Aside from the deep submersion into historical events and theories, Berry's epilogues are worth listening to. He (at least on more recent books) separates historical fact from his fiction, and describes --almost footnotes--how he derived the theories and story line. He was truthful about never having been to China when he wrote this book, which is evidence of his comprehensive research of history and detail. His books are more than a good read; they are a fascinating study of the historical details and events we only touched on in school, and up to this point, weren't memorable. He makes them memorable, by giving credible life to historical figures and events. I am reading his books in reverse chronology, as I got "hooked" with one of the current ones. I find myself eagerly awaiting the epilogue at the conclusion, and being disappointed that the older books don't "set the record straight". So far, they are all excellent reads and learning experiences.
While I am fascinated by Chinese history and love thrillers/mysteries that are set in this area of the world, the characters detracted from what should have been an excellent novel. The descriptions and actions of the main characters were interesting, but the dialogue is contrite and reminds me of a bad movie. The actions scenes were predictable - and there was very little surprise. Some of the monologues about Chinese emperors and dynasties went on a bit long - even I became a bit bored. I did enjoy the descriptions of the Chinese artifacts and tombs. I also found the background of the terracotta army fascinating. The narrrator was pretty good. It is a good read, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.
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Steve Berry is one of my favorite authors, but this book is a dog. It is boring, it is hard to tell characters a part, (Ne, Tong, Po) , too much chinese history and not much action. Do not waste your time with this book.
Normally I am a big fan of Steve Berry, and the work Scott Brick does narrating his books. This one, not as much. Sprawling is sometimes good, but messy isn't , and this one seems to get messy. Cotton Malone and his ongoing adventures gets caught up in internal Chinese politics, and the result is like leftover take out, abit cold, and messy. I listened to the end, and am not slamming this story, but I never really warmed up to it.
I purchased this audio book on sale.....and now I know why it was on sale. The narration was so bad, it was nearly impossible to differentiate between characters. The attempt at Chinese accents hurt my ears it was so bad. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
I am new to Steve Berry so I had no idea of his writing style. I found the use of history to weave a story to be entertaining and enlightening. This book is not a Dirk Pitt-type novel usually filled with action but the pace kept me interested. This is a book one would listen to while doing something else and not miss much in the process so that is a bonus. Listening to a book that makes me think is worth the listen.
I have enjoyed several other Steve Berry books, but this one drug on and on with way to much detail and very little story line. He explained several points of Chinese history over and over. I also think this was the worst readings I have listen to by Scott Brick. He over dramatized often and sounded more like a "Drama Queen". I have listened to other works I did not care for, but I have never taken the time to write a review. This book was so bad I felt obligated.
This book is interesting but I have found it very difficult to keep track of all the names and their associated roles... I am only halfway but have had to restart it twice and finally ended up writing a character list. It might just "be me", or the ethnocentricity of being blocked for non-Euro-American names, but it is really causing me to lose sight of the entertainment value. Plus, unless there is some crazy twist at the very end, it seems that the end is revealed in the Prologue (!?)
i normally love steve berry and am usually fascinated by anything to do with china. but for some reason could not get into this book. it was so boring. i kept losing the plot... thinking about shopping, what to cook for dinner, have the kids done their homework?
this book fails in its basic job: namely to entertain. i got about 4 hours in and then decided not to waste any more of my time on it. got a lee child instead. feel cross about the loss of a credit.