I have already bought the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think that I will listen to them for a while.
I will not listen to the next book in this series for a while. I will probably listen to some Stephen King.
The narrator was OK, it was the story and the writing that was bad.
I didn't think that anybody should be removed. The problem wasn't that there were too many characters. The problem was that this is a book written for young adults, kids.
Entertaining and engaging. It reminds me of a Daniel Suarez novel in its pace, but without the sense that this could really happen and less thought provoking.
Part of larger series that starts to feel aimless after the half-way point.
Characters are the rather 2 dimensional (sometimes only one) type found in a lot of young adult sci-fi / adventure stories.
In the end this book just sort of fizzles with little resolved. When will modern authors realize that even though they are writing for a series, any given installment needs it's own complete story arch? It's not enough to just stop writing with an implied "to be continued" after a certain number of chapters.
I'm not bothering with the rest of the series.
So my mom discovered this book a couple of weeks ago and kept telling me I had to read it...I checked out the blurb and was thinking I was not really in the mood for this type of book, and kept putting it off...after a few more "have you started it yet's" and finding out it was available as an audio I decided what the hell...$2.99 for the book then I can get the audio for $1.99....and when I finally finished the first book all I was left with was WOW....
First I want to say the narrator for this one was great....this is one of those books that with the wrong narrator it would just ruin the story. Writing style wise, it really reminded me of Michael Crichtonand his novel Next, while you have your main characters that the story focuses on, there are a lot of side stories being told and occurring alongside the main story (it may sound jumbled but if you have read Next you know what I am talking about).
I don't think this is really a spoiler, but read with caution...there are no aliens, this is really about the discovery of Alien technology and what we do with what we find....and man are some of things we do scary....not much more I can say without giving spoilers...but if you are a fan of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown or other similar authors definitely give this one a shot.
If you asked me what I thought of this book, I'd probably tell you I didn't like it. On the other hand, I'm currently listening to the second book in this series, so the story obviously gripped me. (For what it's worth, I'm having the exact same reaction to the second book, too).
This story isn't really science fiction in the strict sense. It's really more of a spy thriller with a sci-fi coating. There's lots of intrigue and plenty of action, with a couple of alien ships throwing technology all over the place to make the fighting and computer hacking a little flashier. It's a pretty good story, but if you're hoping that there's going to be some epic space battle, you're going to be disappointed. If you like the idea of James Bond with ramped-up technology, this story is going to sit well with you.
My main problem with the book is that the protagonists are extremely frustrating. There's a lot of what I call "bad decision theater." Basically, the characters will make strings of stupid decisions with little or no explanation about WHY someone who's smart enough to tie their shoes in the morning would think any of those decisions were a good idea. I turned off the recording many times because I couldn't believe that someone could be as stupid as the characters in this book.
There are also two minor annoyances that keep yanking me out of the story. First, the narrator mispronounces "SIPRnet." It drives me crazy. Second, about 25% of the "hacker jargon" in the book is computer/networking terms that the author is mis-using. It's really distracting if you actually know what the terms mean.
Even with those problems, though, I'm still continuing with the series. That's why I'm giving this book three stars instead of the two that I would otherwise give it.
I like mystery writers like kate Wilhelm, Authur Upfield and Ellis Peters, where even the bad guys are not blood thirsty, crazy, manics. I like science fiction that has a sociological bent like Ursula Le Guin, Robert Sawyer and the early works of Orson Scott Card. But I don't much like the science fiction that is just space ships and interstellar fighting.
I thought this was science fiction. But by he 3rd chapter we have a serial killer who captures and tortures young women. I don't want to read stories of mutilation and torture
It would be helpful to warn readers in the description that it is another torture story.
The book is an odd cross between adult thriller/science fiction and YA escapist. It's conflicted, and doesn't really success in either genre.
The "twists" in the story were usually easy to predict (and cringe at) well in advance. The science is weak, which could be forgiven if the author didn't try to provide a scientific basis periodically in the story. It would have been better to just waive a hand in the general direction of Clarke's Third Law.
Perhaps the biggest disconnect in the story is the lack of plausible reaction in the characters and families. As people die and disappear in the fairly isolated and small communities surround Los Alamos, NM, there is no significant response by the police or the families to protect the community and bring those responsible to justice.
The audio performance worked for me, but the story didn't. This book doesn't really end; more of a "Tune in next week for our next exciting installment...!" I'd recommend you save your credit for a more satisfying book or series. If you are looking for YA Science Fiction, I'd point you towards Steve Miller and Sharon Lee's Liaden series. If you are looking for mystery and science fiction aimed at an adult audience, I'd recommend "the Map of Time".
I've just started "Red Planet Blues." 30 minutes in, and so far so good...
The three teenage protagonists work for the most part. The adults tend to be caricatures, from the mild to the extreme. The evil villains almost sprout horns and spritz brimstone to ensure you know that they are VERY BAD. The parents are good, loving, and darn near flawless... it gets a bit cloying. More three dimensional supporting characters would redeem this to at least two stars.
Skip this unless you want a book with all the depth and characterization of a Saturday Morning sci-fi animated cartoon. I suppose young listener could like it.
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
I pick books I know I'll like. It's a hard thing to do. There's a few things I look for:
- Have I already read their books?
- Have more than 4 people told me I'd like this book?
- Do I really really like this genre enough to suffer a crappy book?
See that third one? That's the risk I took on this book. Never heard of the author, never heard of the book. Not even Audible had recommended this one, I think I went digging for quite some time and finally found this and decided, "oh what the hell".
I'm glad I did.
The story was great, the pacing, the characters, the plot, the writing - I liked everything. The narrator didn't do a perfect job of women's voices but can you really judge a guy for that? It would be creepy if he WAS able to slip into a completely convincing woman's voice.
But I digress.
From the beginning, the story had me hooked. I don't know if maybe I'm just juvenile enough to appreciate teen fiction, or maybe the author is smart enough to write adult fiction that's masquerading as teen fiction? I don't know. There were parts that I wondered whether he WAS writing a teen-sci-fi book, or an adult-sci-fi book, and is there really a difference?
I digress again.
Aliens, space ships, mind control, super human qualities, James Bond assassin types, this book has it all. Balanced perfectly, narrated perfectly. A book this long can only be consumed in parts, (usually in the car). I found myself thinking about the story A LOT between listens, and then after the book abruptly ended.
And honestly, the only thing I DID NOT like about the book was the way it just kind of stopped in the middle of
The way the story teller made you feel as if you were there.
All were good