First, George Guidall is one of my favorite readers, so that gives this book an edge right there. The story requires one to really, really suspend one's disbelief (OK, it's kinda absurd, but I could still mostly go with the flow). It is mainly one big chase scene while terrorist are coordinated enough to simultaneously blow up every way in and out of New York City, plus do lots of other equally absurd dastardly deeds. And the ending was so blatant a set-up for a sequel that I think I will pass on the sequel just on sheer principle.
This book started out a bit slow for me, but since I enjoyed the author's other book, The Poisonwood Bible, I stuck it out. I'm glad I did. Once the story got rolling, it was a great listen. Not riveting, like a who-done-it, but thoughtful, well written, well read, and ecologically and environmentally thought provoking.
This is my first Pratchett book and I have to disagree with some other reviewers. I have never read any of the Discworld books, but did not have any trouble following this book. I loved the dry humor, the sarcastic placement of characters, and the overall wit. I think I'll have to read some of those Discworld books now.
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