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Pickering is an incredibly eloquent writer. The prose is just beautiful. The same strong and reliable voice that drew me in for Hood was present in Whiskey/Legends. There are some neat parallels to Hood, too. Thematically the series is tied together well.
The weaknesses in Whiskey/Legends are also similar to Hood, though. Politically the landscape is difficult to make sense of. I needed more of a refresher to book 1, in part because the political structures/groups confused me from the beginning and made even less sense to me in book 2. Decades have passed and there simply isn't enough time given to the big picture since the plot revolves around the big picture. There continues to be plot devices where it's hard for me to suspend my disbelief, and these types of plot holes really irked me throughout my listen - enough to impact my enjoyment of the story.
The narrator is a really great fit for the story. No one in Boston had the telltale Boston accent, but he does a great job of distinguishing characters and really making an effort to make the story come alive with his performance.
So much potential.