I was intrigued by the idea of an American mystery from 1699. The book exceeded all my expectations. Wonderful prose style, an engaging story and unforgettable characters combined to captivate me from start to finish. The narration was impeccable. For anyone who likes historical mysteries, this is a must-read! And the best part is that McCammon has more books in the series; I'm loading up my cart as we speak.
A must-read for lovers of historical mysteries.
This has always been my favourite Clancy novel for the depth of the main character, compared to other Clancy novels. But Clancy's sometimes stilted prose is much easier to ignore in written form than in this narration. Prichard was the a poor choice of narrator. His exaggerated enunciation (e.g. suit pronounced "see-oot") made it impossible to ignore what I don't admire in Clancy's prose. 3 for the novel; 1 for the narration.
The only Clancy worse than this was Dead or Alive. A huge cast of shallow characters, a transparent, predictable plot, stilted dialogue. A real C- read.
The author's techniques may exercise the brain, but this tape doesn't. The montone voice and the dry, academic writing style almost put me to sleep. I didn't get past the opening chapters on the neurochemistry of the brain.
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