I liked the first half of this novel, but the second half was one big long boring chase scene. I was also a tad bored with the author's soapboxing re: genetic engineering. It would've been more interesting if the characters had succeeded in genetically revising humanity's germ cells rather than just debating the ethics of such.
It started off with a bang and ended up being standard potboiler fare.
The story was boring and predictable but the narration was worse. I found myself listening with one hand constantly adjusting the volume, sometimes it was too loud and other times I could barely make out what was being said. It would have been better if, instead of trying to sound as if they were in protective suits, the narrator just spoke normally.
I enjoyed this book. The author obviously did tons of research into the storyline and the geography surroung the location of the story. This type of in depth research makes the story interesting and fun to read.
I can certainly understand why many people might not enjoy this book, but I found it suspenseful, well paced and very entertaining. I know that some of the technical aspects were a bit of a stretch but I expect a good fiction novel to indulge in a bit of fantasy as long as it doesn't insult my intellegence, which this did not. Having vacationed in the New Mexican desert, their description of the characters travels made me feel as if I were there watching it for myself. The different accents used by the narrator, while mildly exaggerated, helped me to avoid confusing the characters unlike more monotone narrators can do. All in all, for me - a great listen!
The ending credits state that this book had 3 technical advisors, but unfortunately the book still had many technical flaws. The reader is expected to believe plot setups that are totally out of character with the rest of the book. The story seesaws between overly technical details and transparently planted situations with no technical backup. Narration is reasonable, but the characters are so stereotyped that it seems they were invented specifically for narration. From the Texas drawl of the male lead to the British accent of the security chief, one wonders if the narrator invented these aspects of each character specifically because they were capable of the accented delivery. The premise of the story is very good, but the author fails to capture the full potential.
Overall, I thought this was a good story and definitely glad I downloaded it; however, it really got technical at times and seemed "pitchy" with storylines flailing in directions that took away from the the main plot. For example, the entire trip into the desert just didn't seem needed. You know the authors did quite a bit of research. Maybe it was the authors' intention, but the narrator also made everyone seem so angry and sarcastic.
The novel is pretty awful. The most annoying thing is the narration. Terrible accents deliver trite dialogue, and the narrator goes from very quiet to almost a yell which makes it very difficult to listen to while driving.
The story itself isn't that wonderful (though mildly entertaining at times) and the characters are what happens when you put in two parts stereotype and zero parts anything else.
As much as I enjoy Lincoln Child on his own, I didn't enjoy this book at all.
I found the characters to be kind of stereotypical, and the "action" to be pretty dull. I could go on, but really, I've wasted enough time on this book already.
It's a favorite in print and audio. If you are a fan of the Preston/Child team and read this years ago, I can highly recommend the audiobook. Good escape listening. And one of the Pendergast characters is in the story-- Mime.
This book started off with a great premise and then proceeded to include every clichéd plot line possible. I wouldn't recommend it.