I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
There are several twists and turns in the science involved in this book, which I can not discuss or it will ruin the book for you. The odd science is the main reason I like to read P&C. The odd science in Relic, Mount Dragon and Ice Limit lead me to buy several P&C novels when they went on sale last year. What is cool about most of these books is that these weird science anomalies are usually based on some small fact or myth.
With this book and a couple of others though I have been distracted by the poor characters and plots that surround the science. Most characters are cliche and plots predictable. In this book the main character is a tragic figure. Bad things happen to this guy and people around him die. This leads him to be a really true Sad Sack. In this story his high school sweetheart marries another man who quote "Has never laughed". The sorry thing is I know women like this, who are attracted to sad characters and then later wonder why their lives are so sad.
P&C string you along, by giving you a mystery you want to see solved, but you have to suffer through all this other sad crap they throw in and (sorry P&C fans) truly bad writing. Why two science guys think they can write romance is beyond me. If they would stick to science they could write some truly great books. At least in this book, unlike "Still Life With Crows" they got the small town right, except the church. They treated the small town a little better in this book, I guess since it is on the East Coast and not in Fly Over Country.
Part of the book reminded me of Gold Rush on Discovery Channel. Just as soon as you think you are getting somewhere something breaks or goes wrong. It amazed me how often the characters would celebrate, just to have something go wrong. Every time they celebrated I would mentally cringe, knowing that something tragic was about to happen.
Scott Brick whose narrating style fits P&C books, held back a little on his usual dramatics, making the book a little easier to listen to .
Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
I'm always a sucker for a good pirate treasure or swashbuckling novel. Riptide isn't a pirate novel, but it is about the search for pirate treasure.
The story is a bit like a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Dan Brown novel in that it features a lot of high-tech equipment with a story that deals with secrets and hidden treasure.
Riptide starts off a little slowly but it picks up pace eventually and reaches quite an exciting (though slightly far-fetched) conclusion.
Overall, a good listen, with narrator Scott Brick providing a solid reading, though it's not his best work.
The story isnt bad but can be slow and not in the way that it would increase suspense. The narrator reads the entire story with a depressing overly dramatic affectation of doom. Right from the start his voice seems to tell us this story won't end well. Reminds me of the way Vincent Price use to talk.
I like the Preston/Child combo - would still put Relic and a few others (i.e., the Pendergast series) much ahead of this story. It's ok - pretty slow and a not too all exciting experience overall. Reader is fine - if the story was an hour vs 8 hours I'd give it 5 starts.
More action, more creative, less flashbacks which have no bearing on the story...
Reader did a good job
Maybe a made for TV movie
Read the Pendergast books before this one...they are much better.
Yes, I love the Pendergast novels but I will try to avoid books narrated by Scott Brick since I am having a problem divorcing his voice from the Dune novels he has previously recorded.
Though I thought many of the characters were predictable. The overall plot was comforting in its predictability.
This narrator offers the same performance in this novel as he has every other story I have ever heard him narrate. I often forgot that I wasn't listending to a Dune novel but another story entirely. Though I once really liked this narrator, the constant sense of impending doom he broadcasts has started to take away from the storylines for me.
As I haven't finished the book yet and am having a problem motivating myself to do so, I can't comment on the need for a follow-up.
The action and plotting in the story are very good. There are some rough places where characters act ridiculously obtuse or change motivations without warning, and sometimes you wonder if the medicine and science has any basis in fact. Mostly, though, it's a fun story with a fun premise and basic but interesting characters. It's a good book to keep you alert on a long drive.
I LOVE Audible
I am about 3/4 of the way through the story... and just can't finish it. The book seems to go on and on and on. One tense scene after another, it never ends.
Unfortunately I don't think I will finish this one.
Story is ok... a little like the Goonies. Too drawn out.
Narrator sounds like he is leading a guided meditation.
The story was predictable, but entertaining. It was Scott Brick's grating narration that made it difficult to listen to this book. The worst offense was Brick's version of a female with a french accent - did he (and the editors) really think this was a good idea? I have listened to Brick's other books and didn't find them as obnoxious as this one, but I will not be purchasing another book with Brick as narrator.
No It was an entertaining book for relaxation. Usual mystery / thriller type - not outstanding but met my expectations for relaxation. I however would not have purchased if it was not being sold with a special deal.
Scott Brick, who I realize is one of the favorite narrators, is just not my favorite.He sounds the same book to book with the same inflections of voice and tone- sometimes sounds like a whine.I always feel that he plays the same character. He is not my favorite but usually I can listen depending on my purpose and length of the book. However I will often not purchase a book because he is the narrator.