I have been an avid listener of all rick's greek and egyptian mythology books. The original percy jackson series was riveting and stunning.
This 3rd book of heroes of olympus indicates riordan has lost his touch and is tired.
He now treats this as a milking cow and goes through with the motions of introducing more monsters, more Gods, etc without thinking.
Battle of Labyrinth was the best that Riordan wrote. That had intensity, spirit and an innovative style of writing.
When Leo asks how many Franks he is worth? "is it two or three Franks" and Franks yells back "Hey !"
Going to stop buying anymore Riordan novels.
"paperwork is the closest thing to soul-crushing misery of hell that humans have invented."
This is about Agent Franks. Told from his viewpoint. It's nice to see things from someone whose reputation makes even Master Vampires quake in their boots.
Appreciate that Larry is starting to put things from perspectives other than Pitt.
Like Harbinger and now this.
"The gun you have here is bigger than the gun you have in the Bedroom." Theo Hossbach.
For those following the series, the narrator deserves an award.
I have grown with Theo, Julius and the anti-tank gun wielding sniper.
Excellent growth of characters, and if the narration had a soundtrack like whistle of stukas, the 105mm artillery shells thundering down, it would have been like watching a TV show.
To those newly joining, kindly start to listen from the first book.
Unlike Extinction machine and previous books, this holds little surprises that can't be deciphered by the reader.
Except perhaps the video shown by the President turns out to be about the VPs indiscretions, i was able to predict fairly accurately where it would go.
Am surprised that a character like Joe Ledger was unable to do so.
And the continuing rumble between Aunty and Joe is not funny anymore. They should make up, or atleast not banter anymore.
The author has to start to let his characters grow and evolve.
It's a miracle that we haven't had an accidental full-scale detonation of a H-bomb.
The author tears apart the myth that the military has the utmost safety standards for building, maintaining, storing and transporting nuclear weapons.
Heck, if I run my business the way the military runs its nuclear program, I would be in jail, for a long time.
The author clearly documents the stumbling way the military went through arming the nation to the teeth with dodgy nuclear weapons with a safety record that was criminally insane. The fact that none of those responsible have been prosecuted clearly shows the military-industrial complex power and reach.
Bureaucracy that refused to adopt higher safety standards, refused proper communication protocols during Korean and Vietnam wars, the battle between military and civilians over who should control nuclear weapons, and the stupidity of Lemay who got branded as a Nazi even though he fought against them... all are laid out bare.
I shudder to think what would have happened if an accidental detonation had happened. Heck, if such a thing had happened after 9/11, the US would be at war with nations that had nothing to do with it.
Nuclear safety is a myth.
Excellent story, good narration.
Story is linear and tight. But not rushed. Especially the infighting between countries over an AI,
The author is not alive. So there is no next novel.
The book starts off very well. But ending was hurried and unbelievable.
Very good performance by narrators. Could feel the bright heat and light of the fierce blue sun and also the orange glow of the deep red sun.
Each actor is narrated well, especially the scene with Liquid Oxygen.
The book itself seems meandering too much. It takes random walks into past and leaves us stranded there for long time.
"Awful" Arno's side of story.
This story has more shocks than before. The sudden becoming of a Widow and the death of a soldier whom we gotten to like.
Narration is good and has improved.
This series is as good as Worldwar series.
We see the perspective from an American in Berlin, two jewish families in Berlin, a Czech sniper using an anti-tank weapon as a sniper rifle, an International, an infantry company led by Awful Arno, Theo Hossbach and his Panzer III, and Stuka pilot.
Also is the Russian view from Ivan, and others.
This tale is engrossing, funny and gives an insight into Spanish civil war that I did not know.
I bought this with some trepidation.
Usually adaptations are not well narrated or have a proper story.
That is not the case in this.
The story is really good and explains a lot of details absent in the movie.
Imagine the movie to be a preview trailer of this book.
Plus the narration is good and engrossing.
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