This is for sure a top 10 book in terms of characters and story line. I've read/listened to all the Vince Flynn book, many Brad Thor books etc and this book hangs with the best of them.
If you enjoy, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and Lee Child, you'll like this book.
1. He oversold it. He didn't need to read the chapter headings like batman talks to the Joker. It was a little much.
2. The way he narrated for the characters did not match what was happening in the book. The book would state that a certain phrase was screamed or yelled by the character, but the narrator decided to use a low intense voice thru clinched teeth. If the character is yelling in the book, the narrator should reflect that to a certain degree.
3. Speaking of clinched teeth. There was way too much of that going on. I would suggest the narrator use that technique sparingly.
I loved how all the story lines interacted with each other in a realistic and clear manner. Many times books can get too complicated but the author did a great job of keeping things clear and manageable.
Intense suspense, characters who are realistic and easy to keep track of, no fluff or sex or off topic conversations. This book just keeps tightly to the story line which is very plausible and addictive for suspense addicts.
Using the Irish accent for one character in a very American novel brought extra and unexpected flavor.
I've not listened to any of Peter Hermann's novels, but will start looking for them.
I'd recommend the author do some research on how SWAT teams breach a house. Also, the billionaire in the book seems to be indestructible. Basically, the ending was all BS.
Only if it were categorized as science fiction, as this book stretched the definition of fiction. It reminded me of Die Hard, where multiple Bruce Willis type characters have 9 lives.
And while I appreciate the attempt at detail, the author's knowledge of firearms is clearly lacking. A professional assassin who uses a Taurus? A Glock 227? Police officers brandishing M60 machine guns? A guy who removes a "cartridge" from his shoulder after being shot? Putting a silencer on a 357 magnum?
A few very simple Google searches would have cleared all of these things up. Just say "pistol", "rifle", "sub-machine gun" and be done with it.
Some aspects of the story line were interesting, but much of the story felt very predictable.
There were quite a few characters in this book, and I give the narrator credit for attempting to switch voices between each character, but I quickly got confused by the voices, and it sounded like he did too, confusing voices and using what sounded like a Russian accent for a Panamanian character.
Also, the pacing in the first third of the book had some very strange sections. At one point, the speed was so fast, it sounded like I had pressed the 1.5x speed button. At other times, it was painfully slow, with strange pauses between words. It almost sounded like an audio editing issue.
If you just want to kill time and have a distraction, it might be worth it. But it definitely wasn't one of the better fiction books I've listened to.
Authentically thrilling story, as good as Vince Flynn's great books - moving and believable characters -- you'll love it