The Cove (FBI Series #1)

The Cove (FBI Series #1)

by Catherine Coulter
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The Cove (FBI Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 503 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the Eleventh Hour and Blow Out - they were great. I had this notion to start with her very first FBI Series and work my way up - The Cove was at best, a horrible and painful read. But oh no, I thought, I just had to read The Target after that, MAYBE it would get better, but it didn't. Then I read the next book - what WAS I thinking. The characters are just plain stupid and then what's worse, the characters even communicate with each other in dialog that is just plain corny (which is what I've found in the other books as well). The plot could have been good if it was just better written and developed and not so contrite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am fortunate to get B@N gift cards so I decided to try an author new to me, and have gotten several of her books. The only one of her FBI series worth reading is this one. The rest of the series reads like a teenager wrote the love scenes, the women and most of the fictional agents are all similar in looks,temperment and actions-in other words-boring.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
Coulter is a romance writer that has broken out into the mainstream; this book was found in the mystery section. Blessedly, the book lacked the romance genre's purple prose descriptions of the protagonists, but it did have a bad habit of head-hopping that by Chapter Four was seriously getting on my nerves. However, the book also had an intriguing mystery that was pulling me in and had me firmly hooked by Chapter Ten. Unfortunately, the plot holes kept growing until they became a yawing plot gorge. To give one example not a spoiler, the hero, an FBI agent, more than once talked about how his gun was on a hair-trigger. Then, without any mention of unloading it after taking it away from someone, he "tosses" it into the car. Time and time again he and his partner ignore the law and act recklessly and irresponsibly. Eventually little and not so little things like that piled up, the story lost credibility with me, and I stopped reading about half way through and skipped to the end--the resolution of the mystery was silly. This is also the second novel out of six read so far on a romance novel recommendation list where the heroine was involuntarily committed for mental illness by her husband and is on the run to avoid being sent back. Is this something common in the romance genre or what? Part of the FBI Thriller series--I'm going to pass on the rest.
RoadrunnerMD More than 1 year ago
This is the first Coulter I've read, based on a friend's recommendation, and I was disappointed. The overall plot concept is marginally OK, but the big surprise really isn't. The Cove could be made into a viewable TV movie -- and maybe it already has been? But the book would be too long at half the length. The writing is sloppy, amateurish and repetitive. Parts of the plot suspend belief -- how many times can the heroine get recaptured? 3? 4? Avoid THe Cove or your stay might be as painful as some of the missing visitors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Save yourself some time and money and move on. If you are looking for romance you are not going to find it here. This series is pure mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I spent time reading this book! Fortunately I took it out of the library and didn't pay for it! While the plot had great potential, the choppy, conversational writing style was extremely painful to read. I kept reading thinking that it HAD to get better...boy was I wrong!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited about this book till I started reading it. Very predictable and very boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cove was a great disappointment and not worth my time. But.....I'd purchased the ebook and my mother taught me to never NOT finish a book ---- but this one was a waste of time.
pchor More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the FBI series. I replaced my first CD audio "The Cove" with the MP3 CD format. I believe it is safer when listening while traveling. The MP3 CD has the entire book on one CD (11 hours) so you aren't distracted by changing regular CDs while traveling at 65-70 mph.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! The action never stopped and I fell in the love with the characters... My only hope is that I love the rest of the series as much as I loved The Cove and The Maze! Catherine Coulter has definitely made it to my top favorite author list!
JBCFL More than 1 year ago
One of the very worst books I've ever tried to read. The plot and characters were unrealistic, stilted and juvenile. It was a waste of time. I gave up and skipped to the last chapter but the ending was as bad, or worse. Certainly NOT recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading The Cove. I found the first 100 or so pages of the book uneventful and boring but I kept reading hoping the story would get better which it does, so if you find yourself in a similar situation reading this book, take my advice and keep reading! The ending is worth it.
Tjr0919 More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry I wasted my time reading this book! I gave it one star because I had to to finish rating it. Also, it deserves a star for the time and effort to produce it.
Pamela Davis More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Ms. Coulter's books and really liked most of them. However, I really hated The Cove. It had a contrived plot,stilted dialogue,and unlikely characters and behaviors. I threw the book in the trash when I finished, because I didn't want anyone else to suffer through it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Coulter book and will be my last. Given that fiction should have some lattitude in believability, this book was so far off the edge of reality to the point of distraction and frustration. Not that the basic plot couldn't hold some water, but it was mostly in the way the characters interacted and the manner of speech that drove me to continually toss the book aside only to force myself to pick it up again for one reason, I paid for it. There was an obvious lack of research into the FBI and the basic ways in which the bureau operates which made one of the lead characters simply non-believable and therefore I, as the reader, could hold no connection to him or accept the story as it unfolded (and it was very slow to unfold). The only way I can describe this is that it is so underdeveloped that its as if the author did this as a high school assignment and I felt as though I wanted to pull out a pen and bleed red all over it.
Davana More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book. The plot is great, and the twists and turns are creative and will keep you guessing. Unfortunately, the character dialogue is stilted and unnatural. The characters do not interact like any humans I've ever heard of. The vocabulary is odd, the colloquialisms are on the side of ridiculous, and the "jokes" between the characters (and in their own heads) are overly PG. If you skip the parts of the book where you see quotations marks, then it goes pretty well. Otherwise, I'd recommend Iris Johansen.
yankee_cowgirl More than 1 year ago
I have not read this author before. I found the story totally implausible and the characters one dimensional. The writing style is amateurish at best. I will not read anything else by this author.
Daydremes More than 1 year ago
There are more twists and turns in this plot than a mountain road. I was hooked at the very beginning. This will make a great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HATED THIS BOOK! IF YOU WANT WRITING AT A 8TH GRADE LEVEL THIS WRITER IS FOR YOU. THE PLOT HAD POTENTIAL...REMINDED ME OF A DEAN KOONTZ PLOT... BUT THE WRITING WAS SO JUVENILE AND REPETITIVE THAT I SCANNED THROUGH THE LAST HALF. I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET TO THE END SO I CAN DELETE IT FROM MY LIBRARY! IF YOU WANT "ADULT" WRITING SKIP THIS AUTHOR. IF YOU LIKE SILLY COMMENTS FROM FBI AGENTS LIKE "WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET MOVING" THEN YOU MAY LIKE IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to have an interesting twist, but the writing was inconsistent in spots. The first third of the book flowed nicely and the writing was solid. Suddenly it felt as if the writer lost focus or wasn't quite sure how to proceed and the writing began to wander. The last third of the book was quite tedious in this regard but wrapped up nicely and still held my attention. Overall, the story was interesting enough that I will look for book two in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
first book I read by this author and really enjoyed it. I thought I had it figured out several times then a twist and another and another. I can't wait to continue the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Keeps you guessing and at the end, you get totally blown away. Bits of romantic and humor. Very suspenseful. I already read blow out and that was so good that I decided to start reading her books from the beginning which is the cove. You just can't put the book down. It keeps calling you back to read it. Can't wait to read her next one, the maze. Thanks Catherine, you are a wonderful storyteller. Keep them coming as you are now on my favorite author list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was new, and I was instantly hooked with this author! I have every book she has written since and I defenately recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this book it's much better than any suspense movie I've ever seen. James Quinlan makes you fall in love with him and Sally makes you want to be in her place with James. It's an awesome book
Anonymous 11 months ago
Loved it just unbelievable enough to really enjoy !....