This book was so much fun! I will admit that I am mostly a Dean Koontz and Stephen King kinda reader. I picked up this audio a few weeks ago for drive to Laughlin, NV. It's about a 4 hour drive. I was so taken by this book I actually drove around the Casino's parking lot for a good 15 minutes because I didn't want to stop listening.
From the first pages to the last this book grabs you and doesn't really let go. Sometimes authors get too caught up in exposition and it can be boring because you already know what's going on and get it, but the author has to take the time explains things in too much detail for all the stupid people that might be reading so they get it. This book didn't seem to ever do that. Every single part of the book was interesting. What was going? Who were these people? How were they capable of such violence? How could they take all the pain?
It all unfolds in one night, step by step in a suspenseful, action packed gore fest. But, it was all so believable, you're on a roller coaster here and will be holding your breath till the very last sentence. Characters you felt for and bad guys that were just on the verge of over the top and yet, you take it all, hook, line and sinker. This is a great book to listen to on a long drive in the middle of the night. It will keep you awake and keep you going from beginning to end.
I listened to this book over the past couple of days and I have to say it wasn't scary, creepy, spooky or anything you would expect from a ghost story. I did like the lady's voice and it's probably the only reason I kept listening to the story. And, when I say story, there really isn't one. Sure questions are asked in this narrative but, nothing is answered and when you think you might finally get some answers, someone dies and the story ends and you're left thinking wtf!? That's it?!
I read that Stephen King loved this book. I decided to get it. I must say, that I enjoyed it. Though most of it is really slow, it's still somehow interesting. It's a long, long book and even though it is slow most of the time, you stay with it because you just know it's gonna take you on an adventure and no matter how bad things get, problems will be solved or we will at least be left with some kind of hope.
As the book is winding down. The last few minutes, all seems well. I am listening and enjoying the bliss of a good book coming to an end as I drive down a lonely road last night. But, then all of a sudden, the book is over! Almost mid sentence! I thought, that's it? You're kidding me, this how you chose to end the book? I invest all my time in to these characters that at best were just interesting enough to keep reading and this how you reward me for all the hours? WTF were you thinking? Sure it was a good story up until the ending but this is it? I feel robbed.
All I am saying is that Mr. Cronin better be at his PC writing a sequel that involves some miraculous event that keeps our lovely journal writer safe from the final massacre while Peter, Lish and gang go about cleansing the world from remaining 12 viral families. I don't care if it's twelve more books but if this ending is how the story truly ends, well, I must say, it makes this book a waste of time to even read.
I only listen to books while I drive. Once a month or so I drive to Laughlin and once or twice a year I drive from California to Florida. I am always looking for good audio books to listen to on those drives. I just finished Hater on my last trip to Laughlin and I loved it!
Gerard Doyle's voice I thought was perfect for this character. I could feel his frustrations and fears in the way he spoke. He had this everyman quality but an everyman that is really tired of and beaten down by life that I could totally understand.
The book kept my interest non-stop. I wanted to know what was happening. I cared what happened to the main character and the twist towards the end was well done because even as it was happening you're not really sure if what's happening is what you think is happening. Well done!
I look forward to the sequel out in June 2010.
I normally read Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice. I gave this book a try. It was slow to start but still interesting. Then it a has a wow moment and I couldn't stop listening. If you like Koontz or King, you'll enjoy this one.
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