47 is the real answer
At first I was not sure how well I was going to like the book. The slow was rather a slow start and I must admit that the first 2 chapters were quite boring. However as the book progressed I felt that perhaps the author did that on purpose to outline how the 2-moon world was a slower one in developing. In retrospect, this makes the most sense. I've always liked books about alternate worlds and realities, and this one is among my favorites now. I also like books dealing with other intelligent beings and this one fits the bill. In some ways it reminds me of V, the NBC mini-series in the early 80's. The major difference of course was that those reptiles were from space, rather than from our own planet. All in all, a good read and worth recommending to others.
...but not spectacular. I was really hoping for a sequel to Strieber's previous novel "The Grays" which I very much enjoyed. This books touches on some slightly similar concepts but overall wasn't as directed and seemed a bit silly. Perhaps silly is too harsh. I did enjoy the listen, I guess it's just a case of the book not being what I wanted it to be and that is my fault, not the author's.
Stephen King spins immersive yarns that make up for his anticlimactic endings. Mr. Strieber does the same for the first half of the story. As long as I could follow his protagonists and antagonists, it was an enjoyable ride -- especially with the nimble and evocative voice work of reader Joe Barrett.
The tease toward the didactic in Martin's transformative experiences seemed short on an adequate supply of gold leaf. The references felt out of place in the context of this story, where a lighter touch would have been as, if not more, effective.
The long and fun ride hits pot holes in the final chapters. Characters suddenly display amazing attributes, convenient for the storyline, by having historic information about the character quickly backfilled to explain the unexpected turn of events.
Strieber may have thought that the alien location of these scenes offered a blank canvas, but without any reader preparation, this technique was more like early draft notes for a different book had been left in the wrong manuscript.
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
I like buying audiobooks that have bad reviews just so I can disagree. And some of the bad reviews for this book are quite harsh. But in the end, I tried my best to see something that just wasn't there. The premise for the story could have been so much better if lizards weren't involved. The idea of parallel universes hasn't been done that well in the past, and still hasn't. This book goes back and fourth and even though you do know who is speaking, it is too disjointed and unclear. Perhaps it would work as a movie, I don't know.
But the whole idea of the book had very little to relate to the doomsday theory of 2012. This was just implemented as a recognition of people starting to take notice of the potential this theory has. The actual story of this book would read exactly the same if it were situated in any time period.
I thought this would be an interesting doomsday story, like "One Second After" or "the Road". but it wasn't. It had a much stronger focus on Science Fiction. So if you like that sort of thing, fine. But for me, as much as I tried, this book didn't work.
The only saving grace was the narrator, the veteran of the audiobook world, "Joe Barrett". He never disappoints with a vast array of tone, accents, characters and clarity of voice. Joe is the consummate professional, I've listened to his other work and it is clear he was born to be a story teller.
A very poor attempt to provide a fictional "unified theory of everthing" to all things supernatural. The whole thing has so many holes in logic and reason that it constantly took me out of the suspension of disbelief. I have enjoyed other books by this author but this one is not recommended.
I'm surprised at the bad reviews this book has received. I found it much more compelling in terms of an interesting narrative than half of what I download here on Audible. Though it got a little out there during the last 1/4, I found the rest of the storytelling top notch. I liked the symmetry between the worlds, and there were other nice devices as well.
After listening to "The Grays" by Whitley Strieber, I was very excited to listen to another of his books but I was greatly disappointed by this novel. My biggest complaint is that this book has too many sci-fi elements that on their own or even put two of them together would have worked fine but with parallel dimensions, soul stealing, snake people, and Mayan calendars mixed together this story is a giant stew of crap.
Also, none of the character's with the exception of General North are not likable or relatable and didn't care if they lived or died.
I love me some audiobooks
This book started out slow but seemed to be building a tempo that had promise of really being masterful. I was sadly mistaken. The whole inter-dimensional plot got so convoluted that I nearly quit listening for good, several times. This author tries to weave too many theories together in describing the final outcome of 122112. There were some intriguing ideas that this book presented but they were thrown in almost as filler and not well developed. It was also a frustration that the author used biblical passages to reference the apocalyptic events, but the book is far from having any evangelical Christian eschatological foundation. When the main character finally enters the demonic dimension toward the end of the book things got especially weird; i.e. the reason for my review title.
This was a book written for the secular masses who only want a good sci-fi story to somewhat tie together the 2012 speculations. Apparently this book is making it to the big screens as well. Go figure.