Sunday, May 15, 2016

Audio Book Review: Mr Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) by Stephen King

Title: Mr. Mercedes
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1 
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Mystery/Thtiller
Release Date:

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mDetecher in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

5 out of 5 Hearts

"Manically Twisted"

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?
I could close my eyes and envision the world.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Brady Hartsfield - Why? He is one sick, twisted, insane maniac. I Loved to despise him.

Which scene was your favorite?
When Bill decides to stop Mr. Mercedes

If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Bill Hodges... to talk to him about his days as a Detective and to ease his depression.

Any additional comments?

Stephen King has won me over again. It has been some years since I have read any of his novels... in fact... this the first audio book of his that I have listened to. The combination of King's writing and Will Patton's narration is a win-win in my book. I enjoyed it.

The characters are so well developed, especially the antagonist. Brady Hartsfield is one sick, twisted, insane, and maniacal character. One of those that I Love to despise as if he were real. Bill Hodges is just as one might expect a retired and divorced Detective to be.. depressed... that is until he decides to go after Mr. Mercedes before he can strike again.

The world is full of suspense, mystery, thrills, and horrific scenes winding through insanely twisted turns.

I recommend this series! Not for the faint of heart!

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