Living the commute in SoCal, I listen to a lot of audio books to take my mind off if the drive. As such, this is the perfect novel. As other reviewers have mentioned, it takes some suspension of disbelief, but it was well crafted, scientifically feasable, and once you got used to the unique voice and style of the narrator, easy to listen to.
This would make a great movie.
This one is an exciting adventure story with some fun plot twists. Set in the American Southwest, this tale of murder, spys, science and intrigue also has some interesting characters. Recommended for anyone that likes a light thrill ride that will keep you listening in the driveway.
PS the Narrator is pretty good. I was certainly never annoyed.
OK here's the deal. This is classic Douglas Preston/Scott Brick work, with relatively well developed characters, an interesting plot that is clearly well researched by the author, and some crackling good action scenes.
Now if you don't like the Preston/Brick combination, this is unlikely to be a book you will find compelling. I am a fan, and genuinely enjoyed it. I didn't give the story as high a rating as some, only because it is a really long stretch, but aside from that, this book comes recommended.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Made for movies with paper thin characters each drawn from central casting. There's the plucky vet (why he's a veterinarian I cannot figger) who just happens to have a zillion dollars in the bank, a beautiful wife, perfect for damsel in distress scenes, and an assortment of people who take about a paragraph each to define for us. The plot keeps the minutes turning... or should I say plots which just barely avoid bumping into the absurd. It all rides on a preposterous decision on the part of the vet's... buy that, and you'll probably enjoy this finely read, but forgettable time-filler. Great listening in the gym.
I am a huge Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child fan and I wondered what a book by Douglas Preston alone would be like. The answer is brillant and awesome! The narration was excellent as we the story. I was kept extremely engaged. As a bonus - there is an interview with Mr. Preston at the end of the book. He shares some of the aspects of his genius.
Loved the book. Found the narration to be entertaining and thouroughly enjoyed the story. Suspend disbelief, sit back and enjoy.
If you like fast paced action and lots of plot twists this is for you. I listened to entire book on a 1000 mile drive and it captured my interest to the point that I did not mind the drive. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I thought the reader did a good job of holding my interest. But, like any good quasi scifi adventure story you have to suspend your credibility to really enjoy it.
This book was LOTS of fun to listen to. I looked forward to getting in the car so I could continue listening. It did remind me of Koontz or Crichton, but thats not bad company. Just a really fun and exciting listen. Narrator was VERY good too!
While Preston isn't my favorite author, he does manage to weave together a nice story with strong characters. This particular novel reminds me of Tony Hillerman's Navajo series, mainly because of the setting in northern New Mexico and the continual references to local points of interest. While the narrator was not the best, he does grow on you.
If there was one fault I'd give, I'd say that the action sequences didn't always make sense, but then so few authors can really handle action.
Give it a try, it's good entertainment.