By Stone, by Blade, by Fire

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4 out of 5 stars
By E. D. Kelly on 06-03-13

Typical Wilhelm

Would you listen to By Stone, by Blade, by Fire again? Why?

No. Not that interesting.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Wilhelm? Why or why not?

Yes. Her leading characters are interesting and grow over the series. The plots vary, but she always provides good material for long car trips.

Which character – as performed by Carrington MacDuffie – was your favorite?

Bobbie, the lead character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Not that challenging.

Any additional comments?

This plot was a little less credible than some of hers -- the Secretary of Defense manipulating a state cop in Maryland was weird, and the prosecutors' motives did not make much sense -- they should have dropped the case much earlier.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Reba on 12-29-12

Kath Wilhelm at her best

Barbara Holloway and her team are challenged again. Carrington MacDuffie does an outstanding job narrating this book. Don't miss it. Get ready to listen and stay listening because it is hard to stop till you get to the end.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Zoe on 07-15-13

Plot holes big enough to drive a large truck thru

This is basically an ok book, although there are a couple of enormous plot holes. It is typical Kate Wilhelm and enjoyable. Barbara Holloway and her dad are there and are well drawn. It was enjoyable, except there were a couple of major things that made me wonder if Kate Wilhelm has watched any modern crime drama television at all. I listened to the book on a long trip with my daughter and she had the same reaction.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By victoria on 03-30-13

So Disappointing

I am a huge Kate Wilhelm fan and have listened to every Barbara Holloway novel. That's why this one was such a huge disappointment. Both the author and the narrator seem to have run out of gas. The plot was boring and the characters were so underderdeveloped that it was difficult to care about the outcome. I really struggled to get to the end. If you have not experienced this author before, skip this one and go for the earlier books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By djohnst on 08-31-16

All I have to say is that Kate Wilhelm is a fine writer. I enjoyed the book, however GSR no book!

GSR would have ended the investigation into Trevor guilt immediately. It is not 1975 anymore and we are all familiar that gsr can be made to give false positives but only if the the perso that fired the gun makes it happen. Welcome Chaos was scientifically beautiful. Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang is wonderful on so many levels. I can't believe Ms Wilhelm couldn't add a paragraph to fix this problem. However if I missed the explaination all I can say is to repeat Gilda Radner " never mind".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie Whelton on 08-22-13

Wow! This was Great!

Usually, I only listen to audiobooks in my car. But this was so great, I kept finding excuses to listen to more of it!

It's been awhile since I listened to my last Kate Wilhelm book. So when I listened to the first couple of chapters of By Stone, by Blade, by Fire, I thought I might have missed a book or gotten something out of order. I had forgotten Kate's style of dropping us into an event or character and then going back and providing the background later.

I was absolutely caught up in the events of this book. Kate weaves a story where I root for the underdog and absolutely hate the bad guys. I love how she weaves the courtroom scenes so that I really care about objections raised and whether the judge will overrule or sustain!

Bravo, Kate! Love love love this story!

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