This was a good book . But it was a little over the top in some of the plot. THe main character was definately whiney. This got to be annoying later on and is what kept me from giving it 4 stars instead of 3. The pace of the book was good and the narrator good. All in all worth the listen.
Finding the mysteries and thrills of life and spirituality.
This is my first Meltzer novel to read and I must say it was a big hit. The book is well put together and he tied up most of the loose strings. It was easy to read and follow and you didn't get things thrown at you from outside. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've already added all of the other Meltzer unabridged books to "My Next Listen." THAT is how much I liked this books. Oh, one other thing, this narrator has read quite a few books that I've listened to and he is by far the best narrator I've heard. I've also searched out other books that he had read so I could pick them up as well. GREAT job by both writer and reader.
Interesting premise, and the Pacing, especially through the first half is good, gets a little drawn out at the end. Narration is good. But this is the wimpiest protagonist I've ever encountered in this genre. By the end I wanted to slap him, tell him to grow up and quit snivelling.
I liked parts of the story, but the repetitive bits where people on cell phones would yell "would you just listen to me" at one another - this being done for several characters.
The use of 'reading' one person to another was much overused. 'I was good at reading him, but he was better at reading me' repeats several times also. Tiresome. I can't believe an editor didn't notice it.
Also, I thought that much like Mr. and Mrs. Smith - the parties being shot, beaten and maimed were able to take an inordinate amount of beating. Officers and psychopaths both can take bullet wounds to vital body parts, repeated blows to the head and gross loss of blood and still come back to inflict pain. Please!
The underall story was interesting.
The book does not deliver on all of the Masonic hype. It's a very minor part of an otherwise interesting yet ultimately disappointing plot. It has a few good moments but not worth the investment of time. I found the beginning of chapters/section pauses and music most annoying. It reads like a screenplay and, no doubt, there is probably a movie deal already. I'll wait for the discount DVD. The old adage that quality is generally inversely proportional to hype rings true for this. If the tons of money spent promoting this went in to better editing and plot twists, we may have something. Two thumbs down.
Man, this was a tough listen. The plot takes way too long to develop and doesn't live up to the foreshadowing. Ultimately the plot is just not believable, much less comprehensible. The author establishes no reader empathy for any of the characters. The dialog and monologs are shallow and repetitive. The descriptions of the characters' emotional responses to different situations are stilted and often silly. By the way, cameras haven't used "exploding" flash bulbs for decades. This is just an example of the overwrought prose of this largely sophomoric effort. Using Scott Brick as the reader just makes matters worse. His overly dramatic delivery and constantly varying intonations are hard to take in the best of circumstances but this material and his style bring out the worst in each other. I need to stick with my self-pledge to avoid his work in future and now I will add Brad Meltzer to the list as well.
Not only would I, I already have!
I loved that this book filled in a lot of the side stories of NICO in the Assassin series.
NICO is by far and away my favorite character!! Scott Brick is masterful in his ability to variants his intonations so the listener is able to distinguish easily between characters!
"A thriller from start to finish!"
Meltzer takes you on a ride in the mind of a disturbed psychopath and allows you to actually like him"
Please give Scott Brick the opportunity to do MORE books in the future!! He has become my favorite performer on Audible, and that is saying something because I am an avid customer of Audible and have listened to a good amount of performers in this format.