While I enjoy Steve Berry's writing, I must agree with other reviewers about the poor voice given to this work. Scott Brick reads each sentence in the same dramatic tone. Whether Cotton is in the middle of an intense shoot-out or if he simply remarks on the weather, the narrator embodies the sentence with the same weight. One wonders whether Brick bothered to read the book at all, even as he reads it to us.
This is my first, and last, Steve Berry novel.
I was half-way through a chapter and literally shouted-out "who cares".
Endless droning about Napoleon. Erratic jumps in time-line, characters, and location.
The narration didn't help much either.
Sorry, not my cup of tea. I wish I had read the reviews before buying this.
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.