Although the pace was slow, the unfolding tale was engaging, character development was excellent, and the setting was well painted.
The fluent accent added a sense of reality to the cultural setting. The melodious tone of the narrator was hypnotic. Several times I found that I had to replay a portion because I had been too engrossed in the " music" to attend properly to the words.
Not typical of the mysteries/thrillers I usually read but all in all a nice change of pace. I enjoyed the book.
The narrator's attempts to differentiate the characters by creating voices was just dreadful!
This was very distracting and undermined my enjoyment of the book. It is hard to take a character seriously when the voice sounds like it was done by pinching the nose or inhaling helium.
His narration rachets up the intensity as the story emerges.
Must read ALL his other books...soon. Wonderful story teller. Excellent plot development. Tied all the threads together in the end without being predictable. I liked the emphasis on character and ethics in the face of a very difficult set of circumstances. Even the "bad guys" had moments of opportunity for insight and redemption and even the "good guys" had crucial temptations with which to wrangle. I LOVED THIS BOOK.
droning pace. Might well have been narration of a turtle race.
Intriquing premise. Well researched. Character development very shallow. Characters not likeable. Author tried to tell too many stories. Became quite preachy in section about research scientist. Ending suggests this could be a continuing saga....PLEASE no sequels for this one!
Story flows well...medical procedures are accurately described without forays into irrelevant details just to fill space. Characters are well developed and believable. Tension is intense and sustained.
Palmer always spins his tales in the context of thought provoking ethical issues...this one is no exception. The race to launch newly developed technology ahead of competitors, the pressure to secure scarce funding, and the ever present drive to feed the ego combine to create this tale of medical hubris and human desperation for a cure.
If Michael Palmer wrote it...I recommend you read it!
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