If you read/listened to The Lion's Game, then this book is a must. It is a bit slow at times and Demille's hyper attention to mundane detail can get semi tedious. "I woke up and opened my eyes, took a breath and then another then kept breathing. I put one foot on the floor then the other...." and so on.
However, The John Corey we all know and love is present and accounted for in all his glory. Scott Brick is spectacular as usual. No need to hesitate picking this one up.
This book seems to have been written for a young teenage boy, one impressed with gore and bravado. I could not finish listening. The main character is an immature jerk that I wanted to be killed off so I would not have to listen to this thoughts. Was he funny? Well, maybe Animal House funny. But this guy is supposed to be an experienced cop, not a college prankster. He was not believable. The villain is a sadist. (Of course, all terrorists are sadists who enjoy drooling as they watch others suffer, right?)
It is a book you cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next. It is about evil and good, a man that hates the USA and how far he would go to destroy our way of life. It is hard to imagine that such people hate us so much but it is something we should always be aware exist in this world.
I've quite liked most of DeMille's books. Perhaps the problem is that my tastes have changed. I no longer find it interesting to watch the "hero" bumble from mistake to mistake, doing dumb things but luckily escaping the consequences. I got as far as Corey racing out the door without going back for his Kevlar vest. What, after 300 pages our hero can't wait another minute to put it on? Then, he steals someone's car from the building garage. No taxi for our hero ... and I'm sure no consequences at the end of the story.
Worse, I've had it up to HERE with male heros who get off on abusing the women in their lives. I wouldn't want to be treated the way he treats Kate and neither would you.
So ... I walked out. Stopped the story and moved on. I've never know how it turns out and I don't care.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
First, the book is pretty good! I LOVE Coreys wisecracks and would actually re-listen to get a laugh, his wife doesn't play a big enough role due to a situation. It has a few twists but not many and is fairly predictible and requires quite a suspension of disbelief. Lastly, as someone who has no use for manhattan, this is the last book I will listen to from Audible that is based in New York, the writer(s), Brick, story line is ALL New York this and New York that. I considered my time there for a job years ago as serving time in prison.
Scott Brick is at his best when he's reading DeMille's smart-ass John Corey. This was a fantastic, tightly plotted, well written, well read thriller.
Readable, as is all DeMille, but the good guy/ bad guy formula is tired this time out. I finished it but didn't feel good about it.
The story was interesting and flowed pretty well, but I think that John Corey put himself into too many ridiculous situations. I imagine that Demille did this to make the first person narrative of John Corey work, but to me it made the story line inconsistent. With this said, I will still eagerly await the next John Cory addition.
Scott Brick does a tremendous job, as usual.
Great book! Love John Cory and Scott Brick is him without a doubt! Waited forever for this book and am glad there will be at least one more in the series. Love Nelson Demille and the characters he makes up-they have such a sense of humor that you find yourself laughing outloud in your car as you listen!