yes, the series overall is very good and I don't like missing books in a series.
George is the best!
Berenson's name should be spoken with the same reverence as Grisham and Rowling. Add his audio narrator George Guidell's name as well. Trust me. Please. Listen. Read.
I have a hard time remembering each book well enough to decide on comparative quality. I listen while driving, and I am a driver first, a listener second. There are a couple convenient short cuts taken within the story. Continued use of characters from previous books which pop up again. Not really a problem, but it can feel a bit lazy or cute when you have read a few series that abuse the technique. I don't feel that the author abuses the re-use of characters, but it effected the read.
There is something about the depth and pace of the first two thirds of the book that made me appreciate the authors crafting of this book and raised my enjoyment. The feeling that you are learning something about the world while enjoying an action adventure is something I like. The handling of Islam throughout the series is great in my ignorant opinion.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
The fifth book in the John Wells series was better than the previous two in many ways. I liked the underlying storyline of this novel. I enjoyed learning a little about the Saudi Royal famil. I enjoyed the various travels by air and seas. But, for me, the key to whether I like a book is always character development. John Wells is a richly developed protagonist. This book let me learn more about his life and his past. I always like when there are bits of story told through flashbacks.
However, I took away one star due to the ending which was horrible. The story fell apart and it left me wanting more - but not in the good way. Bummer. Nevertheless, number six is definitely in my queue.
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Begin with Book 2, not 1. By this book in the series the story has found its true and shining voice. It is simply a perfect mix of politiical ntrigue and shining humanity.
The character depiction of the 90-year-old Saudi King from his grief to anger to unresolved revenge was beautiful.
For the first time in the series, the link from clue to clue was solid and possible. Other than that would be reporting of spoilers--so pick this one up and read it or enjoy George Guidall's excellent narration.
Disclosure: This is not my genre. That said, I have enjoyed this series. The stories are well crafted. Everything seems to fit without being transparent. The characters are consistently drawn story to story. Throughout there is very little call for suspension of disbelief despite inherent unreality. George Guidall’s narration adds to the quality of the series. I’ve given each 4 stars but would give the series 5. In short, these stories are great entertainment for very little effort on the part of the listener.
Loved the story and John Wells' character but have a newfound love of the character Ellis Shafer. I love Ellis dearly - he keeps me laughing! George Guidall narrates these stories fabulously. He is my all-time favorite narrator.
Ellis of course!
I think so but I did tire of the whole assassin thing. Not enough depth of character
See the above
He is the absolute best out there!
Not sure. Not if it is just more of the same
dud not resolve plot. very disappointed. resolved entire story in epilogue . I was very disappointed.