I'm really unhappy about how bad this book is. Yes I did read some bad reviews but most were not and there is a whole series - so I thought it must have some merit.
If it wasn't for the graphic horror/romance, I would say it must have been written for the young adolescent crowd. There is no depth to these characters - in particular Richard - who isn't even likable. The bad guys are soooo bad and all the author's prejudices are thrown into their characters: vegaterian pedophile communists - a pathetic attempt to sell his "philosophy".
Don't waste your time, for really good writing, character development, and just new and interesting story lines, get George Martin, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, David Durham's Acacia, David Weber's Safehold, and my personal favorite character writer Lois Bujold - Chalion Trilogy.
If it wasn't for such a great narrator, this would be awful. First, it is unbelievable that such a genius detective and group would fail to miss who the next victim would be after the parents. Not the perps luck as the book claims, but just a dump plot. Second, too many details about each of the violent acts the perp commits and not enough "leave it to our imagination" and good dialog with the other characters. I have enjoyed some of the other books although they have a similar theme which is: you can have been beaten up and raped by your father but if you didn't pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get rich on your own, you are a loser... frankly, I'm sick of it.
This is a fantastic story and mystery. The writing the superb and story engaging. Without giving anything away I'd like to say all is not as it seems. I was on a roller-coaster of emotion the whole way!
I held off on this series for a long time because of the not so stellar reviews. I am quite perplexed now. Not only was this very refreshing from just the style point of view, each story was excellent and each reader did a superb reading. All I can think of that some of the people that bought this expected shoot-em-up vapid adventure/action stories.
These stories are very like both the old and new Star Trek series - they make you think about ethics and morals.
Unlike many other stories, both long and short, I was interested in what the future held for our characters.
This was very interesting, refreshing and even suspenseful. I'm going to go and the the first book now.
It kind of amazes me that this story was actually written by a father for his two daughters. Of course that was in the seventies...But it really could have had positive and powerful female characters since the whole thing is fiction anyway.
I always worry when a book is "only" around 10 hours, that I am not getting my moneys worth. But just about all of Robert Sawyer's books grab you right away and never let you go - I mean you just can't stop listening, and there are no dull parts. Factoring Humanity is just awesome! He always has really wonderful female characters and this is no exception. But in particular, the story just feels good all around and has just enough sci-fi techno to keep it modern!
The character development in general in this series is not particularly good, which is why I rated the first as a young adult book as OK. However, the female characters have really crashed and burned! Not one is a good example for any girl in this century.
Sorry, this series fails seriously and is quite a disappointment!
Good (4*s) story for the teenage age group....only 3 for the adult population.
The narration is a bit monotone at times. The politics are overly simplistic: Reviewers seem to think the "liberty" party somehow is punching fun at the libertarian party, but the liberty party in the book is clearly similar to a militaristic communist country.
I like that there are good female characters, albeit adolescent...so are the male ones for that matter.
Although the settlers were fleeing an authoritarian system to build a capitalistic democracy, they clearly wouldn't have survived and done as well as they did without being a socialist democracy - all helping all.
The invading army's politics is clearly overdrawn as well...but I'll review on the next book.
I was concerned that this book would be too graphic based on a few other reviews. That was not the case at all. This was well done - giving you the jest without too much. It is also a really intriguing story as well. I also think this is one of her best. It was engrossing from beginning to end!
This was the worst of Sawyer's books I've read. Actually I loved all the other books (maybe 5 of them) that I've read or listened to. The concept is great, new and interesting but I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. The human interactive element that exists in his other books just wasn't there.
The mysteries in all these stories (I've listened to five) are first rate, the problem lies in the unrealistic relationship between Eve and Roarke, and the stupid sex scenes. These make the stories hokey. No one would put up with Eve, particularly not the richest, best looking and devoted male. She frequently acts like a child, and please spare me the excuse of her background, but he is so patient and thinks so highly of her, he puts up with everything.
I'm not prude but I don't care about their sex - I don't want it in a mystery - just allude to it. The mysteries stand on their own merit...
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