This is fun to read - just when you think things can't get any worse, there comes another topper. The doomed, hapless gringos inexorably stumble to their perdition. A surprise at every turn.
I have to admit that I was hanging on every word for a while. You will catch on to everything that's happening a few chapters before the characters do...didn't seem realistic but still a good listen.
It was exciting, very well written and descriptive. It had me listening to the story non-stop. But I was so disappointed by the ending, I felt like there was no explanation for all the exciting events that had happened.
M A Stoever
This book captured my attention with gradually-building tension, well-drawn characters, meticulously crafted descriptions of physical settings and events, and excellent narration. I consider it a technical success - it created in my imagination a vivid cinematic experience in which I found myself silently arguing with the characters, bemoaning their missteps, and offering suggestions to help extricate them from their predicament. And obsessed with what was going to happen next. That things didn't work out the way I would have wanted, that the foundations of the plot are rather far-fetched, and that key questions go unanswered are really beside the point, which is to entertain you while roughing you up a bit.
First, the good: the story itself is creative, scary, and plausible. As it unfolds, each step is a logical progression and you end up believing that it could really happen (well, I did anyway). The story ends with most questions answered but enough unexplained to be intriguing.
Now, the not-so-good. The author has an unusual style. The tone is somewhat distant. The people are described more like acquaintances seen from outside rather than the more typical omniscient point of view. Also, the pace is odd. There are some descriptions of thoughts that drag on far too long and some vital action is referred to only in flashback. I thought I had fallen asleep and missed part of it but no, that part just wasn't told in detail.
Overall, though, I recommend it if you feel like an unusual, creative story. The presentation isn't as polished as some more well-known authors, but in my opinion the story is good enough to be worth a listen.
For those who care, there is a small amount of bad language and sex and quite a bit of violence.
In all fairness, I only gave this tome only four hours worth of my time. At that point, I either had to stop and go to my next choice of books or claw my ears off. There was no one character here to like or dislike, or in fact, to develop any interest in. The plot was equally dreadful. Read at your own risk.
I loved this book! It kept me interested even through the 2nd time I listened to it. My only complaint is that the characterization is a little overly stereotypical. The action and gore is truly riveting! This is one of my favorite books. I can see why King recommended it.
this was my first audiobook and I must say the guy who reads this does an awesome job at it. The entire book was interesting but I have to say in the end I felt something lacking. Maybe it was the lack of information. You never get any information about the plant, how it got there, it's weaknesses, etc.. just that it does it's job well. I was hoping for a hero or heroine and that too was lacking. But all in all I think its worth one read.
I was living under a rock before I bought this book. I picked it simply on the recommendation of Stephen King. I had no idea that this was going to be one brilliant horror novel. Because I didn't really read much about it before buying it, I was surprised in all the right parts. I won't go on about the plot here, but I will say if you like a good thriller, I would highly recommend this book. The characters are very well developed - quite a few of them I felt like I knew. In fact, I'm sure people in my own life mirror some in this group.
The ending is not predictable. The entire book kept me on edge for the whole ride. The narration was top-notch. I can't think of a single thing that spoiled this one for me. Check it out for yourself.
I couldn't put this down and I lost a couple of nights' sleep. Yes, there were some parts that annoyed me but I enjoyed it enough to recommend it to my spouse, who read it (and enjoyed it) in hard copy.