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I bought this first Billy Boyle book because the concept of a mystery in WWII intrigued me. Never heard of the author or the series. In this case, the gamble has paid off. My husband and I are enjoying it immensely. The author has both a good sense of humor and a sensitivity to the "common soldier" that is a winning combination. The mystery is good and most important, the characters are very likeable. Marc Vietor does a fine job narrating.... but we're in Minnesota... we think everyone has an accent but us. We will definitely be listening to the whole series.
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1. I found the protagonist, Billy Boyle, to be unlikeable. If I got into a conversation with him at a party, I'd be looking for an escape route in about 10 minutes. He's both rude and boring, an intolerable combination. He's not particularly intelligent, has no humor and is too shallow to make his obnoxiousness interesting.
2. The writing seems rather "entry-level" to me. The dialogue is dull, the characters and action predictable. There is very little character development. Billy Boyle is heavily drawn as a Yank in jolly olde England, all stereotypes dragged out. It seems like the author is trying to make sure that he sounds SO American, to the point where his dialogue strikes me as affected, rather than natural.
3. The narrator's Boston accent didn't work for me at all. It sounded to me like the accent I would do if I was trying to mock the Kennedy's, and I'm not much of an impressionist!
The idea for the series seems like a good one but the execution is lacking.
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