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By Wayne on 03-03-18
First legal thrillerl in the Jack Swytek series
I picked up a copy of The Pardon in the San Francisco airport before boarding a flight to Tokyo in approximately 20 years ago. I had never heard of James Grippando but was into legal thrillers mostly by John Grisham at the time. I needed to sleep during the flight, but could not put the novel down. Since then I have purchased every new Jack Swytek series novel in printed format when it was released. Eighteen months ago I also started buying the most recent Swytek novels in audio format. So far I have reviewed Books 11 - 14 in the series at Audible. The Pardon is Book 1 in the Swytek series and the first novel released by author/lawyer James Grippando. During July 2016 Audible listener Shelley wrote a 5 star review of The Informant which Grippando wrote (his second book released) and which is not part of the Swytek series. I had read any of Grippando's standalone novels, so I purchased, listened to and reviewed it.
In my recent review of A Death in Live Oak, Book 14 in the Swytek series, I wrote that it may be the best legal thriller I have ever listened to or read. John Grisham and James Grippando are contemporary legal thriller authors. Grisham no longer writes novels of the quality of his earlier ones such as The Firm, The Client, the Pelican Brief, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, and The Street Lawyer. Indeed, since the year 2000 he has not written a novel that deserves to be rated better than 4 stars and most have been no better than 3 stars. Yet, he continues to write mediocre legal thrillers which sell based on his reputation from his early successes as a great legal thriller author. Meanwhile, Grippando has maintained the 4 and 5 star quality of his legal thrillers. I can easily name a dozen or more current legal thriller authors who write legal thrillers consistently better than anything Grisham has released since 2000.
One of the real pleasures of listening to The Pardon is again hearing Ron McLarty narrate an audio book. Since David Baldacci stopped using McLarty in 2015 I have missed him. (Baldacci did write a nice thank you note to Ron McLarty on his website when he replaced McLarty with Kyf Brewer.)
Books 3, 4 and 5 in the Jack Swytek series are still not available at Audible. All three novels were released in audio CD, so audio recordings were made. Audible, how about releasing copies?
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By shelley on 02-23-18
For what it's worth this is MY OPINION...
This is such a. good bad. Ok, this is a fantastic book! I loved it. I a so sorry I listened to the other reviews and didn't get this and the other books in this series years ago. The silver lining is that I have something good to listen to now.
The publisher's summary sets up the story so I won't restate the plot. What I will say is how well this book was written. The characters are believable and well fleshed out. The suspense is intense and the story was able to evoke an emotional response. Nothing sappy, just agitation and frustration as I imagine the main character must have been feeling. To me, that's some good writing!
Just get the book. Nothing to lose, it you don't like it return it! Don't you just love Audible!
Ron McLarty's gruff narration is outstanding.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
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