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There is a lot to like about Illegal. The book starts off with a great scene and the characters are vivid. Although the protagonist is a lawyer, the novel is really an action thriller rather than a legal thriller. One the negative side the novel gets repetitive and boring in the middle chapters of the book; nevertheless, based on the strength of the opening and closing chapters Illegal earns a solid 4 star rating.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Illegal to be better than the print version?
Yeah, I think so. The narrator did a great job with the tension, the situations, and the different people. It added a lot to the story, where your imagination may not take you there otherwise.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes. I didn't know what the outcome was going to be for Tino, for Jimmy, Marisol, etc. It had a really good mix of suspense and violence. Paul Levine is a good author.
Which character – as performed by Chris Andrew Ciulla – was your favorite?
Loved Jimmy Payne as the lead. Also liked Chitwood, and Simeon Rutledge.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Sad story about human trafficking and a scumbag rancher. But it's fiction. I'm cool with it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I thought the moment I heard the Southern American accent used by Chris Ciulla, I was not going to enjoy this book - I do not like the Southern American accent at all it is normally very difficult to understand (as I suspect many UK accents are). However, the reading of this well crafted story was brilliant. It was not over dramatic but managed to purvey the highs and lows very well. The story of a rouge lawyer, who really gets away with more than is believable, but finds himself caught up in the conflicting desire to kill the man who was the cause of his son's death and caring for a Mexican child who is separated from his mother on crossing the border to the US. It did bring home to me the horror of these poor migrants and the misuse of them. A good book