This is the first of a series about Sigma Force, an undercover team of military operatives. I chose this book not because of the military theme but because of the slightly supernatural archaeological theme. I was not disappointed, there seemed to be just the right amount of military ops without overshadowing the other aspects of the story. I will be trying out the next book to see if I have found another new series.
I would give this 4 stars if not for the terrible narrator. Often when someone is narrating a story the character will sound different than we would imagine them if we were reading the book. However, this was different to the point of being painful at times. The female characters were especially bad. The English accents were not good either. Nice try and fun story. With a better narrator would be much better.
Great set of topics, conspiracy, history, "secret agent" stuff, a good portion of weapon and tactical nerdiness (even though he makes some mistakes referencing various arms and calibers), and finally with some good 'ol mystical magic and spirituality for good measure.
Interesting non-perfect characters with their individual flaws and excellence, surprising turn of events and some unusual settings.
Simply a terrible reader who does not appear to be excited about what he reads, with a too young a voice to match the depth of the topics and simply with a poor acting ability. A narrator has to have a much more sophisticated disposition and mastery of accents to match the breadth of the characters in the international settings in this story.
I would love to hear more in the series but since it's the same narrator in the second book I'm going to read it instead. I really cant stand that narrator. In fact, I couldn't even finish the first book on audio. It really is an unfortunate match.
I don't know. I liked the story but the narration was awful. I don't know if he actually read it like this or if it was edited after the fact but he goes so fast, no pauses even at the end of chapters, and every sentence sounds the same. If I got distracted for even five seconds we would be in a completely different location and time in the story listening to different characters. You couldn't tell because he reads like one big run on sentence.
Given the choice, no. I really want to listen to the next book in the series though and he's the reader. I guess I'll tough it out for one more book and then enjoy the new readers for the rest of the series,
Probably would not bother with this author again.
I really wanted to like this book but it just got sillier and sillier.
I have listened to 250+ audio books and the narrator ruined this book. I tried to listen for about 2 hours and just couldn't do it. Sorry, probably a good story but...it was just bad.
I started listening to the Sigma Force books midway through the series so I appreciated getting some of the back story found in this book. As usual, Rollins does a great job of integrating history, science, and mystery into a cohesive plot. I like that his books include strong female characters who stand up for themselves and fight. The narrator did a great job with the story. He voiced the different characters seamlessly without any of the phoney accents or intonations that can easily throw you out of the story.
Really, this belongs in the sci-fi section. Just because there weren't any vampires or walking dead doesn't mean that it shouldn't have been tagged "science fiction".
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This is the book that never ends... it goes on and on my friend... This novel sounds good in the summary, but it is not pulled of... at least in the audio format. I just wanted to finish it because I used a credit. In a good story you want silence so you don't miss a single thing... this is not that good. There wasn't enough time to develop the characters well because there are so many main characters who have their own significantly involved story. I didn't really connect with any of them or care what happened to them. This is essential for a good story. I think the narration does not fit the content. The narrator has a more youthful voice (maybe due to 3 of the main characters are women?), yet the subject matter is ancient. The vast amount of research is nice, but I feel the author uses too much of it too often when it doesn't move the story along. I found myself wishing it would just end. Don't us a credit on this one. Similar books I liked are Monster Hunter. I hope this helps someone. Later.
Have no idea.
This plot was fascinating with all the combination of history, archaeology and action. The scene with the snake in the bath was really tense.