'The Bounty' wanted to be and should be a fun romp, especially with co-author Steve Hamilton, who is usually successful mixing seriousness with snark. The Bounty is just missing the fun.
A new Fox and O'Hare reader will find it impossible to decipher some of the references made by any of the main characters.
Fox and O'Hare themselves merely allude to their attraction and their usual spark is but a wavering flicker. Even their faux frustration with each other is lacking its usual oomph. O'Hare's dad is a shadow of who we know him to be and his usually helpful pals are no where to be seen and sorely missed. And needed.
Everything about the hunt is serious business, from the genesis of the "bounty" to the search for it.
Had the search for the 'bounty" been written as historical fiction, it would have had the chance at being great. As a light summer romp and rom-com adventure it fails at both.
Sadly, 'The Bounty' is another book that became boring as it becomes increasingly unbelievable. I stuck with it to the end, but it was a long slog.
3 very generous stars and not worth paying fines of an overdue book.
Excellent! Similar to the National Treasure movies, but more believable. One clue leads to another. I was on a waiting list so I read it fast. It was hard to put down. This would make an excellent movie.
Best yet of the Fox & O'Hare novels by Janet Evanovich. Interesting underlying storyline, fast paced, and great generational context and bantering among the main characters. Oh, and i need to mention the many improbable escapes along the way. Very Clive Cussler-esque - and that's compliment. Fast read and very entertaining. Nice to see Steve Hamilton re-emerge; that is, if it's THE Steve Hamilton. I am left curious as to what his role in this novel was. Fun read - enjoy!.
I agree with IrishMoon.
I loved this book and could hardly put it down. It's by far the best of the Fox and O'Hare series of novels, although I've yet to be disappointed by one! This story's mix of mystery, history, travel and extreme adventure leaves you wanting more. I can hardly wait for the next installment to come out. I would highly recommend this book (and series!).
I've read every Evanovich book and after reading this one I doubt Janet did more than help structure the outline for this book before passing it along for her partner to write. There is so much lacking! Is the book exciting? Yes! Is there a lot of action? Most definitively! However, one of the major problems with this book is that the exciting planning and action is nearly non-stop, leaving absolutely no moments of pause in the book for the reader to be able to breathe and the characters to communicate. Neither did this non-stop action leave any time for character development nor the sarcastic, flirty banter between Kate and Nick that make these books fun. The only 2 moments that I recall, after reaching the end (except for the final page), were 2 instances which led to a character using the word "romantic". Really? That was supposed to be flirty? Evanovich is so much better than that! Where was the fun, the humor? This book was most definitely lacking the female touch, and was out of touch for Evanovich's core female audience. If Evanovich keeps lending her name to books written by others, I'll move all long to other authors.
Great romp. I LOVE Fox and O'Hare books. They never disappoint.
A great improvement over books #5 and #6. I am glad I stuck with the series. Kate and Nick find themselves on an epic treasure hunt with both of their dads. Jake has always been one of my favorite characters and Nick's dad Quentin was a great addition to the team. This bunch travels from the Vatican, to the Eiffel Tower, to Neuschwanstein Castle, to a zoo in Vienna, and more. They are gathering pieces of a treasure map to beat a Neo-Nazi group to find massive stash of gold bars that was confiscated by Hitler's cronies during WW II and hidden in a super secret location. Lots of action, team camaraderie, and a satisfying conclusion. I do miss some of the quirky characters from the first few books like Willie. Guess those people were Lee Goldberg creations.
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