I got through about 2/3rd of the book and had to finally give up. Worthless characters, worthless story, and no point. I usually get into the story and characters pretty quickly, but this story doesn't lend itself to a reader caring about anything. After a while, I tuned out and gave up. I couldn't give it no stars so one it is.
Scott Brick is one of my absolute favorite readers but even he could not save this book. It is not often that I simply stop listening but this book was completely boring. The characters are uninteresting and it reads like a predictable bad TV show. Bummer.
If Scott Brick were a film actor, he would fire his agent for getting him this role.
I found this shallow and un-involving. I just couldn't figure out who these people were and gave up caring.
For this genre, I feel the Vince Flynn books are 10 times better.
After all the hype about this first thriller by Mr. Battles, I really looked forward to listening to it ASAP. Master narrator Scott Brick delivers once again, even though he battles (no pun intended) a bit with the German phrases... as a native German speaker I´m willing to help here, anytime... free of charge.
The story itself is neither outstanding nor special; just an off-the-rack thriller penned by the likes of Ken Follett, Lee Child or Daniel Silva (who do seem to be able to make their characters overall somewhat more believable). Threat of a biological attack, some lukewarm love-interest and an abducted child - all gets solved by the ever-cool freelance hero in a matter of a mere 12 audio hours or approximately 350 book pages. If not for Scott Brick´s excellent reading performance I´d have even rated it only 2.5 and easily forgettable, even though this audio book will at least make your next traffic jam a little more enjoyable for its sheer entertainment value.
This very fast moving story was following the heroic character to save the world from a deadly plot by devious characters. The involvement of former mentor and his total psychotic behaviour s a little hard to swallow. Many years hiding out to hide the fact of his faked death does not seem plausible at all.
Like both books I ahve audio'd I listened to it twice and picked up details that were missed first time around. Enjoyed the listen.
Narrators voices helped a lot.