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Listeners who enjoyed Roslund & Hellstrom's Three Seconds will likely find the followup to be just about as good. In some ways it's even better, as the characters are now a little more familiar to both the authors and the readers. In other ways it's less good, as there's not as much of a mystery to the story as there was in the first book. Be prepared for a pretty blatant anti-death penalty message without a lot of subtlety. If you don't mind that, the story is entertaining. The problem with a "message book" like this is that the authors' viewpoint tends to take center stage, and the story takes a backseat. That is mostly not the case here, happily. The authors are against the death penalty; that seems clear. But since most of the world is against it too, I'm not sure now necessary it is to beat readers over the head with it. Nevertheless, the story is creative, the narration is very good (Christopher Lane really does a good job with the Swedish accents), and the characters are believable. Inspector Ewert Grens comes across wonderfully in the audio version; it's hard to imagine him being as good if you were reading the print version. This is a good example of where the audiobook adds layers that the print book almost certainly does not. That alone is a good reason to give it a listen, in my view.
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Cell 8 is the story of revenge justice and the long outdated belief that an "eye-for-eye" is just. Cell 8 takes many shortcuts with due process and international laws. The story is still enjoyable and full of meaning, both tangible and intangible, even with the apparent ignorance toward official procedures. The death penalty is center stage thoughout the book and may not be enjoyable for someone who is strongly locked into an opinion at either extreme. This story makes others with less conviction question whether they support or oppose the taking of a life as a just form of criminal punishment. Several story arcs are started and left unresolved which screams that more books are on the way from these fine authors. I admit I found Three Seconds a more compelling story than Cell 8, but both are credit worthy. Mr. Lane gives a great performance and contributes to the enjoyment of Cell 8.
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