The Paris Vendetta is a typical Cotton Malone thriller written in Steve Berry's careful but meandering style. If you like his other works, you'll like this one. The narrator, however, was awful. His false dramatic tension was overused for even the most mundane passages, making it difficult for me to get into the story. His accents were not well done, and it was VERY difficult to tell the two main adult-men characters (Cotton and Sam) from each other. I finished it, but it wasn't easy and I'll never buy a Scott Brick production again.
Steve Berry has a great basic story to tell:a modern day action mystery based on some famous historical people and events.However his endless repetition of descriptions and character motivations made the novel very long and tedious and my mind wandered while waiting for the repitions to end and the action or clues to continue.The narrator does not differentiate much between the characters and I was often not sure who was meant to be speaking.A good editor should have deleted the repetition and suggested some deeper character development then the book would be truly a blockbuster
I've read or listened all of Berry's novels. This is, in my opinion, the best of the Cotton Malone series. After several books of steadily declining interest- (I barely made it through the Charlemagne one), this one is back to the level of high quality from Berry's earlier novels. At least you can say that Berry is more prolific than his obvious model Dan Brown- he's written the entire Malone series in about the time elapsed between Brown's last 2 books). This one works best because the focus is back on the characters-rather than some fantastic historical premise. The characters here, villains and heroes alike, are more interesting and complex this time.
This is my first Berry novel, and overall, I was disappointed. I didn't hate the book, but wouldn't recommend it either.
The beginning is quite slow; and the end feels abrupt and unsatisfying. The long and protracted development of the female "villain's" character and diabolical scheme comes to a sudden and unrealistic anti-climax. After hours and hours of nebulous theorizing and planning, the whole thing comes apart in a way that she should have planned for. Unsatisfying.
I also did not like the narrator, especially in the beginning - however it didn't bother me too much after some time. Jumping back-and-forth between characters and locations so often, in third-person, was also off-putting.
I did finish it, so it's not terrible; just not great either.
I thought it was ok, and got used to the narrator. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but rounded down because of higher expectations.
this book was action packed from the get-go. Really enjoyed it. Downloaded another book to my kindle by Steve Berry, just so I could enjoy reading more from him.
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If Scott Brick (the narrator) were to read this review, every banal word of it would be laden with high drama, full of pregnant, ill-placed pauses. Inane sentences, such as this one, would be saturated with false doom. If I were to write something poignant you'll miss it because Brick reads everything as a Greek tragedy.
I gave the book 5 stars to compensate the author in my small way. His reputedly great story has been aurally massacred. For audiophiles, that's a very sad thing.
Steve Berry and Scott Brick is just a perfect match for audio books. This must have been one of my favourite audio books by far.
I listen to the book during to long 10 hours flights. I really enjoyed it and I do not agree with other comments about the narrator
English is not my native language, and I found the descriptions from Paris very accurate.