The Last Track: A Mike Brody Novel (Anglais) Broché – 2 février 2010
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After an asthmatic boy witnesses a murder and goes missing in the Montana wilderness, police turn to Mike Brody, a former Special Forces operative and master tracker with psychic abilities. But as Mike and a local officer follow their elusive quarry deeper into the woods, the killer begins a hunt of his own…
Some say his gift is supernatural, others consider it a curse. To Mike Brody, it’s a penance.
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He currently lives at an undisclosed location in New Jersey with his wife and Cat Army. On long dark nights, he works on the sequel to The Last Track, which despite allowing the manuscript sufficient breathing space at times, is not, in fact, writing itself. He also works at Princeton University.
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His characters, including Mike Brody, are believable and well thought out. In fact, Hilliard gives you just enough background to suck you in, but not quite enough to completely slack your thirst for Brody. (NOTE: I am a major Robert Parker fan and love Spenser.) This book demands a sequel.
The dialogue throughout keeps the story moving and the "24" style time breaks that the author used in place of chapter breaks adds to the suspense. This is made for book groups (I'm recommending it to mine), plane trips, beach reading, or anytime you just want to curl up with a great read.
I had a hard time getting behind a psychic, paranormal tracker for one thing. Getting picture images from just touching a footprint? If that was the case why didn't Mike Brody do that all along the book and find Sean three days earlier? It didn't make sense.
Mike's wife Jessica was always complaining about Mike working too much and not taking time for her and their son Andy. But she does the same thing as he does. She refused several times to leave the dude ranch even putting their son in danger even after Mike asked her to leave. She is just as bad as he is.
Okay, you are in the woods and there is a convoy (4) of Humvees and no one notices them except for Mike and Daggett? And the police detective tells them to forget about them and continue on to the search after she is told about them? If there are roads in the mountains why not set out searchers in vehicles instead of on foot or at least start from the road. Just didn't make sense to me but then again, that would leave out a good portion of the Mike and Daggett hiking through the woods.
Another part was the GPS sending out false locations because they were being altered by a special machine? Sorry, but that part was just plain silly even when the command post knows they are in the wrong area and no one can seem to find them because the locations are wrong. Wouldn't that throw up a red flag?
I could go on and on about this book and the different unbelievable scenarios in the story line. At some points in the book I got bored and almost didn't finish reading it but I always finish a book no matter how much I dislike it.
And the ending on who was the Partner and the main bad guy? I laughed! Sorry, this book was not a good read for me. If you like 5 story lines going at the same time in different directions and then somehow coming together in the end, well, then this book is for you, but not for me.
I found myself liking this read. This book was a good mystery read for me. It did take me about eighty pages to figure out what had happened and what was going on, but once on the right track liked the read. I found myself liking the characters and even when questioning the characters as to why they acted the way they did, I thought at the same time - I could see people actually saying these things to their family members or each other.
The book did have a few twists in it I was not expecting, in the end of the book when the truth played out. But, through the mystery and the hints dropped I found I figured out most of the mystery. What helps give you all the clues is the story telling is from different view points. You get a section of the read from the lost boy, from Mike, from Jessica (Mike's ex-wife), and even from the killer.
I did find at times the story started to drag for me. In this meaning, I remember one part where we are being explained the way Homeland Security has surveillance on all the computers phones and knows everything everyone is doing at all times, yet there is one computer that does not have the surveillance on it. I started to stray with all the details of the surveillance in Homeland Security. I understand the author is sharing the details to let us know the setup and how that person had to do things to get around being seen, but I just started to lose interest with all the details. There were just a few areas with the same issue for me.
But, over all I enjoyed the read and had to see what the author had in store for me in the end. After I read the ending and who was who I thought back to all the clues that where dropped through the book, yes the clues where all there for me.
From the very start "The Last Track" captivates with a frenetic pace, keeping the reader engaged in a series of suspenseful events. The story itself spans across four days and rather than use traditional chapters, the author chronicles each section by the incremental passage of time much like an episode of "24". As time itself is the enemy, every moment proves important and each event becomes crucial in some manner. It's a different and unique approach and serves to push the suspense aspect of the mystery as the reader is often even more aware of the passage of time than the characters. Hilliard's true skill is definitely in the details because even though quite a lot happens in a very short amount of time, none of it feels rushed or forced thanks to a stunning narrative that is easy to follow and richly descriptive.
By extension the characters are easy to empathize with, appearing as three-dimensional and wholly realized entities. As the main protagonist, Brody is primarily focused on and much is learned throughout the novel of him, in particular his specific motivations for the life he has chosen. Hilliard vividly explores the sacrifices Brody has made and how these choices have impacted his family. A good portion of the novel is also given to fleshing out the villains and weaving an intricate network of nefarious subplots. In fact, there is so much going on at once that keeping track of it all can be a might confusing. Daunting as the vast amount of information dispensed can be, though, it isn't so severe as to alienate. Rather the numerous details themselves are the major draw into this story.
Often the downfall of a mystery is the simplicity with which it is built, making a story so predictable that it's hardly worth the effort of reading. But "The Last Track" manages to keep the reader guessing right up until the very last page by constantly presenting evidence against one person and simultaneously providing clear proof towards others. I won't spoil the mystery by admitting whether my initial suspect was the Big Bad or not because either way the ending was a delightful surprise; one that most certainly lends itself to a sequel.