Yes, I might listen to this again, but my read/listening patterns is to only listen once and move on. Still, this was a awesome book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes action, with a military theme, a strong sense of love for defending principle, true friendship and country. A very patriotic work that is not cheesy. One thing that is important to me in a story is strong character development. This book has that which creates a strong foundation for everything else.
Oh, the ending. There may be tears.
The boat scene.
Same as the title, (which is what they did for the movie).
If this kind of book is your thing, I doubt you will be disappointed.
I love Daniel's work. One of my favorite authors of all time and I always have to wait impatiently for his next release. Jeff is THE reader for Daniel's work.
This story is about 95% of what I have grown to love and respect in a Daniel Suarez book. Has all the features; techno thriller, mystery, courageous approach to making the cutting edge tech a reality.
My only small complaint with this book, is that Mr. Suarez, who usually makes the possibly impossible plausible, went just a little too far in some cases. It's always a very fine line he walks, and the balancing act is often mystifying. There were just a few points where the feats, features and fantasy, staggered into the realm of a cartoon I would watch as a young kid, where "anything is possible to a point beyond plausible "if it were only possible", belief.
Mr. Suarez, if you read these reviews, and I hope you do! I LOVE your work and I will undoubtedly buy your next one. Please don't be in any way discouraged. Just remember your "roots" "Daemon", "Freedom TM". They are the standard by which all techno thrillers should be measured.
Lastly, "Kill Decision" screamed 'sequel'... Just a thought.
Yep. If you like this style and genre, you will not regret buying this one!
This series is likely one of, if not the most fav of all for me on Audible.
I'll put it this way... I was really sad when I thought I might have reached the last in the Micky Haller series. I hope Mr. Connelly would write another one, because I just loved the character so. I like his other series, but this one is the better of the two in my opinion.
I love this narrator in this character as well. For me, Peter Glies IS Micky Haller. He makes brilliant writing come alive with "just right" characterizations. Not over the top, just enough to differentiate the characters in a subtile, yet totally effective way.
The path of the storyline over the course of this series has kept me engaged. The right balance of legal, thrill and mystery adventures.
Mr. Connelly, please PLEASE don't let this be the last one. Mr. Giles, I hope you are on deck for the next narration. A winning team for sure.
I can hardly wait!
Take great writing as for the development of characters, one of the best readers, (if not THE best) on Audible, and then use the whole book to not really go anywhere that might leave one thinking afterwards. I like a book to "stick with me" and have me return to ponder things more afterwards.
Maybe I totally missed the point. Character development and great writing is a gift, and the author has it. Really, he does. He just didn't really take me anywhere other than the storyline of the struggles in the main character's marriage. I went away feeling "what a waste of true potential".
Maybe I was hoping for more "thrills", "mystery" something, which is one of my fav styles of book.
The book just sort of filled the time for me.
I remember liking Scott Brick more in other readings. It's odd, he did really well on the characterizations, but in the more narrative parts, he kept droning on with this weepy tone that detracted from the necessary or needed. I found myself relieved when he would go into character as the narrative voice really got painful.
Now the book, the writing and mostly the story, kept me listening. It's a slow burn kind of plot. It does get better as it progresses. The reasons and motives at the end were not shocking, or thrilling, but interesting. You get very interested in the characters and their story. That is the core value here.
The characters are almost laboriously developed, but I think a lot of the feeling of labor steamed more from the narration than other factors.
Would I recommend this book as a worthwhile (read) listen? Sure. The writing is above average for sure. It's Scott that kinda' let me down this time, but mostly in the narrative. Characters "voices" were fine. Less weepy narrative would have made the book 4~5 stars.
Tension between the Law and the heart
The plot is what kept me listening. I think the story could use more "peaks" in the revelation flow of the plot. It did also surprise me a few times, but as I will say below, the narrator was difficult for me to listen to.
This may be an unfortunate association, but one of my ex-employers used to talk just like this narrator. Although the over enunciation may be amusing at first, I soon grew very weary of it. His voice and speaking style reminding me of this other person the whole time did not help, but it feels so "forced", that it sucked a lot of the energy out of the story. I found myself distracted by the narrator and so the actual story wasn't given the chance it deserved. Interesting, some reviewers liked the narrator. Be sure you listen to him a few times before you decide to invest in the whole reading.
It's a good story and plot. Worth a listen. Just be advised that the narrator may get to you after awhile.
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