If you're expecting Pendergast, then yes you will be disappointed. But, if you want more Eli Glenn from Ice Limit here's your chance. The book isn't bad. It's just different. Perhaps it would be a better listen if Scott Brick had been the narrator.
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!!!
I'll just start of with that I don't think I've ever given less than 4 stars to and Preston and Child book I've previously read. I knew that this would be a new series so I was not expecting another Pendergast type novel but what I did expect was story with well developed characters, plot twist, and atmosphere. This book just did not deliver. Most of the characters are never really developed, other than Gideon, most characters only show up for 2 - 3 dispersed chapters and you never really get to know them. As for Gideon, he has a well developed back story but you never really get to the point where you really care about him or what's happening to him. Your always hoping that there is something special about Gideon, his wit, his strength, something... but at the end of the book, it feels like it was just dumb luck that carries him along. It really feels like a screen play, some of the scenes are so cookie cutter that you know the next chapter is gonna have an explosion, Gideon making some obvious statement about what he needs to do next, and some line that will tell you that the villain is a really bad guy. The dialog pretty much tells you what to think, even if that goes against all common sense. You really need to use your suspension of belief during this book. The main "trick" that Gideon used to deal with situations in the book is just so unbelievable, that it seems ridiculous... and he uses that same "trick" so many times that you really just get sick of it. Halfway through the book you have hope that it will still get better to make it to the end you really got to slog through it. The one thing that was done well in the book was the atmosphere of NY city. The places they described and the detail used really put you into Manhattan. Its just too bad that you don't really care about what the characters are doing.
Gideon is not good character. Hard to like him and that makes for a sometimes difficult listen. The story was OK but not up to Perdergast standards.
Yes. This is the genre of book that I read for pure entertainment and that is exactly what I got. I was thoroughly absorbed on a Sunday afternoon & evening.
It was definitely interesting, especially toward the end.
After reading so many negative reviews, I almost didn't get this book because I usually read those reviews to see if anything falls in my sphere of interest. I'm beginning to think we had listened to two different books.
I am hard pressed to find any faults with the story or performance. It was a fast paced adventure that I had no problem following, from beginning to end. All of the characters were well accounted for and introduced as to their relevance in the storyline.
When I finished this book, I immediately bought the sequel..."Gideon's Corpse".