great performance by Dick hill. Story was interesting, was choppy at times, difficult to follow, fell apart in 15 minutes before the end. Was not one of all the best
For most of the book the writing was quite adequate, the narration was very good--more like a performance than a reading--the plot gradually built suspense, the main character was fairly well developed, and then it just went off the rails. It spent most of the time being a thriller about a crime and a pending act of terrorism, plus an interesting, if slightly paranoid, look at the convoluted redundancies and insular natures of the Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI, Secret Service, and CIA, Then out-of-the-blue it dove south into a politically bizarre and scary "solution".
If that ends up being an indication about the POV from which this author writes, it may be both my first and last of his books.
Deutermann is unique in that he doesn't have just one main character that you follow, and his characters are always well developed. He is brilliant and this is just another example. Dick Hill is always a great narrator as well. The combination can't be beat! I listened to Deutermann because one of his books was on sale and now I look forward to every new book.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
The story had me engaged the whole time. Swamp seems to be a cool guy. I will look for more by Deutermann with this character.
I suspect P.T. Deutermann is something of a political wacko. The government is really, really, really out to get his character, as well as (easily) control the news media, the courts, the police and anybody else with half a brain and a memory of his spine. In this version of America, it's so easy to push people around and hatch absurd plots to control the world. If it wasn't so silly, it would be pretty good, meaning, the writing is solid, the central characters are alive and the plot is fast and fluid.
I enjoyed the main character, but the basic premise is not believable. Characters do not do what they should, which is setting up for a twist ending, but the ending makes no sense in the real world. Characters walk down dark alleys where similar characters were murdered the night before, return to homes where they have been previously attacked, etc. If I were to take on a disguise in a city and world in search of terrorists, and I was blond and blue eyed, I wouldn't disguise myself as an Arab or Pakistani. Details like these make it hard to keep going. The final premise that we, as Americans get to do very bad things to the Arab world because we get financial gain, and besides they are the faceless enemy, just promotes a world concept that is black and white and will never know peace.
I can't recommend this one. The stupidity of the characters (both the good guys and the bad guys) is absolutely incredible. Nancy Drew would run circles around them.
Written a more realistic plot. The characters consistently return to the scene of previous carnage/horror, they act impulsively without any prior recon or thought of back-up. I could give you more examples, but I don't want to reveal too many details, in case there are folks out there who still want to read this one.
Dick Hill's narration was the bright spot in this stodgy work. His voice characterizations are distinctive, and I think that his performance of Swamp Morgan is what endeared this character to me, despite the crass folly of his actions, especially at the end of the plot.
I'm sad that I wasted my treasured monthly credit on this dud.
Better narrator and less cliche writing.
A lot less "cheese"
Probably not. It was difficult much of the time to differentiate one character from another.
Yes it wasn't overly expensive.