I love just about anything written well with good narration. I love spy novels, WWII spies in particular. I love doggies! And Scott brick
When I search for audios on Audible, my first step is to look for a new Brick narration. this book reminds me why. His depiction of Pendergast makes for extremely enjoyable listening. The story is stuffed to overflowing with rich characters, some over the top as in life, and all are flawed which brings it to the point of believability but not quite. I know this is an older Pendergast book but for some reason I saved it till last. Hopefully they come out with a new one soon. The ONLY critique I have is not of the authors or narrator, or even of the book itself, it's of Audible. Thanks to your moderators allowing commentors to say virtually whatever they want (yes, I saw the tiny spoiler alert. Afterwards.), I was apprised of the ending before I bought it. Please fix your reviews policy. I am pretty sure if someone wanted to know everything about the book from beginning to ending, they would try wikipedia, not read reviews.
So looking forward to this book...so disappointed. It just rambled on and on and on and on...could have been good if cut in half. Reader was terrible...too full of himself. Too much inflection...needs to let the reader have his own opinions.
These authors have a wonderful way of tossing many stories into the air and managing to keep them all aloft. They do the same with their creatively crafted characters. We have the reappearance of some old friends in this one, along with some new and properly dastardly foes. Preston and Child have conjured up a great mystery that takes us into the darkest depths of ancient evils as we follow our heroes on their international pursuit of truth and justice.
Really good listen.
Fever Dream. It is detailed and very articulate and the story take FBI agent Pendergast to a new level.
He is very good at voices with different characters.
It is kind of long with the unabridged version, but enjoyable every minute.
Great writers. Great narrator. But while I was hoping this wouldn't be another episode of Scooby Doo for the literary guild, that's exactly what it was.
It's a spooky demon or the devil killing people! No, pull off his mask and it's actually the Kwazy Kount and his Microwave Ray Gun! And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Pendergast.
Ok, I've read enough of these guys to know they would never actually introduce a real demon into a story, but a microwave ray gun? Really? That "heats from the inside-out" (okay, that's ALMOST true, depending on what you're heating) slowly enough to create bubbling agony but somehow magically avoids heat conduction or wave bouncing and cremates half a head and leaves the other half intact? If you're going to just make up a weapon out of thin air that isn't based on solid scientific grounds, be more creative than a microwave ray gun. Criminy. The writers hint at other possible causes of death, which would have been far more interesting... but you're stuck with the ray gun.
And there are whole chapters that are nothing but filler. I skipped past every chapter dealing with the story in the Post, and when I browsed them later, confirmed that I missed absolutely nothing.
Given all the above, I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.
I am currently reading the Pendergast series in order, and i myst say that this is my favorite yet. The balance of Pendergast's character with D'agostas, the perfect villian, the buried plot, and the beautiful setting, makes it feel like a DeMille and a Dan Brown blended together.
I have a category in my bookshelf that I think of as "Indiana Jones" but call something boring like "action" or "adventure." It's reserved for books that include learned characters that share knowledge, have Sherlockian moments and reveal answers to bizarre problems. In doing so, they find bad guys to fight, death scenes to escape, completely implausible scenarios to engage in, and all sorts of other things that make the story wholly impossible. When well done, they can be fun, enlightening, or addictive. When done poorly, you skip entire chapters, gripe about all of the things that are physically (or mathematically, or scientifically) and eye-rollingly absurd, and sigh about the time you have wasted on it.
This was an example of the well done version. Pendergast is fabulous, D'Agosta is fun, and the bad guys are so super villainous that even their henchmen are fiendish. Great story, lots of enjoyable listening - loved it.
I like the series in general, and found this book particularly engaging. Although the plot took several paths simultaneously, twists and turns in the plot were handled well.
It was well written for a real world type story. I like more supernatural and monsters.
Much better than I expected! Now I'm looking forward to the next one and to the previous books that I've missed.
I liked that this kept me in my toes throughout. Pendergast is quite a character and the others in this book make for quite a cast. I'm glad the next book continues this story.
Scott Brick is simply amazing.