Grand Forks, ND United States
I listened to this book second after listening to the book that continues in the series "Coupe De'etat" Although this would have made a few things a bit more clear in the second book they work just as well out of order.
The book was really very intersting with terriost attacks unlike any you'd ever have considred in the past. A very complex terriost leader who is able to amass great fortune to basically fund some of the most damaging attacks that have long reaching effects on our economy and energy.
I only have two complaints. One is that from ime to time the author would go into such detail about the finance and tracking different strings of finance that it would bog down the story when I was wanting it to get back to the action. This was also down to some extent explaning different aspects of energy. By the second book he seemed to break away from giving way too much information from time to time.
The second thing that really buged me because I heard the second book first...Was the damn Irish accent the reader gave to Jessica who is a major figure in both books. She was supposed to be head of the terriorst devision of the FBI but I never figured how some Irish transplant would end up with a high level position in the FBI.....By the second book she has no accent.....That's why it was so annoying to hear in this book.
All in all a damn interesting book that really helps eat jup a lot of miles going down the road....
This book should finally be the end of the series. I liked the first two books because they offered some really scary moments of being trapped in a Zombie apocalypse. The problem I had with this story was unlike the previous stories this had a lot more organization with the survivors so it wasn't about these little pockets of people helping each other out. That said...There's still plenty of action to go around.I was a bit disappointed in the explaination of the protagonist behind a lot of the problems they had. That seemed a bit over the top to me, but I guess it could happen....It just doesn't seem too probable in my view. But at least we finally got to the bottom of things.
If you went through the first two then you basically want this anyway just to finish the story. I know I was watiting for it and grabbed it up shortly after it was listed and stopped the book I was listening to in order to hear this one all the way through
Personally...I think this author could do the same story from a different survivors perspective in another part of the world if he wanted to keep the series going. Like maybe this time someone who had no training for anything that would help in survival, but maybe came from some tough streets...I'd check it out
I was first a fan of the series on tv. But as the series keeps throwing in all these names of people and places throughout the seven kingdoms gets easy to get lost in some of the many different stories going on. This first book really helped me to understand more clearly who is who and their connection to what. .
The reader, or rather performer is really good. He really gets into all the characters very well without too many of them sounding alike. He also uses just enough drama to keep it a real theatre in the head without going overboard
One question I have about this author.....Does he ever sleep? If you look at this series there's several books and each of them are listed at 30 hours or so. That's a lot of writing, but so far in this first book....It's damn good writing. A bit like Tolkien, but with less of a mystical aspect to it. None the less it's also just a really good story and helps me chew up a lot of highway in my semi....I'm looking foreward to all the rest of the books in the series
I don't know what some of the people here were listening to, but when I listen to a action story I don't want to get bored to hell with a bunch of tea bagger rants. Thor needs to read some Vince Flynn to see how to do it right. Unfortunately I have a few other Thor books ready to que because of these "Outstanding" recommendations.If he knocked off the propaganda (Yes they all do that to some degree, but this guy just gets goofy with it), and sticked to the story it'd be pretty good because the action aspects were pretty good, but I had to keep fast foreward through the little political speeches over and over. Then again he's really not that good of a writer. I really felt that a lot of his structure was akin to some student in a creative writing course. Really simple and over done.
Good enough to, but I doubt it because I have too many books to go through as it is.
This story is about some kids lost in the jungle of trying to make it in the real world who ends up making deadly choices. Their plight is eventually compared to Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers. One thing I did like about Sanfords take was how without apologizing for their actions did acknowledge how kids like this probably had little chance for sucess in very much that was available to them in the first place. Which really is at the bottom of a lot of the bad and deadly decisions kids make today.
Another aspect of the book I found interesting was the interaction between the local law enforcement and the BCA. How it seemed to work only to a point, and then the local basically screwed things up in a big way, but was covered because apparently they can deal with a different set of rules. I would have thought the BCA had priority, but I guess not. A very frustrating part of the story, but the continuation from that point was a pretty good conclusion.
All in all this was a damn good listen while going down the road. All of Sanford's books are good road books. The reader of this book did a very good job too and that always makes a difference.
If you're a fan of Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" or Ben Coe's : "Dewy Andreas" then you're going to really get into Mark Greaney's "Court Gentry." Like the other two action heroes this one is always getting into one situation or another and leaving bodies everywhere (These guys really define "An Army Of One" The primary difference in Mark Greaney's writing so far is that he really gets into the action, but doesn't spend any time getting into any big philosophical speeches every now and then like the other two writers seem to do.
As a trucker I really can chew up the road listening to these Gray Man stories. I hope more get recorded....
This actually is a bit of a continuation from his first book "Power Down Dewy" But I had listened to it first. It works either way without having to figure much out, but if you have both you'd be better off listening to the first book first.
I wont go into a lot of detail, but I think Ben Coes really hit on something with just how easy something that starts out minor can escalate into countries going into a war that might bring the entire world into it. That's a pretty scary idea, and with some of the actual players in the same place as the book.....It's damn scary to think something like that could be possible. I know that's totally vague, but I really don't want to say much more without giving too much away.
Let me say this...I'm a trucker and this was a good listen that helped me chew up several hundred miles. Some compared this series to the Mitch Rapp series....I can see that, but where that series pretty much takes you on a roller coaster of action from early on this series goes deep into several aspects of what is going on....So you get the action, but you also get a bit of journalistic view of what's happening behind the scenes....
Clive Clussler has become one of my favorite authors. This book he wrote with his brother. It ws interesting, but a bit hard to swallow having a tiff with Canada as part of the plot. On the other hand it did have a lot of action so it did help me burn up a lot of road.
I'm not as big of a fan of his Dirk Pitt series as I am of the Pinkerton detective series. None the less this was pretty good, but just seemed to be a bit different than the solo books I've enjoyed in the past
First off...I know there's some who think that the only Vince Flynn worth listening to is read by George Giddal and having the complete series I can understand that, but Nick Sullivan does a pretty good job too. I found myself not even noticing the different reader once the story really got going.
As others have said this is sort of the set up for what was to become the Mitch Rapp series.....Without Mitch....Oh and it's a bit dated because mobile phones were either carried in bags or were car phones. None the less this was a great insight to the setting that eventually Mitch Rapp became part of with most of the main characters on board.
One thing I get a kick out of with Vince Flynn is that he really has a very low opinion about politicians and those who work under them. This is consistant in almost every book. They are evey bit as big of a problem as the terrorists.
Vince Flynn is such a good story teller. I'm a trucker and his books really help chew up miles because they really keep me interested in what's going to happen next. I was just looking to see if I missed any and found out I have them all...Damn good listens...
If you're a big Mitch Rapp fan like myself then you might have the whole series too. Like myself you might have picked books by content and being on sale so you never really went in order. That was the case with this book. I passed this book up because of so many negative reviews because of a different reader. However I'm glad I finally picked it up because it filled in a lot of blanks to the on going series and now I also know how he met the reporter....
For all those who seem to have totally concentrated on a different performer rather than the book....Listen through and concentrate on the book...It's actually pretty good.
I've listened to this and one other read by someone other than George Gidal. The other author really didn't have a strong enough presence so that one really took some to get past the reading, but in time I did. This performer was much stronger and really wasn't all that bad with utilizing different personas for each character. I totally got past the fact that it was a different reader within ten minutes or so and really enjoyed the book.
One thing that's consistant with Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp....There's always two sets of bad guys. One set is the terrorists who Mitch Rapp loves to kill, and the other is Washington politicians who Mitch would love to kill, but usually doesn't. As usual there some poiticians and advisors who through their own actions are making things worse. I like the way these books always seem to have a two point attack on the missions, It makes for a lot of fun wondering how he's going to manage.
If you are a fan, but have stayed away from this one because of the negative comments about the reader. I'm glad I finally checked it out to find it really wasn't as bad as some who only consider Gidal as the one and only performer for the Mitch Rapp series....
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