I really enjoyed the Frankenstein series by Koontz, this book provided a good way to finish the story. After reading book 4 I was on the edge of my seat for book 5. I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed and some of the plot lines did not intersect as I would have expected they would Some interesting characters could have met and interacted. Overall this was a character driven story and the author does an excellent job describing them and you feel that you know them. Highly recommended.
This book was suggested to me as "others have purchased" after completing the Remaining series- which is a great series I highly recommend if you like the Zombie Apocalypse genre. Back to reviewing Going Home, first off I like the concept an EMP boots the US back to the 19th century and our protagonist needs to get home and hilarity ensues, well more like a homicidal post-Apocalypse road trip. My main problems with this book are terrible editing and mind numbing detail of the gear this guy has in his car or acquires along the way. Parts of this book read like a Cabela's catalog getting up almost to the point of describing the double ply biodegradable quilted Eco-Wipe bung wipe this guy uses. I am assuming the author was compensated for product placement, if not they should go looking for their check. The editing is terrible, the book goes on for 2/3 the story told in the first person then with no warning swaps to several other character's points of view. The transition is jarring and interrupts the flow of the story, there isn't even a "meanwhile on Hwy I 4 our other character... ". My other criticism of the editor is the level of detail that is paid to mundane actions of the day, the same level of detail is paid to preparing a meal or making camp as an action sequence. Simply stating that the character prepared a MRE for dinner is sufficient I do not have to hear about where in the pack he keeps his camp stove or his feelings for the cheese spread.
To wrap up I am not sure I will get the next book in this series, hopefully they hired an editor with a black highlighter.
If you are a fan of the Jack Ryan storyline then this is another must read. I saw this book on display at Barns and Nobel at the mall,I downloaded it and was enjoying it on audible on my ride home. This book looks to China as the Threat this time giving the various Middle Eastern boogy men a break. Well written and thought out. Also without giving anything away there are some great John Clark (my favorite character) moments of an old guy kicking some butt.
I am a longtime fan of his Jack Ryan series and anyone else who is will not be disappointed.
This was my first Tim Feriss book, and it seems interesting I will know more when my hard copy arrives from Amazon. The author has a good conversational writing style and the narrator was great, his voice fit the prose well. The person who abridged the text must have a history working with the CIA in document redaction. Every detail concerning the implementation of his protocols and diets was removed. There was very little continuity to the abridgment; in one place the subject jumps from using cold therapy to increase calories burned to the technique for clitoral stimulation. The book has some very intriguing premises and protocols for body transformation and performance enhancement but the abridgment completely wrecked any continuity or usefulness of the book. Overall do not waste your credit on this book and buy a hard copy.
First off this is a well written book, I will give the author her due. Good character development and interesting interactions set in the rich backdrop of WWII Briton. That being said I would not recommend this book it is only part 1 of 2 of a novel, I do not agree with the publisher's description that it is a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers set up situations for immediate resolution in the next part, this book just ends. It is as if the publisher was knocking at Ms Willis' door looking for their advance back and she gave them what she had for a manuscript and said "aah yes righ-to is a "Cliffhanger" part 1 of two I will get the second book out in the fall". In addition, this is not really a sci-fi book, the time travel is more of a plot device to write about the past and not the main focus of the book. I really wanted to like this book but ... (to be contimued in another review in the fall)
I listened to the first 3 books in this series last fall and was a bit disappointed to find that those were the only ones available on Audible. I was very glad to see the next three available now. I have just started this volume and am disappointed to hear that the original narrator (George Guidall) has been replaced with another (David Colacci), usually not a big deal but the new guy pronounces most of the main characters names differently. What is the deal here, didn't they give the guy a copy of the previous work so he could at least keep some continuity in the series. Otherwise I am very excited to continue the series.
According to my hard drive based music player designed by a major computer manufacturer that I have cleverly sandblasted the logo off of, I have only experienced 19:52 of this book. In that time I have swapped back to Krakatoa by Simon Winchester several times cause I was so bored and annoyed with the blase pretention of the main character. I will rephrase that last sentance, I found a British guy explaining plate tectonics more riviting than the "simple prose" of this book. Beyond the slow continental drift of the plot and nerotic attention to describing every detail of everything in every scene, this book offers very little in the way action. If you are trying to decide to d/l this book, first read at least two pages of the reviews and see who you identify with most. If you are looking for bleading edge cyberdrama this is not it, more like cyberpunk for AOLers. One high point I did enjoy so far is the way the main character gets hives from seeing Tommy Hilfinger products.
Altered Carbon is hard to put down once you start listening. The premise of the story is creative, the author introduces lots of interesting plot conventions with the DHS (Digitized Huiman Storage) concepts. The story moves quickly and at the end I found that there is a sequel Fallen Angles.
I almost overlooked this book when it was a recommended in popular sci-fi but I am very glad that I decided to give it a listen. The book had me from the first chapter. The plot eventually materializes out of a quite humorous description of the future like the golden arches out of a "franchise ghetto". One of the many amusing terms that the author coins in his narriative of the future urban landscape. I recommend this title it is worth a listen espacially in the unabridged version.
PS I have never thought a book could make a 15 minute lecture on TP distribution entertaining.
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