The good -
The bad -
shallowly developed characters
The ugly -
terrible narration. all the voices were the same and the man cannot do accents to save his life.
Over-read, as in Over-acted. The book was ok, but I truly struggled with Mr. Brick's, William Shatner-esque reading of it. I will not buy any more of the books read by this person. Did anyone listen to this reading before it was put out for sale?
Neither the settings or the characters had any life to them, most of the plot and devices were lifted from other works. The plotting is competent, and Scott Brick always helps any book.
I'm really surprised by the rush of rave reviews early on. Were these from people who actually liked the book, or were they placed by the author and/or his friends?
After I finished this book, I listened to James Lee Burke's latest; his three sentences describing the sunrise on the bayou in the opening crackle with life, and made me realize what I'd been missing.
boring, nonsensical rubbish. i kept having to rewind as i lost my place in the story over and over. i find this happens when the audiobook i am listening to is so poor that outside events are more interesting.
also getting seriously fed up of scott bricks rather nasal tones and his totally unbelievable and pathetic attempts at foreign accents. (in this book he was trying to do australian, but his british is just as unconvincing). i gave up after about 3 hours as i simply could not endure any more. dont waste your credit.
I'm about halfway through this audio book and I just don't want to continue. I have no interest in the characters, or the "plot". The author initiates flashbacks like an episode of Family Guy. Somebody will say something about a past experience, and then you're off on 20 minutes of a flashback. I'm getting really tired of Scott Brick as well. His narration was great in a story like Paranoia by Joseph Finder, where the main character was a bit sarcastic, but after a while, he gets annoying. I've had to switch to Lost Light by Michael Connelly, and I'm back in my audio book groove. I think the author should try harder to avoid such common situations and characterizations in the thriller genre. Those of us who've listened/read these kinds of books for a while are looking for something new and original.
I live to ride my bike.
I read this based on the prequel. The main character Jonathan Quinn is a cleaner. His job is to finishing jobs, usually hits, which were done wrong and hiding bodies and evidence. Here he is not doing much cleaning. He is running for his life and solving a mystery. That was a slight disappointment. Cleaning was the hook for me in the prequel.
This book does have a bad ass woman, Orlando. She does not take prisoners and has many skills and resourceful with no problem with killing. She needs to be a regular in he book. She made a splash of a psychopath.
Nate, Quinn's protegee, is very low key. His greatest contribution in the book is aggravating Quinn. Whatever he is told not to do, he will run off to do it.
You must pay attention in this book. The action starts with Nate and Quinn running for their lives. From that action, many suspects are considered as possible people who ordered the hit, the traitor of the organization or the mad men behind the plan to commit genocide.
I had to take a few seconds to review the relationships. Everyone was considered for each atrocity with really good logic.
I am going to read the next book in hopes that Quinn becomes the cleaner from the prequel.
Like a roller coaster of plot's twist and turns, up and downs with final answers arriving in the last few monitors. A good read or listen. Narrator is good with accents and speech styles. Go for it.