
Posted November 2, 2009
Not his best, but a good read
The latest in the Harry Bosch series, Nine Dragons moved along at breakneck speed, all hapening in one weekend. I read it about that fast, and now several days later, not much remains. Good escapist fare with more story than character. Read Concrete Blonde or Trunk Music for a better story, but still a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2009
Jumping the Shark
This is a pretty weak story, especially when it hits Kowloon. What happens there is simply not believable. One scene on the fifteenth floor of a building on Nathan Road offended me so greatly, that I found myself very annoyed at the author.
Now that Harry Bosch has a different living arrangement, I cannot imagine that the storyline can continue. Connelly, by making this change, has truly jumped the shark that stops the show. Wasn't it enough that he had a half-brother?
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Posted May 1, 2011
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