I have followed the career of Special Agent A. Pendergast since his first deliciously horrible experiences in the New York Museum of Natural History. The descriptions in the earlier books were lovingly detailed and I agonized and thrilled and lived several hours a day with the characters. "Brimstone" promised to be a wonderful sequel to the series but was badly ripped apart in this version. There are no transitions from one scene to another. You are abruptly ripped from one point in the story and kicked into another. Several times I "scrolled" back to see if I'd dropped off to sleep and missed something. But no, it was the sound editor's blue pencil butchering the narrative. If there is a full length verion out there, that's what you should hear.
It's a 45 minute drive from home to work (30 minutes if I take the toll road and spend the bucks). This is a thriller which has made the hour to hour-and-a-half drive per day into a delight. Get into the car, warm up, connect the iPod and I'm half way 'round the world. I am in two bodies, one concientiously navigating the road to work (or home) while the other experiences the tension, excitement and adventures of the heroes. The level of detail about the terracotta warriors, the heat & humidity of the south China countryside, the villainy, the descriptions. I just have to drive around the block again to get through the chapter.
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