The book was a bit disjointed and superficial (unlike so many other Leon Uris books which I have really enjoyed.) My biggest complaints, however, were with the recording: 1)some sections seemed to be spliced in out of order--making things quite confusing and 2) on several occasions, I could hear someone laughing in the background.
I so very much enjoyed Book 1 and was very much looking forward to this sequel. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. All the appealing elements (to me) of Book 1--great camaraderie/banter amongst the "brothers"; the grueling training and battles; the loyalty to the Order; the clear good vs. evil elements are all missing in Book 2. It is almost like this book was written by someone else. In Book 2 there are so many new characters (all with similar sounding names) that it gets confusing. Unfortunately these new characters are not delivered with the skill and depth they were developed in Book 1--and there are so many--that it is hard to really identify with any of them. Obviously Anthony Ryan is a gifted writer--I just wish that, for this series, he would've kept this sequel consistent in content and quality with Book 1.
I have to admit I did not check notice the length of this book until after I bought it, but at only 4 hours and 39 minutes I'm feeling taken advantage of. It doesn't help that the chapters are each only 2-3 minutes long.
The story is fine and the performance is good, but it feels as if the author is 'milking it' to even get to the 4 hour mark...kind of like my high school daughter stretching a 5 page paper into 10 pages.
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