I really wanted to like this book. I've listened to all the available Preston/Child books and Preston's other collaborative efforts and I loved them. Didn't want to turn them off. So I was expecting the same feeling when I listened to Deep Storm. But before I could even begin to become absorbed in the book I couldn't get past Scott Brick's narration. His style made me think J. Peterman (from Seinfeld)or Captain Kirk was reading the book to me. The same halting emphasis became grating after the first hour and I found myself turning off the book at times and just listening to the radio. All the characters sounded the same, even the women. Everyone spoke as if they were in pain or everything they said was of ground breaking importance. There was no variety in the tones, and at times the characters sounded as if they were about to cry, with a quavering in their voices.
But I was more dismayed by the story line which seemed to drag, with dialog that sounded like a first attempt of a high schooler, with banter that really could have been edited out of the story. All of the characters seemed to have the same way of speaking, the same diction. The military people portrayed were stereotypical and Child's knowledge of the military was very shallow and unresearched it seems.
Just seems like Child was not up to his form, or Preston carried him through the other books. I am very disappointed. Almost seems as if this book was written to fulfill a contract obligation rather than receiving full attention.
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