I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
So many books are written about aliens visiting us, but Cherryh turns the tables and writes about a human who is the alien or is he? This about Thorn who is raised in seclusion. He thinks he is some sort of mutant, but is he? He is taught to be a warrior. His teacher is furred, has long pointy ears with dog like hearing, and talons or claws for weapons. It is a paranoid world where you can not trust anyone, not even your teacher.
Back in the 80's you could not walk into a used or new bookstore without finding several CC books on the shelves. The first book I read of hers was Rimrunner, which I liked, so I bought several more. I am a slow reader and in those days I only read about 10 to 15 books a year, but I loved buying books, so my shelves are full of CC books. The next three books of CC I did not like so well, so I quit reading her. Thanks to Audible I have been able to catch up on authors who are not exactly my favorites. I am glad I did, as this is a very good book.
I got a little lost in some of the alien politics, but the rest was good to excellent. The relationship between Thorn and his teacher was good, but could have been better, this is where I have have a problem with CC, in that I have trouble getting strong feelings for her characters. The Alien world is perfect and I had no problem picturing what it looked like to live there. It is a little slow in places and the constant not knowing where Thorn came from became irritating. At the end when you do find out, it is an excellent explanation, which showed lots of creativity on CC's part and good science. If you get bored, then put on fast play and then slow back down for chapter 12 and the final chapter 15.
I am now looking forward to listening to some more CC books and maybe listening again to some I did not get into years ago.
IF YOU GO TO AMBUSH SOMEONE DON'T MAKE A SPEECH FIRST.
Keep in mind that as I criticize this book that I have already given it four stars for story and overall. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE FALLING IN LOVE LISTENED TO REASON. This is book number three and it is not as good as book number two, which was no where near as good as book number one "Patient Zero". Though this is not a comic book it does come dangerously close. The bad guys are Chaos (the same bad guys in Get Smart). At over 16 hours I thought the book was too long. The same thing that happens to most popular authors, seems to be happening to Maberry. His writing is getting longer as he says less. Editors keep their mouths shut, so as not to get fired. This would have been a little better at ten or twelve hours. There are places that go extremely flat and even Ray Porter sounds bored.
UGLY WINDS BLEW ACROSS THE DARKNESS OF MY INNER LANDSCAPE.
Keep in mind the above sentence was said in total seriousness. Joe Ledger is becoming a real softy. He is even more touchie feelie and introspective in this book then number 2. Diane Rowland's Zombie character Angel has a bigger set of balls then Joe now. Don't get me started on how Maberry is trying to turn this into a super politically correct novel. The speeches on how there are lots of good Moslems etc... are endless. The series has been optioned for a TV series, so Joe has to clean up his act. The mileage they get out of Joe's girlfriend's death in book two is unbelievable, even while they set up his next girlfriend.
WHAT IS EVIL?
IT IS WHAT THE LOSERS CALL THE WINNERS.
Having said all I have said this book is worth your credit. It is still better then most books out there. It has some good action and plenty of great macho lines. I enjoyed it and will be getting the next book in the series.
Ray Porter, may be the best narrator on the planet.
I ATE LIKE IT WAS THANKSGIVING
If you buy this and you know you will, then you have to stick with it. It had it's ups and downs and some very low downs, but toward the end, you will start to get it. This is a thinking person's vampire series. I AM A VEMPIRE, VEM PIE RR. It gets a little political and at first I wanted to flee, but despite my A.D.D., my brain started to churn. People start turning into vampires and at first, I thought what is the problem, kill them all. As you will learn, vampires come in all different types and many do not kill. In reality you could replace vampire with Muslim. Some Muslims are terrorist, but most are not. Add to this dilemma, the randomness in which certain people change. Your wife, husband, children or parents could become vampires. It becomes a lot more complicated then you would originally expect. HE LOOKED LIKE HE COULD BENCH PRESS NEW JERSEY.
Here is another reason you want to listen to this: a sequel is coming out in September and the list of authors include; Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Sigler, Larry Corriea, and Joe McKinney among others.
Below is a list of the different stories and parts and the grade I felt they deserved:
Introduction by Dacre Stoker, A-
Junk Part 1, by Jonathan Maberry, A
Roadkill Part 1, by Nancy Holder, D+
Junk Part 2, B
Love Less, Part 1, John Everson, A-
Junk Part 3, B
Epiphany Part 1, by Yvonne Navarro, B
Junk Part 4, B
Love Less, Part 2, Concluded, A
The Ballad of Big Charlie, Part 1, by Keith R.A. DeCandido, C-
Junk Part 5, B+
Heartsick by Scott Nicholson, B-
Junk Part 6, Concluded, B+
Roadkill, Part 2, Concluded, D+
Vulpes Part 1 by Gregory Frost, C+
Escalation by Maberry, C (The rest of Maberry's stories are more chapters then stand alone stories. Which is okay, they serve to tie in the rest of the stories.)
Stalking Anna Lei, Part 1, by James A. Moore, B+
The Ballad of Big Charlie, Part 2. B+
Species Genocide by Maberry, A-
Stalking Anna Lei, Part 2, A
The Ballad Of Big Charlie, Part 3, Concluded, A-
Embedded by Maberry, B+
Vulpes, Part 2, Concluded A-
Epiphany, Part 2, Concluded A-
Last Bites by Jonathan Maberry, B+
The Narrators are all first class and help make this an overall 5 star experience.