I really was looking forward to this book because it seemed like a cross between "The DaVinci Code" and the Mitch Rapp novels. However, it failed miserably to be like either, which was hugely disappointing. I had to stop listening (something I NEVER do because I can't stand "wasting my money"), but I had to put myself out of my misery. Besides the storyline being both confusing and dull, Scott Brick, the narrator, has a very bizarre way of overstressing the syllables and the content, so the parts that were supposed to be suspenseful weren't because the way he read it made all the parts suspenseful.
Seriously, save your credit and your time. This book was bad on all accounts.
PS. I ended up not waiting for my next credit and paid to download "The Help" and couldn't have been more thrilled with it.
The plot sounded interesting. The story telling was not. The characters came across like some grade B movie, having no depth. Bad guys are bad, good guys are good with not much else provided by the author.
Did not enjoy the constant moving from one of several centeral characters to another. I think this was to try and create a sense of action and fast pace, in my mind it did not succed. This is a dull and tediuos book.
I like comic books, but this was a bad and poorly dramatically drawn comic book.
Take a slightly believable plot and add a huge amount of running around and this is what you get. I'm a big fan of the Mitch Rapp books and this one can't hold a candle to them. The plot races along with a lot of non-surprises ending up with, as Shakespeare said - "A lot of sound of fury signifying nothing". What really got me though was the gratuitous violence graphically described. And remember, I'm a Mitch Rapp fan.
I was disappointed in an earlier Steve Berry book, but I thought I would take another chance. No more. I felt like I was watching TV with someone who likes to change the channel every 3 seconds. He moved from one plot to another every other paragraph. The plot was predictable and lifeless. Critical elements were explained pages after they were first exposed to the reader. I like Scott Brick, but even he couldn't save this book.
I thought Berry did a fantastic job again in this continuing saga. If you have read the Cotton Malone series from the first installment, The Templars Legacy, then you will see that the character construction happens from the very beginning. If this is your first book with Malone in it then the character development might seem a bit lacking. I would encourage you to start over in the beginning. I enjoy his use of facts and actual places (for the most part) in his books. This one in particular was interesting to me as it is the first book in the series that stays within the confines of North America. Rich in history. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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This story was a bit different from other Cotton Malone stories as it was set in the US. The historical perspective is the highlight of the story as it is with most Cotton Malone stories, in my opinion. These aren't riverting thrillers where you can't put the book down but they are entertaining. I'd always thought John WilkesBooth might have been part of a conspiracy........
Good story with good interaction among the already-known characters. As always, like the historical ties and their incorporation into the plot.
This is my second Steve Berry book to listen to. I enjoyed the narration by Scott Brick - I don't recall being distracted by his performance, thus it must have enhanced my experience. Mr Berry has plots within plots that keep the mind working overtime, sometimes laboriously. He reaches back into 1835 and brings the Andrew Jackson assassination attempt deep within the story line of this book. I listen to books while taking long trips and I appreciate non-abridged editions. This one kept me entertained my whole trip and then some. The hero/heroin are sometime superhuman but I would not really appreciate anything less. I recommend this book for those that like adventurous tales, especially ones that twist history into current day action.
Loved it. Interesting story, fast paced and good use of political history...but with a lot of liberty taken.