- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Joe Konrath Books LTD
- Audible.com Release Date: November 1, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M8NXDT1
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Last Call: Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mysteries, Book 10 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Not from a standpoint of needing the previous information, the book does fine on its own. But I have an intimate knowledge of this world that Konrath has created. Well, Joe.. and Blake... and Anne. And I'm not going to spoil a damned word of it. But I will say that having that experience, having lived in this disturbed world with these characters, only made the book better. Read the other nine first. And read Blake's stuff. Then read Anne's stuff. And the stuff they all wrote together.
I knew the twist was coming. I knew what the twist was. And I knew Joe was going to simply twist it even harder. But he managed to do so without ruining it. Then, he did it again. The humor was there, but this time with a darker frame to it. Yeah, darker than before. And it gets grisly in there folks. It is not a pretty picture in your mind. Joe may be flying solo on the byline, but Blake is there. Not his influence, but his essence.. That black place where Joe prepares humor, Blake crouches, whistling, while sharpening a machete. Anne is there too. The bit of warmth Joe lacked in his earlier books comes through clearly. And I credit that to Anne Voss Peterson.
Now, we've been waiting for Last Call for so long. Haven't we, Joe? I was going to knock you a star for that, but when I hit the "Maury Povich Reveal" a faint "oh snap" escaped me.
So, for people who aren't Joe... read the rest first. ALL OF THEM. You owe it to yourself to have those moments that I have had with this book.
And Joe, if you happen to swing by a read this... I'm still in mourning, and you put THAT into the excerpt from White Russian? Dick.
I really looked forward to Last Call, the return of the legendary Jack Daniels. When a serial psycho from her past returns Jack and her family are placed in danger (not a surprising premise but one which Konrath has used to great use previously).
The challenge I had with the novel is that Jack assembles her own version of the "super friends", Tequila (who is an amazing character), Herb (her life long partner), Chandler (a super spy who is underutilized) and Harry McGlade (her ex partner and the crazypants member of the group).
Konrath sets it up quickly however he spends too much time on the reunion tour bus (a misstep from Rum Runner which is repeated here). McGlade is an over the top character who's primary purpose is to provide comic relief amongst the death and destruction. He is great in bits and pieces, but in Last Call he totally dominates the middle two thirds of the novel.
Luckily, once the group reaches their destination Jack returns to kick-ass mode and we are treated to a spell binding finale with a few twists and surprises along the way.
The novel can be read as a standalone novel however the treat is in enjoying the easter eggs and throwbacks from all of the crossovers. Nice job J.A.
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