The futurist setting is somewhat believable, which makes the set up of the plot easier on the reader. Character development is typical of a George RR Martin novel - slow but steady. However, the main character is difficult to like. He is very nearly an anti-hero with few redeemable qualities. Even in the end when he attempts to do a good deed, it is not without personal gain. The reader is good and did very well with accents in the book, giving the characters the gritty, new-world type of "down and out" underpinnings necessary to suspend your belief system. However, if you are not a fan of sci-fi, don't purchase it.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
A classic capture/escape done well. I like the style of writing, the characters are interesting and the narrator kept me engaged. It does make you think about what defines us as human.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
People mostly don't come together because of love, but because they fit together, like a puzzle. Life is a risk that is how you know you are living. Guilt is for weaklings and fools. (just some of the wisdom you will get by reading this story) .
I love George RR Martin, but I got the book mostly because of Gardner Dozois. GD edits the best anthology of short Science Fiction, every year. His introduction covers, Science Fiction through books, short stories, movies, television, magazines, internet, etc. He has not written many books, and most of what he has are collections of his short fiction. His writing is excellent.
I am thinking he wrote parts One and Four of this four part book. The book starts out interesting enough with a Latin soap opera. Our hero kills a man in a bar fight, then he runs from the law, he fights with his Latino girlfriend (which is normal.) The fighting is always followed by fierce love making, you know stereo typing.
Whoever wrote part 2 is in love with the Pi##, Sh#t and f##k words. Our hero gives lessons in Sh##ing and Pi##ing. Part 3 is better written and is a good adventure story. Part four and the finish were my favorite parts. There are a lot of twists and turns and you don't see them coming.
As I have said before, unless you are Preston and Child, then more then one author spoils the books. I believe that any one of these authors would have written a better story, by themselves, especially Dozois.
Marc Vietor the narrator was excellent and probably made listening to the book a better experience then reading.
The narration was like listening to a newscaster in a way and the plot just wasn'tinteresting at all ....
I bought this book cause I was tired of waiting for the next Song of Fire and Ice book. Thought I would enjoy another story by George RR Martin. Boy was I disappointed. This book seemed to drag on forever. There were about seven times I thought - this will be the end of the book, but no it dragged on some more.
I don't usually write reviews, but felt strongly enough about this book that I thought I could save someone else the money - don't waste it on this book.
I would buy another book by the authors based upon the strength of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of novels. They were excellent. This... was okay.
This one lacked the excitement of the novels I had read by Martin. I haven't read books by the other two authors. The story was rather dry but it did have a few exciting moments. The cause is primarily because this was a story focused on character development. In that vein, it succeeded; however, I prefer more action.
My favorite scene was actually the last scene -- because of the potential (promise) it offered.
Not for me, primarily because I prefer books that are action or emotion oriented (romance) and this was more of a character study. I can't see how a follow-up would interest me.
If you like stories that focus on character development, give the book a try. You'll likely enjoy it. If you're looking for a lot of action, look somewhere else.
Who am I?
You'll spend the most time with Ramone in this story, though with a twist. Still - he really grew on me as the story unfolded.
The interesting thing about Ramone is that he is a feisty personality... a jerk, full of hubris and venom. A second rate reader would have made that all sound insincere... hallow and plasticy.
However, Mark Vietor simply becomes Ramone Espejo; a seamless and nuanced performance that entertains through the entire book.
At just oner 10 hours, this is a little too long to hit in one sitting. Still - I burned through this in a week - and was looking for excuses to get in my car just to listen (as it's the primary place I listen to audiobooks).
I came into this with zero expectations, having no experience with the author or reader. I really love sci-fi, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the story was crafted, and the excellent performance that Mark Vietor gave. Quite pleased with all aspects.
If you are the type of person who is ok with a few killings and some violence in books or films but is easily offended by swearing just skip this book.
I loved this book. The writers made me love the main character who is completely unlovable. And he can be so ugly inside that it is a major feat that they are able to make anyone care about him and that he is able to find any redemption and any sense of a moral backbone in the end.
It wasn't the height of science fiction, but I enjoyed the story of the book and the messages it was trying to relay. The voice acting was very enjoyable with the narrator immitated accents very well. I would recommend it for a light read!
Tediously detailed, unnecessarily vulgar with too much crude language even for me. I'm a long time sci fi fan, and while sci fi is often far over on the blue-language scale, this one uses the F word and every other form of profanity in practically every paragraph. When he's not swearing in English, he's swearing in Spanish. It got completely old and tiresome very quickly. The plot is a plodding, plodding slow mover. Might have made a good short story.