If DB's first two novels seemed similar, but had an engaging variation in their background research, this one manages to copy the formula, without enough historic research to compensate for the terrible re-use of plot.
Does a main character, whisked away to help solve a potentially world-rocking crisis, paired with a single, attractive, unavailable, and surprisingly key player in the drama, with lots of running from historic location to historic location sound familiar?
The core story of this third iteration has enough content to fill a very short novella. The number of times the same information is repeated by different characters to stretch the story, or the poorly built suspense that is limply carried long after the surprise is obvious, makes for tedious listening, despite the skilled reader.
If you're a one trick pony, phoning it in seems doubly unfair to the audience.
Wil Wheaton is a very pleasant reader, does not distract from the story with over-dramatization, and is in tune with the story to match his reading to the plot/timing of the narrative.
The story is interesting, excellent on the character development, interesting single-perspective approach, and a quick-moving plot that does not sacrifice detail to keep the momentum. (The amount of detail is sometimes astounding.) Very though provoking throughout, at a specific story-twist level, and at the conceptual/overarching foundation of the whole story.
All the components of a really good science-fiction novel.
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