Catching up with the second bird on the Peace Quilt, and listened to Breaking Creed by Alex Kava, obtained through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.
I find office politics to be tedious, along with hand-wringing rhetoric about the U.S. ‘war’ on drugs. Breaking Creed has way too much of both, along with just about every broken, bad trope out there, splashed with extra melodrama. An unwelcome insularity starts early on, with the “oh, they look like American kids”, because not one place on the planet outside the States has kids with white skin and blonde hair. And of course, it’s the only woman on the boat who makes a move to take care of the kids, because, gosh, men couldn’t possibly do that. There are times I’m willing to let such things slide, but this is not one of them, as the whole book moves from one unwelcome trope to the next, with jingoistic undercurrents. I also felt the dog handling parts of the book weren’t done well. (Jan Burke provides an outstanding example of writing about dog handling and SAR work in Bones.) I have enjoyed a number of Kava’s other books, but this one was a real disappointment.
I was sent the audiobook through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers, and while I have little experience with audiobooks, I found the reading by Graham Winton to be very good. 6 discs, 7 hours play time.