This is a mind challenging book that might be easier to read than to listen to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I found myself rewinding the last 30 seconds on my iPad several times so I could pay closer attention to some detail I'd just missed. I will definitely listen to this audiobook a second time (at least) to find out how much I missed the first time through.
This is a fairly fast moving story line that never made me feel like it was dragging along. Plot and character development are nicely managed without being ponderous. I like a good fantasy and enjoyed watching the two story lines converge at the conclusion of the book. I read the entire "Enders" series and this book goes in a distinctly different direction, but with the familiar touch of the author.
I'm waiting on the sequel.
I bought this book because it has airplanes in it and I like airplanes. Apart form that, the story line has all the gaps of a Louis L'Amour western, and any semblance to reality is an accident. Example: the protagonist, who taught himself to fly a more advanced airplane than any in existence, lands straddling the railroad tracks and tears the skids out from under the airplane. He commands the "mechanicians" to repair the skids and a half a page later is airborne. I only finished the book so I could hear the word mechanician some more.
Couldn't tell the Russian accent from the Italian accent.
I would probably recommend these to someone who is looking for a series of shorts that don't require much attention; as long as they're clear as to what they're getting. You've seen all of these stories as parts of full length James Bond stories. These barely stand on their own as presented and are in need of plot development, character development and closing.
I bought this trilogy to get me from LA to Phoenix. It's a good book for a cross country drive. Not a lot of plot development or detail and doesn't require a lot of attention. It's worth the price for a one time listen. Dick Hill does an amazing woman's voice in "Al-Jihad". Enough language that I would have turned it off if I'd had kids in the car.
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