The seemingly simple plot gets very complicated and when you think it is all over, there are still some loose ends that have to be tied up. Victor is a genius and thinks of everything, that's why he is still alive. He is brutal, gee he is an assassin after all, but he still has a few morals left.
The Gray Man series because of the subterfuge and that neither "hero" can manage to escape his life either because someone escaped or someone else reneged on a promise.
The final scene was great ( there were many) because Victor is so calm knowing he will die, and he is so knowledgeable about so many things, that no one can compete with him.
You can't marry Victor, heck, you shouldn't even be his friend, but he is attractive in his way.
The more the story progresses, the wider the plots expand until, Holy Cow! We don't want the subjugated girls to get sent back, and we want the bad guys to be punished real bad. The ending is mixed, but realistic.
Jance has done some research and combined some topics of current reality and interest (no spoilers here). There are a few improbabilities and it's always nice when you have access to unlimited funds and tech people who can set up anything for you, but the story is engaging and exciting.
Just remember, whatever religion or denomination a religious fanatic may have spun off of, the original religion is not responsible for the resulting actions or doctrine, and usually does not condone any of it anyway, hence the spinoff.
Enjoyable read, worthy of trying another by the same author.
We always like it when the underdog wins out. This one works because the hero stops thinking about things and just does what has to be done when the going gets tough.
The concepts and technologies here are based on a few other, better, series in the way that many or most robot stories are based on Asimov's laws and stories. I am thinking specifically of the Star Force and Undying Mercenaries books. But that is not a bad thing necessarily.
This is not my favorite series, set of characters, action, or aliens, but it is another fine addition to the genre. If you like the genre, give this a try.
This book has the Japanese Empire in control of the Galaxy, although there is some sort of rebellion or uprising that is mentioned but not developed, and not the main point of this story. The cultural aspects are clear and ring true here, but still seem sort of incidental. How might the Empire be different if it were Russian or say, Danish?
The back story, the reason our boy Dev goes off to war, seems a bit rushed or brushed over, and lacking in emotion. His father's fate should carry more weight, more feeling, more words.
The most important idea herein is that Dev must deal with first, the dissolution of his dreams due to his own behaviors or characteristics, but more importantly, what most soldiers struggle with, the concept of bravery, and the deserving of honors (medals). By the end of this book, he still tries to equate bravery with lack of fear and a Bruce-Willis-Mcguyver type of always having a plan or trick. Maybe all warriors who are true men/women hate the medals and never feel deserving. And the truism that while our dreams may not come true, another path may actually be more right for us.
At the beginning of the story, I was annoyed at the narrator's swooping inflections on every word, but I got used to it and did not notice it so much after a while. I did notice that his pronunciation of Japanese varies; he seems to do longer phrases and sentences quite well, but mispronounces basic names like Takahashi. This doesn't matter unless you do know the correct pronunciation.
I didn't like his voice for the main characters. Dev sounds too young and idiotic. The girls don't sound any different from the guys and there doesn't seem to be much difference between characters except those with distinct accents, which he does well.
I myself certainly can't narrate a story to my own exacting demands, so maybe I have just gotten too old, read too much, and heard too many great narrators, and need to lighten up and give these guys a break.
As I said above, if you like the genre, you should enjoy this series.
Old prejudices lead to rash assumptions and actions and oh, what a tangled web is woven. It is really appalling to know that there really are people like the Case family--insecure, proud, ignorant, selfish, cruel.
Our dear Game Warden must face his own prejudices and assumptions in this one as he tries to solve the beating of his own daughter while fearing it may wind up a murder investigation.
Your own assumptions of the characters and plot may also be challenged, but you will be left shaking your head in dismay at the ending, the waste, the unnecessary losses, and your own barbarism in relishing the "justice" meted out. Sad that this does happen in reality sometimes.
Okay, I get haiku
Winter downpour; Even the monkey needs a raincoat.
—Matsuo Bashō, The Monkey's Raincoat
but I do not get what it has to do with this story.
I get that this is a well-received, award-winning book, but I didn't really like it. I like cops, detectives, soldiers, action and suspense, but I was not impressed.
I will read the second just so that I can see if I have misjudged this series. I loved his book Suspect, cried in the PROLOGUE, and wish he had written more about this guy than Elvis Cole.
I love the concept! This is like the toys that come alive when you leave the room--so many stories written about that! This is about the Non Playing Characters in a role-playing game such as Dungeons and Dragons. Just what DO the random characters do when the main characters have moved on?
Roger Wayne's voicing was superb, another to add to your list.
I did get bored about a third of the way in then decided to enjoy it for what it was. I suppose there will be a sequel, but it didn't captivate me as I'd hoped. The concept was great, as I said, but the story seemed thin to me.
I did love the way the dice throws of the actual gamers played out in the world of the incidental characters--sort of Greek-god-thunderbolts for no reason! And since there is a BRIDGE, you can imagine what happens. I might be interested to see how that works out. I am expecting something similar to the 2007 movie Enchanted.
Teens, and maybe younger, should really enjoy this book.
Who knew there was so much violence in such a rural place!
New guy in town. New family. New friends and school. Hard to fit in.
The new game warden gets caught up in an intrigue of EPA, animal protection, development, progress and prospects of better than subsistence living for some in the town. He is just trying to do his job, to do the right thing. When he is told to forget about it, and just move on, he knows something isn't right, but then he has to buck all the old hands and the cliques they are in.
This is an enjoyable story and the start of long series that will see the warden's children grow up, the warden's position in town improve, and the town change. It is well-written and realistic.
I was confused at one point since many efforts were made to point out how the warden was such a lousy shot, but at the end he saves the day by actually being a crack shot. Maybe it was a hand gun/ shotgun difference, but I thought it didn't work.
That said, I will still read the rest of the series. The people are real and authentic, and I like the warden, and I like his family. The town has honest folk as well as trash, and the situations are real, although you can see the political timeliness of the plots.
We make many decisions every day. Some of our decisions end up being trivial, some innocuous, and some momentous to the point of changing the course of our lives for good or bad. No one lives in a vacuum. The things we do affect others, not only us.
We have joys as well as burdens in our lives. Joys are light and lifting. Burdens are weighty and dragging. This book is about the latter.
Some burdens are thrust upon us, some are self-made, and yet others are imagined. This book is about all of these.
The story unfolds revealing complicated father-child relationships, abandonment, insecurity, guilt, fear, addiction and enabling. We see that everyone is dealing with something, no matter how put-together they appear in public. The combined weights of these burdens cause different people to respond in different ways, which in turn may add to the baggage one carries, or even to that of others. Parents saddle kids with their own fears and insecurities or even sins. Kids respond by imagining yet others. Sometimes these imagined burdens are heftier than the real ones.
Yet, all it takes to change the life course of one sad, lonely recluse (and both main characters are recluses in their own way) is one person brave enough to see beyond, to see within, to build trust, and then to do or say something so frighteningly honest that the other becomes strong enough to take a first step in a new direction. And with this decision to go on a new path the burdens of the past begin to change. They may still be there, but they begin to lose their weight and power.
This book is performed by two voices, those of the two main characters. The readers could not have done better. You can hear and feel the weight and loss of Arthur, and the youth, hope, and hopelessness of Kell. You will cry with Kell in the police station, partly because of the reader's voice. Superbly done.
This book is very reflective, there is not a lot of action, but you will want to continue listening straight through because it is so real, so human. There is a lot of pain, and you will want to reach in and help. This book will stay with you and haunt you. You will want to see the people around you differently, and you may be moved to action for good. You will want to heave off your own burdens and to help other do so too. You will want to step outside into new possibilities.
And, best of all, this book ends with an opening door.
I have reserved recommendations for this book. Interesting, but they get weird, then there are lots of gratuitous deaths, and then it drags. The series was interesting, but nothing I would want to listen to or read again.
Perhaps Card's weird later Ender books that you read just because you started the series and have to finish it. I get that there are seven volumes to the Seven Suns saga, and I am the last person to say a beloved story is too long, but this is one series I actually would have shortened. It went on and on, and I really lost interest a few volumes ago, but stuck doggedly to it.
Deputy Cain (Kane, Cane?) and Kato Okaya ended up my favorite people, but not because of David Colacci. I actually didn't care for his reading, and several things grated on me, some I have mentioned in reviews of previous volumes. In this one he suddenly changed his own pronunciation of the the planet Raindik-ko to Rinedik-ok.. I don't care either way, just let's be consistent, okay?
No. It is too long and I did sigh sometimes that it was too dragged out.
Sarane remains an idiot, hoping his any tiny gesture means a whole change of heart, and he will love me again. Whine. In what realistic world is an 18-year-old made an ambassador? She should have been killed. Sarane, Cain, and Capt. McHame waited an awfully long time to do anything, and again Sarane nearly blew it.King Peter didn't end up as strong and heroic as I had hoped, but he is okay. If not for Cain, nothing would have worked out.
Probably not. It is The Empire Strikes Back of this series, so the good guys are on the run, and all the bad guys are winning. This time, when I finished the book, I needed a long break from the series.
I still like King Peter. He is going to have to become a tad bit more proactive, but I think he can do it. I am also liking the two guys (one guard and one councilor) at the Whisper Palace who are becoming disenchanted with Basil Wenceslas. I expect a coup there, and hope it is exciting.
No. However much you like the series, they do get tiring with their constant jumping from world to world, species to species, character to character. And this one is the losing battle before the (I hope) final heroic, winning scenes that will resolve all.
My parents used to say that I could tell a 5-minute story in only half an hour. Well, this guy has got me beat. I am exhausted.
Great team of author and narrator. I was hooked on the story within just few moments, and the narrator read it all perfectly.
Leland because I love really tough guys with soft hearts.
Yes, and he is always good. He is now on my favorites list. Searching by narrator is now a new thing for me, and I am not disappointed.
I cried during the PROLOGUE!! Not 10 minutes in and I was hooked and sobbing. I have quick tears for animals in any kind of pain--physical, abandonment, mistreatment. I loved seeing things through Maggie's eyes and heart. And then, my heart swells with pride and sorrow for our soldiers and our police.
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