Sometimes popular fiction bores me, but not here. This is a entertaining story with excellent narration that kept me interested right to the end. A "driveway book" i.e. one where you find yourself sitting in the driveway because you just can't stop listening. Great fun.
This has to be one of my favorite Audible selections in the 2 years I've been a member. Yes, it's a bit uncomfortable to read post 9/11 as this book alludes to horrors which were yet to come at the time of its writing, but don't let that put anyone off. Scott Brick is a master at weaving you through DeMille's bicoastal pursuit of a Libyan avenger, using perfect timing and near perfect inflection to carry you weightlessly through the 13 hour read. Only one thing made me flinch. No Irish cop from "New Yawk" would say Slayn-tee instead of Slainte (SLAWN- teh) a traditional Gaelic toast. One other minor pronunciation lapse from those of us from Lawng Island... Islip is pronounced EYE-slip. All in all, this deserves more stars than I can give it here.
While the narrative became just a bit slow toward the end, I loved this listen. I am embarassed to admit that I took a day off of work just to listen to it! Unrelenting suspense, ya just gatta know what is going to happen next. I loved this book, hope there is a sequel. So far my favorite from Audible. Enjoy the opening sequence, it is truly awesome!
Scott Brick does a great job with this book. I had been warned (by someone who knows me quite well) that I would not enjoy this author. Au contraire - I loved the non-stop action and suspense. The author is witty and intelligent. I found myself wanting to learn more about terrorism.
The only downside is that the requisite romantic involvement gets a little cheesy for me, but that said, it's not cheesy enough to turn this into a romantic crime comedy, either. I just don't think the story would have suffered if they'd toned it down a little bit.
The biggest mistake I made was reading one of the "bad"reviews before finishing the book. Up to that point , I thought it was an excellent read. I couldn't wait to finish it , and it was so hard to put it back to read for the next day. The characters were a great mix and interesting. Jonn Coury , even though was a smart_ _ _ , was a perfect fit for his Kate. I found an inner meaning as the author described the cullture of the Islam people. (we) are ignorant at times to turn our backs on other people's feelings , but , at the same time , Kalil , I won't spoil it for the rest of thr readers. I loved the book but please no sequel, I couldn't take (Kalil) again !!!!
Don't let the length of this audiobook scare you away. The story is very good and moves at a quick pace. While the story is a bit dated after 9/11, it is still an excellent choice
I gave this a one for the very good reading.
As to the book itself the plot was quite transparent. Most of the big surprises could be seen coming. The book is filled with inane dialogue. The writer resorts to excessive use of gratuitous profanity in place of exciting narrative and intelligent dialogue .
This was the book that got me hooked on Demille. I've since read Plum Island, the first book to use this character, and both are excellently written. Although Demille's other books usually have military themes, all of them to date are very enjoyable and well written books. If you've never tried his books, I highly recommend this one to get you hooked!
I have listened to over a hundred audible books since joining Audible.com. This one is my all time favorites. Not only is the story incredibly intense but the reader, Scott Brick, absolutely nailed the essence of the main character. You will not be dissapointed!!!.