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In recognition of his role in solving the Japantown murders in San Francisco, antiques dealer and sometime-PI Jim Brodie has just been brought on as the liaison for the mayor's new Pacific Rim Friendship Program. Brodie in turn recruits his friend, the renowned Japanese artist Ken Nobuki, and, after a promising meeting with city officials and a picture-perfect photo op, Brodie and Nobuki leave city hall for a waiting limo.
But as soon as they exit the building, a sniper attacks them from the roof of the Asian Art Museum. Quick thinking allows Brodie to escape, but Nobuki ends up hospitalized and in a coma. Brodie soon realizes that with the suspicious and untimely death of Nobuki's oldest son a week earlier in Napa Valley, someone may be targeting his friend's family - and killing them off one by one.
Suspects are nearly too numerous to name - and could be in the United States or anywhere along the Pacific Rim. The quest for answers takes Brodie from his beloved San Francisco to Washington, DC, in a confrontation with the DHS, the CIA, and the FBI; then on to Tokyo, Kyoto, and beyond, in search of what his Japanese sources tell him is a legendary killer in both senses of the word - said to be more rumor than real but deadlier than anything else they've ever encountered if the whispers are true.
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By Tony Acree on 04-30-16
Barry Lancet Continues to Deliver
Would you consider the audio edition of Pacific Burn to be better than the print version?
I did not read the print version. However, I did read the past two novels in print and I can say Scott Brick easily handles the Asian names, phrases and conversations with ease.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Barry Lancet is a master at throwing in plot twists and character actions which keep you turning pages (or in this case finding reasons to take the long way home to continue to listen to the audible version) not wanting to miss what is coming next.
Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?
Jim Brodie spans two continents and two very different cultures. I love learning about both the Japanese culture and the art world through his eyes. From here on out, when I read a Jim Brodie thriller, I will be hearing Scott Brick's voice. Brick also did a great job with the voice of the Steamwalker.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Without a doubt. The action and twists kept coming at a furious pace. I kept find ways to take the long way home to continue to listen to Pacific Burn.
Any additional comments?
If you have not read the previous two books, Japantown and Tokyo Kill I recommend you do so. Jim Brodie has become one of my must read heroes, along with Jack Reacher, Lucas Davenport and Harry Bosch.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Mary Mc on 02-15-16
A Masterul Adventure
I rarely review a book, but I am hooked on this series! You will not be disappointed but do start with his first, "Japantown", and you will be hooked as well.
If you are familiar with the series, this book will take you deeper into the character and into the mysterious underground of Japan. I don't want to give anything away but the plot is laid out for you in the book descriptions available online.
What a great read and a fantastic immersion into this authors world of words!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful