Doomsday Key had some interesting storylines and there was a lot of action but it felt too much like the author was trying to copy Dan Brown's playbook, but wasn't nearly as good at it. There was an attempt at character development but it seemed forced and I never cared that much about any of them. It's a decent listen but based on the other ratings I expected better.
By the time I was 1/3 of the way through this one I was ready to fastforward through the action scenes. The underlying theme was great but it seemed the author needed to "fill in" with one-two punches to make a book out of it.
A bit fantastical how it all fits together...EVERY last piece in the end.
I'm a father of four. I am a big fan of The Pendergast series by Preston and Child as well as Dan Brown's Robert Langd
Being a huge fan of the Sigma force novels, I was a bit dissapointed by this one. Though it is certainly worth the read, it didn't leave me with the "WOW" factor the previous ones did.
It did a very good job of setting up several possible future plots, so I suppose it may all be worth it.
This book is much less supernatural than than the previous two. This supernaturalness is what, in my mind, separates Sigma force adventures from James Bond or Jason Bourne sagas.
But, as I said earlier, it's still a pretty good listen. Well, worth your time. Especially if you're a fan.
Like many who have reviewed this already, I have to agree the plot sounded intriguing and I saw an interview with the author on TV that made me think it was a unique story. However, it is virtually impossible to keep your mind on what is happening here. Something about the naration and the lack of any plot intrigue just make it like white noise in the background. You will have to force yourself to concentrate. In the end the book itself doesn't even care about the Doomsday key, the main plot element goes by with almost no mention and really has little to do with anything. The plot appears to be an attempt to write a Dan Brown style story. The writing is marginally better. I have a long commute and listen to scores of books a year. This is among the worst Fiction books I've read. My fellow car pooler and I, found the most enjoyment just making fun of the ever more absurd attempts to be dramatic and energetic. We openly mocked the booked and bantered back and forth over the ridiculous story elemnts. I normally read the reviews of the books I'm considering but this time I just clicked and got burned.
Resist the tempation to buy this, you have much better things to do with 14hrs, I'm certain of it.
Well, the plot sounded interesting. The description online at audible.com sounded good. But, alas, was it good? Not so much.
In reality, the plot is convoluted, the narration dry and boring. I find myself day dreaming during the reading, then snap back to the book and found I must have missed something, because 30 minutes have gone by and I have no idea what just happened.
Ultimately, not worth the time to finish. I'm halfway thru and probably will not finish it, which is sad. I hate leaving books in the middle, and I almost never do.
Next I will be reading "Black Hills", by Nora Roberts. Stay tuned.
This is the only book in the Sigma Force series that I have read, so perhaps by reading these books in order I would have a different opinion. I was disappointed in the lack of character development of the main characters, Mr.Rollins seemed to rely on stereotypes... The hero was always distracted by any pretty girl he'd see. There were also too many secret entities-- Sigma "the good guys" and not only the one villain unleashing his genetically modified corn on the world, but a whole secret cabal of villians, then a third "Club of Rome". There were teams of "good guys" in several places across the globe all at the same time, again taking effort on the part of the reader to keep everyone straight.
There were grains of interest in his choice of using mysterious passages in the Doomsday Book, but the "key" was a let down.
The book itself is interesting and well-paced; but the narrator - who is fine during straight narrative - should STOP trying to do accents. There are several foreign characters and the wide range of uniformly poorly done accents takes away from an otherwise good story.
I was very excited to see that James Rollins had returned with another Sigma Force novel. If you liked Black Order and the Judas Strain (Excellent listen), you will enjoy the Doomsday Key. James Rollins is always bridging the gap between fact and fiction, and if you do the research after (while) listening to his books, you will be surprised by how much of it is factual.
I was not very pleased with this books ending. I thought Rollins could have done more. He builds up the climax of the story very well, but he does not conclude it with a bang. Nonetheless, if you like international espionage, this is definitely an enjoyable listen.
Peter Jay Fernandez did a good job with the narration.
As a huge fan of James Rollins, I knew this would be a great book. I was wrong, it was FANTASTIC!! I never get bored with the action, locations and history in each book. A MUST read!!
The story sounded interesting in the beginning with talk about the prophecy of St. Malachi and the audit done by King William of England in the 11th century.
But the impossible to believe situations of the characters, Crow and Grey were too much. The Author James Rollins seems to be somewhat sympathetic to the myth of overpopulation. What's worse, Rollins succumbed to pressure from the homosexual lobby by featuring at the end of the book one of the characters, John Cree, as a homosexual. Sort of a sucker punch that did not need to be there, very much like the Dumbledore character at the end of Harry Potter.
Stupid propaganda for the left wing once again.