I've never read any of Patchett's works before, so I have nothing with which to compare this work. In truth, I probably would not like the genre in which she writes, so my critique is likely of little value to anyone.
The main problem I had with the performance was that it sounded like she was reading it. This was the author reading an essay about her life. I thought it should have sounded more conversational.
I was disappointed that for generations this family has not known the beauty that can be had in a loving, functional family. I was happy that she has at last found happiness in her marriage despite her horrible family track record.
I love what Marc Cameron has done with this series: National Security introduced the main characters and established the tone for the series. Act of Terror picks up where the last book left off, introduced some more characters for the series. State of Emergency starts shortly after AoT, lets us know that one of the previous villains is still being pursued, but takes us to more pressing matters. Jericho picks up more allies and enemies and we can see the stage being set for some interesting story arcs in both his professional and personal life.
Jericho Quinn ranks with Scot Harvath, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne as my favorite counter-terrorist agents.
Had a friend recommend Salvatore and I bought this book without reading the synopsis. Had I, I likely wouldn't have. I'm not a fan of high fantasy with its elves and dwarfs. I actually stopped listening to this book until and didn't pick it up again until I'd exhausted all the audiobooks in my library. Once I finally got into the story (and it took about a few hours of listening) I found it enjoyable. I might actually pick up the next book in the series to see where this all leads.The book ends in such a way that much of the story presented thus far has been tied well enough to end here. I do have a few questions that I'd like answered.
I liked that the story was in a setting I know well and I could almost picture the travels the groups made through Anchorage. I enjoyed the story enough that I'll likely check out the sequel, but I had a few issues with it.
The only person portrayed as having any religious faith was a caricature of a religious fundamentalist. He had no redeeming qualities. Too me, he was too flat of a character despite the added time spent on character development with flashbacks.
I got confused which characters were which. I think this was primarily because a lot of the women weren't described when we first met them, but in later scenes when others meet them. As a result I had trouble figuring out who was the grocery store manager, medical transcriptionist, or convince store clerk.
I also had so e issues with the foul language as it does nothing to move the story along and it's use to characterize a person likely missed the mark with me. There are ways to cleverly work around it if an author feels they must cuss.
Dresden is back with some new skills and an impossible task to perform. We are giving a better look at things which have been hinted at throughout the series. A few more clues about the black council and deeper look at the fairy queens.
As I read and reread the Dresden files, it becomes clear that Jim Butcher had this series sketched out very well before he wrote the earlier books. He does a great job of pointing out that Dresden was getting clues about all of this stuff as early as Storm Front.
National Security is one of the best spy/thriller books I've listened to in quite some time. The book doesn't try to be something that it's not (no
I really enjoyed a minor character at the beginning of book. A police officer whose eyes were used for us to see a terrorist attack. Marc Cameron did such a good job of having me connect with the cop that I was disappointed when I realized he was not the main character.
Cameron made up for this disappointement with Jericho Quinn. Quinn is up there with Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn), Scot Harvath (Brad Thor), and Gabriel Allon (Daniel Silva) in the fight against terrorists. Smart, multi-lingual, and able to blend behind enemy lines, he reminded me a bit of Jason Bourne without the split personality.
At first, Weiner would not have been my first pick for a narrator. His vocal style just didn't seem well suited for this genre, but I do think he did a great job with a few of the characters. His voice for Thibodaux helped paint the picture of this man in my mind's eye. By the end of the book Weiner's voice had become transparent to me.
If you enjoy thriller/spy books, I recommend you give this one a try. I know I am looking forward to the sequel.
Don't believe the synopsis of this book. I don't think the person who wrote it has read the book or possibly I missed an entire chapter or three. The main character is not a detective, he's a bounty hunter with magical talent who is used by the government to capture rogue "actives" (those with magic).
This is not even close to being a rip off of the Dresden files. It's set in the USA during the 1930s, but one in which magic has changed the course of history.
Language can get harsh at times. The violence level is high, but it's not intensely graphic. I wouldn't recommend this to my 14 year old son, but I might to an adult friend.
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