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The Jaguar (Charlie Hood) Hardcover – January 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Hood (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952572
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of fifteen previous novels, including L.A. Outlaws and Storm Runners. Along with Dick Francis and James Lee Burke, he is one of only three two-time recipients of the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Parker lives with his family in Southern California.

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T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of 20 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners Silent Joe and California Girl. Parker's next work is a literary novel, Full Measure, to be published in October. He lives with his family in Southern California.

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Trademark dialog is not what it once was.
dclair
In my opinion, there was way too much text describing scenes & settings (a lot of boring details) but not enough on the plots themselves.
F. Schulze
I kept reading it just to see if whatever happened next made any sense at all.
ReadsLots

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By myron e thornton on February 10, 2012
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Very disappointing, I have been a real fan of T. Jefferson Parker for many years and have enjoyed most of his books until the Charlie Hood series came along. They are a departure form his normal quality writing and story development. I will not buy anymore novels where this particular character is involved. t. Jefferson get back to what you do best. Dump Charlie Hood and the super natural it is not working for me and I would bet many of your fans would agree.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By OldandGray on February 4, 2012
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An excellent author...so many wonderful books....this isn't one of them......if you judge his writing on this offering you will miss a lot of fine reading.
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Make no mistake: The Jaguar moves Parker's cross-border drug trafficking series decisively forward, LAPD's Charlie Hood on loan to the ATF and obsessed with the infiltration of the Baja cartel into Southern California, the elusive Mike Finnegan always in play and never quite within Hood's grasp. A major player in Parker's The Border Lords, this novel takes Hood and fellow officer Bradley Jones deep into the Yucatan jungle, Bradley's singer/wife, Erin, kidnapped by a powerful gulf cartel. Secreted in Benjamin Armenta's "Castle", Erin awaits the demanded ransom of one million dollars. Later she learns of Armenta's desire that she compose a "narcocorrido" in his honor, a song glorifying the life of the drug lord. The rescue is delayed by the inherent dangers of traveling through Mexico, Armenta's tactics and nature's impending fury, Erin becomes a modern-day Scheherazade.

The badlands of Mexico overrun with mercenaries, corrupt officials and random violent confrontations, Hood and Jones form an uneasy partnership, moving in stages toward Erin and her captors. Amid the tragic scenery of a country torn apart by competing cartels, the tale is embellished with caravans of heavily-armored vehicles and a multi-storied castle in the Yucatan, complete with wild animal zoo, a leper colony and a jungle concert under the stars, Parker explores the surreal world inhabited by Armenta. The surrounding landscape is littered with the dead as opposing forces battle for primacy. Parker is in command when driving his plot to its dramatic conclusion, his one flaw a weakness in portraying scenes between men and women comfortably, much more assured in a man's world, where machismo defines behavior. That is of small concern in a taut narrative that captures the impulsive, stubborn natures of men with something to prove, even if Hood stands alone, once more, in pursuit of his nemesis, Mike Finnegan. The final showdown is yet to come, a clash of good and evil. Luan Gaines/2012.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James K. Looney on February 15, 2012
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Contrary to the last sentence in the book's product description, this--and the last few of Parker's books--is not a battle of good and evil....it is a battle between charcaters who are mostly all evil. Bradley--the real main character, not Charlie Hood--is a sociopath and has been the main cause of his own troubles from his earliest incarnation. Charlie Hood is not really the "hero" of the book but is more Bradley's enabler....and not a very interesting one at that. While the scenes of violence may well be based on fact, they seem written more for the author's enjoyment in shocking his readers than for their narrative value.

These problems are compounded by Parker's seeming obession with what might me termed "magical mystery"...that is the continued references to the bandit Murrieta and the "ghostly" character of Mike Finnegan....These attempts are better suited to vampire stories (Anne Rice anyone?) than to driving forward the story to be told. The "magical" help that this and other characters provide really take this book out of the realm of pausible mystery.

I have read and purchased everyone of Parker's novels begining with his earlist books about Little Saigon and Orange County California. No more.....these last books have been way off the mark
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry on February 10, 2012
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I have been a Parker fan for a number of years, but unfortunately his writing quality has deteriorated since the introduction of the Charlie Hood and Bradley Smith (aka Bradley Jones) characters. The Jaguar reads more like a romance novel than the tight prose of earlier writings. Unfortunately I bought it as a Kindle book so no way to return it, but I won't waste my time finishing it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ron cz on June 9, 2012
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Parker's writings have dwindled to the point of absurdity. They no longer are thrilling, exciting, and have no climax, except stringing the unsupecting reader along to buy the next book. Forget it and I own them all. Mike Finnegan may be the "devil" and Bradley Jones his disciple, end it already.....this is not "War and Peace" that goes on forever. I understand the fixation with the female rock singer....but it's time to let go.

Kill off the bad guys and move on to real drama. The Jaguar is slightly better than the previous two, but his writing is stuck in the past and needs to move on to new characters and exciting conlusions.

I cannot understand how anyone other than friends would ever consider this "good writing". Erin is obiviously a tribute to Parker's first wife, who passed away many years ago. I knew her and she was a wonderful person, but please move on and return to the writing that made you a pleasure to read. I own all of his novels, but will no longer waste time or money on the saga of Mike, Bradley and Charlie Hood.
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