I'm a David Weber fan from the beginnings of the Honorverse. I enjoyed the first Torch novel, "Crown of Slaves" I also like Eric Flint's work. But in this book, the whole is definitely not greater than the sum of the parts.
There are some memorable characters and situations, but as I listened to this book on a couple of long trips, (I do service work and do a LOT of driving) I found that the book just couldn't keep my attention.
The Honorverse books are long and feature a lot of political detail. But the stellar character of Honor Harrington made it tolerable. This book doesn't have a strong character to carry it and simply falls short.
I enjoyed this book immensely and couldn't wait to get back to it.
The "acting" style of narration, where each speaker was done by a different voice truly enhanced the presentation.
There are many things this book is not. It is not an action/thriller tale. It was not written by a high-level player on the national-security scene. And, in the dubious interest of so-called "fairness", the author has not checked her opinions at her word processor.
This book is a hamster-eye view of those who run on the wheel deep in the CIA. The characters are regular people with regular foibles, even the bosses. Problems ensue when the bosses are asked to tailor the analysts' product to the policymakers' chosen party-line. Bosses being bosses, they cave in to the pressure - not that they really have a choice. Hasler presents a very believable view of how this kind of pressure can actually help the terrorists: by diverting resources better used in fighting them.
Another reviewer commented on the author's politics. The issue is bigger than mere "politics". It's about the safety of the American people at home. In a very entertaining way, Susan Hasler has shown the peril of taking our eyes off that prize.
I do service work and do a LOT of driving. I enjoyed the first two of these audiobooks so much that I wound up listening to the whole series!
Light and fun, yet with some suspense. Author Shepherd manages to find situations different enough to keep the action interesting throughout the whole series.
Immerses you in Alaska and makes you feel the cold. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
I read this book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The negative reviews about the narrator have kept me from purchasing the remainder of this audiobook.
That said, this really is a great story. But the single BEST memoir of the Pacific war is Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed.", finally available as an audiobook. (and from Audible) For years, I purchased copies of the long out-of-print book in used book stores so I could give them as gifts. I'm delighted to see that this worthwhile book is finally available to a fresh audience, even though Mr. Sledge died several years ago. A thoughtful, ordinary man writing about his experience of the war. You won't be disappointed.
This story is pleasant enough but the narrator's pedantic tone just ruined it for me. His narration is like Chinese water torture: in the beginning, not so bad but it slowly becomes excruciating.
It's really a shame because Ms. Lackey has written a lot of entertaining reads, and there are a lot of very good narrators out there. But I won't buy another audiobook with this narrator.
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