LYNCHBURG, VA, United States | Member Since 2011
A little tired of the same story. Scot Harvath gets in trouble and some woman from somewhere in the world just happens to have the correct skill set to save him. At this point, Mr Thor should just write the book about the woman and leave Scot Harvath out of it. Or maybe, let the great Scot Harvath be the great Scot Harvath and leave the women out of it. Vince Flynn makes the same mistake. Clancy is still the King.
It is an average part of a story and Mr Card is taking that approach with much of his work of late. This, ironically after he credits the publisher whit patience while he finishes. This is a lazy prequel that tries to tell far too much of story that we don't want to know and fails. At this rate, there are five more books before we ever reach the second formic war. Mazer Rackham is the story we want to know. The other stories just drags into far too many books before the End(ers) Game.
I waited for this book to start and it never did. Scott Harvath has a great resume and occasional tough language but as a character in this book (and much of the series) he is a non factor. In this book, the much better story line was taking place elsewhere. Brad Thor seems to like strong women and builds all of these stories around those women and how they save the day. Let's either make Harvath the hardcore hero or leave him out of the books altogether. So, if you come to this book looking for a Mitch Rapp or a Jack Reacher then move along. There is nothing to see here. On a positive note, Brad Thor does a good job of weaving history into his books. Such a good job in fact that it is much more compelling the his own work of fiction.
The story is laughable as it seems the Mr Peterson ran out of ideas following book 2. The character has potential but it is wasted entirely here. The author continues to miss some basic Marine Corps knowledge as demonstrated by his use or misuse of military and uniquely Marine Corps language. The narrator may exacerbate the problem in reading the letter o for the number 0 and the like. If we ignore all that, which is asking a lot, we have to deal with the authors fear of a strong male character that can take care of himself without the aid of 12 year old girls and 120 lb female FBI agents. Then there is the reckless random violence on the streets where our hero thigh shoots kidnappers and assassins. Tom Clancy and the late Vince Flynn (in the final Mitch Rapp book) are good examples of how to write male leads in this savage world of espionage. Mr Peterson should read a few of these. Or maybe a little more Jack Reacher and a little less Jack and Jill.
This was not as enjoyable as the first book in the series. There are a few big misses for a main character that is a Marine. First, A Marine is not a soldier. We never use that title. We are Marines. The dialogue around the Corps misses the mark. The story is OK if not entirely plausible. The Scoot Sniper teamwork and unity is done well. Worth the read.
W.E.B. Griffin would have you believe that nothing ever happened in the history of the Corps without the inclusion of a good humping. This may be his fantasy of the Corps but it demeans and belittles the men and women who have served with distinction. As a Marine in a family of Marines, I wanted this to be good. The first few chapters killed that hope. The glory of the Corps in WWII will never fade away. This book should and has.
This is the second book in the Jack Reacher series and a bad place to visit. This should be called the Holly Johnson series as she takes up too much of the story and offers little in return, at least to the reader. A very exciting open with all kinds of potential descends quickly into a harlequin romance with brief interruptions of gun play. Back up to the Killing Floor and enjoy what Jack Reacher is supposed to be. We will pretend like Rambo Meets the Militia" never happened.
This was my first Baldacci listen and it was well worth the time. The characters were interesting. The story flowed with necessary action. Baldacci produces a believeable Aristillian "tragic hero". The flaws in this hero highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the subordinate characters. The writing quality is sufficient to mask the anti-war, anti-free market views that are not so subtly inserted by the author an entirely inconsistent with the actions of the characters even those promoted as ideal figures.
Lieutenants are military officers correct? They fight right? Not in this very disappointing soap opera. An excellent performance is wasted on this book that is overloaded with backstory. This book is hours of character summaries forced into the post WWII context with nothing of value to say about either. The sudden ending comes out of nowhere which is exactly where this book was heading, Glad it is over.
The book was good right up to the end which was in the middle of the story. It was a flashback to Luke getting his had cutoff, Han being frozen and then the credits. If you can't finish the story then don't end the book.I am going to give Separation of Power a try but if we are still not able to end a story properly then I will end the series as abruptly as Mr Flynn ended The Third Option.
As to the performance, I sounds Like Andy Rooney, "Did you ever wonder why they picked someone with this annoying voice to read audio books? Did you ever wonder why I can't do any decent accents? Did you ever wonder why people don't listen to these anymore?"
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.