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Riding the Snake by Stephen J. Cannell (1999-11-05)

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  • By leebay33 on April 21, 2013

    I had a hard time rating this book because, although it is a phenomenal read, it was not exactly what I was looking for. This title was suggested on a review for another book in a related sub-genre so I took a chance, stepped out of my usual reading circle, and ordered a copy. There is no doubt that this crime novel is well-written and almost perfectly executed. The author provides such in-depth details for each event that the reader becomes engrossed within the story. The characters he builds are realistic and flawed, each serving their purpose -- the reader either boo's the bad guys or cheers the good ones on through their misery. As far as the romance, it is definitely secondary to the overall plot and pace of this novel.Aging pretty boy Wheeler finds an unlikely ally in Tanisha, who is currently serving time as an outcast on the LA police force. Together they run around the world and back again chasing clues to an international mystery that leads them to dead-ends, shootouts, and a trail of dead bodies. No hiding place is safe for them, and family is of no help to either one of the mismatched pair -- if anything, "loved ones" become part of the gathering storm of enemies. When the pair finally pulls the pieces of this elaborate puzzle together, the answers are shocking truths that leave their former lives in near-ruins. The ending is bittersweet, but Wheeler and Tanisha find a separate peace in the soul and a fullness of heart in each other's arms. Fans of the type of romance I usually read may be sorely disappointed with this tale, but hard-boiled crime enthusiasts will love this thrilling adventure of murder and corruption. I found that I was floating somewhere in between. Grade B+

  • By PolyWogg on March 20, 2016

    PLOT OR PREMISE:Stephen J. Cannell is an expert at pulling PR successes with fluff on the TV airwaves. This book is no exception. It takes a wealthy playboy (who never measured up to his father's standards) and a black female cop (who came from the streets) and throws them together to investigate a crime committed by Asian tongs. About the only thing missing from the demographics are gays because we also have Russians and international intrigue. The short plot summary is that playboy Wheeler Cassidy loses his seemingly straight-laced brother to an Asian tong war involving immigrants "riding the snake" to America and the "free" elections in Hong Kong as it reverts to Chinese rule. Along as his investigative partner is a black cop, Tanisha Williams, being investigated for having ties still to her "hood", and therefore assigned to a desk in the Asian bureau of the LAPD. She investigates the death of Cassidy's brother, and the brother's secretary, and it all leads off to Hong Kong -- taxi!.WHAT I LIKED:A weird series of events leads from Hong Kong back to L.A. and more fights with the tongs, and a Russian nuclear bomb that has been smuggled into L.A..WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:Basically, the writing is fine, but the story is what happens when you take a Tom Clancy-type story, and replace the spooks with characters from your average cop story on TV, and run it along the same TV format plot lines. No depth here, but he hits all the major story headlines from popular press..DISCLOSURE:I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him / her on social media.

  • By Pat "never without a book...." on September 25, 2005

    This is my first Cannell "book" although I have watched and enjoyed many of his TV shows. I am a very eclectic reader and am hardly ever without a book at hand -- I thought Ride the Snake was a pretty good story line. It would do well as a made-for-TV movie or even a big screen. Like one of the other reviewers I would like to see a sequel. I really liked the change in Wheeler and to hell with his mother and her money! I think he made the right choice. Good quick read.

  • By R. on July 31, 2005

    Loved this book! Great writing with descriptive details. Now, I would love to read a sequel!

  • By A customer on August 18, 1999

    Stevester, you need to do a little research, or at least have your editor do some... I'm a gun nut, and you had some stuff in this one that either didn't exist, or didn't make sense... 1. Why should mainland China import Russian small arms into the U.S.? - They've already imported, legally, quite a few Polytech/Norinco rifles and handguns. 2. A Browning Automatic Rifle is a big honker of a gun. Dates back to 1917 (actually is the M1917). Fires 20 rounds of .30-06, and can fire full-auto. Weight is (I think) approx. 23 lbs., and it would prove to be very cumbersome for an "alley" firefight/runnng battle. US Military hasn't used 'em since Korea, except for a few that found their way to Vietnam. In the past 30 or so years, the US military has included the M-16 variant rifles, a few M-14s (phased out even from the Marines about 30 years ago), and a few specialty rifles, such as the Barrett or McMillan .50 cals. Non-squad-operated MGs in that time period have included the M-60 and the SAW. I could see an M-16 or a SAW in your scenario, or more likely one of the 9mm or .45 ACP "bullet hoses" such as the Mac 11/9 variants. 3. Neither the mythical "black rhino" nor the actual Black Talon ammo (or any other pistol-calibre hollowpoint) were designed to penetrate bulletproof vests. And with the majority of vests, they won't. They have soft noses and expand. There were no "cop killer" vest-penetrating bullets, except for those sold ONLY directly to police departments. Made for good political fodder tho, until bangers started aiming for the cops' heads. 4. 9mm Beretta target pistols? Sure, they may have adjustable sights, but any self-respecting target shooter is going to lean toward a M1911A1-style pistol in .38 Super or .45 ACP, or something like a large frame Colt or S&W revolver in .38 special. 5. Speaking of which, S&W has NEVER made a Model 29 .44 magnum with an aluminum frame (of any sort). NOBODY has. The big magnums are all steel. 6. The shark rifle had a "sporting" 9-shot magazine? Dang, but that's monsterous for a bolt action, and too large for most other calibres. Hey, if you want a proofer/consultant, feel free to e-mail me.

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