The combination of an intense story, detailed, believable characters and great narration transported me to Scotland as a silent witness to each scene. I was hooked from start to finish.
Without question the lead character, Toni Gallo, was my favorite. She is smart, vulnerable, dedicated, strong and determined.
She does a good job with the narration and I love her accent, especially given the book's setting.
There are several but describing them would be giving away information that could spoil someone's enjoyment of the book.
Probably not, but only because it's a suspense thriller, and those aren't as fun the second time through.
Probably Toni Gallow, although it's hard to say. She's a complex character doing the best she can to deal with a situation that spirals out of control.
Great pacing. Also, she does an excellent job creating voices and personality for the characters without getting goofy.
No--it's not really that kind of book. I will say, though, that I listen to it while driving, and I can't wait to go somewhere to hear another installment.
HIghly recommended, especially for Follet fans. He's a great writer, especially of capers, and he doesn't disappoint here.
Follett is a master of both the thriller and, more recently, the historical drama, so I'm at a loss to figure out how he laid this egg, and why his publisher went along. It's just bad. Boring, slow, stilted, with superficial characters doing improbable things. Weirder still, Follett's historical dramas show he's quite capable of putting himself in the shoes - the heart and mind - of a woman character, but the women in this book are poorly drawn and mind-numblngly boring. Alistair MacClean defined this genre more than 40 years ago with The Satan Bug. This book adds nothing to it and comes nowhere close to achieving the same level of suspense, interest, or - or even accurate research into biohazards and medical labs. Save your credit.
I liked the story although predictable at times. Not his best book but much better that other writers. But it was very entertaining. I would recommend it.
I enjoyed this title (between winces) - Ken Follett is a master of suspense and plotting. But the main character, who is supposed to be an amazing expert in security, is a complete bonehead who fails to take the most elementary precautions while guarding an incredibly deadly virus. She (and the omniscient narrator) are constantly assuring us that the security measures are "state of the art" and the "best that is humanly possible". If that's true, we are all doomed. This security director allows unescorted visitors, doesn't change passwords, allows "tailgating" through security checkpoints, and doesn't review the company security software even though it was written by a known criminal.
A little realism would be nice. Its hard not to want to see the "heroine" go to jail for criminal negligence.
Read "Flight of the Hornet" first, if you haven't read either. Much better.
I am a huge Ken Follett fan but this book had too many repetitive character introductions and not enough suspense. For a true Follett fan I would say read it but I think this one could turn off someone who is new to his writing.
I have read and enjoyed every Ken Follett book written. This is not his best effort. No real suspense, predictible plot/ending, uninteresting characters. Would have expected this book from a less talented author.
Another great Follett book! Follett's characters come alive in all their diversity as they intertwine in this suspenseful novel.