Good character development. Lots of suggested linkages in plot segments. Plenty of people to "like" or "dislike". Goodly quantities of merciless, gratuitous gore. Not a bad read until the end. Then, it's as if Cruz took a look at his word processor statistics, discovered that he had written the contractually-required number of words and "finished' the book within the next half an hour. There are WAY too many loose ends and unresolved issues at the end of this book!
My wife talked me into trying Nevada Barr on Audio because she has a dozen or more Barr paperbacks I can dive into if I like the author. I did NOT like the author.
The story was not credible. It dragged on and on without tying threads together and, in the end, never produced a satisfactory conclusion. It was as if Ms. Barr didn't really know who the antagonist was. Even my wife doesn't like THIS Barr novel!!
My first exposure. The reader was "OK" but couldn't overcome the pap she had to work with.
NO!! (But we need not worry about that prospect. NO ONE would EVER consider turning this one into a movie!!)
I'll try another Barr novel - - - sometime.
Haven't read the print version. The whole idea of ordering from Audible is to enjoy books through my EARS - - not to compare/contrast editions.
Cornwell's usual combination of history and fiction.
Patrick Tull tries to (does?) lend an air of legitimacy to "British English" - and even "British English as spoken by British sea men - and, in so doing, renders his reading totally unintelligible in some (too many) passages. His accent becomes incapable of understanding by an American ear and he drops volume below what it audible when listening in an automobile. (Mine would be considered a luxury vehicle by anyone's standards and, still, there was this problem.)
I would NOT make a film of this book. It would cost WAY too much and would not have a large audience.
This is like listening to an unabridged DICTIONARY!! Lots and lots and LOTS of words, words, words. Almost no character development and nothing resembling a coherent PLOT!! I may be a glutton for punishment - but I'm nearly half way through this tome - - - and the author still hasn't coughed up a good clue as to where he's going with all the "threads" he seems to be weaving. I can't tell whether he's trying to make a figurative scarf - - or a pair of mittens - - or a pair of jockey shorts - - - and he hasn't given any evidence that HE knows either!!
I hate to give up on a book once I have this much time invested in it - - - but I have drawn a line in the proverbial sand. If the author doesn't deliver - something - by the end of Audible's "Part I" - BOTH parts are going in the digital trash bin.
I "have been" an avid fan of P&C's books - starting with Brimstone and including all of the Pendergast volumes. I have even enjoyed some of the others. But - - - THIS book sinks so far into the depths of formulaic writing that it nearly put me to sleep. I could have written the rest of the book myself after the first dozen chapters and I was pleading to be put out of my misery during the last two dozen chapters. It seems to me that P&C have become bored with their writing - and, sadly, their writing has become borderline boring as a result. I'm not sure that I'll even start the remaining P&C book I have purchased from Audible - let alone purchase any future volumes by these authors.
As you listen to this one, you can practically "hear" the Nazis coming. Character development is exceedingly well done. The "action" is subdued - but completely realistic and believable - as if the writer were actually THERE at the time of the story.
Enough "action" to satisfy any Sandford fan - - - and a delightfully satisfying ending. This one turns out the way you want it to for a couple of the bad guys!!
I could have gotten along very nicely with about 20% less book! This dragged ON - and ON - and ON in several plot areas - some of which never solidified and seemed to just be "hinted at". It has an ending that is both a surprise and a disappointment - - - but this is still worth the read.
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