These two don't write bad books but the ending was disappointment. You can tell they are setting up a new character. There seemed to be too many holes in the story. It was entertaining though.
A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.
Absolutely. Preston and Child are an amazing team, but I stopped listening halfway through because of the repetitive
I've listened to all the Pendergast books by this team and a couple from each of them individually, and this is the first time I have been genuinely disappointed. I have a little over an hour left to listen to, and I don't know if I will even finish...I just want all the characters to die and have it be done.
One of my big complaints is that they've taken a page from George Lucas' exposition manual: Instead of things happening, let's just have a random character show up and tell us about things happening...and this character will, with nearly no encouragement, spill all the secret information that this other character happens to need.
Let me save you a credit/some money: This thing happened...then this happened, then this other thing happened...and this implausible thing happened...and there were some people talking...and the people formed deep personal relationships in 5 minutes for no reason...and then some stuff happened.
John Glover has a great voice, once I managed to not hear him as Lionel Luther from Smallville, but he doesn't have a particularly wide range of character voices, so everyone tends to sound the same. Combined with the writing style, which at times is simply lines of dialog alternating between characters, I found it hard to keep track of who was supposed to be saying what. But in the end, it's fine, because they are all the same character anyway.
Did I mention that I did not like this book? :)
Love books, what else can I say.
Yes, great story. Builds at a nice pace to thrilling ending. All the while the great narration keeps you hooked.
Yes, it moved at good pace with very little "empty" prose.
No, this is my first John Glover performance. I knew about him from Smallville, but will definitely seek out more performances by him.
I laughed a few times, overall a great story.
I'm a fan of the Preston/Child books and have followed along faithfully, but I am very disappointed in this story and in the audio version. The narration is uninspired and at times confusingly emphasized, almost as though he was unsure of the meaning of the sentence or the sentiment being expressed. A better narration might have made this less annoying (for example, any female character in the audio version; there is a keening whininess to the ???voice??? of women the narrator uses that makes this hard to listen to at points). The story is predictable and clich?? - the animal-name assassin (Jackal, Ferret, Dragon, Bunny...lame), the aggressive female CIA agent (who of course is sex mad!), the brilliant and physically fit nuclear scientist/special agent in search of vengeance...c'mon. If someone other than P&C tried to sell this to a publisher...well I wouldn't be writting this now. I thought that the zombie news reporter from the Pendergast novels was the low point for the duo....I may have been premature. They really phoned this one in. If you can stand to live through some nails-on-chalkboard faux cockney accent (mercifully brief) and you like some canned plot mystery that requires no thought, this is the novel for you! If, however, you prefer something good, search on! If you???re looking for an example of a good narrator, look at Kyril Bonfiglioli read by Simon Prebble ??? the perfect blend of content and narrative character.
3 hours into the story and I have no idea "who" the main character is or why we've flown through 25 years of his life. No angst, no internal conversation, no understanding of why he is here and why he KNOWS he needs to go here or there and get the information. The character could be GI Joe....run...fight...win... This is possibly the worst character development I have ever seen in a "major" novel. Don't waste your credits. Buy it when it comes out as the story line in a Donald Duck comic.
You'll probably buy this if you like Preston and Child's other books. I did. I couldn't finish listening to it. A first for their books. Too bad since I would buy them without hesitation in the past. No more. I have to hope they didn't write this drivel.
I have to say, I was excited for this book to come out. Now that I have tried to listen 10 times, to no avail...not so much. I love these guys, but this one just doesn't hold my interest!!!