First of all, Lou Diamond Philips is brilliant in his performance. I look forward to more. I wish i could say the same about Tom Clancy. He's never been the same since the USSR collapsed. The story was okay, not his best by far, but better than his other recent efforts. I did find his intrusion of right wing politics only annoying, with one exception. His pandering portrayal of the Saudi royal family and the implication that the Democratic Party was more corrupt and "ungodly" was insulting to every American, and beneath him. I am surprised and curious as to what the reason was behind this, but he should be called out on it. He uses 9/11 for his own gain when it's convenient, but obviously learned nothing from it.
What if we killed all the black, brown and asian people.? Who would save us? Why, rednecks from Vermont, of course! Reading like an editorial from the WSJ, this book is so silly, the plot so obvious and that characters so one dimensional it's pitiful. If you are so far to the right that you think Fox News is liberal ( as does the author), then this book is for you. And if you are so sad that you dream of a world where blond women are forced by alien manipulation into coupling with anyone who wants them, your dreams will come true.
So many reviews made this book seem to be depressing and horrifying, so I waited a long time after I downloaded it to actually listen. It was excellent, well crafted and authentic, without being over the top gory as some had implied. Well worth the time and credit.
This book was painful, an endurance test. The writing is wooden and predictable. Every 2 or 3 paragraphs the writer stops the flow to expound on some subject you need to know about, why he couldn't find a better way to explain things is beyond me. Suddenly he describes the wine in detail (check), then veers off into an explanation of a hotel (check) then a quick aside about how great and superhuman the israelis are ( check, check), then back to the story, which advances at a glacial pace. Then, repeat the pattern. (check) Too bad he didn't check his facts- there are numerous errors of fact. And if that's not enough, the reader seems to have only two voices- the plain readers voice, and the "foreigner voice", which sounds russian whether he's doing an israeli, italian or russian. At least there were some russians in the book. Don't waste the credit.
Somewhere in here is a good story. This book is in desperate need of an editor with the guts to cut out 2/3 of the book. Endlessly we hear the same story, told in a corn pone accent, over and over, from different points of view. Rashomon it's not. It's a shame, because it was just interesting enough to keep me going until about halfway through, when I had to say "NO MAS!"
It wasn't until the narrator had droned through the first 5 minutes that i realized that...i had read this book! I figured,well, I'll give it a chance. Bad move. This book is a short story so larded with endless descriptions that it made my head throb in pain- a relentless pounding pain, as though my skull was being pounded by a hammer- the kind with a worn wooden handle, used for countless eons by stonemasons to pound rocks into rubble- the kind of rubble that gets in your soul, and causes you to wonder if there is any way to get this rubble out of your soul, and all the while the pounding won't stop, because the descriptions won't stop, because if they did, something would have to actually happen. And it never did.
Now I realize why i had forgotten that i had read this book- because I wanted to forget- the kind of forgetting that takes away the pain- the pain of wasting my precious time- that fleeting thing that all of us have so little,,, well, you get the idea.
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