Burn Notice is a lighthearted spy drama that combines thrills with laughs -- Michael's snide sense of humor takes the edge off the occasional bullet to the knee. Part nerd, part soldier, Michael definitely has a soft side, and despite his skill at breaking elbows, he prefers cleverness to brute strength "Guns are stupid. Better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart.
That softer side plays a key part in how Michael approaches the cases he takes on. For example, in one episode he reluctantly takes a low-paying gig because he's desperate for the cash, but once he solves the case -- a rich bad guy is framing a working single dad -- he gives the job all he's got, even teaching the man's 8-year-old son how to battle the bullies harassing him at school. Overall, Burn Notice is a lot of fun. It's got action, a unique lead character, and fun, MacGyver -esque techno-tricks. Despite some of the adult elements, teens should be able to handle most of the material.
And even though Westen is capable of doing violent things, his heart is in the right place. Families can talk about the media's portrayal of spies and private investigators. What kinds of laws do these characters break in TV shows and movies? Do you think it's OK to break the law if you're fighting for the good guys?
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Series: Burn Notice
Burn Notice. Snide spy cracks jokes and shoots kneecaps. Syndicated , USA Drama Rate tv. Watch or buy. Mar 06, Audrey rated it liked it Shelves: florida. Surprisingly readable and very, very in-character for the main leads. A little confusing with the POV-switches p. Jun 03, Jim rated it really liked it. Since this written series is based on the TV series the characters and plot lines are similar. This book features the same irreverent light hearted bantering, philosophy a la spy and rascally heroes as the show.
A light but very entertaining read should you fancy our society's absurdity. Jul 10, Marla rated it liked it Shelves: personal-library. Another good 'Burn Notice' book and this one in a few short lines here and there did one thing the actual show hasn't been able to do, and that's give me a reason as to why Michael's so keen on figuring out who burned him and going back to being a spy.
I've always kind of agreed with Fiona when she questioned why he was so keen on pursuing his quest and this book finally gave some insight that made sense to me. Plus this book has Sugar in it. Double score. View all 5 comments. Jun 17, John rated it really liked it Shelves: thriller , tv-based. Another fun, solid entry in the series.
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The story is a little weak, but, except for being a little too political, Goldberg absolutely nails the feel of the show and the voices of the characters. His writing is far better and much more clever than what you generally expect from TV show tie-in novels, and Goldberg apparently realizes that--which is possibly why this book is his Burn Notice swan song.
Too bad. I would have liked to see him continue for as long as possible. Dec 18, ladywallingford rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , burn-notice.
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It's not bad However, it's hard novelizing some of the aspects of the show in my opinion and it shows. I would definitely read more though. Jul 23, Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing. I will put the link a little further below. Now that being said, I had finished the novel a little bit ago but wanted to wait until I got a chance to listen to him before I put this out. For those of us that have enjoyed this series of novels thus far, I want to say thanks to Tod Goldberg for 5 fun reads. My take on the novel is pure glee; I just love the series.
He has an uncanny way with words and a gift of edgy humor that puts his stamp on the characters and the series. Go for the ride with Michael Weston and friends, you will not be burned. View all 3 comments. Sep 25, Shazza Maddog rated it liked it. It has pretty much everyone in the novel, including minor characters, Sugar, the drug dealer, and Barry, the money launderer. Sugar led Sam to believe this would be an in and out proposition, but B Tod Goldberg has written a fun fanfiction - er, sorry, novel - about the characters in the USA station's Burn Notice.
Sugar led Sam to believe this would be an in and out proposition, but Brent's in far more dire trouble than just a couple of strong-arms; he's in debt to not only Yuri Drubich, who has been giving Brent money in hopes of sealing a deal regarding wind technology that just doesn't exist, but Brent's dad, Harry, is even more in debt to Big Lumpy, who is the boss in gambling, not just in Miami, but with a reach all the way to Las Vegas and possibly beyond.
It's up to Michael to broker a deal that will let Yuri get captured - and deported - by the government, while also keeping Brent and Harry alive through Big Lumpy's graces. The fact that Big Lumpy has side plans of his own throw spanners in the mix, and Michael's got enough going on that he might make a misstep if he's not careful. A fun, quick read for fans of the television series.
Don't be looking for any new insights on the characters, though. Jul 12, Bill rated it liked it. My least favorite of the series of Burn Notice books. This one seemed shorter to me. I enjoyed the twists, even though they were somewhat predictable and I loved that I could hear Michael, Fi and Sam in my head while I read their parts. What I didn't like was how the Brent character was simply too much of a "stupid teenager" to be believable to me. I think the author went too far with that. Also, in this book the author decided to make the cast all hardcore liberal Democrats, blasting Republican My least favorite of the series of Burn Notice books.
Also, in this book the author decided to make the cast all hardcore liberal Democrats, blasting Republicans and conservative thought as obviously wrong. This is a probably deal-breaker for me. If that trend continues, I'm out. Please don't politicize my favorite characters like that. I don't want them to be hardcore Republicans or Democrats.
Leave politics and religion out of this entire story line. Lastly, although the author is usually pretty good at referencing current technology, he lost credibility when the characters used "zip drives full of data". LOL, what is that, like MB? Zip drives went out of favor like 10 years ago.
I don't even think they're sold anymore. Jul 04, Martin rated it liked it Shelves: action-adventure-beach-reading. Series: Burn Notice Series by cover.
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