I wouldn't call this book a mystery, but it is a fairly solid story. You wouldn't think that something about missing documents would be interesting, but the documents are only a tiny sliver of the story.
The characters are interesting, but the plot leaves something to be desired.
Even though he is an assassin, the author manages to build a character that you find yourself rooting for. Of course, his skills are superhuman, yet he struggles with anything but a brief and cursory human interaction. Definitely all business all of the time.
Lots of action in this book, extreme characters on both ends of the spectrum, and a big body count. But still, I found it well worth the credit and will probably buy the next book in the series.
I've enjoyed most of John Grisham's novels. This one has especially strong narration for the southern characters. As usual, Grisham builds his characters and shapes the events skillfully and succinctly enough to keep me interested.
While this may not rank up there with some of his strongest novels, it isn't far off and is certainly worth the credit.
I continue to enjoy Carl Hiaasen for a fun, light listen. Sick Puppy was no exception. In typical Hiassen fashion, he comes up with some truly outlandish characters, dirty politicians, polluting public, and eco warriors.
I've never felt like a credit was wasted on a Hiaasen novel.
I can usually figure out who done it at least midway through a book, but not with this one. It was unusual in the plot and well thought out and presented.
The writing wasn't particularly artistic or inspiring, but it was solid and presented a clever and unique storyline.
I wouldn't listen to this book twice, but it was well worth the credit to listen to it once!
I've panned some of Nelson DeMille's other books, but this one is a very different book. It is full of sarcasm, dry wit, interesting situations and more than a few times I found myself laughing out loud.
In the author's notes he mentions this as his most popular book among readers, and I can see why. I think the writing eclipses some of his other efforts.
Many reviewers have raved that this is one of Kings best, so I thought I'd give it a try. I've read a couple other books of his and they have ranged from 3 - 4 stars.
I just don't get the appeal. This book was long and boring in places. It did have interesting characters, but it was Kings idea of a metaphysical nightmare and my idea of a lot of boredom punctuated by some interest here and there.
I was glad when it was over, which isn't an indication of a good book. There are better ways to spend this much time.
So an "innocent" virus unlike any other takes on a life of its own and controls all of our electronic stuff…including military drones, etc. Makes for some interesting action.
I was hoping for more of a tie-in to the prequel to this book, but it really didn't fill in many holes. ELOP was back, as was one of the characters, but it was 10 years later and not much backstory provided.
In all, it was not a book I would rave about to others, but it wasn't a wasted credit, either.
I liked this book. I liked the fact that the plot was convoluted, plausible and brilliant. Who can come up with this stuff? I'm a Grisham fan, but some books aren't as stellar as others. I'll put this one in the stellar category for the excellent plot.
These are some pretty heavy hitting authors, along with an excellent reader. Chinese cyber warfare is the backdrop for this cyber terror novel…though the US doesn't mind some good old fashioned bombs in the end, either.
Lots of action. I'd definitely put this into the category of a good read for a long car trip as the action won't have you daydreaming or dozing off.
I like an AI book that has a somewhat plausible premise. I guess I'm willing to believe just about anything is possible in cyber space. What I had some reservations about was the "meat space." When the body count starts to go through the roof, a book starts to lose me. I have to roll my eyes when multiple software moguls get killed off all at once and it just seems to be another day at the office.
Other than that nit, I will be reading the second in the series and consider this a credit well spent.
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