If you take out all of the "Muslims are our peaceful happy friends - Americans are evil torturing SOBs that deserve the violence they bring onto themselves" endless preachy sermonizing, this book would be about three pages long. There was zero action, zero suspense, and only 5 percent actual plot - and that 5 percent was predictable and beyond dull. Le Carre used to be able to write a semi-decent spy thriller. This one was truly an apalling waste of time.
"A Most Wanted Man" is definitely my last le Carre novel - period. Life is too short.
No. The narration definitely detracted from the otherwise excellent story.
The book reminds a lot me of the Lost Fleet series with a little bit of Legion of the Damned thrown in. It is filled with exciting battles on both land and in space. While the story is just a bit formulaic, it held my interest well, and thankfully didn't get bogged down in human interest love story lines like so many others of the genre.
The voices and the pronunciation were both extremely cringe-worthy. The narrator particularly bombed on the female characters, making them sound more like whiny caricatures almost too painful to be endured.Many words were consistently mispronounced; noteworthy was the score or more times he pronounced "habitable" as ha-BID'-able. Arrgh!
An old western palladin with super powers goes up against a nearly immortal arch villain. Great story that really has it all. It hooked me in from the first moments and held me through the exciting conclusion. One of Sanderson's best!
This third Joe Ledger book is again well worth the credit. It's another fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, intense story where Joe Ledger and his team are called upon once again to save the world at the last possible moment from the dastardly plans of the evil masterminds, and again the author pulls it off well.
With that said, Jonathan Maberry just had to go off on several long-winded left-wing political rants using the voices of his evil masterminds that did not seem to add a single thing to the story, but will probably serve the author???s presumed intent to score him a round of high-fives at his next literary cocktail party. For a few short examples, one of his bad guys calls former President Bush ??????a Texas jokester who couldn???t manage a Walmart,??? rants that ???the Iraq war was just a grab for oil,??? calls George Bush a ???war criminal,??? and says ???the previous administration would be held accountable if this ever got out,??? but that they ???don???t have the same type of control over this current president, which is why they are trying to weaken and discredit him.??? Oh, puh-leeze! Several chapters - yes, ???chapters!??? - of this kind of blather, after which he follows this up with, ??????but let???s not get political.??? Yes, Jonathan ??? let???s not.
5 stars for the exciting and well crafted book, minus 1 star for the author???s attempt to turn me into a member of his mindless zombie political horde.
OMG! The narrator's singing was excruciating!!! A few glaringly inconsistent plot devices as well, such as why the away team happens to, without any coordination, each bring their favorite musical instruments along on a supposedly short visit to a potentially hostile planet, sufficient so that they can form a rock band so they can slay the evil demons with bad '70s rock music and a killer disco light show. Yeah, right... The new CO character on the Vorpel Blade was so obnoxiously obtuse that the story became more than a bit frustrating at times. ...and did I mention the excruciatingly painful singing?!?! Still, another very enjoyable story, all in all. I hope Mr. Ringo will keep the story going and give us another great installment in the Looking Glass series.
I really enjoyed this book up to the end, although I was a bit frustrated by the ending. I had to knock off a star from my rating because the authors went way beyond their expertise when it came to superconductivity and electrophysics; there were a few really big groaners in this area speaking as an electrical engineer. The story and narration were so good, any small plot holes were entirely forgivable and I ended up staying up way into the night listening. Well worth a listen!
This book is the slowest paced book of any action thriller that I have ever read. It is not until the last 45 minutes that anything actually happens. Unless you're looking for somethng to help you fall asleep at night, I would save my money and pass this one by.
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