Seattle On Ice (Brick Ransom) Paperback – November 8, 2011
Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Paperback : 221 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615542859
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615542850
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.56 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Cryptic Bindings (November 8, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,682,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This was an enjoyable ‘Die Hard’ kind of romp through Seattle. I liked the local elements sprinkled throughout as Brick raced around the city. A juvenile but charming cop thriller that leaves you chuckling and shaking your head. The big reveal was telegraphed from the very beginning but you can’t get bogged down in the details of this kind of story. Even though this is the start of a series, it could be treated as a stand alone novel since there is a clear resolution, no cliffhanger. Yippie ki-yi-yay, MF!
There are plenty of veritable local references to please Seattleites, but one they aren't so obscure or frequent as to alienate readers from other locales, and even folks who live in places where it rarely if ever snows (like...Seattle, for instance) will appreciate the tension that occurs when an unprepared city deals with an onslaught of harsh weather. At its core, this is a crime thriller to please any reader who enjoys the genre.
have stayed in the rewrite box longer.
The protagonists are stereotypes with a twist; in Seattle, the protagonist is a local cop with a love of fine cuisine.
Great combination, and it has been used before, but it doesn't work here.
Twists like these should deepen the protagonist's character, and maybe even cause a dilemma for the protagonist.
In Seattle, Brick, the protagonist, simply wears his love for good food like a shirt; it doesn't add much to
the depth of his character.
Great descriptions of well-known Seattle locations, but in a locale book, (to shift cities), I don't want the Empire state building and the Staten Island ferry, I want the really special and often unknown parts of the city. For the Emerald City, how about the underground, or a trip around Pike and Pine. Readers love to "see" what they don't know in a locale book.
So sadly, be forewarned, it's not a beach book so much as a "throw it in the trunk of the car book" to read while you wait for your battery to be jumped on a busy highway.
The action unfolds in the middle of a rare Seattle blizzard. Detective Ransom soon finds out that he can't trust anyone or anything - even his own instincts prove unreliable. He's tenacious and formidable, however, and he overcomes all obstacles with panache and style.
If you like your mysteries tinged with noir and humor, you'll love this book. As a former Seattleite, it was a delight to come across so many iconic Seattle landmarks, locations, and traditions in its pages. If you're familiar with Seattle, Attebery's technique is transformative. I'm very much looking forward to Ransom's next adventure.