I've listened to many of Reynolds' novels. This is the winner. Reynolds had me believing in his new and exciting SF inventions, but beyond that the novel is a fine mixture of mystery and terror.
Mr. Hammer is perfect with his languid delivery. The voices of the characters worked for me. The story manifests disturbing race relations and a suspected serial killer.
I missed much of the monotonic narration especially when spoken softly. However, the story seemed nicely inventive.
My California ears lost many of the German accented words especially when they were spoken softly. If it weren't for that I might have liked the story itself more.
Descriptions of society, interior design, street scenes, transportation, weapons and motion picture technology make it seem that the author lived then. This apparent authenticity puts the reader in the scene.
I might have enjoyed the book more if I had experienced the novels in their proper order. This was my first and my last "breach" novel.
Great characters as they discover an ever-growing, eerie mystery and other worldliness. Performed with fine portrayal of different personalities. Occasional moments light humor for relief. Very well done.
However there is a major editing flaw. The first chapter of Part 2 is the same as the last chapter of Part 1. Other than the confusion it causes, the posted listening time is probably inflated.
The vampire element of this novel can be compared to sugar-coating hard-to-swallow medicine. I have not studied U.S. history for years, but remember enough of it to thoroughly enjoy re-reading it in this fictional form. It tracks closely enough to real events to trigger memories. What a pleasure!
Not a bad book, but the characters were not as interesting as those in "The Chase"
Description of places and technology seems wonderfully well-researched adding to the enjoyment of this novel.
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