This story started out really well, great concept, good reader, writing style very nice... but it wore on and on and on and added more and more weirdness until I just wanted it to be over. I really did expect an alien ship to show up. Would have fitted right in. Maybe add some elves too. Willing suspension of disbelief just ain't in it! Plus I lost interest in which of the characters lived or died. A very bad place to be in any book. I ended up listening to the last hour on double speed because I did want to know how it ended but golly, if I'd had the book, I would have skimmed whole pages.
Good character development. Great action throughout the story.
I know it's a good book when I can't stop reading/ listening to it. Started during breakfast, put ear buds in while vacuuming, and when I found myself still listening as I was making supper, I knew I had found a good one. Now I realize there are 3 more in this series! Wish I could take a vacation and get caught up.
Bad writing and worse science. Only listen if you have a high tolerance for both. I did not make it through, not even close, so I can't give a more comprehensive review. I quick this book, quite annoyed, after the first chapter -- which no other book has gotten me to do in recent memory.
A greater focus on character development.
Minimal differentiation between characters. Monotonous.
I am an avid fan of monster fiction. I grew up falling in love with Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Fragment, The Thing, etc. So I was looking forward to reading this book, set in Antarctica.
I am sad to say that this is the first book I just could not bring myself to finish. I think the plot is fine. Novels of this nature are not going to have overly complex plots; the focus is more on the creature, science, fear, etc. What bothered me was the terrible dialogue. It felt very mechanical. Also, the author spends more time using prose to describe the characters and their past, rather than reveal it through dialogue exchanges and their actions. I want to be able to figure things out as I go along, or draw conclusions about the character as I read. This is what connects me to the characters and helps to keep me hooked. An invested reader is generally a happy reader.
I've always enjoyed the Dirk Pitt novels, so when I was looking for a change of pace (I'm normally a fantasy/sci-fi girl) and saw this book up in a BOGO sale I decided to take a chance on it. The reviews seemed favorable and I figured a mash up between a Dirk Pittesque hero with some sci-fi goodness would be a grand combination. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed. The repetitive descriptive phrases alone almost made me give up the fight to get through this. I thought the characterizations to be a bit thin and found myself rooting for the monsters more then the heroes.
I enjoyed the story and the adventure. Really liked all of the detailed background information. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that some of the scenes and things they encountered were a bit grousoome - but I will continue to listen to his other books.
The title says it all. Bad (pseudo-) science. Bad military tactics. Unbelievable characters. Not much to recommend it.
The performer who read this sounded a lot like the narrator of those "most interesting man in the world" commercials. You can see by the title of my review that I got a pretty big kick out of his pronunciation of the giant prehistoric shark megalodon. Other verbal oddities such as the word "debris " continually being said as a breathy "deh-bree" were just irritating. And that word was said a lot.
As for the story, pseudoscience gets stretched to the point of manic in this science fiction thriller. Getting a bullet lodged in your midbrain cannot give your skin super healing abilities, nor can it make your sense of hearing and taste "beyond that of any mortal man". There was a lot of moving rocks the size of houses and seeing creatures heat signatures. This book had an interesting premise and sold itself as being more hard-science fiction, where unusual but technically plausible scenarios unfold. But, it started with a magic brain bullet and went down from there. Caving pun intended.
Best: the general idea of the story
Least: the totally formulaic plot from the first word till the last
Really invest time in writing an excellent, new and innovative story that hasn't been done a gazillion times before.
yes, NOT pick up the sequel if there is one ( which there will be)
All I have to say is REALLY?... Here are the characters:
1. The Hero, Alex Hunter, super soldier, lone wolf, damaged soul (James Bond, Dirt Pitt, etc)
2. The Love Interest, Amy, who is smart, contentious, hot tempered and can only be eventually tamed by the hero ( the counterpoint heroine in all other "hero" novels)
3. The egotistical, self centered, money-power-fame grubbing scientist who betrays the group (Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost In Space!)
4. The huge, powerful, sadistic anti-hero nemesis of the hero. In this case former Russian Spetznatz.
5. All others, basically Star Trek "red shirts"...
Low point: the bad guy gets a freakin knife shoved into his eyeball and doesn't die, continues to hunt the hero and escapes certain death??
bottom line: don't waste time with this book