I picked this book because I so enjoyed another of Robert McCammon's books, Swan Song. While it held enough of my interest for me to finish it, it was a definite let down as I was expecting the character development and suspense that I experienced in Swan Song. What kept my interest was the historical setting, but apart from that the story and characters were just OK. I don't think I'll be bothering with any of the other books in the Matthew Corbett series.
At the end of reading 'The Passage', part one of Justin Cronin's triology, there was no doubt that I would immediately buy 'The Twelve' and I was not disappointed. The Twelve picks up where The Passage left of and continues the adventure at the same pace and excitement as the first book. This time the story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, or more accurately, a satisfying resting point, while setting the scene for the finale, 'The City of Mirrors'. I'm waiting impatiently...
For a book to get five stars from me, it'd have to be good. So far in my audiobook journey, 'The Passage' and it's sequel, 'Twelve' come the closest. Not a vampire story as such (thank goodness), but the fresh and innovative take on the vampire myth is compelling. While the character development is a bit hollow and predictive I really enjoyed this action packed adventure. Don't however, read The Passage unless you also plan to read the sequel Twelve. The Passage does not conclude at all, but leaves off in the middle of the story. Twelve is just as good as The Passage and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion but with hints as to how the story will continue in the third book 'The City of Mirrors' - can't wait!
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. Post-apocalyptic stories are perhaps my favourite genre, particularly long, sweeping stories like this one. I fell in love with the characters right away, held my breath for them, laughed and cried with them. I finished listening to Swan Song over a month ago now and have listened to two other novels since, but I still find myself reflecting on Sister, Josh, Swan and the others from time to time.
But? But... disappointingly the plot has some serious problems. So as not to be a spoiler, I'll just say that some of the very well developed threads in the story seem to fizzle out without explanation.
Nonetheless, while these problems definitely weakened my enjoyment of the book leaving me feeling somewhat unsatisfied by the conclusion, I still highly recommend Swan Song for those who love this genre.
For some reason, this book was highly recommended to me but I found the story tedious, the characters hollow and the unfolding story unsatisfying. Most frustrating was my expectation that the book would actually be about 'the girl with the dragon tattoo', but her story is presented like an aside to the main narrative which is pretty much all about pompous men & their money (yawn). To add insult to injury, the girl's story, which has the potential to be really mysterious and interesting, is left undeveloped. Perhaps her story is further developed in the 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' and 'The Girl Who Played with Fire', but I won't be reading them to find out. This unnecessary detail-heavy style of writing is just not for me.
I'd been wanting to read the Da Vinci Code for a long time and after all the hype, was not disappointed. Jeff Harding does a first-class job of reading this expertly woven tale by Dan Brown. Like Angels and Demons, history, theology, mystery and suspense make The Da Vinci Code a compelling listen.
This was my first audio book and at my daughter's recommendation, I read this before the Da Vinci code. I'm really glad I did as it provided the background and context. This book has all the ingredients of a great read: mystery, history, well developed characters, romance, suspense and perhaps most importantly, a fast-past, heart-thumping and satisfying conclusion. A great read.
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