This is a fantastic book with a first-class reader. Mitch Rapp is a CIA assassin charged with killing terrorists. He is an assassin with a conscience, at least for some people but not for terrorists. One of two assassins who has been hired to kill Mitch Rapp by a Saudi businessman also has a conscience, and through several twists of plot related to this person?s conscience, irony is added to the story. The book is believable and is easy to follow. The action is nonstop. Mitch Rapp never hesitates. Progressive politicians may not like this novel, since, like Tom Clancy, this author creates a world where it is not safe for a politician to lean to far of the left, especially if the politician through considered actions or malicious intent jeopardizes American intelligence operatives. It you like Tom Clancy you will also like this book and you will also enjoy Killing Rain by Barry Eisler.
I don't think anyone reads 2 star ratings, so I won't be putting a lot of effort into this review. I don't like admitting that I read this book twice. I only defense is that the book is not very memorable. I really don't know why I kept reading through to the end either time I read this book. The characters are not engaging. The plot is predictable, banal. Oddly, the author pits the Catholic Church against the forces of evil without acknowledging that any good exits within the Church or its agents, as though the original Dracula conventions are being adopted by an author who is at best a non-believer, which is I guess what you would expect from someone who chooses Vampires as his subject. It could have been a much worse book, hence the 2 star rather than a zero or 1 star rating.
I read a book about the Holocaust that was uplifting and filled with joy, The Hidden Room, an autobiography by Corrie Ten Boon, but the hope it that book was the result of the internal characteristics of that author, and her Cristian faith. Every books about slavery I've read has been less than uplifting, as you would expect, but Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northrup was well worth reading because it is a valuable and credibility first hand account of an institution everyone should understand in order to ensure that such an evil institution never returns as a legitimized institution during the remainder of the age of mankind. This book, as a work of fiction, unfortunately, can't squire that credibility, no matter how well written, and so is just depressing.
This is the 1st Greg Iles book I have read. I listened to the audiobook and it was read competently and the novel was easy to follow. There were occasional references to what must be former novels in a series, but reading this as my 1st novel in this series did not detract from enjoyment of this book. I will read more novels by this author. I rated the book 5 stars overall, and 4 for both performance and story because there is much more to a novel than these 2 aspects. The book probably deserves a 4 1/2 star rating overall.
I think it might be a romance novel disguised as a mystery, but the most painful aspect was the reading by Amy McFadden.
The next Jack Teacher novel, by Lee Child, or maybe another Chet and Bernie mystery by Spenser Quinn.
I am posting my review of the audio book version of this novel because I think the author is in part responsible for the painful experience I just suffered at the hand of Amy McFadden, the reader of this novel. I assume the author played a part in writing the words that allowed Amy McFadden to torture me. The author also probably played a part in choosing Amy McFadden to be the reader, and aside from the painful listening experience, the writing was a little bit weak. I don't think a female FBI agent would speak or think like an adolescent girl with no real life experiences. I paid for this audio book and I will be asking for a refund. I quit reading 2 hours into the book because the reader, at that point, seemed to be almost constantly drifting into and out of a voice that was filed with rising hysteria, an hysteria that was so uncomfortably realistic that it took me back to the worst memories of my childhood. Maybe you're immune to the feeling of nausea, revulsion and impending doom that I feel coming up in the back of my throat as I hear the unwarranted anxiety growing in this female reader's voice as it rapidly approaches true hysteria, but I simply can't stand hearing it, not even once, and I was subjected to a nearly constant repetition of this painful narrative device. I did not enjoy being tortured by this reader. Maybe I am being unfair to Kendra Elliot, but this unpleasant experience has me now considering limiting my audio book selections to books written by and read only by men. I may even avoid books who's author's use initials in lieu of a clearly male first name to hide their gender, and I may even start ignoring reviews written by women, or reviewers who seem to be trying to hide their gender identity. I am beginning to think that women really do think differently from men, and I don't think men are the ones with the problem. As you may have guessed, I also can't stand romance novels, especially those written by women where they feel the need to describe, in uncomfortable detail, exactly what they enjoy during a sexual experience with a man. Gag me with a maggot, which would be less unpleasant. I suspect Kendra Elliot has romance novel tendencies. I will never read another book narrated by Amy McFadden or written by Kendra Elliot.
The main character, the female FBI agent.
I don't mean to be unkind, I am just trying to protect unsuspecting readers from the painful experience I just endured for two hours.
Some parts almost read like a romance novel, cringe, so maybe a 1+ star rating for some women, 2 star if you are 12 years-old since the work is sophomoric. Reading this book was a painful experience, so maybe 3 star if you are a masochist, which I might be since I finished the book. The pain grows worse as the book plods along. I think I finished this book to punish myself for having purchased it. I should have read the derogatory reviews more carefully, and after rereading the 5 star reviews for this book I think I will never again read or believe a 5 star review. From now on I'm going straight to the 1 and 2 star reviews before buying a book. I really don't like trashing an author. I know they work hard and have a lot riding on the success of each book, but this author should do his readers a big favor and find a productive way to spend his life. It isn't right to make your living by making others suffer. I love Sci-Fi but not fantasy. To me, good Sci-Fi must be plausible and the author should know more than I know about the science that under pins his story, which is not really that high a bar to clear. I am no Albert Einstein. Fantasy novelist don't even try to clear that bar. Their books are sheer flights of imagination, based on science that seems more like magic. That must appeal to magical thinkers, readers who's average age in 6 to12. Fantasy that thinks it is science fiction is just sad, and this book is an example. For me this book was almost unreadable. I deserve some sort of award for reading it through to the lackluster finish. This story is disjointed and it read as though it had been written by an adolescent who has just completed puberty, thinking he has great knowledge, but you don't know what you don't know, a legend in his own mind. Maybe the narrator is partly responsible, maybe not. He did not seem to make the book sound more adult but that may be the entire fault of the author. I read most of this book as an Audible recording. It might have been a better read on a Kindle. I am so happy Kindle offers refunds. This is the first book I have returned. If I could return it to Audible I would.
Another Jack Reacher novel. He is my alter ego.
Disappointment and maybe a little anger at the people who wrote 5 star reviews for this book. I think they must have been paid, or maybe they are just not from around here, like in a Steven King novel, maybe another dimension.
I think I have said enough. You have been warned. I have done my duty, just like Jack Reacher. Like Reacher, this time my duty involved what some might consider murder, so I'd better stay low and keep moving. In my defense, I think my review is a mercy-killing, not a murder. Jack Reacher almost never feels bad about the people he has to hurt to do the right thing.
This is a Christian fictional novel by Ann Rice who returned to the Church in 1998. This is a great book if you are interested an orthodox, well researched book about the life of Jesus, the Christ as a child of 7 or 8 years old as His family returns to Judea and Nazareth from Egypt after the death of King Herod. The book is unusual because it is told in the first person from the perspective of the Christ Child. The book is very thoroughly researched and covers a time in the life of Christ that few Christians think about very much. I was fascinated. The book uses some information from apocryphal gospels, one about the early life of Christ as a child. I believe this early apocryphal Christ Child gospel is not heresy but is simply a fictional account of what Jesus' childhood might have been like, told in the third person by a believer as respectful as Anne Rice is in this account. I learned a lot, and I am surprised I learned so much because Jesus Christ has been the focus of my life and learning for a long time and I consider myself a scholar, but Anne Rice's scholarship far exceeds mine. She makes me feel like an amateur. I am impressed. The reader sounds like a 10 or 11 year-old boy and he is perfect for the part. He does a very professional job reading this book. I cannot recommend this book more strongly.
This is the first of a 3 book set and is the best of the series and the best of Edgar Rice Burroughs book I have read so far. I?ve read 6 of his 60 books, all in the last week, so his books are fairly short but agreeable and satisfying. They are fantasy and the science behind them is a little thin but they are full of action and daring, with a little romance. They are enjoyable to read. The reader is very good, professional and well suited to this book. A lot is left unexplained so you will want to finish the series.
The reader is good but he reads a little too fast. The prose occasionally feels uncomfortable. The story is fantastic and not very believable. Caprona is the Land that Time Forgot. It is a fairly large island near Antarctica, warmed by volcanic processes, protected by 1200 foot sheer walls along it?s entire periphery, the result of a huge volcanic explosion that blew the top off of a gigantic volcanic mountain in the prehistoric past. It is a sanctuary to a prehistoric world where the laws of evolution took a different twist. Like most science fantasy of the 19th century, the story isn?t very believable so you will have to suspend your scientific skepticism to a much greater degree than is required for most modern science fiction. The book is worth reading because it is enjoyable and very short.
James Slattery, who read At the Earth?s Core, the first book in this series, was perfect. Patrick Lawlor does a good job, except for an occasional character?s voice. This book is more similar to a Jules Verne fantasy than modern science fiction. The book was written in 1915. The story line contains too many remarkable coincidences, but the story is easy to follow and I did enjoy the book. The book is PG but it would receive an R rating today because of violence. These are the stories I wish I?d read as a child but they are stories for all ages.
The reader is perfect for the book. This is the first book in the Pellucidar Series of stories about David Innes exploring a subterranean world of prehistoric creatures where highly intelligent reptiles are the dominant species and prehistoric men are much lower on the social scale. The story is obviously more fantasy than science fiction. The story was written in 1914 by the author Tarzan the Ape Man and the author is enamored with Darwin?s relatively new theory of evolution, so you will hear the narrator speak at length about the state of our knowledge of evolutionary theory just after the turn of the century. We?ve come a long way in our scientific understanding since then. Edgar Rice Burroughs? has a military background so pacifists and environmentalists won?t be happy with some aspects of any of his stories, but the hero in this story arrives in this new world without a gun, limiting the mayhem. The book is a light enjoyable read and I recommend it without reservation.
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