Very good narrator but the writing was dreadful. Swallow characters thrown together with no regards for timing of events. I wrote better then this in elementary school.
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
I have enjoyed both of these works. I read extensively and believe the author will do well with everything he writes. the story line is weel planned. The plot is interesting. The ideas are genious. I look forward to reading anything Thomas writes.
Thankfully, this a quick read and the ending for whatever it's worth exceeds expectations. I had hoped for a masterfully written, suspensful and what have you...cliff hanger (see above). Instead this book is composed of unsuspenseful cliches failing to even pass for good old fashioned adventure. I chose this based on the recommendation of Brad Thor for audible, as best in category 'breakout thrillers', despite poor reviews. In conclusion, I think that I should continue to give the most weight to customer reviews. I also really disliked this narrator's delivery here from the way that he impersonated the characters to his tone and inflection in general. For what it's worth, I loved the Da Vinci Code (5 stars). And, I would rate Nelson de Mille's the Lion's Game as 3.5 stars...
This book seemed to start off well. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, so I was looking forward to the listen. As it progressed I found myself unconsciously tuning it out. The characters are really just caricatures - I mean, no one really talks like that - "damm you Yates", I must have heard that 5 times. Then the story gets more and more confusing and ridiculous to the point of silliness. Save your Audible credits for Brick's work on Nelson Demille's novels.
In a word - boring. I believe this is a new book, one that seems to have lifted heavily from the pacy scene - setting and creativity of Dan Brown's work, but here the threads go rumbling on to...nowhere much. The arctic action has been done before, and better - in 'Deception Point', and there more old ground covered in the many Indiana Jones - like set-pieces (as mentioned by another reviewer). The runeology and mysticism/astrological stuff (or whatever it was later in the book) bored me almost to tears,and the villians of the piece seem to have been ordered from from rent - a - stereotypicalterrorist.com.
This is the first time I have fallen asleep more times than I can remember to an audio book. I wanted to give it half a star for the okay start. My advice - don't bother.
This is a true example of poor craftsmanship. The idea of the story is kind of all right, and has potential. It could get really good in the hands of another author. The characters are unlikely, their behaviour irrational, the action ludicrous and never thrilling because it always turns out well. And that's too bad because the plot should really gain from killing off a couple of characters along the way.
It's been compared to The DaVinci Code, but that's off the scale. If you compare this story to Angels & Demons it's closer, but then again Angels & Demons would be Raider of the lost ark and this one maybe another Return of the Mummy sequel. Some of the action in Angels & Demons is embarrassing, and this story is packed with that kind. The dialog is poor and clich?like.
To top it of; the narrator has a good voice but really lousy accents. He should have dropped them to begin with. I couldn't recommend this story even as fast food entertainment, because I really wished it was over half way through, and I always finish my audio books.
I've loved reading Ludlum's books in the past, and IMHO, Thomas Greanias' book Raising Atlantis surpasses all of them. I also think that the quality of the reading of Raising Atlantis should put this Audible book at, or close to number one.
When I downloaded this books, the ratings for this book were quite high, so I decided that it was my duty to bring that rating down. Now I see that others decided to do the same. Still, at the currect 2.6 stars, I feel that this book is rated about 1.6 stars too high. This story is stupid. The characters boring and idiotic. I really hate it when authors expect you to think their story is clever, just because the characters in the book believe it is clever. All the suspense in this book is generated by the main character saying that he knows what is coming next, but not telling anybody what it is. In the end, you just say "Who cares!", and "I hope you get squashed for your stupidity!".