The story, the writing, and the reading. Sorry for the comparison, but after you've read Daniel Silva novels in the same genre- or even Nelson DeMille or Vince Flynn for that matter - the writing in this novel just doesn't compare. Many holes in the plot, cliched dialog, and downright sophomoric character development.
Possibly, if the reading had been decent, the story and dialog might have fared better. But the reading was atrocious. Inflection did not match the dialog or setting, etc. Give a listen to the masters - George Guidall, Ron McLarty, or even Scott Brick (if a sarcastic protagonist is called for) and you'll see what I mean. Why some authors opt for the voice artists they do is beyond me (I am a voice over artist but do not read for books).
I thought I would give the second book a chance but from the comments, I think I'm done with this author.
This was the first of 85 books I was really disappointed in.
one awesome book
how he treated his gal
how jennifer cared for him when he was beaqt up
The best part was the overall storyline in this novel. It was creative and had plenty of twist and action especially in the second half.The least part I liked was the inclusion of the dark killings such as torturing cilivians. I frankly could have overlooked in the first time but it was reoccuring theme throughout. Plus, it didn't really fit. What politician would hire a sadistic killer to covertly monitor and take out targets without raising any attention? The driveby shooting on Pike was the most ridiclous idea to fit their objectives. There were other inconsisent things like the bugging of ultra-top secret government issued devices. Which in my opinion was also very stupid in the long run. If found, it would eventually be led back to the source. I could go on and on but hopefully you get the generally idea.
This is the first and only book of his I've read. I may get the second one in this series but haven't decided yet.
This is the first time listening to male narrators and I didn't care for it. Part of annoyance with the characters in the first half of the book may have been in part due to the narration.
Well, since movies rarely have the same content as the book version. Yes, if the main two characters and the major overall plot were the same or close to it.
If you having or had trouble listening to the first half of the book, stick with it or skip to the second half. The second half was good and worth gritting my teeth through the first part.If you are seeking romance, then don't bother with this book. In fact, the brutal violence throughout the novel will probably give you nightmares if you were hoping this was a romance novel.
I was not impressed by these characters at all and some of the story line was just preposterous. Jennifer was whinning one minute and kicking someone's face the next. The jumping back and forth between narrators was distracting, perhaps if the narration had been done by Brick or Hill these 15 hours would have been more enjoyable. The novel was not up to par with Flynn or Thor at all. Seems Taylor has only written two books so perhaps his style and story lines will get better. I was disappointed that I paid 22 bucks for this.
Great new author! Brad Taylor will be as good as Thor, Child, Baldacci, Flynn & Eisler.
This was a great read. Give us more Pike, please.